Off the Rails

A weekend of trails and trains

Friday the 8th to Monday the 11th of June 2018

Ever wondered what it would be like to get off a train in the middle of nowhere and find your way to your destination? Well this is exactly what you’ll get to do with this adventure! The idea of using our bodies, our fitness, to travel to our destination.

There’s a real purpose to this idea of travelling by running and, combined with journeys on trains to remoter locations, we create some interesting routes for you to take! Start this long weekend adventure on the Caledonian Sleeper train from London, travel up through the night and wake up in the middle of somewhere…and the middle of nowhere... in the Scottish Highlands.

Run it and train it to unique little nooks and crannies in this beautiful part of the world. This is a gem of an adventure for those looking for something a wee bit different!

Where do we go?

After a night travelling north on the Caledonian Sleeper train, start your adventure in a remote train station and run along vast lochs and wild glens to your first night’s accommodation.

After a comfortable night’s sleep, run to your next train station through picturesque villages with majestic views and along one of Scotland’s most iconic glens, the Great Glen Way. Head out West on the train, hop on a boat to the wild peninsula of Knoydart, and run through woodlands, along riverbanks to beautiful coastal bays and silver beaches.

After a couple of days of running, spend your evenings enjoying local food and relaxing in a hot tub which overlooks the bay. It’s a pretty good spot! Finish the adventure by hopping on another boat and running out from the wilderness of Knoydart to catch the train back! Yes, this is an interlinking cocktail of trails, trains, boats and good times, so join us this June!

Running terrain and locations

Running will be mainly on single track paths, forest paths, canal paths rough trails, boggy ground at times and, depending on preferences, open hills. Running days will vary in length depending on the conditions. We’re likely to stay out for at least 3 hours, with plenty of stops.

Running experience

Off the Rails is about using our bodies and our fitness to be able to travel further and faster than we would do if we were walking, which also means discovering more places in one day. The routes are often undulating but not vertical so it suits a middle distance runner who has some experience of running off-road. The ground can get rough at times so to avoid ankle and knee injuries, we suggest training on rough ground beforehand. As there are some amazing mountains on Knoydart, if the legs allow and the group is keen, then we may head up a couple of hills too.

Price and details

  • Price per person: £730 (€830 approx.) - 6 spaces available
  • 4 nights accommodation in comfortable guest houses (twin/shared rooms)
  • Fully-catered (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • A qualified Mountain Leader running guide with you all the way (4 days)
  • Local train tickets and boat journeys

Enquire and Book

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.