The Highland Ultra – Knoydart
About this event
This is the Knoydart Peninsula. This jewel of Scotland’s incredible West Highlands. Only reachable by sea or on foot via a challenging hike over the ‘rough bounds’ – a notorious strip of mountainous terrain you will come to know well during this race. An area of stunning natural beauty and rugged grandeur, this is a location so isolated it allows those who make the journey to experience true remoteness. Join us in a place locked away and protected by nature.
You’re standing on top of one of Knoydart’s many high points, looking out over 85 square miles of sprawling moorland, rivers and rocky foothills bookended to the north and south by the vast sea lochs, Nevis and Hourn (Heaven and Hell).
The island feel of this untamed corner of Scotland means runners can be forgiven for feeling they’ve left the UK far, far behind, as they race through rugged trails teeming with wildlife. In a day you might see Golden and Sea Eagles overhead and Red Deer patrolling the land. On the coast, runners should watch for otters, dolphins and even Minky Whale.
As the sun sets each day and you reach the comfort of our campsite, there’ll be organised talks from prominent ultra-runners and coaches around the campfires.
- Location: Knoydart Peninsula
- Terrain: Coastal and Mountain Trails
- Cost: £725
- Payments: In full or monthly instalments.
- Distance: 125kms
- Stages: 3
- Red Jersey Stage: Daily
- Base Camp: Longbeach, Inverie
- Finish: Longbeach, Inverie
- Daytime Temperature: 5°C - 25°C
- Evening Temperature: 0°C - 10°C
A 125km race split into 3 stages taking in the stunning coastal mountains of the Knoydart Peninsula.
Enter as a Solo, duo or form your clan of 4 to battle it out in the team clan race.
Runners should expect plenty of ascents as they scale mountains separated by broad glens, rivers and high lochs. Wildlife thrives in this area, and runners may well see Red Deer and even Sea and Golden Eagles soaring above.
As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying the kit you need to get through each stage, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 1.5 litres of water. Accommodation each night is provided by way of a managed campsite with designated tents for all.
First and foremost, the chance to race through a remote, beautiful and challenging area where few tourists ever get the opportunity to go, under the watchful eye of a highly qualified team of medics and guides. You’ll also get your race t-shirt, finishers medal, digital copies of photos taken by our intrepid race photographers, transport and storage of your luggage, an organised boat transfer to and from the race, and a celebratory meal and drinks after the race.
Each runner is responsible for carrying all items listed on the mandatory kit list (which can be found in the Race Pack) throughout the event. That means all your clothes, medical supplies, food and sleeping kit will be on your back (N.B. in the Ice Ultra, your sleeping bag is carried by the race team). This doesn’t mean you’re on your own, though. There’ll be a constant supply of clean drinking water, and boiling water for the preparation of freeze-dried meals, at every camp, as well as drinking water at each checkpoint. Checkpoints are placed approximately every 10km, and there you will find a small shelter, a qualified medic and another supply of clean drinking water.
At BTU, we’re determined to be as open as possible in our entrance criteria. We believe everyone should have a chance to take on one of these life-changing challenges. That said, a significant level of physical fitness is needed to take on races like ours in relative safety. Therefore, we ask that anyone entering one of our races has, at least, finished a marathon-length event with 12 months of their chosen race.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Enter…’ above, and filled in the short registration form, you’ll be contacted by one of our team. They will then arrange with you the payment of the £300 deposit required to secure your spot on the start line, which you can pay via PayPal or BACS transfer – the remaining fees will then be due by at least 90 days prior to the event. Alternatively, you can choose to pay in full. To read our full terms and conditions of entry, please click here. To learn more about what your deposit payment is for, click here.
Beyond the Ultimate has a decade of experience in organising multi-stage ultramarathons in remote locations. Our expertise spans health and safety in extreme sports, T.V. stunt work, mass participation events and more. Our team includes the full roster of ultra-runners from elite podium winners through the mid to the back of the pack. We consider the race experiences and safety from all participants’ perspectives. We recruit and develop teams local to each race to help manage our events, utilising their priceless local knowledge and logistical know-how. You’ll find a team of qualified medics at all our events, all recruited from within the British NHS. They watch over all our competitors and race team members throughout. All runners also wear a GPS tracking device monitored throughout the race and allows 2-way conversation between the runner and our team wherever they need it.