Run Across Scotland Tour
14th - 19th May 2017
15th - 20th October 2017
Inverness to Isle of Skye via Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit, Glen Affric, Kintail and then over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye. As you may already know – this route covers some of the very best scenery in Scotland – with the extra special feeling of running across to Skye at the end! The route is almost all off-road. We will meet in Inverness at c. 10am on the Sunday outside the train station (in our running gear - ready to run!). Please note that Running The Highlands reserves the right to alter the route and/or vary the distance of a day's run in the event of extreme weather conditions (i.e. for health and safety considerations).
85 miles (136 kms) in 5 days. Day 1 = 21 miles (34 kms) , Day 2 = 17 miles (27kms) , Day 3 = 9 miles (14kms) , Day 4 = 21 miles (34 kms), Day 5 = 17 miles (27kms)
Very comfortable with emphasis on getting there and not racing!
This is a challenging run and will hopefully provide all participants with a tremendous sense of achievement (when completed)! As such, we would advise that all guests should be able to achieve the following: a 60 minute 10k, a 2:15 half marathon and/or a 4:40 marathon. There will be plenty of rest stops en route for a quick drink, etc and quite a lot of back up from the minibus (e.g. we even tend to have a lunch stop). The run on the 4th day (21 miles long) is several miles from the nearest road and so it makes sense that we keep going (albeit with stops/rests for a quick drink, etc). Therefore, please ensure that you are up to such a run and bring a small back pack for Day 4.
We would recommend that you begin your training several months in advance if possible! It would be great if you could get up to about 50 miles a week by about 2 weeks before the Run, with your long run being around 18 miles. You should also try to combine a few long, easy paced runs in a row (e.g. Friday, Saturday & Sunday) to prepare for the long distances on subsequent days. The emphasis should be on endurance rather than speed. Also, we would strongly recommend that you spend some time in the gym or on a bike improving your leg strength. This will help you when the terrain is rough and uneven. You should then begin a taper down for the last 2 weeks ensuring that you eat plenty of healthy carbs! Please contact us for more advice/information.
First three nights (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) in the Tomich Hotel, Glen Affric, Inverness-shire. The Wednesday and Thursday are in the Tingle Creek Hotel, Erbusaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire.
Full board - all meals included: breakfast (full Scottish if you wish!!), packed lunches and dinner. Please ensure you bring a packed lunch/drink with you for the first day’s run (Sunday).
On the Tuesday we will have a relatively short run in the morning (9 miles) and so in the afternoon guests can either choose to chill out and rest or join us in the minibus for a short trip to Plodda Falls; a really spectacular waterfall (no additional charge). In addition, the hotels should provide us all with great places to rest and recover (possibly in the bar!) Whisky tasting has become something of a tradition with some of the party members on this trip – and both hotels are suitably well stocked!
Provided back from the west coast to Inverness on the Friday morning (arrival back in Inverness c. 1pm) and also for a couple of short journeys from end of run to the hotel, plus the trip to Plodda Falls (only about 4 miles from the hotel in the Glen Affric area). Please note if guests request it we can depart from the west coast a bit earlier on the Friday and arrive in Inverness before 12 noon and we can drop off at the airport if this helps with flights.
Baggage will be transferred between hotels so that guests will only need a small day pack on the run.
In your day pack (really only necessary on Day 4) you should carry: lunch, drink (water, sports drink, etc), energy bars/gels/chocolate bars, etc.
Running jacket, leggings/running tights (or shorts if you are warm blooded!), running vests, running socks, and trail shoes (ideally 2 pairs in case of wet conditions), light weight hat (or headband) & light weight but good quality gloves. Please note that if you are prone to feeling the cold then we would suggest you bring seal skin or wool socks & waterproof gloves; especially for day 4 as you will be exposed to the elements. We have had temperatures from 28 degrees C (82 F) down to around 5 degrees C (41 F). In general, the temperature is likely to be around 10 - 15 degrees C (50 - 60 F) but you would be advised to check the forecast for the Scottish Highlands a couple of days before packing!
Max. Group Size
13 (including the 2 RTH guides & driver; so 10 guests in all)
Both RTH guides are qualified first aiders and will carry a 1st aid kit with them on the runs.
RTH has an insurance policy which covers our guests & the general public whilst we are involved in any RTH activity. However, our insurance does not cover baggage loss, theft, damage, holiday cancellation, etc and so you may wish to cover these separately.
£820pp based on 2 sharing. Single supp = £120pp. Please note that the single supplement is applicable if you are booking for one person only. However, if we are able to find someone else for you to share with then the supplement will be removed.
Payment options (a) Cheque payable to Running The Highlands or (b) Paypal – an online credit/debit card system. However, due to the costs charged by Paypal we need to add a charge of 3.5% for this method of payment (c) Electronic bank transfer - please advise us if you wish to take up this option and we will supply the bank details. The cost of processing will have to be added in the case of international bank transfers. A deposit of £300pp is required to confirm a booking and the balance is then payable 10 weeks prior to the Run Across Scotland. If you have to cancel, please inform us in writing. If you cancel more than 12 weeks before the start of the Run Across Scotland, we will retain the deposit. If you cancel less than 8 weeks before the start, we will retain 50% of the cost of the trip. If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the start of the holiday, we will retain 100% of the cost of the holiday. However, 95% of monies paid will be refunded if we are able to fill your place with a ‘reserve listed’ guest (5% being retained to cover administration expenses). In the very unlikely event that we cancel, we will offer a full refund or alternative holiday.