It’s always a good time to visit Scotland and if you’re lucky enough to live here, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque running routes. For those who are exploring Scotland and want to get fit, you’ll not be short of suggested routes. Here are a few which we think are absolute gems.
Glenniffer Braes, Paisley
A great place for those just starting to get into hill-running as there are plenty of small hills and inclines in addition to some steeper ones for the more experienced. Just watch out for the dog walkers!
The Great Scottish Run
Over 30,000 runners took part in the event in 2014, which includes a half-marathon, 10K as well as a junior and family fun run. Always a great event for both fun-runners and the more experienced athletes. The 2014 even saw the addition of the ‘Wall of Support’, sponsored by the Bank of Scotland where friends and family could text messages of encouragement to runners.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path
From Glenapp to Skelmorlie, the path continues for 110 miles along cliffs and with some iconic scenery along the way, including Ailsa Craig and Arran. It offers some incredible panoramic coastal views and is proving more and more popular with runners.
Berwickshire Coastal Path
This one runs from Cockburnspath to Berwick and takes in some spectacular coastline views. You run along the second-highest cliffs on the Eastern mainland. The route is popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. The 48 kilometre stretch takes in some breathtaking cliff-top scenery. This means there will be the odd steep ascent and decent so care is needed at these points.
Three Lochs Way
A 55-kilometre stretch, which can be walked over a few days. However, runners can cover this much more quickly of course. Gentle landscapes make way for more dramatic scenery in the way of mountains and lochs. Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long make up the majority of the backdrop along the route. The total ascent is 1500 metres.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Scotland’s largest running festival attracts over 30,000 participants annually. Officially acknowledged as the ‘fastest marathon in the UK’ , the main event sells out quickly so it’s best to plan well in advance. 70% of runners come from outside Scotland, confirming its international appeal.
The Scottish Highlands are great for running and The Loch Ness Running Festival takes place at the end of September every year. It’s always a spectacle even if you’re not taking part. On a smaller scale, The Inverness Park Run every Saturday morning is proving popular. If you are looking for a gentle run, the Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy route on the West Highland Way is ideal.