Go Further!

Adventure running in North West Scotland.

Last weekend we organised a 30 mile running adventure through the southern half of the Fisherfield Wilderness following the length of Loch Maree from close to Kinlochewe to Poolewe. The weekend included everything – wild and high trails, remote glens, an overnight stop at a secluded beach and – a tent sauna to relax tired muscles.

Running west on the north bank of Loch Maree. Day 2.

Adventure running is all about the journey and reaching the wildest and most beautiful locations on foot. But reaching these places often means being weighed down by the kit and calories necessary for wild camps. Last weekend we solved that problem by ferrying the tents, sleeping kit and food over Loch Maree to a secluded beach. By the time we had ran the 14 rough trail miles from Kinlochewe, wilderness skills expert Donnie Chisholm had sorted a fire, a tent sauna and several buckets of strong tea.

Look east along Loch Maree

The first day’s running took us in a giant horseshoe from Incheril near to the Heights of Kinlochewe. From there we ran to the dramatic and high remote Lochan Fada which sits at more than 300m in the shadow of Slioch which towers over these rough trails. After a steep and technical descent to Loch Maree we then turned west for a few kilometres to tiny sheltered pebble beach surrounded by birch trees. That night we relaxed by the driftwood fire with chilli, oatcakes and cheese watching the sun set at the west end of the majestic¬†loch. After a breakfast of porridge and meusli (and several more mugs of tea) the runners set off for 16 more miles along the north bank of the loch to the tiny settlement at Letterewe – which is only accessible by ferry or 15 miles on foot. From there we ran north through Srathan Buidhe (the yellow glen) and around the spectacular north face of Beinn Airigh Charr. The view from here into the Fisherfield range of mountains is one of the best in the North West.

We’ll post more information about our adventure soon. In the meantime – see our Running pages for more information about Adventure Running courses Guided Running.

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