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Introduction to Skyrunning

The image of Skyrunning has changed dramatically over the last few years. First making headlines with the death defying antics of a few elite and mildly suicidal uber-athelites like Killian Jornet, running up and down the Matterhorn. It is rapidly transforming into an achievable challenge for mountain loving runners who want to add a bit of adventure into a race event. The Skyrunning UK calendar now has 5 events throughout the year and are an essential part of the world Skyrunning Series.

So what is Skyrunning, and do you get started? Well essentially it is a fusion of mountain running, both on and off trails, with easy mountaineering and scrambling. So to get started we need to be good at both, with all the skills and equipment needed to travel through the mountains as runners, as well as solid movement skills over broken rock and easy climbing terrain. Route finding skills on steep ground and knowing how to plan a route are also essential.

This course is designed for mountain runners who are ready for an adventure. A good head for heights and some scrambling experience are helpful. If in doubt give us a call.

At Trail Running Scotland we have the perfect combination of experience to help introduce you to this extreme challenge. As mountain runners who have competed in a wide variety of events, including the Glencoe Skyline we know how to pick a route that works.
We are also highly qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors with over 10 years experience coaching in all aspects of mountain-craft. Ensuring you get the best quality learning and enjoy a safe adventure.

As well at technique out on the hill we will look at how to train for Skyrunning, including a strength and conditioning session. Learning the importance of staying strong and injury free for those long climbs and pounding descents. 


Based in Glencoe, the home of Scottish Skyrunning, we have easy access to the mountains and a huge variety of locations that we can use for our training. This course includes two days of instruction and does not include accommodation or meals, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own.


For this course we will work in groups of no more than 4 per instructor, so that we can really look after you all well and tailor the routes to your needs.

Please note, we will be choosing routes to suit the group and the weather conditions and as an introduction to Skyrunning we do not expect to be on the technical scrambles of the Salomon Glencoe Skyline race, Curved Ridge or the Aonach Eagach, for these please see our specific bespoke preparation courses.

2021 dates

10th & 11th July 2020 £160 SOLD OUT Waiting list




If you can't wait, get in touch to discuss some bespoke training 

Experience and Fitness

Both days will be a continuous journey through the mountains, with some nice running mixed with steeper walking and slower sections as we explore the subjects. A good level of mountain walking fitness along with a base of off road running experience will help you to get the most out of the day. As a guide you should be comfortable covering 20km with 1000 meters of ascent in 5 hours. 

A reasonable head for heights and some scrambling experience are helpful. If in doubt give us a call.

Kit you will need

We will be aiming for 2 full days in the mountains so we will have to be prepared to deal with everything that the mountains and the Scottish weather can throw us. Whilst we don’t want to be over burdened it is essential that every member of the team is carrying the correct equipment to deal with the unexpected. To ensure your safety the following kit list is therefore compulsory for each individual. Additional safety equipment will be carried by the guides. Please remember this is not a race!



2 tops - Thin thermal top and a long sleeved warmer layer, fleece or synthetic jacket.

Long trousers - Running tights to be carried if running in shorts

Adequate footwear - Fell shoes or trail shoes only

Waterproofs - Jacket with long sleeves and hood and waterproof overtrousers

Head torch - light weight e.g Petzl e-lite

Survival bag - lightweight survival bag, Blizzard blanket recommended


Compass & Maps will be provided

Food - Enough lunch and snacks to fuel a full day in the mountains

First aid kit – the guides will be carrying emergency first aid supplies but if you can have a small personal kit with blister pack/compeed and any personal medication.

If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.

Getting here

We will meet at the Glencoe village hall at 9am on Saturday morning. 

The hall is in the centre of the village. Glencoe is well serviced by the Citylink busses. 



We recommend the Hostelling Scotland hostel in Glencoe where you can get a 10% discount by using the code TRAILRUN


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Previous courses

"I had a fantastic time with Ian & the small group on the Introduction to Skyrunning course over the weekend. I have come away from the course feeling I have learnt much, including how to stay strong and safe in the mountains while running and hiking. We discussed and practiced many aspects including regular nutrition intake, warm up / cool down, pre / post run stretching exercises, running techniques, kit to carry, weather etc. I found the scrambling exciting and testing particularly when dealing with some Grade 1 routes with elements of exposure. I will definitely be looking to book more courses with Trail Running Scotland in the future." Tim S.



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