18 Grueling Mountain Races in Scotland

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If you love the hills and you need a challenge try these for size. . .
The Big Daddies
1. West Highland Way Race ~ 95 miles with 12,000 feet of ascent following the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William.
2. Islands Peaks Race ~ A team of sailors and runners sail from Oban to Troon via Mull, Jura and Arran. Includes 4 hill races totalling 60 miles with 12,000 feet of ascent.
3. Cateran Trail ~ 55 miles with 8,000 feet of ascent. A circular trail in Perthshire starting and finishing in Blairgowrie.
4. Highland Fling ~ 53 miles. The first half of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum.
5. Devil of the Highlands ~ 43 miles. The second half of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William.
Long Hill Races
6. Lairig Ghru ~ 27 miles with 2,100 feet of ascent.
7. Glenshee 9 ~ 21 miles with 5,900 feet of ascent.
8. Ochil 2000s ~ 18 miles with 5,000 feet of ascent.
9. Two Breweries ~ 18 miles with 4,900 feet of ascent.
10. Isle of Jura ~ 16 miles with 7,500 feet of ascent.
11. Pentland Skyline ~ 16 miles with 6,200 feet of ascent.
12. Arrochar Alps ~ 16 miles with 7,900 feet of ascent.
Chalenges, Duathalons and Mountain Marathons
13. Highland Cross Duathalon ~ 20 mile run from Morvich to the head of Loch Affric and then a 30 mile road cycle to Beauly.
14. Corrieyarick Challenge ~ run, cycle or duathalon, 17 mile hill section and 26 mile road section.
15. Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon ~ 2 day event for teams of two where camping equipment must be carried.
16. Highlander Mountain Marathon ~ 2 day event for teams of two where camping equipment must be carried.
17. Great Wilderness Challenge ~ a choice of 7, 13 and 25 mile races.
18. Hebridean Challenge~road bikes, mountain bikes and kayaks are required for this team event.

Have I missed out any? Has anyone competed in them all?! Let me know what you think. . .


I now offer guided walks and walking holidays in the UK in Northumberland, the Pennines, the Lake District, Scotland and further afield.

I'm always keen for outdoor adventures to help people learn the skills to explore! My particular focus is mountain skills such as navigating with a map and compass and wild camping for expeditions.

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