Essentials

The area

Fort William and Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Glen Nevis, The Mamores, Lochaber, Knoydart, Glen Shiel, Torridon….this is a runner’s paradise! Big mountains, steep ascents, quick descents, hair-raising needle ridges, a vast interconnecting network of glens, heather-filled wilderness, miles of coastal trails, beautiful islands, rare seabirds and eagles, stags and deer, mountain hares and ptarmigan. This is what we love. This is where we run.

Type of terrain

Running is mainly on single track trails, open hills, forest paths, canal paths, rough trails, boggy ground, rough ground, rocky ridges, scree, mountain paths. Each adventure varies so please refer to them for specific details.

What do the days look like?

Each running adventure varies in distance, terrain, length and additional activities. Weather is the main factor to consider so we try to fit around the best weather for that day if we can. Some days will be longer than others depending on the kind of ground we cover and depending on what the group is keen to do. We like to mix things up by running and discovering interesting sights, stopping off at a beach if the group is keen, taking a dip in the sea… Essentially running with Rannsaich is about being flexible, creative and responding to what the day brings as you never know what’s round the corner.

Running guides

All of our running guides are qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders and are very good runners. They have been trained to lead groups in mountainous or remote areas, without planning to use a rope. They are trained in navigation, group management, expedition skills, emergency procedures, the weather and the environment. We also have two technical advisors and guides on the team who are qualified and experienced International Mountain Leaders – their advice and support is invaluable. Take a look at our Team page to find out more about our running guides!

Level & experience

All of the Rannsaich adventures are suitable for trail runners and mountain runners.

  • Cut and Run – mountain running, ridge running (skyrunning), running coastal paths, sailing
  • Anam – trail running, mountain running, ridge running (skyrunning), yoga
  • Off the Rails – trail running, running in glens, forest paths and some road sections to connect
  • Trasta Trasta – trail running, mountain running, ridge running (skyrunning)

Distance – Max 15 miles/day

Please tell us what kind of runner you are and which races you have completed as we like to ensure that groups are well matched.

Kit

As a minimum please bring the following and anything else that you would normally bring on a running adventure. The most important thing with kit is that you are used to wearing it or using it before coming on the trip. Please ensure that your kit is in full working order. We all have our favourite buff or lucky socks, so bring them along...!

  • Running shoes: good trail, mountain/fell running shoes with a really good tread still. It’s best to bring two pairs if possible
  • Running layers: running leggings (full or half length); running shorts; good running socks (summer socks are fine); running vest / tshirt; long sleeved base-layer; thin technical sweater
  • Outer layers: waterproof trousers (taped seams); waterproof jacket (taped seams)
  • Accessories: buff; warm hat; gloves; sunhat; sunglasses
  • Skincare: sunscreen; midge repellant
  • Safety: compass; whistle; head torch
  • Days packs: running bag / vest (large enough)
  • Food & Drink: Water bladder and/or bottles; energy snacks (electrolyte, magnesium, salts energy tablets and drinks, gels, nuts, sweets...)

What's included and what's not

Included in the price

  • Accommodation (price is based on shared room, cabin or motorhome)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A qualified Mountain Leader running guide
  • Additional activities or therapies (sailing, yoga, massage)
  • Local train and boat tickets

Not included in the price

  • Energy snacks and drinks
  • Transport to Fort William or Mallaig (flights, trains, buses, car hire)
  • Alcohol

Training

Rannsaich adventures are all really good opportunities to do some training, either for distance, strength, climbs or descents. However if you’re planning on using a Rannsaich adventure ‘to get fit’ then it probably isn’t the right running adventure for you. Runners need a decent level of fitness to be able to enjoy these adventures fully because it really is about enjoying the experience of being out there, and not a constant fight against yourself (or others)! If you’re mainly a road runner with a bit of trail experience then we advise that you train on trails and rough ground before your trip. If you’re not really used to running hills, then get those hills in beforehand, including hill reps!

Insurance

Please buy suitable insurance to cover your Rannsaich adventure as you never know... We recommend shopping around for complete travel insurance which includes ‘Mountain Running’ (and sailing if you book the Cut and Run adventure) and includes emergency evacuation, medical care and sports accidents. If you’d like to discuss the options, please get in touch.

How do I get there?

In general, catching the train is a good option as there’s an overnight Sleeper train from London to Fort William (the closest main town to the adventures). If the train isn’t an option however then take a look at some other options.

  • Take the train (or overnight sleeper from London)
  • Fly to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness and either catch the train, bus or hire a car at the airport
  • Travelling by coach is an option too, which can work out quicker and cheaper than the train
  • Drive up! Give yourself between 2.5 – 3.5 hours from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Fort William

Important notes:

Cut & Run starts and ends in Mallaig (1 hour West from Fort William – there is a train and bus)

Anam starts and ends in Fort William

Off the Rails starts at a wilderness train station. Jump on the Sleeper train from London or hop on early morning at Glasgow or Edinburgh (Fort William direction)

Trasta starts and ends in Fort William

For flights: check out www.skyscanner.com to compare flight options and prices.

For trains: www.scotrail.co.uk

For buses and coaches: www.citylink.co.uk

For car hire: www.skyscanner.com

Synopsis and booking

Adventure Start Date End Date Days Price
Cut and Run 15 April 2018 20 April 2018 5 £1490 (€1695 approx.)
Anam 13 May 2018 20 May 2018 7 £1210 (€1375 approx.)
Off the Rails 8 June 2018 11 June 2018 4 £730 (€830 approx.
Trasta Trasta 6 July 2018 10 July 2018 4 £780 (€885 approx.)

If you’d like to book this adventure or if you have any questions, please send an email to info@rannsaich.com and we’ll get back to you to arrange a phone call and chat. Once you’re happy to go ahead, we’ll send you a booking confirmation which contains details of how to pay, including our terms and conditions.