When I first moved to Scotland, I wanted to get to know the hills and mountains here and I’d often ask how I was meant to go up these mountains, as there were often no paths or trails, just an open hill that seemed to go on forever and ever...
We don’t always have to follow a path or trail here. We get to run off the beaten track and roam this beautiful land, as long as we treat all with respect and within reason of course. So after some years of running stunning vast glens, exploring coastal nooks and crannies, training up and down knobbly mountains, combined with yoga and a healthy lifestyle, I decided it was time to share this heather-filled wilderness with fellow runners from around the world!
I’ve brought together a team of brilliant runners, guides, practitioners and friends to help with Rannsaich’s creative running adventures. I hope you’ll join the team on a running adventure in Scotland soon! Just get in touch, Sara #RunandRannsaich
I grew up near Glencoe in the West Highlands, where my parents introduced me to exploring the forests, hills and lochs nearby. I’m a former mountain bike racer, but I don’t compete now, preferring to just get out and enjoy the outdoors on my own terms, whether on foot, bike, ski or canoe.
Running is the activity I probably get most satisfaction from – its easy to organise and allows me to go more varied places. From short trail runs to big days out on the hills, in all weather, running is the purest, simplest and most efficient way of exploring the hills of the west highlands. It gives a great sense of freedom that I love sharing with others.
I see myself as an outdoors all-rounder and journey-er. I totally love covering distance under my own steam whether running, walking, biking, canoeing or skiing. Can't think of very much better than sitting with a map and planning to explore somewhere new - especially if the trip starts with a boat or train ride.
Originally from Northern Ireland, I now spend most of my time in Scotland and getting out to the Alps as much as possible. My most recent favourite adventure was an alpine hut-to-hut running journey. Travelling fast and light through this stunning landscape has really captured my imagination and not only left me wanting more of this, but also dreaming up ways of doing it in bonnie Scotland.
I was brought up in South Wales, and have lived in Scotland since 2011. I have been running since I was in school, but my first taste of running in the hills came in 2006 when I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand. On my return to the UK, I was talked into running a Mountain Marathon, and since then I have been hooked!
I joined Dark Peak running club, and then Strathearn Harriers when I moved to Crieff in 2011 and met a wonderful group of people who encouraged me to try different types of running from cross country races, trail, and long hill races. I participated in my 10th Mountain Marathon in 2017 and have no intention of stopping.
As my day job, I am a self employed ecologist, retained Firefighter and Coastguard. Hill running in Scotland provides me with the opportunity to appreciate some of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Scotland and everything is has to offer, including some of the best encounters with wildlife. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sharing these adventures and experiences with friends and like minded people.
I have been guiding on the West Coast of Scotland since 2000 through my business Abacus Mountain Guides based in Fort William. I have intimate knowledge of Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Skye, in fact most of the West Coast of Scotland!
I also deliver Mountain Leader training and assessment courses and work on other national governing body qualification courses up to the highest level in the UK. It's my passion to be in the mountains and being able to help other people to go exploring and to lead people in the mountains is a real privilege.
I’m the Founder of Hebridean Pursuits and I’m passionate about taking folk out into these amazing wild environments in a safe and fun way. I have extensive walking, climbing, and running experience in the UK, European Alps, the Himalayas and South America and I’ve completed all of Scotland’s Munros.
I hold many guiding qualifications including the International Mountain Leaders Award (IML), a Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC), a Mountaineering Instructor (MIA), a Winter Mountain Leader (WML) and Summer Mountain Leader (SML). When I’m not mountaineering, climbing and surfing, I run these mountains!
I am driven to continue exploring the mountains - following the rivers, land and sea. Hill running has become a way I love to spend time exploring our wild paces. I have been a Sports Massage Therapist since 2014. My interests are in health, well-being and nutrition. Incorporating this knowledge within running I find continually valuable.
Hill races I have taken part in over the last 4yrs include: The Ben Nevis Race, Ring of Steall Skyline, Jura and many more over the Highlands and Islands.
Find me running for the hills in our outdoor playground or taking it all in with my creative photography.
I’m an experienced skipper and climber and I began sailing in the late 90s when I joined a 10m yacht in Greenland. Entranced by the wildness of the high latitudes, I crewed on a charter boat, working out of the Falkland Islands, and visited South Georgia and Antarctica during film work with the BBC’s Blue Planet team.
Following this unique, edifying experience, I bought my own boat, Ada II, and returned to the South Atlantic. For five years, I sailed with expeditions and charters in Patagonia and South Georgia and led an all-female trip to Antarctica. I lived and sailed with my baby son, Dylan, on Ada before settling down for a few years in Chile. When Dylan was three, I found and bought Selkie in Croatia. Selkie became our home, and I worked my way back to the UK and up to the Isle of Eigg, where I now live, run a croft and my sailing company, Selkie Explorers.
I grew up in a big family, and with a free and wild childhood in the Highlands of Scotland, I was most often found plunging into freezing rivers or running up mountains. Nature naturally was and is my yoga. I moved to London to pursue a career in television but I felt the life force slowly dribbling out of me until I discovered yoga. I found the mental and physical freedom I was used to feeling in nature, on the mat. Breathing my way through two problematic pregnancies and treatment for stage 2 cervical cancer, I realised that yoga was no longer something to be squeezed into my busy schedule, it had to be central, a way of life! I viewed cancer as a wake up call and went deeper into yoga and the journey of healing.
I completed my training as a 'Heart of Yoga' teacher in the Jivani School of Yoga with Emma Warmington in 2017. Lineage: Krishnamacharya - Grandfather of modern yoga - through his son, Desikechar, through Mark Whitwell to Emma. My classes focus on breath work- helping people to connect more deeply with themselves, their bodies and the world around them. My natural zest for life inspires self discovery and supports growth through intimacy with the breath, body, nature and life.