What Is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a competitive international sport that combines running with navigation. It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly detailed, map to select routes and navigate through diverse terrain and visit control points in sequence. There are seventeen Irish Orienteering clubs with approximately 1,100 members ranging in age from nine to ninety. The majority of Orienteering events involve running in forest and open mountain areas, but occasionally we organise Park Orienteering, Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) and wheelchair accessible (Trail-O) events

Permanent Orienteering Courses

You can also try orienteering at one of the Permanent Orienteering Courses around the country. Simply download the map with marked controls from the links given here

Permanent Orienteering Courses


Get more details about How to Start Orienteering from our FAQ

Start your Orienteering journey

If you are interested in signing up for a 6 Week Introduction to Orienteering course click the link below for more information.

Intro to Orienteering

Orienteering in Ireland
  • Orienteering Ireland
    Irish Sport HQ
    D15 DY62
  • fixtures@orienteering.ie
  • info@orienteering.ie