The Race

74 miles, 4460 meters elevation gain

2021 Edition: 25 September 0640 hrs

Run with us on the Skye Trail, a simply breathtaking route passing through some of the finest mountain ranges and coastal trails in the UK. Explore it’s entirety at one go, ultra-style.

Awesome to run (1st year) Awesome to support (every year since) on a lonely outpost for many hours. We, (Karen, now Donna & Stuart too as the numbers grow) go way above & beyond at the Elgol outpost to ensure you are rested, fed & ready for the final 23 mile push. I know no other race like it. Join us. Be sent on your way by us. This race is like no other.

On the toilets: They are porcelain, they flush, the water & drier work. Just don’t turn your torch off. Nae lights. But if you only pee in 5-star establishments (not many runners do) keep your torch off. The sploshing at your feet is actually tap water!!

—Karen Robertson (2015 finisher)

SkyTrail.ORG.UK says:

The Skye Trail is a challenging, unofficial long distance route through the stunning landscapes of the Isle of Skye.

The trail covers 128 km of tough terrain including spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. It follows much of the celebrated Trotternish Ridge and also passes under the very shadow of the jagged Cuillin, the finest mountains in Britain. There are remarkable but almost unvisited coastal cliffs, steep trails above high drops, and the haunting ruins of deserted villages destroyed in the Highland Clearances.

It is not waymarked and some sections do not have paths. Excellent map reading skills are needed to complete the trail and this route is strictly for the experienced hillwalker. However the rewards as you walk south from the most northerly point on the island are many in terms of the diverse scenery passed, the small communities visited and the superb opportunities for watching wildlife. The route is devised for those who prefer to get well away from the beaten track and have already gained wide experience of Scottish hillwalking. There is relatively easy access by public transport, and to accommodation at the end of each stage, but it could also be done as a backpack using a mixture of campsites and wild camping in the more remote areas.

While we encourage our entrants to bring their own support crew to get them to the start and assist at check points, you can compete in this event without any support—we will ferry your dropbags to the four CP’s. You may include food, clothes, shoes etc. Bags will be returned to race finish where you can collect them.

For a taste of the race and the trail, have a look at these wonderful videos created by Alan Konopka (thank you, Alan!):