The Highland Ultra - 2024


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The Highland Ultra - 2024
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Take on this incredible multi-day ultra running event in the untouched beauty of the Knoydart Peninsula. With challenging ascents and plenty of Scottish wildlife to see, you can race individually or as part of a team. Enter to claim your finishers medal and other goodies.
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Thu, 18 Apr 2024
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Mallaig, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Knoydart, Knoydart, Mallaig PH41 4PL, UK
Start times
Thursday, 18 Apr 2024
125k: 2:00 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Highland Ultra - 2024
Route information
Distance 125k
Terrain Mountain trails
Traverse the infamous West Highlands and enter a world of sheer fantasy during this 3-day event covering 125k. 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 breathtaking scenery all around. Sights include the spectacular sea lochs of Nevis and Hourn, 85 square miles of rocky mountains and majestic glens.
In this isolated location reachable only by foot or by sea, you can spot local wildlife - from eagles above to magnificent herds of red deer and otters and dolphins along the coastline.
This is the ultimate ultra running adventure, which you can conquer individually or enter in teams of 2-4 people.
Stage 1: Heaven to Hell - 47-50k
The first stage will start off hilly in the village of Inverie, on the north side of Loch Nevis. You will set off taking the coastal road northwest. With the village having a total population of 111, this road will be quiet, so enjoy immersing yourself in the fantastic countryside and scenery. This stage will include river crossings, 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 crossings, and mountainous passes that will take your breath away. You will then begin to head towards the campsite, keeping 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. 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.
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Finisher's T-Shirt
  • Finisher's meal and drinks
  • Race photographs
  • First aid
  • Fully-marked course
  • Filter bottle
  • Guest speakers and training workshops
  • 2-person tent accommodation throughout
  • Hot water morning & night
  • Tree planted for each runner
  • Transport and storage of luggage
  • Dry-bag to be used to transport your sleeping kit
  • Boat transfer
  • Two-way conversational GPS tracker
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 William, 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.
Event day logistics
14:00 - 17:00 Arrival in Knoydart and kit check
Stage 1 - Heaven to Hell: 50k starts
Stage 2 - Kinloch Hourn: 42-48k starts
Stage 3 - Lunnie Bheinn: 27 - 33k starts
09:00 - 11:00 Boat transfer
Race Packs
All entrants must download their race pack directly from [the organiser's website] (!/2021ExternalLink).
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 Rehydration Sachets 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 2-4 runners. Each team member gets points for the position they place on the leaderboard. 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 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.
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.
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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