Route

74 miles, 4460 meters elevation gain

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The Skye Trail Ultra has only 4 checkpoints, and 1 water station.

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We highly recommend that you install the OS Maps App from Ordnance Survey, upload the GPX file for the course, and download the custom offline map well before the race, at 1:25k scale (OS Explorer Map). More details on this to come.

Skye Trail Ultra Elevation Profile

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Skye Trail Ultra Elevation Profile

Sections

Duntulm [ start ] to Portree

26.48 mi / 42.6 km, 2447 meters of ascent
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Portree Checkpoint @ Lay by on East side of A87 Opposite Aros Heritage Centre (NG 47781 42431) … { toilets }
Pathless in places, competitors must have ability to navigate.
Small tarmac section at start … varied on ridge, mixture of grass, compounded soil, scree, rocky, can be muddy on the descent to Portree.

Do not underestimate this leg! While there is no scrambling required, it is very tough. Make sure you take enough fluid and food.

Portree to Sligachan

11.06 mi / 17.8 km, 369 meters of ascent [cutoff: 1800hrs]
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Sligachan Checkpoint @ Sligachan Hotel bar (NG 48518 29908) … { toilets }
tarmac section then coastal path by Loch Sligachan, mixture of hard compounded soil, rocky and muddy … numerous stream crossings. Runners may be grouped/paired at the discretion of the race staff.

Sligachan to Elgol

11.77 mi / 18.9 km, 573 meters of ascent
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Elgol Checkpoint @ Car Park at Village Hall (NG 51979 13518) … { toilets }
Good hard compounded soil path then more rocky, can be muddy in places, with numerous stream crossings leading on to Camasunary.
From Camasunary to Elgol, a mixture of hard soil, grassy and muddy in places.
** CAUTION ** Care must be taken where path passes close to cliff edge at approx NG 52140 16084.

Elgol to Blaven

9.06 m / 14.6 km, 374 meters of ascent
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Blaven Checkpoint @ Lay By (NG 56138 22424)
Mixture of road and path.  Runners may be grouped/paired at the discretion of the race staff.

Blaven to Broadford [ finish ]

13.93 mi / 22.4 km, 670m of ascent
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Small road section to Kilbride then good path along coast.
**CAUTION** pathless section approaching Boreraig which has been problematic to competitors in the hours of darkness.
When approching this section (NG 617 163), bear North East to the Allt na Pairte [river] where you should regain the path.
If you fail to regain the path, stay on this bearing until you reach the river, DO NOT CROSS THE RIVER, stay on it’s West bank, follow the river upstream [almost due North ] until the river bank is adjacent to the path.
You are now on the ‘Marble Line Path’, all the way to the finish at Broadford where a warm welcome awaits you!