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Testimonials from Running The Highlands Clients 

"This is just to say one big enormous thank you …… for an absolutely fabulous weekend - everything just seemed to be sprinkled in magic dust……I'm sitting at my desk now but have found myself drifting back several times this morning." - Paul from Horley, Surrey.

"I came here quite despondent about my running, as I have not been motivated, due to injury and pressure of work. Meeting such motivated people, who obviously get such a lot from running was so helpful.......Having a break from the pressure of work has given me my sanity back and I will endeavour to be a happier, more positive runner now. Thank you very much!! I will definitely be back." - Sue from Milton Keynes.

"Can't thank you enough for a great 'pick me up' weekend" Carol from Barrhead.

"A cold and sunny day in the eastern Cairngorms is pretty near nirvana. Forget jetting off to the Alps for a ski holiday; instead, get yourself some running shoes - they're cheaper than a lift pass - and anyway, holidaying at home is the new rock 'n' roll. Blue sky, a nip in the air, snow-capped Lochnagar in the distance, the scent of pine trees, the steel grey of the River Dee and mile upon mile of deserted forest trails, save for the red squirrels, hares and deer that scampered across our path. Bliss." - Sybil Ruscoe, Daily Telegraph

"An excellent group of participants of diverse abilities but all appeared well catered for. This weekend exceeded my expectations.........Thanks and well done!" - Bob from Hertfordshire

"I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The runs, the talks, the accommodation and the organisation were all superb. You all did an excellent job......" - Matt from Glasgow

"A fantastically well organised event. You really took care of us all." - Fiona from Tillicoultry

"We really had a fantastic time. I can't say how much we enjoyed it." - Leah from Milton Keynes

"Personally it was a great kick start to my running and I feel it has highly motivated me and given me the enthusiasm to keep up my winter running." - Alan from Aberdeen

"Can’t see how [the tailored holiday] can be improved. All very professional" - Tony & Paula, Co Tipperary, Eire

"Really enjoyable weekend, didn’t feel that being the weakest runner was ever an issue. Emma and Neil totally supportive and couldn’t do enough to ensure everyone was happy and enjoying themselves. Loved every minute and look forward to the next time." - Katie, Aberdeen

"I had a fantastic time and felt super-healthy & ready to attack my training schedule." - Carrie, Fife

"Very little could be improved, the location, food, runs and talks were excellent. Neil and his staff/guides could not be more helpful. Thanks." - Stewart, Inverness

"Just loved the weekend, particularly guides and advice both general and specific from Mel. Massage and Pilates a revelation. Would be happy to pay more for such an excellent product." - Ian, Ayrshire

"Wonderful weekend. Thank you for all your hard work and the personal touch." -  Clare & Paul, Midlands

"I came here to Running The Highlands holiday looking for a nice relaxing place where I can also do some off road running and generally something different from my regular ‘running on the roads in the city’. All my expectations were exceeded multiple-fold. This is simply the most idyllic surroundings to run in and I couldn’t have had a better guide to trail running and the area than I had. Neil planned six very different runs in varying degrees of difficulty (mileage, hills) and terrain. The sceneries were spectacular. We often went running first thing in the morning, which I found out is the best time to catch a glimpse of the fabric of wildlife in the area – red deer, golden eagle, red squirrels, black grouse are some, not to mention rabbits, cows, horses, sheep (and corgies!) With such awe-inspiring backdrop, unlimited trails and Neil’s knowledge and passion for the area, there is no better place to run and have a great holiday." -  Wei, Hong Kong

"Can’t think of anything that could or should be improved. Professionalism and personal attention was superb." -  Karen & Peter, Surrey

"Huge enjoyment and would love to return. I felt like I was smiling all weekend (perhaps not for all of Ger [Keane]’s session) it was such fun." - Jon, Gloucester

"Fabulous weekend, enjoyed everything! Every aspect towards running was thought about. Would definitely come again." - Kate, Newcastle

"The whole weekend has just been outstanding! I have loved every part of it. If I have to highlight 1 part it would without any hesitation be Gerard [Hartmann]’s participation! He is just off the scale. You should be so proud of what you have achieved. It has been just fabulous!!! Thank you so much for everything. I hope to see you again very soon." - Lis, Oxford

"I have had a fantastic time. I feel enthused and invigorated – not just about running, but about life in general. I definitely plan to attend another weekend and to persuade friends to come too. The whole weekend far exceeded my expectations. All the speakers and guides were so kind, friendly, informative and, above all, encouraging." - Emma, Inverness

"I will look back at this weekend in the future as the catalyst that changed my life. Thanks for a wonderful experience." - Gordon, Aberdeen

"A fantastic trip. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. Everyone was extremely hospitable and welcoming. The accommodation was excellent and the food fantastic." - Joanna, London

"The whole weekend has been excellent. Great timetable with every talk helping to encourage with various aspects of fitness. Would now aim to vary running training and come back for another weekend as an improved runner. Thanks for a great weekend." - Helen, Aberdeen

"I think the holiday was wonderful, it was very enjoyable and motivational. At no point did I feel pressured to participate in any activity which was not at my ‘level’ of fitness. The events were well planned and the timings perfect. A wonderful, motivational and enjoyable weekend. Thanks so much." - Ellen, London

"I had a wonderful time and I am going to make sure my running friends get to hear all about you! Many thanks for a wonderful weekend." - Arlene, Dublin, Eire

"Thank you, you all looked after us so well….Great weekend away! Many thanks to you both…..Thanks for a truly memorable weekend! It was awesome!....Really enjoyed the weekend and running with your guidance – thanks to both of you….Very many thanks for a superb weekend – thoroughly enjoyed it…..Just to say’thank you’ for a great weekend. You made us all feel very welcome. Many thanks."  - Hazel, Rosemary, Simone, Liz, June & Audrey, Argyll

"Can’t think of anything that could or should be improved – been a smashing 4 days." -  Bob & Lorraine, Sheffield

"I have never had a weekend like this before. It was tremendous! Thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks" - John, Preston

Tailored Holidays

Tailored Running Holidays

All year round bespoke holidays, tailored for individuals, couples, families and groups




How we do it..

Qualified Running Guides drive you to the start of your off road runs, run with you, advise and inspire you



Running Holidays and More

Something for everyone..

Get the maximum out of your running break; wildlife, whisky, history, and loads of other activities



Race Events
Race Events

This year's NTS Crathes Half Marathon will held on Sat. 13th Sept. Online entries open now:

Douneside House

Great Places to Stay

Rest and recuperation for runners at some of the finest accommodation in the area. 

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