Monster Revolution 2020

The Marathon Challenge: 3 Marathons, 3 Days


The choice is yours…. Following the route of the entire LochNess360ﹾ trail around Loch Ness,  you can chose not only to do one, two or all three but also which one. And, as it’s all off road you don’t have to run, you can walk it, provided you complete within the cut off times.

Marathon 1 (Day 1)

As with the Mountain Bike Challenge it is hoped to start the event from Dores. The route will follow the South Loch Ness Trail up on to Drumashie Moor before dropping down to Cuillard Farm on the edge of Inverness. From here it heads in to Inverness and joins the Great Glen Way at the ‘Islands’. It then follows the route of the Great Glen Way all the way to the finish at Drumnadrochit.

This marathon is the ‘easiest’ of the three but nevertheless should not be underestimated with over 770 metres of ascent and whether you wish to walk it or run it a high level of fitness is required

Total distance: 26.2 miles (42 km)
Time limit: 8 hours
Indicative entry cost: £60

Marathon 2 (Day 2)

Setting out from the overnight stop in Drumnadrochit, Marathon 2 will take participants on a quick ‘tour’ around the village before heading steeply uphill on the Great Glen Way for almost 200 metres before the trail levels off. From here it is an undulating run/walk to Invermoriston on high quality trail with fantastic views down over Loch Ness. On reaching Invermoriston having descended sharply from a high point of 320 m , the route then climbs steeply again for almost another 300 m . From here, following the High Route on the Great Glen Way it is a further 13 km to the finish at Fort Augustus  

This second marathon is tough, very tough – the total ascent is approximately 1250 m , the route undulations will sap the strength from your legs and the major ascents at Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston will make or break you!  

Total distance: 26.2 miles (42 km)
Time limit: 10 hours
Indicative entry cost: £60

Marathon 3 (Day 3)

From Fort Augustus the route follows the South Loch Ness Trail. The initial 10 km while rising almost 400 metres is on wide, high quality trail. This is a particularly beautiful section to enjoy and savour and if your feet hurt you can always stop and bathe them in the cool waters of Loch Tarff! From the high point at Suidhe, the route then descends slowly to the village of  Foyers. From Foyers the route then climbs for a short distance before descending to Inverfarigaig but this is only a brief respite. From Inverfarigaig there is a steady 7km climb up to the Fair Haired Lads Pass. This is the last climb! From here it’s all downhill (well, nearly!) to the finish at Dores. 

Although another tough marathon route with approximately 1000m of ascent, it is, in our opinion, the most scenic of the three, with ever changing landscapes and fantastic views down the length of Loch Ness at Dores.

Total distance: 26.2 (42 km)
Time limit: 10 hours
Indicative entry cost: £60

Indicative entry cost for all 3 Marathons: £150

Elevation profiles

These elevation profiles show a cross-sectional view of the terrain along the Great Glen Way (sections 1 to 3 of the LN360°) and the South Loch Ness Trail (sections 4 to 6).

Elevation profile for the Great Glen Way
Elevation profile for the South Loch Ness Trail