This 5 day point-to-point trip follows classic trails from the south eastern corner of the Cairngorms in Glen Clova, to the remote and wild Fisherfields in the north west highlands, via the many glacial valleys that carve their way through the Highlands of Scotland. Join us for this once in a lifetime point-to-point challenge.
Using historic drovers roads and stalkers tracks we will link mountain passes and great glens through the best of Scotland's high mountain scenery.
From the South east to the far north west we will cross Scotland, picking the best trails, find some of the most breath taking, challenging and inspiring landscapes in the UK.
Along the way, you’ll sleep in the comfort of some of Scotland’s finest hostels. Eat like hungry trail runners should at our handpicked restaurants, while your baggage will be taken care of each day and transported to your overnight stay.
Each day you will run with a guide who can take the strain of navigation and safety to lead your team success. Whilst bringing the scenery to life with stories of ancient cattle drovers, highland legends, geology and ecology.
|Date||Price||Availability||Book Now||Bookings close|
6-10 May 2019
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If these dates don’t suit you please get in touch to arrange a bespoke course.
A minimum of 5 bookings are required for this trip to run, confirmation deadline is 6th April 2019.
Pick up - Perth, stay at Glen Clova hostel
Day 1 - Jock's road, Glen Clova to Braemar
22k 780m ascent
Highest point 914 meters
Our first day starts in the very south eastern corner of the Cairngorm Glen Clova.
The run follows Jocks road, a historic drovers route linking the Glen Clova sheep markets to Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms range.
Staring from the visitors centre we follow wide tracks that gently ascend through the forest and out into the expanse of Glen Doll. At the head of the glen a well built but narrow path cuts across the hillside, passing an emergency shelter to lead us up onto the high plateau. The climb is never steep and we will alternate between walking and running sections. Once on the high ground we have a couple of kilometres of real wild running across open fells on a feint path before the steep descent down grassy slopes into Glen Callater. As we descend the glen the track improves as we pass the lodge and an easy downhill finishes the day to the Glenshee ski road just outside Braemar.
Accommodation in Braemar - SYHA
Day 2 - Lin of Dee - Laraig Ghru to Aviemore
31k 660m ascent
Highest point 840 meters
Again following an ancient trade route, today rather than over the hills we travel through them.
From the Linn of Dee a flat wide track lets the legs warm up towards Derry lodge, after this a well worn footpath gives steady but rough running as we pass under the huge slopes of Ben Macdui, the UK’s second highest mountain. A crossing of Luibeag bridge takes us over a small col and into the massive glacial valley of the Lairig Ghru with it’s spectacular views. Never steep the ascent is forgotten as the highest point of the pass, at 840 meters is dwarfed by the high mountains it traverses.
A short rocky boulder field marks the high point at the pools of Dee and then it is downhill all the way back to Aviemore on sweeping singletrack paths as we leave the mountains and return to the pine forests.
Accommodation Aviemore SYHA
Day 3 - Glen Affric to Kintail
Drive to Glen Affric -1hr 45mins
30.5k 650m ascent
Highest point 360 meters
Today we travel trough the majestic Glen Affric, often described as Scotland's most beautiful Glen due to it's large area of native ancient Caledonian pine forests and rugged skyline of high mountains.
A reverse of the legendary Highland Cross duathlon, today is the 'flat day' of the week with more down than up. The route starts by following the undulating shore of Loch Affric before meeting the watershed at Altbeithe, the most remote of the SYHA youth hostels. A steady 100 meter climb to the col below Beinn Fhada and then a technical, fast, rocky descent drops us almost to sea level, before a perfect gradient to ease off the legs as we arrive at sea level and a 5 minute transfer to our hostel.
Accommodation Ratagan SYHA
Day 4 - Achnasheen to Torridon
Drive to Achnasheen - 40mins
26.5k 1040m ascent
Highest point 652 meters
The mountains around Glen Torridon are laced with myriad trails, linking passes and winding routes between the giants of the munro summits. This allows us to tailor this day in our week to our needs, with flexibility for tired legs to get an easier day, or fresh legs to keep lapping it up!
Our route suggestion for today starts with a low angle steady climb from Achnashellach station to the Coulin pass, before cutting back west to climb to the head of Coire Lair a spectacular place, decorated with great waves of rock, contorted by the meeting of land masses. From the high point here a well worn path snakes between the munros of Sgorr Ruadh and Maol Chean-dearg before the sandstone slabs and glorious trail will have you wooping all the way to the sea in Glen Torridon.
Accommodation Torridon SYHA
Day 5 - Fisherfield crossing
Drive to Poolewe - 1hr
37.5km 1260m ascent
Highest point 540 meters
And here it is, the grand finale! Just when you thought that it couldn't get any more spectacular or wild, the crossing of the great Fisherfield wilderness will trump it all. Starting and finishing at sea level this route follows tracks used by stalkers and 'sportsmen' for hundreds of years, winding between rock and water of the many lochains and high mountains of this unique area.
After crossing the causeway to the remote shooting lodge at Carnmore we cross the first of our mountain passes to the river crossing at Shenevall bothy, nestled under the bulk of An Teallach, 'The Forge'. One last climb and gentle descent finishes the week.
Transfer to Inverness (1hr) and a well earned celebration dinner.
This is our premier trip and involves 5 days of trail running, a total of 135km and 4200m ascent. We will not be racing, and will find a pace that keeps the team together and allows time to enjoy our surroundings.
The main requirement for this trip is a good level of stamina. Being able to do 5 days of mountain walking in a row is a good indicator, along with a good base of steady longer runs up to 30km. All of the running is off-road and some will include rougher trails and muddy sections. Some off-road running technique is essential.
Accommodation: All accommodation is included from Sunday to Friday nights. The first night and last nights are in a hotel with twin rooms. Monday to Thursday nights are in youth hostels, with shared rooms of between 3 & 6 people per room. Due to the remote nature of this trip no other option is available on our open course. If you are booking as a group for bespoke dates other accommodation packages can be arranged.
Meals: Breakfast and lunches for on the run are included. Two home cooked evening meals for nights 2 and 4 are included. For the other evenings we will eat together in local restaurants, these evening meals are not included in the trip price.
Transport: All transport is included from pick up in Aviemore or Perth on Sunday night to our hotel in the centre of Inverness on Friday evening. All transport to and from runs and baggage transfer during the week are included.
The classic Scotland Point to Point week takes us through some of the most remote and wild terrain in Europe and we will have to be prepared to deal with everything that the mountains and the Scottish weather can throw us. Whilst we don’t want to be over burdened it is essential that every member of the team is carrying the correct equipment to deal with the unexpected. To ensure your safety the following kit list is therefore compulsory for each individual. Additional safety equipment will be carried by the guides.
We will be running for 5 days, laundry facilities will be available at times through the week but several changes of kit will be necessary.
2 tops - 2 thin thermal top and a long sleeved warmer layer
Long trousers - Running tights to be carried if running in shorts
Adequate footwear - Fell shoes or trail shoes only
Waterproofs - Jacket with long sleeves and hood and waterproof or pertex overtrousers
Head torch - light weight e.g Petzl e-lite
Survival bag - lightweight survival bag, Blizzard blanket recommended
Maps will be provided
Food - Enough lunch and snacks to fuel a full day in the mountains
First aid kit – the guides will be carrying emergency first aid supplies but if you can have a small personal kit with blister pack/compeed and any personal medication.
If you have any questions or need advice about any of the equipment please just ask.
"I joined Trail Running Scotland for the Classic Scottish Trails trip. The 5 days of running were all superb and it was a great, stress free way of seeing some of Scotlands best bits. Definitely in safe hands with Ian and Laura - full of knowledge, very organised and fun to spend a week with. Couldn't recommend them enough!" Katie
"I was recently on the Classic Scottish Trail expedition and can honestly say it was one of the best (active) holidays I have had. Although I’m a fairly experienced trail runner, organising a trip like this demands a huge amount of logistical planning – but all that was taken care of by Ian & co. which meant we could just focus on having fun. Moreover, Ian’s knowledge of the area meant we ran through some outstanding places. Regardless of whether you are an experienced trail runner or a road runner looking to go off road, without having to worry about navigation or safety, I would very highly recommend this trip." Kirsten
"In April I took part in the Classic Scottish Trails trip. The trip took me to some fantastic places in the Highlands, that I would never have thought to go to without the expert knowledge of Ian and Laura. I hadn't previously run these kind of distances for 5 consecutive days, but the great organisation meant there was plenty of time to recover and relax. This meant that I could really enjoy running in some awesome places with a nice bunch of people. I finished the week feeling inspired by the landscape and future trail and mountain running adventures to come. Thank you Trail running Scotland, highly recommended!" Simon