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Summary route information on a selection of runs appears below and just a simple click will take you to the main information. You can find new routes by using the search facility, looking at the race page or just browse the picture gallery. Send us your comments about how we can improve the information by using the contact us link. From October 2020 access to view the Scottish routes on the OS map featue is now available without the need to login. This also applies to the download of the GPX files for all routes. Additionally the search page and the detailed route page now have a link to driving instructions to the start point.

Routes and news
Dearg up and doon
Dearg up and doon
The Dearg up and doon from Blair Castle is a new race from 2021 and is a cracker. Outsider Events also provide some shorter and longer distances.
This route is
31.62 Kms
along trail and dirt road in an loop format. There is
1027 m
of climb along the route.
Ardgoil peninsula
Ardgoil peninsula
This Ardgoil peninsula route is brilliant but it is tough with over
1000 m
of climb over its
23 Kms
distance.
This is one of those routes that seems to have everything though the first half is much better than the second.
This route is
23.1 Kms
in length and provides
1022.12 m
of elevation. Hill trail running in a loop format.
Glen Finglas loop
Glen Finglas loop
The Glen Finglas loop is a must do run if your fitness allows. This is one we keep going back to and have never been disapointed no matter the weather - apart from having to turn back once because of snow.
This route is
25.34 Kms
in length and provides
931.34 m
of elevation. Hill trail running in a loop format.
Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond
Oh what a run this is if you can get the right weather and that's what happened for us and on our birthday. One of Scotland's iconic mountains and a bit of a running challenge.
This route is
12.1 Kms
in length and provides
774 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Ben Bouie Loop
Ben Bouie Loop
Another route starting in Kidston Park in Helensburgh. This is a longer distance and offers stunning views and a good amount of elevation.
This route is
24.6 Kms
along pavement, small road and trail in an loop format. There is
579.4 m
of climb along the route.
Aberfoyle past the tower
Aberfoyle past the tower
Another run we do when training for marathons even with all the elevation gain. Some lovely views on this route and you do feel very remote. For some reason we have been caught in heavy rain many times on this route, but that doesn't show in the pictures.
This route is
29.7 Kms
along trail and dirt road in an loop format. There is
621.1 m
of climb along the route.
Ben Arthur - The Cobbler
Ben Arthur - The Cobbler
The Cobbler is a very popular hill walking route located beside Arrochar and is a real challenge to run. Mostly out and back with a small loop near the summit .
This route is
11.46 Kms
in length and provides
849 m
of elevation. Hill trail running in a loop format.
Sheriffmuir loop
Sheriffmuir loop
A nice country road loop in the Stirling countryside that has a nice bit of climb in it at the start.
This route is
17.7 Kms
along mainly country road in an loop format. There is
396 m
of climb along the route.
To Carn Labhruinn
To Carn Labhruinn
It's amazing how remote some runs can seem even if they are only a short distance from the town. This is a cracker from Callander - Dr Finlay to you older ones.
This route is
22.1 Kms
along trail, dirt road and country road in an loop and out and back format. There is
570 m
of climb along the route.
West Highland Way
West Highland Way
Mainly using the West Highland Way this route takes you from Rowardennan along the banks of Loch Lomond to Loch Arklet.
This route is
27.5 Kms
along mainly dirt roads and trail with a short section on a small country. This has
679 m
of climb along the route.
From Aberfeldy
From Aberfeldy
From The Birks tourist spot in the heart of Aberfeldy this route provides a great variety of running and some lovely views along the way.
This route is
21.6 Kms
over trail and a mix of moorland and forest roads. Comes with
622 m
of climb which is mainly in the first half of the route.
Loch Affric loop
Loch Affric loop
This area is considered to be one of the most spectacular in Scotland. The Loch Affric loop is a brilliant route that offers some technical running at the start, but otherwise good paths and lovely views.
This route is
17.6 Kms
in length and provides
345.1 m
of elevation. Trail and forest road running in a loop format.
Glen Affric
Glen Affric
A long route covering the north and south sides of the main lochs within Glen Affric. Spectacular views along the way with a good variety of surfaces.
This route is
39.3 Kms
in length and provides
686 m
of elevation. Country road, trail and forest road running in a loop format.
Coire an Loch
Coire an Loch
This route takes you from the Dog Falls around Coire na Loch. The start and end is mainly in the forest while the middle part opens up across the open countryside and the village of Tomich.
This route is
14.4 Kms
in length and provides
452 m
of elevation. Forest road and path running in a loop format.
Short 3 lochs way
Short 3 lochs way
Starting from the Kidston Park in the town of Helensburgh this route give a variety of running surfaces and some lovely views along the way.
This route is
12.6 Kms
along pavement, small road and trail in an loop format. There is
279 m
of climb along the route.
Glen Almond
Glen Almond
This is an out and back we use when doing marathon training. Beware Glen Almond in the cold is very cold even with the sun shining. Perhaps we should try this one in the summer, but so far it has never happened like that.
This route is
32.2 Kms
in length and provides
354.22 m
of elevation. Trail running in a out and back format.
Bracklinn falls loop
Bracklinn falls loop
One of the shorter runs and a real mix along the length. The falls themselves are lovely to see but for us the highlight has to be coming out of the trees into the wide open.
This route is
6.2 Kms
along trail, dirt road and country road in an loop format. There is
452 m
of climb along the route.
The Stank
The Stank
Near the tourist village of Callendar this route up past the small lochan called The Stank is a good one for a leg stretch and easy to get to.
This route is
7.3 Kms
over well made forest road and a short section on country road. Comes with
242 m
of climb split that is all in the first section.
Glen Loin Loop
Glen Loin Loop
The Glen Loin loop is a cracker of a route and another we keep going back to. We have been spoilt with great weather when we do this one which is probably part of the reason we keep going back.
This route is
17.75 Kms
in length and provides
366 m
of elevation. Trail and dirt road running in a loop format.
Glen Strathfarrar
Glen Strathfarrar
A nice and tranquil route on a closed private road. The road is very good quality with only the odd car. The route runs alongside the river and takes you all the way to the dam before turning back.
This route is
16.5 Kms
in length and provides
263.2 m
of elevation. Small country road running in a out and back format.
Plodda falls
Plodda falls
One of the shortest runs in our database but well worth the effort. We did this route as part of a leg stretch after a long run and it was perfect.
This route is
2.3 Kms
in length and provides
119 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
5 lochs from Kinlochard
5 lochs from Kinlochard
The route will give you views of Lochs Ard, Dhu, Chon, Katrine and Arklet along the way. Although mainly on forest road parts of this route are on various levels of trail
A 5 loch route on forest road and trail covering
26.9 Kms
and having
467 m
of climb.
Meall Liath
Meall Liath
Another route within the Trossachs and this is the first from the Bocastle car park near Kilmahog. This car park can also be used as a starting point for other routes within our database.
A route on various surfaces covering
14.3 Kms
and having
377 m
of climb mainly over the first section.
Lochs Voil and Doine
Lochs Voil and Doine
An out and back from Strathyre that covers
38 Kms
in total so you can choose your distance. Nearly all on tarmac with a short distance on good quality dirt road. A nice route with few cars making it perfect for training for the longer runs.
This route is
38.1 Kms
in length and provides
569.88 m
of elevation. Country road running in a out and back format.
Ben Ledi
Ben Ledi
Although hard, this run is real fun with the up to the summit draining you before the descent tries to put you on your backside. Every time so far we have fallen on that descent. Always however in a nice boggy, muddy, wet bit that hurts pride more than anything else.
This route is
10.06 Kms
in length and provides
804.32 m
of elevation. Trail and dirt road running in a loop format.
Strathyre and Loch Earn
Strathyre and Loch Earn
Strathyre and Loch Earn is a great route for getting in the miles for the longer races. This is mainly on tarred and hardcore paths but does have a section on the small lesser used road on Loch Earn's shores.
This route is
35.8 Kms
in length and provides
440.41 m
of elevation. Tarred and hardcore path and road running in a out and back format.
Firmounth
Firmounth
The Firmounth route was a weekly run for us when we lived in the village of Aboyne in Aberdeenshire. We have done this route in all kinds of weather and any time we are in the area we do it again. Great route on good quality track.
This route is
18.94 Kms
in length and provides
547.38 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Loch Rannoch marathon
Loch Rannoch marathon
Usually takes place in early to mid October.
This is a lovely run and a really friendly race to take part in. With a small loop round the village of Kinloch Rannoch to start with the race is mainly a run up one side of Loch Rannoch and down the other.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
259 m
of elevation. Road running in a loop format.
Loch Katrine marathon
Loch Katrine marathon
Loch Katrine marathon is an out and back along the side of Loch Katrine where you spend most of the run looking at the views. There is undulating and there is undulating and this is very undulating.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
452.7 m
of elevation. Country road running in a out and back format.
Aboyne hill race
Aboyne hill race
At just over
11.3 Kms
the hill race at the Aboyne Highland Games is one of the classic races in Scotland. Brilliant route.
This race is
11.3 Kms
over mainly trail and forest road. Comes complete with
354 m
of climb split into two main sections of up.
Durris
Durris
A nice easy route in Aberdeenshire close to to the small town of Banchory. Offers some wonderful views across Aberdeenshire if you make the slight detour to the top of the hill.
This route is
17.09 Kms
in length and provides
427.83 m
of elevation. Forest road running in a loop format.
Across to Arran
Across to Arran
An additional short run on the island of Arran. Sunday mornings are generally a rest day or a nice short and interesting run and this is one of those.
A short run on Arran with the reward of some lovely views.
Glasgow half marathon
Glasgow half marathon
The biggest half marathon in Scotland and a brilliant race to take part in. For a city half it is well supported and well organised. There are better halfs to do in Scotland, but this one should not be ignored.
This route is
21.1 Kms
in length and provides
116 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
Glen Coe Marathon
Glen Coe Marathon
This marathon is really tough and is an absolute cracker of a race. We have heard the direction is changing from 2020 but when we did it the finish was in Fort William. You will be tired at the end of this and have a great big smile on your face.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
1241.05 m
of elevation. Trail running in a point to point format.
Bennachie
Bennachie
Bennachie stands proud in the Aberdeenshire countryside and can be seen for many miles around. This is a popular walking, running, cycling area so do not expect to be on your own for it. Worth the effort though.
This route is
11.62 Kms
in length and provides
494.95 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Loch Skene
Loch Skene
Loch Skene is located on the west of Aberdeen just beyond the village of Westhill. This is a nice route and very flat so making it idea for gentle recovery runs or some speed work.
This route is
7.74 Kms
in length and provides
33 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a out and back format.
Pitfitchie loop
Pitfitchie loop
The Pitfitchie loop is one we generally do of an evening when working in the Aberdeen area. No idea why, but seems to suit the evening style of a run. Good quality forest roads.
This route is
16.72 Kms
in length and provides
404 m
of elevation. Trail and dirt road running in a out and back format.
Glen Sherup loop
Glen Sherup loop
Another route in the Glen Devon area and this is a tough one taking in a few small summits along the way. A map is needed for this one as the trails can get very faint in parts. Very enjoyable run.
This route is
16.04 Kms
in length and provides
623.48 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Meikle Tap
Meikle Tap
Meikle Tap is near Banchory though we approach this route from the road running past Echt. We have been lucky with this route as the weather has always been nice. A real good route with lovely views.
This route is
13.76 Kms
in length and provides
411.62 m
of elevation. Trail running in a out and back format.
Helensburgh - Glen Fruin
Helensburgh - Glen Fruin
As a child this is the place of the family picnic and full of great memories as we run through it. Lovely quiet road though once out to the Gareloch it does get busy.
This route is
27.41 Kms
in length and provides
416.87 m
of elevation. Country road running in a loop format.
Craigmore
Craigmore
This is a wee cracker of a hill route where it is all up and then all down. Craigmore is the main hill sitting above Aberfoyle and one that is worth doing if you are short on time.
This route is
6.81 Kms
in length and provides
420.47 m
of elevation. Trail running in a out and back format.
Glen Devon - Geordies wood
Glen Devon - Geordies wood
Glen Devon - Geordies wood is a nice short route that packs in some hill just to make you work a little bit. We haven't done this one often and we should.
This route is
4.35 Kms
in length and provides
145.28 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Helensburgh 10K
Helensburgh 10K
Helensburgh 10K is us back in our old hometown and we generally try and make this one each year. Sometimes with family members. Friendly run and part of the Babcock series.
This route is
10.08 Kms
in length and provides
79.72 m
of elevation. Road running in a loop format.
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
This Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar is a mix of loops and out and back. Something different from Aberfoyle rather than the usual Loch Ard forest routes.
This route is
24.82 Kms
in length and provides
538 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Fort William Marathon
Fort William Marathon
Fort William Marathon has been discontinued but we hope it does come back. The last six miles of this race almost drowned us. Great route/race and please come back.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
523.84 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Loch Ard loop via Uamh Mhor
Loch Ard loop via Uamh Mhor
Another
20 Kms
route from Aberfoyle and had become our Monday morning standard run before Covid-19 landed. Nice and varied route and we look forward to going back on future Monday mornings.
This route is
20.61 Kms
in length and provides
316 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Queen Elizabeth forest park
Queen Elizabeth forest park
Queen Elizabeth forest park and one of the shorter runs that we have from Aberfoyle. This one has been done by us many, many times so can't be bad.
This route is
20.49 Kms
in length and provides
325 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Glen Fruin to Loch Long
Glen Fruin to Loch Long
Glen Fruin to Loch Long and feeling the love for the whole place as we return to our childhood haunts. Although mainly in trees the route does open out to give great views across the Gareloch and Loch Long.
This route is
21.32 Kms
in length and provides
664.48 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a out and back format.
Dumyat hill run
Dumyat hill run
Dumyat hill run from Logie Kirk near Stirling is a short sharp up the hill kind of run. Highly recommened to be run as early in the morning as you can. Great views on a clear day.
This route is
7.45 Kms
in length and provides
394.59 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Lairig Grhu hill race
Lairig Grhu hill race
The Lairig Grhu hill race has been for us our favourite race ever. We had glorious weather, ending up sunburnt, and really enjoyed the challenge. Not easy, even to get into.
This route is
43 Kms
in length and provides
727.76 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a point to point format.
Cocksburn reservoir loop
Cocksburn reservoir loop
From the LogieKirk near Stirling this is on quiet country road for the main part with a mixture of being out in the open and in amongst trees.
This route is
6.69 Kms
in length and provides
236.53 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Hel N Back hill race
Hel N Back hill race
Hel N Back hill race is in our old home town and we love this race to bits'n'back. This is tough, friendly and full of great food at the end. It is also on a Saturday morning which we rather like.
This route is
12.34 Kms
in length and provides
361 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Mull half marathon
Mull half marathon
The Mull half marathon is easy to get to for an island half and is a point to point race. The route is mainly along the coast towards Salem and has only
232 m
of climb. Maybe a lot for a half ?
This route is
21.09 Kms
in length and provides
231.96 m
of elevation. Country road running in a point to point format.
Kinnoull Hill
Kinnoull Hill
Kinnoull Hill sits high above the city of Perth and boasts the old tower and great views. A short run and take some sort of map with you as there are paths everywhere.
This route is
8.54 Kms
in length and provides
284.03 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Loch Venachar loop (Lendrick)
Loch Venachar loop (Lendrick)
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick visitor centre lets you start the loop towards the end of Loch Venachar. A mixed terrain route, but good quality all the way.
This route is
24.47 Kms
in length and provides
501.78 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Loch Venachar loop
Loch Venachar loop
Loch Venachar loop from Callander on varying surfaces and a good amount of climb. We have also covered this route from a starting point at the Lendrick visitor centre.
This route is
24.47 Kms
in length and provides
501.78 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Loch Ard forest
Loch Ard forest
Another route in the series from Aberfoyle. The loop route is on mainly forest roads and is done as a large figure 8. One of our most popular runs giving you
416 m
of climb over the distance.
This route is
27.46 Kms
in length and provides
416 m
of elevation. Hill trail running in a loop format.
Stob an Lochain
Stob an Lochain
In the right conditions this is a great hill run. There is
878 m
of climb in this and it is exposed once you clear the tree line so be warned. We have had to pull back from this route twice due to worsening weather. Great views.
This route is
20.81 Kms
in length and provides
877.69 m
of elevation. Hill trail running in a loop format.
Another in Loch Ard forest
Another in Loch Ard forest
A big loop nearing
30 Kms
and mainly on good quality forest roads.Starts from Aberfoyle and covers a lot of the forest in a large figure of eight.
This route is
29.73 Kms
in length and provides
621.09 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Clachnaben
Clachnaben
A hill run on one of the most prominent hills in south Aberdeeshire. The route is just short of
16 Kms
and has a lot of climb in it. Offers some stunning views over the Aberdeenshire countryside.
This route is
15.72 Kms
in length and provides
636.72 m
of elevation. Trail and dirt road running in a loop format.
Balloch to Clydebank half
Balloch to Clydebank half
In 2020 the Balloch to Clydebank took place shortly before the close down caused by the Corona virus. Good route, nice and flat and very well organised.
This route is
21.15 Kms
in length and provides
89 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
Beinn an t-Sidhean
Beinn an t-Sidhean
This is a short and tough run due to the steepness of the hill, but worth the effort. It starts from the main Strathyre car park and a short easy section of less than
1 Kms
takes you to the start of the climb.
This route is
5.79 Kms
in length and provides
447.86 m
of elevation. Trail running in a out and back format.
Lochan Breaclaich from Killin
Lochan Breaclaich from Killin
A route with a good bit of climb and some varied surfaces. Most of this route is on good quality country roads, even the parts heading up the hill. There is one very boggy part that lasts about
2 Kms
which is a lot of fun.
This route is
27.25 Kms
in length and provides
755.88 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a loop format.
Skye half marathon
Skye half marathon
Skye Half Marathon which is usually held in June.
This is a lovely race and perhaps our favourite ever half marathon. Not the easiest of runs as you do have some climbing to do, but it really is worth it.
This route is
21.1 Kms
in length and provides
257.83 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a out and back format.
Barrathon
Barrathon
2019 has been a great year for seeing some beautiful places in Scotland and Barra is most definitely one of them. The half marathon takes you right round the island and is one of the most friendly and welcoming races anywhere. There is a fair bit of climb on this race.
This route is
21.09 Kms
in length and provides
283 m
of elevation. Road running in a loop format.
The Glens
The Glens
A route from Lochearnhead taking in Glen Kendrum and Glen Ogle, to name just two of the glens. So far we haven't managed to do this run in sunshine, but this is a wonderful route to try.
This route is
24.52 Kms
in length and provides
539 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
Scolty and more
Scolty and more
Scolty Hill near Banchory in Aberdeenshire offers a few hill climbs along with distance added through an extended loop. Three main climbs exist on the route, Scolty hill itself plus an additional two in the forest.
This route is
17.66 Kms
in length and provides
538.86 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
The Fungle
The Fungle
The classic route in Royal Deeside and the core of the Aboyne highland games hill race. One of our favourite runs. Not the longest of routes but a great challenge for anyone.
This route is
9.5 Kms
in length and provides
359.07 m
of elevation. Trail running in a loop format.
The races
The races
There are some wonderful races to take part in within Scotland and around the world. We have a separate page listing our selection along with data such as entry fees, travel, dates etc.
Open the races page by clicking on this news story.
Arran - Glen Rosa
Arran - Glen Rosa
A short holiday took us to Arran for our first ever visit on this wonderful island.
This route is
11.87 Kms
in length and provides
181.19 m
of elevation. Trail and road running in a out and back format.
Shettleston 10K
Shettleston 10K
The third and last race of the Babcock seriews usually takes place late May on a Sunday morning. The location if Glasgow green and along part of the river Clyde.
Nice and flat route though the final loop around Glasgow green can feel hard.
Dumbarton 10K
Dumbarton 10K
The second race in the Babock 10K series is a popular Thursday night run in Dumbarton. Mostly flat with some easy inclines.
A well attended event with a start time usually at 7:30pm.
Killin 10K
Killin 10K
A lovely
10 Kms
in the heart of Scotland close to the foot of Loch Tay. Wonderful location and a very enjoyable route.
A 10K run by Tay Fitness so is well orgnaised. A small amount of elevation and good crowds.
Strathearn marathon
Strathearn marathon
The Strathearn marathon is located in central Scotland just outside of the town of Comrie. A bit of climb on this road race but where else can you start and finish at a POW camp ? A real pleasure of a day spent on this one.
One of the friendliest Scottish marathons you can do.
Big Sur Marathon
Big Sur Marathon
Oh this is the marathon with all the California scenery you can imagine. Beautiful route though it does have an awful lot of climbing in it. Very well organised and get it one your bucket list.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
799.79 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
San Francisco marathon
San Francisco marathon
San Francisco marathon is one of the ones to do if you are ever going to do a marathon. The first half of this race is brilliant and that run over the Golden Gate bridge is stunning.
This is a
42.2 Kms
route that provides
302 m
of climb. Road style running in a loop format.
NYC Marathon
NYC Marathon
NYC Marathon is the worlds biggest one and for a lot of people something on their bucket list. It is certainly an experience and so well organised. If you can and get the chance, do this one.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
288.06 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
Chicago marathon
Chicago marathon
The Chicago marathon is one of the big six and we love this city. We bombed in the race, but not complaining at the whole overall experience. Cold and wey in the morning, some sunshine and a beer at the end.
This route is
42.19 Kms
in length and provides
64 m
of elevation. Road running in a loop format.
Tokyo marathon
Tokyo marathon
Oh wow have we been on our travels. Tokyo marathon review from 2019 where it was almost a
42.2 Kms
swim. What a marvellous country this is. The organisation of the event is brilliant and the crowds immense.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
78 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
Boston marathon
Boston marathon
The famous Boston marathon has now been added to our race reviews. This is the oldest marathon and one of the toughest to get into of the world majors.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
305.03 m
of elevation. Road running in a point to point format.
Berlin marathon
Berlin marathon
One of the races that is now easily available for access from the race search engine. If you like road marathons then this Abbott world major is a good venue for getting a personal best. The course itself is a bit dull but has a wonderful start and end.
This route is
42.2 Kms
in length and provides
71 m
of elevation. Road running in a loop format.
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