5 great trail-running weekends

5 Scottish weekenders to try this spring before the midges arrive…

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Matthew Hart/Alamy Stock Photo

More of Kintyre

The Kintyre Way is 100 miles long. In the south, the Machrihanish to Amod Farm section is superb, as is Skipness to Tarbert in the north. They’re both so good that I’d recommend running out and back on each of them over a separate weekend, with overnight camping.

 

The Empty Ochils

It never fails to amaze me how quiet the Ochil Hills in central Scotland are. They’re less than an hour from well over half of Scotland’s population. So base yourself somewhere like the lovely village of Dollar, get a map or look at Strava, and enjoy.

 

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ROBERT HAMILTON/Alamy Stock Photo

Easy-peasey Ben Lawers 

Here is a fabulous multi-munro run, which includes one of Scotland’s biggest peaks but is infinitely manageable. Starting at the now unused Ben Lawers visitors’ centre, run up Beinglas, Ben Lawers and Meall Corranaich. There are plenty of exciting options for the next day as well. 

 

Priceless Pentlands

Edinburgh undoubtedly has some stunning sights, but for me its biggest asset is the Pentland Hills. They are simply marvellous. With a lush grassy carpet all over them and an ever-expanding range of tracks, they are the ultimate Scottish hills for exploring – whatever your ability.  

 

Bridge of Orchy

The perfect location for everything. With the superb West Highland Way running straight through here, magnificently varied trail running is on your doorstep. If it’s mountains you fancy they’re right here too, from Beinn Dorain in the east to Ben Starav and several others out west.

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David Gowans/Alamy Stock Photo