A Brand New Ultra Run Based in the Heart of the Cairngorms National Park
A Unique Ultra Trail Race Based in the UK's Largest National Park
The Cairngorms Ultra Trail is a Brand New Event for 2021
Surrounded by Spectacular Highland Scenery
A Circular Route of the Wide Open Spaces of the Ben Avon Plateau
Experience this Wild & Remote Area with Support from a Great Event Team
Collect your 2021 UTMB points with the Cairngorms Ultra. Details below.
2021 Provisional Date: Saturday 5th June
This is subject to UK Government clearance for public events. We'll post updates, how to enter, etc when available.
Check out our course video highlighting this fantastic route...
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 Cairnngorms offer one of the wildest and most remote landscapes in the UK.
The event is to be based from the spectacular setting of Mar Lodge, three miles to the west of Braemar. Known as the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, Braemar is one of Scotland's highest villages sitting at an altitude of 339 metres. With an excellent choice of terrain the area is superb for ultra running with many well maintained trails, tracks and paths leading you into the heart of the mountains.
The Cairngorms Ultra Trail takes you on a journey through this wild & majestic landscape
and into the heart of Britains last real wilderness.....
Along Glen Lui towards Derry Lodge
Stunning Scenery through Glen Derry
Date: Saturday 5th June, 2021 Distance: 62km Ascent: 1146m/3760' 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
Entries: As this a conservation area entries will be limited to 200 participants. Minimum entry age 18 years old.
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
A stunning event venue
Unique finishers medal, tech t-shirt, customised race number
GPS Tracker (Hire), 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
Two Well Stocked hydration & feed stations on the course
Hot Food, Drinks & Refreshments at finish
Free event parking, changing, toilets.
Event Terms & Conditions
Looking Across to Loch Builg
Terrain: Following the old drove roads and passes between some of the highest peaks in Britain, the wild heart of the National Park can be experienced without trekking over major summits. There are no huge climbs or descents, with the highest section rising to 745m/2444' at Lairlg an Laoigh 'The Pass of the Calves'.
No roads cross this area, this will be a unique experience in a wild massif. Apart from a short section on minor roads at the start & finish, the route is fully off road. Following well defined paths & tracks throughout the terrain is generally non technical.
Vehicle Track through Glen Avon
Singletrack at Lairlg an Laoigh
Singletrack through Glen Derry
Course: Starting & finishing at Mar Lodge this is a circular route right in the heart of the Cairngorms. The route provides some stunning, remote, mountainous scenery...
Click on the map to view a detailed & interactive version illustrating the elevation profile & distance markers.
Glen Lui to Derry Lodge
Fords of Avon
Linn of Quoich
Fords of Avon Refuge
Track at Faindouran Bothy
Linn of Avon Path Junction
Loch Builg South East Corner
Aid Stations: Loch Builg South East Corner (41k) & Invercauld Forest (53k)
Time Limits: 12:30hrs for the full event (Based on 5km/hr (3.1mph) approx.). There will also be intermediate cut off times at various locations (Details below).
Total Ascent: 1146m/3760' (Recorded with Suunto Ambit Peak).
Route Highlights & Course Overview: Coming Soon...
Nature of Terrain km %
Singletrack Trail: 20 33
Off Road Vehicle Tracks/
Forest Roads: 38.5 62
Minor Roads: 3.5 5
Entry Requirements: This will be an awesome challenge in one of the most wild & remote areas of the UK. You do not have to be super fast or an elite athlete to enter, although some ultra running experience will be required.
Navigation & Waymarking: 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 majority of the route is not waymarked. Although the route follows well defined trails, some navigational skills will be required. Navigational devices (GPS units, watches, smartphone, etc.) are permitted & a route GPX file is available to download. If you are unfamiliar with the area it is recommended that you use such a device to assist with navigation. All that we ask is that you are competent with your navigational skills in the advent of the device failing, ie due to low battery.
In addition, safety marshals will be located at various key points on the course (see CP locations) to assist you with following the correct route.
Track from Invercauld to Mar Lodge
View to Braemar from Invercauld Forest
A big thank you to Mar Lodge, Invercauld & Ben Avon Estates
Linn of Avon
Section desending Bealach Dearg with Lochnagar in the distance