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.
Date: Saturday 5th June 2021
Entries Now Open
Briefing Notes will be available to download HERE approx. 5-7 days prior to the event.
Event camping is now available at the venue. Further details below...
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 one of Britains real wilderness areas.....
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: £60 (+ 6% online booking fee) Entries: As this a conservation area entries will be limited. Minimum entry age 18 years old.
Registration: This will be based from Mar Lodge. Numbers will be issued at registration.
If the event is cancelled due to Covid regulations, participants will be offered either:
-A full refund minus the 6% online entry fee
-Automatic transfer to 2022
-Transfer your entry to another selected High Terrain event of similar value. This can be in either 2021 or 2022.
(Please note that due to the uncertainties with supply & the potential cost incurred if the event is cancelled, t-shirts will not be included as part of your entry)
Latest Updates: With restrictions gradually easing re outdoor events, travel & accommodation we are currently planning to go ahead with the event. We now have the go ahead from Mar Lodge Estate (venue provider). Re travel to Scotland, it is expected Scotland will reopen to England and Wales on 26 April. Obviously the situation can change but hopefully things are looking more positive now.
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 Eco Wooden finishers medal, 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
Drinks & Refreshments at finish
Free event parking, toilets.
Event Terms & Conditions
Facilities: Locally based, Glenshee Catering will be providing quality food & drinks at the event (including breakfast). Vegetarian and Gluten free options available.
They are also offering participants a special meal deal (pre book) of a main course, beverage hot/cold, tray bake or slice of cake. If you would like to pre book your post race meal, there is an option to include a food ticket on your entry fee.
Event Camping: We are pleased to confirm that camping is available at the race venue on the Friday and Saturday nights. This is a very cost effective way re accommodation & based at the venue no additional travel is involved. Cost is £5 a tent/camper van per night. Please note this is basic camping in a field, kindly provided by Mar Lodge Estate specifically for the event. Fresh water is available & toilets (portaloos) are provided. There are no changing, washing up, shower facilities or electric provided. If you would like to book camping at the venue please email:
If you prefer camping with full facilities Braemar Caravan Park is located in the village.
For further details & how to book here contact Braemar Caravan Park direct:
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. The highest point of the course will be at Lairig an Laoigh (‘The Pass of the Calves’), at 745m (2444 feet).
Although the route features 1146m (3760 feet) of ascent, there are no major climbs or descents.
Saving a few sections on minor roads at the start & finish, the route is fully off road. The majority of the route generally follows well defined paths and tracks, making it suitable for those more comfortable with non-technical terrain.
Participants should be prepared, though, to cross several burns, in particular the 'Fords of Avon' (see below for additional details). The approach section to/from here, then to Faindouran Bothy is on a rougher path that is boggy/rocky in places.
ATV 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...This will be a unique experience in a wild massif.....
Click on the map to view a detailed & interactive version illustrating the elevation profile & distance markers.
In addition, clicking the 'Trace De Trail' button (below) provides an interactive course map.
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).
Alternative Route: Please be aware that the river crossing at the Fords of Avon may be impassable due to high water levels.
An alternative route will be put in place if water levels are too high for a safe crossing.
Crossing the Fords of Avon
Route Highlights & Course Overview: Coming Soon...
Nature of Terrain km %
Singletrack Trail: 20 33
Off Road ATV 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