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Wild West Trails

"The group dynamic was amazing and that was fostered by Joe and Abel who were wonderfully supportive"

After many years of successfully running our Highland Grand Tours, we knew we needed to find something pretty special to follow on from it. This itinerary also enjoys five days of spectacular trail running in the remote Highlands of Scotland, but the adventure is turned up a notch!

We take advantage of trains and small ferries to access some truly remote and wild trails, from the middle of nowhere at Corrour Station, crossing the Knoydart peninsular and culminating with two days on the Isle of Skye. 

As well as making running memories, you will also need to keep your eyes open for minke whales, dolphins and sea eagles on this unique Scottish experience. 

Each day, you’ll run with an experienced guide who’ll navigate your team to success. Your luggage will be taken care of by our support driver, who’ll also transport our running team to and from the trails each day - so all you need to focus on is enjoying the run and making memories!

This is a small group running tour with a maximum of seven guests, so you can get to know your new running buddies as we traverse the Scottish Highlands.

"What an amazing week. It really couldn’t have been any better"

Booking

  Date Running days Spaces Total price Your guides
2024 8-14th September Monday - Friday 3 places available  £1500 Ian & Laura

To register your interest please complete this enquiry form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing ian@trailrunningscotland.com

Itinerary

Meet in Glasgow, on the evening before your first run, Stay in Glasgow. 

Run 1 - Corrour to Glen Nevis

26k 300m ascent

Highest point 410 meters

Our journey starts with a short urban run as we make our way to Glasgow Central Station, the gateway to our adventure. We alight the train at Corrour station which is nothing more than a platform in the middle of nowhere. *As featured in the iconic scene in the film Trainspotting.

From here the route skirts the head of Loch Trieg before heading upstream to the watershed and the upper reaches of the River Nevis. Along the way we have the option of respite at two mountain bothies, Staoineag and Meanach.  

Following the river is a true wild trail, at times smooth and runnable, at others it splits into myriad braids as generations of feet have sought out drier lines in the softer ground! Eventually the glen opens up into the spectacular Steall Meadows with it's impressive waterfall and wire bridge. As the Glen narrows it steepens on either side, with the UK's highest peak, Ben Nevis towering above to the North. A short run down the glen leads to the nights accommodation nestled at the foot of 'the Ben'. 

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Run 2 - Inverie to Kinlochourne

25k 950m ascent

Highest point 450 meters

Often described as 'the UK's last great wilderness' the Knoydart peninsular is a remote and wild place. To access it we start with a breathtaking journey on a small ferry, from Mallaig to the isolated hamlet of Inverie. Our run for the day follows trails used by generations of deer stalkers crossing the high pass of  Mam Barrisdale before descending to the beach. The final ten kilometres of the trail trace the shores of Loch Hourne, but don't be deceived; this is no flat trail, runners will be relieved to see the head of the loch and a warm welcome awaiting at their accommodation at Lochournhead

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Run 3 - Kinlochourne to Corran

15k 450m ascent

Highest point 280 meters

This, the shortest run of the week, links from Knoydart across to our arrival on the Isle of Skye. We arrive to Lochourne on foot and we start the journey again on day 3 on foot, running away from the coffee pot and soon uphill. A well defined trail leads through some spectacular scenery with hidden waterfalls and lochains amongst ancient woodland. After an initial steep climb, the route is gently downhill all the way back to the sea, giving the legs a chance to recover for what is to come in the following days. 

Our route to Skye is via the historic Glenelg Ferry, the world’s last manually-operated turntable ferry. Enjoy the short crossing and keep your eyes peeled for otters playing along the shoreline.  

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Run 4 - Elgol to Sligachan

Drive to Achnasheen - 40mins

23km 750m ascent

Highest point 320 meters

After a short drive from the accommodation in Broadford we will arrive in the small harbour of Elgol with it's unmistakable views into the heart of the Black Cuillin mountains, this volcanic caldera is unlike any other UK mountain range. A narrow coastal path leads first to Camasunary bay where the river needs to be waded before skirting the steep slopes of Sgurr na Stri. The final obstacle guarding Glen Coruisk is the 'bad step' a short rock slab to be crossed carefully on a narrow ledge. Not far above sea level, it is enough to add an interesting challenge, but nothing to worry our intrepid team. 

With rough gabbro rock underfoot, the trail now leads uphill to our highpoint of the day before flowing rocky trails lead through the epic Glen Sligachan to the road and a well earned refreshment at the hotel!

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Run 5 - Trotternish Ridge

Drive to Poolewe - 1hr

28km 1650m ascent

Highest point 680 meters

The tour ends on a high, after 4 days of traversing glens and crossing cols, the final day follows the crest of the sinuous Trotternish ridge. First we cross the Quirang with it's gnarly rock towers then it is up along the summits. This grassy ridge makes for some great running with views east towards Torridon, south to the Cuillin and west to the Outer Hebrides. The nine summits of the ridge culminate in the highest, The Storr and it's iconic pinnacle, the Old Man. 

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Return to Portree and a well earned celebration dinner. Your accommodation is included on this night.

The following morning you will take the ferry back to Mallaig. Your train return to Glasgow is included in the price. 

 

Day Distance Ascent
1 26km 300m
2 25km 950m
3 15km 450m
4 23km 750m
5 28km 1650m
Total 127km 4100m 

 

Experience and fitness

This is a 'wild trails' trip and involves 5 days of trail running, a total of 172km and 4100m ascent. We will not be racing, and will find a pace that keeps the team together and allows time to enjoy our surroundings.

The main requirement for this trip is a good level of stamina. Being able to do 5 days of mountain walking in a row is a good indicator, along with a good base of steady longer runs up to 30km. All of the running is off-road and some will include rougher trails and muddy sections. Some off-road running experience is essential.

Get in touch with us if you want to find out whether your experience and level of fitness is suitable for this running holiday - or to find out how to build up a good base level of stamina ahead of the tour!

Whats included?

What’s included?

When you sign up for the Wild West Trails, you get all of the following included in the cost

Transport: All in course transport, from a meeting in Glasgow on the evening before the first run, to a return train journey to Glasgow on completion. Baggage transfer each day and a support driver on hand to transfer to start and end of each days trails. All trains and ferries during the week are included.

Baggage transfer: We take your bags to and from the trails every day, so all you need to carry is the kit and snacks for your day’s running. 

Accommodation: Six nights accommodation. Two nights in independent B&B's and four nights in Hostelling Scotland hostels, in a private room for 2 or 4 people. 

Meals: All Breakfasts are included. Simple food for during the day is included.

Guiding: The group will be lead by a highly qualified local guide throughout.

What’s not included?

Evening Meals: Evening meals are not included in the price, but we will arrange to eat together in a local restaurant. 

Kit you will need

Please refer to our guidance on Essential kit for trail running safely.

The Wild West Trails Tour week takes us through some of the most remote and wild terrain in Europe and 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.

We will be running for 5 days, laundry facilities will be available at times through the week but several changes of kit will be necessary.

On the trail everyone must have: 

Waterproof jacket (with taped or welded seams and a hood)

We recommend:

Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for men)
Montane Spine Waterproof Jacket (for women)


Waterproof trousers (with taped or welded seams)

We recommend:

Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for men)
Montane Minimus Waterproof Pants (for women)

Running vest

We recommend:

Montane Gecko VP 12+ (unisex)

Spare* synthetic insulated upper layer

*We recommend carrying approximately 300g of synthetically insulated upper layers.

We recommend:
Montane Men's Fireball Lite 360g
Montane Women's Fireball Lite 320g

Hat and gloves suitable for the weather conditions
For cold conditions, we recommend:

Montane Prism Mitt
Montane Via Stretch Beanie

For mild/warm conditions, we recommend: 

Montane VIA Trail Gloves

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Waterproof Cap (unisex)

Headlamp

We recommend:

Black Diamond SPOT 400-R  

Survival bag 

We recommend:

Lifesystems Light And Dry Thermal Bivi Bag

Whistle

Adequate footwear - Get in touch if you want more advice before the course.

We recommend: 

Inov8 TRAILFLY G 270 V2

Inov8 Roclite G 275   

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.

Midge net.


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

Payment & Cancellation

To secure your place on the tour all we are asking for is a 20% deposit, payable by bank transfer. 
The remaining balance will be due 6 weeks before your course start date.

Cancellation

If you cancel your booking more than 6 weeks before your course start date there is no refund of your deposit. If you cancel within 6 and 2 weeks of your course start date we will refund 50% of the remaining course balance once the deposit is taken.
If you cancel less than 2 weeks from the start of your course we are unable to offer any refund.

Transfers

At any point you may transfer the booking to another suitable person if you cannot attend yourself.
We recommend that you arrange your own travel and cancellation insurance.
Cancellation by Trail Running Scotland
We will endeavour to ensure that your course runs as planned. However, we reserve the right to modify the content of a course due to prevailing weather or other conditions and will always try to offer a suitable alternative itinerary or location.

In the unlikely event of cancellation by Trail Running Scotland a full refund will be offered.

 

Full booking terms can be found on our booking form.

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