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The Highland Ultra - 2021

Route description
Route description

Traverse the infamous West Highlands and enter a world of sheer fantasy. This fantastic mountainous route will not only challenge you but also reward you with fantastic scenery. There will be plenty of climbing throughout this multi-stage race so make sure to take in the breath-taking scenery all around.

Stage 1: Heaven to Hell - 47-50k

The first stage will start off hilly in the village of Inverie. You will set off taking the coastal road Northwest. With a total population of 111 this road will not be busy so take your time to take in the fantastic countryside. This stage will include river crossing, 5.5k of climbing, and some descents. Then you will take in the mountains and great lochs. There will be a 7k climb up from sea level reaching a total of 440m above. Finally, you will finish on a 9k single-track trail which will lead you to the Kinloch Houm campsite to rest.

Stage 2: Kinloch Hourn - 42-48k

At this stage, you will leave the Kinloch Hourn campsite taking the route off Knoydart and immediately begin to climb. There will be some pathless sections, river crossing, and mountainous passes that will take your breath away. You will then begin to head towards the campsite, keep your eyes peeled for eagles and red deer.

Stage 3: Lunnie Bheinn - 25-28k

If the weather permits, you will begin the route at sea level and summit one or two of the Munro mountains including the Lunnie Bheinn mountain itself. Finally, from the 940m summit, you will begin to descend to the finish line in Inverie. If the weather does not permit an alternative route will be provided along some more hidden paths.

Logistics and schedule

Wednesday: 14:00 - 17:00 Arrival in Knoydart and Kit Check

Thursday: Stage 1 - Heaven to Hell: 50k starts

Friday: Stage 2 - Kinloch Hourn: 42-48k starts

Saturday: Stage 3 - Lunnie Bheinn: 27 - 33k starts

Sunday: 09:00 - 11:00 Boat Transfer

Race Packs

All entrants must download their race pack directly from [the organiser's website] (!/2021).

Entry Requirements

All entrants must have completed at least a marathon within 12 months before the event and must have a significant level of fitness before entering.


  • This is a fully self-sufficient event.

Kit List

This race is self-sufficient, so participants are responsible for carrying their entire kit during the trip.

Mandatory Equipment

  • 1.5 litres of water carrying capacity (you will be supplied with a 0.6l filter bottle at registration)
  • Minimum 2000 calories of food per day (2500+ recommended)
  • Head Torch and 1 x Set of spare batteries
  • Mobile Telephone (must remain charged throughout)
  • Survival Whistle
  • Safety Pins
  • Knife
  • 1x Blizzard Bag
  • GPS Tracker (Supplied)

Mandatory Clothing

  • Warm clothing to wear at camp in the evenings
  • Appropriate Trail running shoes and clothing
  • Good Waterproof jacket –Taped seams
  • Good Waterproof trousers –Taped seams
  • Warm Base Layer x 2
  • Socks x 2
  • Buff/Snood
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Dry Bag. The minimum capacity of 10litres.
  • Lightweight Sleeping bag (night-time temperatures can be as low as 5degrees)

Mandatory Medical Kit

  • Oral RehydrationSachets x 5
  • Antiseptic Cream x 1 Tube
  • Antiseptic Wipes x 10
  • Antihistamine Cream x 1 Tube
  • Plasters (Band-Aids) x 5 of Varying Sizes
  • Disposable Gloves x 1 Pair, Large
  • Blister Plaster (or Compeedor preferred brand) x 4
  • K-Tape (or preferred brand) x 1 Roll (10cm x 2.5m)
  • Alcohol hand Sanitizer (50ml)
  • Tweezers (tics are common in this area)
  • Green Needles x 2 (BTU will supply this item at registration)
  • Toilet Paper

Night Bag

The Night Bag will have a weight limit of 3KG and will be transported to each campsite. You will not be able to transfer items between your day kit and night bag.

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep Mat
  • Camping clothes

Advisory Items

  • Toothbrush
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Bowl and cutlery

Team race

Each team will be comprised of 4 runners. Each team member gets points for the position they place on the leader board, for example, if you finish in 1st place you will receive 1 point. The winning team will be the one with the least amount of points by the end of the day.

How to get there

Knoydart, Knoydart, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK

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All runners must make their own way to Mallaig.

By Train

  • Trains run to Mallaig from Fort William. Fort William is easily accessible via train across the whole of Scotland and the UK.
  • From Edinburgh Airport: There is a regular Tram service directly to Edinburgh Haymarket train station (or take a taxi to Haymarket Edinburgh Waverley stations). From Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley you can get a train straight to Mallaig with a change from Glasgow station.
  • From Glasgow Airport: You can take a taxi to Glasgow Queen Street station and from there it is a direct train to Mallaig.
  • From London: You can take the West Highland Line which has a sleeper service available. This train will take you as far as Fort Willaim where you can transfer train which will take you to Mallaig.

Boat Transfer

The organiser's team will meet you at the Mallaig harbour at a predetermined time which will be provided closer to the event. From the rendezvous, you will be transported by boat to the base camp in Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula. After the event, you will also be transferred via boat back to Mallaig.

Frequently asked questions
How self-sufficient is The Highland Ultra?
Each runner must carry all of their own mandatory equipment. Your night bag (dry-bag provided by the organisers) will be transported and accessible at each campsite.
How fit do I have to be to enter the Highland Ultra?
A significant level of physical fitness is required to take part for safety. It is request that anyone has at least finished a marathon within 12 months of entering.
Is the Highland Ultra safe?
Yes, the Highland Ultra is safe, the organisers recruit teams local to each race to help manage events. There will also be qualified medics at all events. All runners will also be provided with a GPS tracking device which will be monitored throughout the race and allows conversations between runners and the organisers whenever needed.
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