A Brand New Ultra Run Based in the Heart of the Cairngorms National Park

Entries to Open Mid December

(Further Details & Entry Links will be Available Soon)

               A Unique Ultra Trail Race Based in the UK's Largest National Park


                       The Cairngorms Ultra Trail is a Brand New Event for 2020


                                Surrounded by Spectacular Highland Scenery


                    A Full Traverse of the Wide Open Spaces of the Ben Avon Plateau

                   Home to Britains Largest Nature Reserve, the Area is a Wildlife Haven

Date:   Saturday 6th June, 2020       Distance:  62km (Approx)                 Start Time (TBC):    0730    

Event Venue:  Mar Lodge, Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YJ.

The event start & finish will be located here.

Entry Fees: TBC Special Early Bird Price available until 1st January 2020.
Entries: Minimum entry age 18 years old.                   


Event Terms and Conditions can be viewed HERE.

Registration: This will be based from Mar Lodge. Numbers will be issued at registration.

What's Included in Your Entry:

  • Professionally run event, Mountain safety team cover during the race, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support

  • Online Registration

  • Unique finishers medal, tech t-shirt, customised race number

  • GPS Tracker (Hire), Bespoke Waterproof Race Map, Live GPS tracking for event safety management & for your family and friends to follow your progress in realtime, Route gpx downloads

  • High Terrain Events Eco Cup

  • One Well Stocked hydration & feed station on the course

  • Hot Food, Drinks & Refreshments at finish (This includes a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, Homemade Veggie Chilli or Hearty Broth, & a delicious Homemade Tray Bake

  • Free event parking, changing, toilets, showers.

  • UTMB Points: Details for 2020 UTMB available soon.

The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is the largest national park in the UK & an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounded by the remnants of ancient pine forests, rolling glens, wild rivers and rugged peaks, the central Cairngorm NP is a huge, roadless & protected area.

The event is to be based from Mar Lodge, three miles to the west of Braemar. Home to Britains largest nature reserve, the area is a wildlife haven which includes golden eagles, mountain hares, ptarmigan, black grouse and red deer.

The Cairngorms Ultra Trail takes you on a journey through this wild & majestic landscape.

Entry Requirements: Keeping in line with this unique landscape participants will need to be partially self sufficient for this event. You do not have to be super fast or an elite athlete to enter, this will be an awesome challenge if you're looking to push yourself that bit further! However, the event is not suitable for novice trail runners as the terrain incorporates tough mountain trails and the ability to navigate the route is essential. It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.

Mar Lodge Estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles. Due to the environmentally sensitive area the route will be unmarked. Although the route follows well defined trails, navigation experience is necessary.

Terrain: Following the old drove roads and passes, the wild heart of the National Park can be experienced without trekking over summits. The route follows well defined paths & tracks throughout. The route is approx. 97% off road.


Course: Starting & finishing at Mar Lodge this is a circular A circular route around the Ben Avon Plateau.

Route Highlights:

  • Glen Lui to Derry Lodge

  • Glen Derry

  • Fords of Avon

  • Glen Avon

  • Loch Builg

  • Invercauld Forest

  • Linn of Quoich

  • Dee Valley



  • Derry Lodge

  • Fords of Avon Refuge

  • Linn of Avon Path Junction

  • Loch Builg South East Corner

  • Invercauld


Aid Station:   Loch Builg South East Corner

Time Limits: (TBC)

A GPX File of the route will be available to download soon.

Route Profile  Coming Soon

Click on the map to view a larger version

Track from Invercauld to Mar Lodge

View of Ben Avon from Bealach Dearg

Derry Lodge

Getting Here: Mar Lodge, Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YJ.Mar Lodge Estate is 3 miles west of Braemar.

A big thank you to Mar Lodge, Invercauld & Ben Avon Estates

The village of Braemar lies in a spectacular location & has a good range of accommodation options; hotels, guest houses, B&B's campsite.

Braemar village. Picture courtesy of Visit Braemar

Glen Lui & Lui Water

Amongs the Caledonian Pine

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