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About Us

Welcome to Trail Running Scotland, we are a small team, with a big love of quality trails and stunning landscapes!

For us running is just another great way to explore and enjoy the amazing mountain landscape and wild places that we have in Scotland. It allows us to travel fast and light, flowing through the landscape, covering the terrain and exploring in a way that is just not possible for walkers.

Our team has a huge depth of experience coaching a wide range of adventure sports and guiding across the world. We believe that this combination of qualifications, personal experience and coaching understanding means that we are uniquely placed to provide the highest quality experience for our clients.


Ian Stewart

International Mountain Leader

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

BASI Level 2 Alpine ski instructor

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician 

British Athletics (Fell) Leadership in Running Fitness

Fundamentals certificate in Strength and Conditioning

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing 

I have completed a round of the Munros, all of the Scottish peaks over 3000 feet (282 in total). Most of these have been done running, solo or recently with my dog, Reiff.

I mostly run for the fun of it but I also like the challenge of an event to add some structure to my training and as an opportunity to push myself in a way that I wouldn’t do for fun!

I ran a Bob Graham Round for my stag do. A Lakeland round of 106km with 8300 meters of ascent in 24 hours is a great way to find out who your mates really are!

I have competed in the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) 8 times, with my best result in 2017, second in the Elite class. Our team were 4th in class for the Scottish Islands Peaks race in 2017 and I completed the Glencoe Skyline race in 2016. For a different sort of challenge I entered the Celtman extreme triathlon in 2015, taking 50 places on the run to finish 16th and finished 4th in the 2017 Loch Gu Loch swim-run event in Loch Ness. In 2018 I completed the Cape Wrath Ultra, which I hobbled to the end of in 7th place, then in 2019 I achieved a 20 year dream by finishing the Berghaus Dragon's Back Race. Needing my own adventure for 2020 I made the most of my local hills to run Rigby's Round and complete a Cairngorm Parkrun, the first time anyone has completed a continuous link of the 58 munros within the Cairngorms National Park. 

Since 2011 I have been a Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (WMCI) delivering courses at the highest level in all aspects of mountain activities in Scotland. From summer hill walking, navigation training and rock climbing coaching, to winter climbing and ski touring. My mountaineering company Stewart Mountain Skills, offers instruction and guiding throughout the year. I also work for other providers across Scotland, particularly Glenmore Lodge the national outdoor training centre. I volunteered for 3 years as a member on the board of directors of the National Navigation Award Scheme and I  deliver their tutors award. Previous roles also include a year with Mountaineering Scotland working as a Mountain Safety Advisor

Laura McAuley

Level 3 certificate in Personal Training

Summer Mountain Leader

Mountain Bike Leader

BASI Level 1 Alpine ski instructor

British Athletics (Fell) Leadership in Running Fitness

In my 'real job' as a health professional I see the difference that a healthy lifestyle makes everyday and I count myself very lucky that activity and the outdoors have always been a big part of my life. For me every day needs some activity, biking, running, yoga, circuits or walking the dog. In 2019 I qualified as a personal trainer and through my own company, Outdoor Fitness Scotland am helping people to use the outdoors as their gym to work towards a variety of training goals. 

I am a bit of an allrounder in the outdoors, a Summer Mountain Leader, Level 3 Canoe coach and Mountain Bike leader. I have been working in the outdoor industry for 15 years, guiding remote trips and holidays in all activities around Scotland and Europe. I also hold the UK Athletics (Fell) Leadership in Running Fitness provided by the Fell Running Association.

I have competed in a couple of mountain marathons, with my best result being 2nd female in the C class at the last ever Highlander in 2016.


Ben Gibson

Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Winter Mountain Leader

Mountain bike leader

Alpine ski leader

I am passionate about running to stay fit and training to compete but for me it is more about exploring and moving fast over mountainous terrain feeling remote and working hard for great rewards.

I have completed a handful of mountainous marathons, coming 1st place in the Trail Events Glencoe race in 2017. Since then, I have gone on to compete in ultra distance races, such as the Highland Fling, Glen Lyon Ultra, Squamish 50/50 and the Lakeland 100.

I have a big bucket list of other races and challenges, such as the Bob Graham round, Cape Wrath Ultra, UTMB, Hardrock 100 and Cascade Crest 100 to name a few. 

I thoroughly enjoy sharing my passion for adventure with others to help them in developing their own skills and fitness, which allows them to become more self reliant and safe when running, hill walking or mountaineering.

I have been working in the outdoor industry for over 16 years as an instructor in most adventure activities; Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Caving, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering.  More recently I have focused on Mountaineering, Mountain Biking and Running.  I currently hold the MCI award (Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) and WML (Winter Mountain Leader).  I am very active in guiding, instructing and coaching all aspects of mountaineering.


See you on the trails!


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