Loch Ness Challenge Ultra Marathon Scotland | Loch Ness 360° Trail

Join The Ultra Marathon

If three marathons over three days is not hard core enough for you, we have the ultimate challenge: the Loch Ness Challenge, the newest ultra marathon Scotland has to offer.  To be held on Saturday 21st May 2022.

Take on 129 km and over 3000 metres of ascent within a time limit of 24 hours. If you plan on undertaking the entire route of the LochNess360ﹾ Trail, then you must be very experienced in off road trail running. Above all, you should also have experience of completing long ultra marathons (88 km plus). This is not a challenge for beginners!

This brand new ultra marathon will take you through the rugged beauty of a Highland landscape. In addition, as you go around Loch Ness, you will experience some of the best views of any running challenge in the world.

A runner on the Loch Ness 360 trail running through the highlands

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Sponsors of the Loch Ness Challenge

Important ultra marathon information

The event will start from the village of Dores at 10pm on Saturday 21st May 2022.

Total distance:  80 miles (129km) / over 3,000 metres ascent
Time limit: 24 hours
Entry cost: £100

If you’d like to help out at the Challenge this year, we’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us throughout the event. Find out more about volunteering on the Loch Ness Challenge here.

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Ultra marathon mandatory kit

All ultra-marathon competitors are required to provide a mandatory kit, to include:

  • A mobile phone
  • Sufficient water and food to last for 4 hours
  • Water/windproof top, additional base layer, hat and long running pants
  • Suitable off road running shoes
  • Head torchA box for ultra-marathon runners for one check point will be available at registration for personal drinks and other items.

These or if you bring your own drop bag (would need to be waterproof), need to be clearly labelled with name/race number and will be delivered to the check point.

Support crews will be permitted to meet competitors and points to be advised.

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Map of the Ultra Marathon Route

The map below shows the full 80-mile trail around Loch Ness. The northern red trail is part of the Great Glen Way. The South green trail forms the South Loch Ness Trail from Fort Augustus to Inverness.

Elevation profiles

These elevation profiles show a cross-sectional view of the terrain for our ultra marathon in Scotland along the Great Glen Way (sections 1 to 3 of the LN360°) and the South Loch Ness Trail (sections 4 to 6).

Elevation profile for the Great Glen Way
Elevation profile for the South Loch Ness Trail

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