Tradition tells us that the best way to enjoy and experience Scotland's Great Trails is to set out on a leisurely walk or hike over a number of days, where the idea of time is lost to the hills. The relaxation through walking at your own pace is a concept which is very much still alive, however, the idea of running along these wonderful trails is quickly growing in popularity, from both local runners and those from further afield.
Trail Running is now is hugely popular past time and there are a growing number of events across the world, dedicated to the sport. In Scotland alone, the West Highland Way is home to at least four trail running events, with the Rob Roy Way and Great Glen Way also featuring annual races.
At Walk Across Scotland, we appreciate that not everyone enjoys the pressure of an event or race format and would simply prefer to run along a trail at their own pace and without any time restrictions. We have a solid experience of trail running and can provide a number of useful hints and tips to all our clients. Ross has taken part in six ultra marathon events across the country on multiple occasions, including the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and sections of the Rob Roy Way.
We believe that the moderate landscape and ascents of Scotland's Great Trails offer the ideal training exercise for runners who participate in some of the more technically difficult and physically demaning terrains of Europe's Alpine events, such as the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc or the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run.
Trail running is not just about being the fastest in the field - there are many disciplines and ideas of what constitutes running across the hils. There is also much more flexbility over the mileage a runner is capable over covering each day and the number of hours spent on the trail. Unlike an average walk or hike, where the pace is very much single geared, the itinerary for running a long distance trail can vary greatly from one day to the next. This is why we haven't listed specific itineraries on this page - we feel that it is important to allow maximum flexibility over how far you'd like to run and where to stop overnight. The below prices and itineraries are merely a guide and can be adapted to each runners needs.
|PRICES & ITINERARIES|
|Tour Code||Running Days/Nights||Ave. Miles Per Day||Prices From (per person) **|
|West Highland Way|
|Great Glen Way (PACKAGE LAUNCHING 30TH APRIL)|
|Rob Roy Way|
What is Included?
Breakfast each morning
Door to Door Baggage Transfers
Maps & Guidebooks
Info on transport and local services
GPX files for your tracking device
What is not included?
Evening meals and packed lunches
Travel to the start
Travel from the finish
WAS & Mud Sweat Trails
Walk Across Scotland are delighted to have teamed up with the Dutch and Belgian Trail Running website, Mud Sweat Trails, where we aim to promoting hill and trail running in Scotland the to wider European audience. MST not only organise a number of events across The Netherlands, they also provide a platform for like minded runners to share the stories, thoughts and views on this now hugely popular sport and pastime.
Our most recent promotion involved the distribution of 3,000 flyers to their first event of the running season, the 6th Salomon King of Spain Trail which is taking place on the 23rd/24th April at the Dutch town of Gulpen.
You can read our article running the WHW on our blog pag, which has also bee posted on the MST website.
RECORDING YOUR FINISHING TIMES
Trail runners love to keep track of their split times and will often research the ups and downs of their route. Packages include GPX files, allowing clients to download and analyse the ascents and descents along the trail.
We will also use this page to publish your running times so you can compare your times to other WAS trail runners - just for fun!
**Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room.
Please note an additional ‘single room supplement’ or 'single occupancy' charge of £20 per night will be incurred for solo runners or for individuals who require single room accommodation.
Each trail hosts a variety of accommodation types; from budget stays including hostels, bunkhouses and wigwams to standard and more expensive bed & breakfasts, guest houses and hotels (please note that some budget accommodation may not include breakfast). Individual preferences can be stipulated in the Holiday Booking Form.
Each package includes accommodation before and after the run. Additional nights can be arranged to allow you explore the highlands at your leisure. Clients must organise their own return transport to the start and from the finish. We can, however, arrange for a local taxi firm to collect you from Glasgow airport or the city centre train stations if necessary. Details of public transport services are available on request.
If you would prefer to run any of these trails using an alternative itinerary, please let us know via the Enquiry Form and we will do our very best to tailor the holiday to your needs.
Trail running is often enjoyed most in small groups of friends and we are more than happy to organise group bookings, whether the main purpose is for a simple and relaxing jog along the trail or if there is a more competetive, yet stil relaxed, edge to the run. For larger groups, accommodation may be arranged in Youth Hostels or Bunkhouses. We can also arrange for minibus travel from Glasgow/Edinburgh either to the start or from the finish. Please contact us for for further details.