()
()

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Low deposit, fully flexible, Covid-19 book risk free. Learn more

Trail Running Retreat in Cairngorms

From £500 pp

Scotland, Scottish Highlands

3 nights/4 days

4-8 people

Trail Running Retreat in Cairngorms

What You'll Do

This is the perfect place for a long weekend of running, relaxing and escaping the speed of everyday life, moving at your own pace and taking in the wild, rugged landscape.

The Cairngorms National Park is the UK’s largest at over twice the size of the Lake District. This will be your running backdrop for the weekend whilst providing a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Located in the heart of the Scottish highlands, this area has everything you’d expect – castles, distilleries and the magnificent mountain valleys. This is a fantastic destination in the UK where the scenery makes running anything but dull!

Please note that twin rooms are booked on the basis of two sharing. A single supplement is available on an enquiry basis.

Experience
Highlights

​Unique trail running experience, off the beaten track​

Cover a spectacular 26.5km circular loop through the valleys

Awake refreshed in country accommodation with trails on your doorstep

Your Local Host:

Ruth and Kerran

As a team of experienced runners, practitioners and health enthusiasts, the Running Team aims to provide the perfect balance of activity, relaxation and fun. Ruth and Kerran organise fantastic running breaks in amazing places. Using his experience as a long distance runner and outdoor adventurer, Kerran carefully plans and tests each trail, sele Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrival day

Arrive and settle into your lovely cottage. Meet the team and guests over an evening meal and get ready for the next exciting day.

You’ll be staying in a twin shared room  in a cottage or farmhouse with great outdoor space and modern comforts. Regardless of where you’re staying, expect some great trails right on your doorstep. As the exact accommodation is dependent on how many are on the retreat, the exact address will be sent to you at a later time.

Run and relaxation

Wake to breakfast, stretch and warm up before heading out mid-morning on the longest run you’ll undertake this weekend! After a short 10-15min drive to the trail head, you’ll be off into the valleys of the National Park. You’ll follow the valley and pass Bob Scott Bothy turning towards Devils Point, then stop beneath the mountain for a brief stop to refuel at Corrour Bothy before heading back. This is a 26.5km circular loop with minimal elevation (300m) but amazing vistas throughout. Back at base you’ll refuel on a simple late lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. You’ll all reconvene over a relaxing dinner.

Run and relaxation

After breakfast and a warm up, you’ll head out for a slightly shorter but more hilly run – approximately 20km with 600m ascent. You’ll return back to base for a well earned lunch. The afternoon is another chance for you to unwind at the accommodation or enjoy a beer in the local pub before meeting up for the evening meal.

Departure day

Following a quick stretch and breakfast, enjoy a gentle morning run (approximately 7.5km with 200m ascent) or treat yourself to an extra hour or two in bed. Relax over breakfast with new friends before you head off feeling rejuvenated.

Location Information

With the massive valleys of the National Park, the area is idyllic for walking, running, thinking, or just simply being outdoors. You’ll be staying in a traditional country house which has trail heads right on the doorstep – perfect for a weekend of runs and relaxing.

 

  • 3 nights accommodation on a twin shared basis in a country house
  • ​Healthy home-cooked meals (Friday pm - Monday am)
  • ​3 carefully curated guided trail runs - designed by runners for runners
  • ​Expert running guides throughout. Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider and experienced ultra-marathon runner
  • Training plan prior to departure
  • ​Stretch, strength and rejuvenate class​

FAQs

Trail running: 50km over 3 days
Total ascent: 1000m
Duration: 3-5 hours per day
Grade: challenging

This is a small group with a maximum of 8 people. It runs with a minimum of 4 people.

The trail runs are expertly guided throughout. Rest assured, your guide is an experienced ultra-marathon runner and Qualified Leader & Outdoor First Aider.

We'll provide a breakdown of what this might look like upon booking confirmation.

Driving:
From Glasgow, Edinburgh & Inverness - Braemar approx 2hrs
From Aberdeen - Braemar approx. 1hr

We recommend car sharing where possible and are able to put you in touch with fellow guests should you wish to do this.

Flying:
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen Airports.