Run Up The Highlands Tour


23rd - 29th September 2018


Starts in Alyth (near Perth) in the south and ends at Spey Bay on the Moray Coast in the north - via the Angus Glens of Doll and Clova, the Queen's Balmoral Castle Estate on Royal Deeside, the eastern Cairngorms up to Tomintoul, on through Glens Livet and Fiddich to the malt whisky centre of Dufftown and passing by Fochabers and on to Spey Bay. The route passes by two of Scotland's greatest salmon fishing rivers (Dee and Spey), some spectacular mountain scenery in the Cairngorms National Park, many historic landmarks (including Balmoral Castle), beautiful lochs and glens as well as several of the world's best known malt whisky distilleries..... and finishing on the stunning Moray coast where you may catch a glimpse of the UK's largest pod of bottle nose dolphins. Please note that Running The Highlands reserves the right to alter the route and/or vary the distance of a day's run in the event of extreme weather conditions (i.e. for health and safety considerations).


122 miles (195 kms) in 6 days. Day 1 = 24.5 miles (39kms) , Day 2 = 18 miles (29kms), Day 3 = 10 miles (16kms) , Day 4 = 21 miles (34kms), Day 5 = 25.5 miles (41kms) and Day 6 = 23 miles (37kms).


Very comfortable with emphasis on getting there and not racing!

Ability Level

This is a challenging run, a step (or two!) up from the Run Across Scotland and will hopefully provide all participants with a tremendous sense of achievement (when completed)! As such, we would advise that all guests should be able to achieve the following: a 52 minute 10k, a 2 hour half marathon and/or a 4:15 marathon. There will be plenty of rest stops en route for a quick drink, etc and quite a lot of back up from the minibus (e.g. we even tend to have a lunch stop). The run on the 4th day (21 miles long) is several miles from the nearest road and so it makes sense that we keep going (albeit with stops/rests for a quick drink, etc). Therefore, please ensure that you are up to such a run and bring a small back pack for Day 4.


We would recommend that you begin your training several months in advance if possible! It would be great if you could get up to about 50 miles a week by about 2 weeks before the Run, with your long run being around 18 miles. You should also try to combine a few long, easy paced runs in a row (e.g. Friday, Saturday & Sunday) to prepare for the long distances on subsequent days. The emphasis should be on endurance rather than speed and you should try to include quite a bit of hill work in your training. Also, we would strongly recommend that you spend some time in the gym or on a bike improving your leg strength. This will help you when the terrain is rough and uneven. You should then begin a taper down for the last 2 weeks ensuring that you eat plenty of healthy carbs! Please contact us for more advice/information.


First night (Sunday) in the Glen Clova Hotel, Glen Clova, Angus. The Monday and Tuesday nights are at the Glen Lui Hotel in the Deeside village of Ballater and then Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights are at the Garth Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire.


Full board - all meals included: breakfast (full Scottish if you wish!!), packed lunches and dinner. Please ensure you bring a packed lunch/drink with you for the first day’s run (Sunday).


On the Tuesday we will have a relatively short run in the morning (10 miles) and so in the afternoon guests can either choose to chill out and rest or join us in the minibus for a short trip to and a tour of the Royal Lochnagar Whisky Distillery.


We will meet in Edinburgh on the Sunday (8.30am in city centre or 9am at Edinburgh Airport). We will then take you in the minibus to the start of the Run in Alyth (about a 2 hour drive). There will be minibus support for the Run every day (taking you to the start and collecting you at the finish) and it will also be available on every day (except Day 4; see above) for rest stops, teas/coffees, etc and lunch. We will have a supply of biscuits, drinks, etc available at all times! On the Saturday morning (after the Run has been completed) we will depart from the hotel in Grantown and plan to arrive back in Edinburgh at around 1pm.


Baggage will be transferred between hotels so that guests will only need a small day pack on the run.

Day Pack

In your day pack (really only necessary on Day 4) you should carry: lunch, drink (water, sports drink, etc), energy bars/gels/chocolate bars, etc.

Running Gear

Running jacket, leggings/running tights (or shorts if you are warm blooded!), running vests, running socks, and trail shoes (ideally 2 pairs in case of wet conditions), light weight hat (or headband) & light weight but good quality gloves. Please note that if you are prone to feeling the cold then we would suggest you bring seal skin or wool socks & waterproof gloves; especially for day 4 as you will be exposed to the elements. We have had temperatures from 28 degrees C (82 F) down to around 5 degrees C (41 F). In general, the temperature is likely to be around 10 - 15 degrees C (50 - 60 F) but you would be advised to check the forecast for the Scottish Highlands a couple of days before packing!

Max. Group Size

13 (including the 2 RTH guides & driver; so 10 guests in all)

First Aid

Both RTH guides are qualified first aiders and will carry a 1st aid kit with them on the runs.


RTH has an insurance policy which covers our guests & the general public whilst we are involved in any RTH activity. However, our insurance does not cover baggage loss, theft, damage, holiday cancellation, etc and so you may wish to cover these separately.


£940pp based on 2 sharing. Single supp = £120pp. Please note that the single supplement is applicable if you are booking for one person only. However, if we are able to find someone else for you to share with then the supplement will be removed.


Payment options (a) Cheque (£'s) payable to Running The Highlands or (b)Paypal – an online credit/debit card system. However, due to the costs charged by Paypal we need to add a charge of 3.5% for this method of payment (c) Electronic bank transfer - please advise us if you wish to take up this option and we will supply the bank account details. You will need to pay for any bank charges. A non-refundable deposit of £300pp is required to confirm a booking and the balance is then payable 10 weeks prior to the Run Up The Highlands. If you have to cancel, please inform us in writing or by email. Once the balance has been paid it is not refundable. Please note, however, that 95% of monies paid will be refunded if we are able to fill your place with a ‘reserve listed’ guest (5% being retained to cover administration expenses).  In the very unlikely event that we cancel, we will offer a full refund or alternative holiday. We recommend that you may wish to take out holiday cancellation insurance.