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Skye Trail Ultra

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An ultra in the Isle of Skye, the terrain is tough but includes spectacular mountain and coastal scenery.

At the start, the route follows the spectacular Trotternish Ridge, then passes between the jagged Black Cuillin and the less rugged Red Cuillin. These are some of the most stunning mountains in the UK. There are rarely visited coastal paths, trails above steep drops and the haunting ruins of villages deserted at the times of the Highland Clearances.


If you are lucky, you may catch the sight of a minke whale or a golden eagle!

How to enter the Skye Trail Ultra

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    Ultramarathon

    Run 74mi
    £115
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Skye Trail Ultra route

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Duntulm [ start ] to Portree

26.48 mi / 42.6 km, 2447 meters of ascent

Portree Checkpoint @ Lay by on East side of A87 Opposite Aros Heritage Centre (NG 47781 42431) … { toilets }

Pathless in places, competitors must have ability to navigate.

Small tarmac section at start … varied on ridge, mixture of grass, compounded soil, scree, rocky, can be muddy on the descent to Portree. Do not underestimate this leg! While there is no scrambling required, it is very tough. Make sure you take enough fluid and food.

Water Station: where path crosses A 855 road from Staffin (NG 44006 67930)

Natural Water Stream: Bealach Na Leacaich (NG 46217 59123)

Natural Water Stream: NW Spur of Ben Dearg (NG 47141 50815)

Portree to Sligachan

11.06 mi / 17.8 km, 369 meters of ascent [cutoff: 1800hrs]

Sligachan Checkpoint @ Sligachan Hotel bar (NG 48518 29908) … { toilets }

Tarmac section then coastal path by Loch Sligachan, mixture of hard compounded soil, rocky and muddy … numerous stream crossings. Runners may be grouped/paired at the discretion of the race staff.

Sligachan to Elgol

11.77 mi / 18.9 km, 573 meters of ascent

Elgol Checkpoint @ Car Park at Village Hall (NG 51979 13518) … { toilets }

Good hard compounded soil path then more rocky, can be muddy in places, with numerous stream crossings leading on to Camasunary.

From Camasunary to Elgol, a mixture of hard soil, grassy and muddy in places.

** CAUTION ** Care must be taken where path passes close to cliff edge at approx NG 52140 16084.

Elgol to Blaven

9.06 m / 14.6 km, 374 meters of ascent

Blaven Checkpoint @ Lay By (NG 56138 22424)

Mixture of road and path. Runners may be grouped/paired at the discretion of the race staff.

Blaven to Broadford [ finish ]

13.93 mi / 22.4 km, 670m of ascent

Small road section to Kilbride then good path along coast.

**CAUTION** pathless section approaching Boreraig which has been problematic to competitors in the hours of darkness.

When approching this section (NG 617 163), bear North East to the Allt na Pairte [river] where you should regain the path.

If you fail to regain the path, stay on this bearing until you reach the river, DO NOT CROSS THE RIVER, stay on it’s West bank, follow the river upstream [almost due North ] until the river bank is adjacent to the path.

You are now on the ‘Marble Line Path’, all the way to the finish at Broadford where a warm welcome awaits you!

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Check In time will commence from 00.15hrs Saturday 25th May. Please do not attempt to enter premises earlier as it is used by the local community.

All competitors must attend the Safety briefing at 0200hrs.

Please note there will be a kit inspection.

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Kit List
    waterproof jacket – must have attached hood
    waterproof over-trousers
    gloves
    SPARE CLOTHING [only to be used if immobile and injured]
    2 long sleeved tops
    hat (beanie type)
    plastic survival bag (not a space blanket! MUST be approved by Race Director)
    head torch and spare batteries (or spare torch)
    map: the Harvey Maps Skye Trail XT40 map
    compass
    whistle
    emergency food
    co-adhesive bandage
    fully charged mobile phone (pre-subscribed to 999 SMS service), MUST have a fully charged spare battery or power pack
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FAQs

What are the age restrictions for this event?

You must be 21 years of age or over to compete in this event

Are dogs allowed?

Sorry, no.

Can I wear headphones on the run?

You can use headphones during the race if you wish, but you must remove them when approaching a CP, or a road junction, or during the entirety of any road running sections.

What if I need the toilet?

If you gotta go … you gotta go ! … take a ‘poo’ bag with you, carry it out!

What experience do I need before taking part in this event?

You should have some previous experience of hill or trail running, and be used to covering distances significantly in excess of a standard marathon

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Skye Trail Ultra weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

13°C
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9°C
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