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Glencoe Marathon Gathering

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Challenge yourself through the scenic pass of Glencoe, in the Highlands of Scotland. The route follows The West Highland Way from Glen Nevis to Kinlochleven where the half marathon runners start - all participants descend the Devil’s Staircase into the heart of Glencoe.

Review summary

2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Ariana M
"This was my first proper trail run, and I'm totally sold. The weather was..."


Chris S
"Epic trail marathon! I ran in 2018 and the weather was not perfect, but it..."
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How to enter the Glencoe Marathon Gathering

  1. Glencoe Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Event passed
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    Event passed

Glencoe Marathon Gathering routes

Glencoe Marathon Route:

Kicking-off from the foot of Ben Nevis, the course gradually ascends through the South West of the Mamores Mountains until the first descent to Kinlochleven. As you make your way out of Kinlochleven there will be another steep climb up the Aonoach Eagach ridge.

At this point, the route tracks down the iconic Devil's Staircase and into Glencoe - site of the infamous Glencoe massacre in 1692. As you make your way through the valley you will see the towering Three Sisters to your left and the Aonach Eagach Ridge to your right.

The final stages will take athletes passed Loch Achtriochtan before speeding onto the outskirts of Glencoe Village for the finish.

Half Marathon:

The half marathon will begin in Kinlochleven and tracks the same route as the second half of the marathon, with a stunning Glencoe finish line.

Aid Stations:

Waterstop 1: 9.3km and 395m climb
Kinlochleven (Halfway): A further 12.15km and 268m climb
Waterstop 3: Another 11.84km and 635 climb
Finish: Final 8.83km and 70m climb

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Water and feed stations
  • First aid
  • Course marshalled
  • Help with training
  • Official event photographs
Raceday Logistics


Sat 5th Sept

Where: Nevis Centre, Fort William PH33 6AN

When: 1300 - 2000

Please note, all marathon runners must check in at the above time, there will be no race day check in available.

Race-day Schedule:

0900: Marathon starts

0930 - 1030: Half marathon check in

1100: Half Marathon starts

Kit List


- Waterproof jacket with a hood
- Waterproof trousers (recommended, but not compulsory)
- Hat and gloves
- Spare warm layer
- Emergency foil blanket
- Whistle
- Mobile phone, fully charged, in a waterproof case
- Emergency food
- Your event number and timing chip, which you will collect at registration and must be visible at all times


Spectators are firmly encouraged to come along and cheer on their friends or family who are taking part.

NB: Please be aware of the limited parking in Glen Nevis and Glen Coe. If you are looking to park up then please do so in Kinlochleven or Fort Willian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register for the Glencoe Marathon on the day?
No, there will be race day entry. Please refer to the tickets above to register for the race.
Does the Glencoe Marathon have an age limit?
All entrants in both the Glencoe Marathon and the Mamores Half Marathon must be aged 18+ on the day of the event.
What are the aid stations stocked with?
Wild Fox events will stock their stations with water, energy drinks, energy snacks, fruit and hot drinks. There will also be toilets during the race.

Glencoe Marathon Gathering weather forecast

Possible light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

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Glencoe Marathon Gathering reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    This was my first proper trail run, and I'm totally sold. The weather was interesting, sideways rain and snow on the hills, but everyone was in great spirits. We were properly waterproofed up, I ran the entire thing in a shell skiing jacket and proper job Salomon trail shoes - it's worth buying all the kit and doing it properly - getting cold would have been a nightmare. Although saying that, there were a few heros running the marathon in a kilt and a cotton t-shirt so it's really up to you! The course was epic, we set off straight up a really steep hill, it was first trail run so I was like woah here we go, but there were lots of people walking. Our feet were wet by about mile 2 but I couldn't have cared less. It was great fun just powering through the little streams, jumping over rocks and scrambling up hills. The race just flew by, much more so than any London road run I've done. I loved it, would recommend to anyone - beginners and pros alike. The scenery is well worth the trip.
  • Did the Glencoe Marathon in 2018

    Epic trail marathon! I ran in 2018 and the weather was not perfect, but it didn't matter as the scenery is stunning. While it is mostly running on a 'trail' there is plenty of real off-roading. The elevation is about 4,000ft in total which is a lot, but there are sections where no one is running... just too steep. Easily the most scenic running i've ever done. Very well organised, not sure how they got the drinks stops so far up the hill. I'll be back.
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