As we are nestled in the Scottish Highlands and right next to the West Highland Way, we have a wide and varied selection of running routes on our doorstep. Whether you enjoy running for fun, or are looking to train for competitions, the are routes that can provide for your needs. For those seeking a challenge, there are 4 Ultra-runs that take place annually on or near the West Highland Way – please see our Ultra-runs page for more information.
Kirsty, who owns By The Way with her husband Ranald is a keen runner and runs daily on the amazing running routes that either start or pass through Tyndrum. Check out ‘Kirsty’s recommended runs‘ page for details of all the best routes, including detailed Google maps of each run and nice pictures of the scenery you can see along the way.
Kirsty is a keen supporter of the Ultra-runs that take place in the Scottish Highlands and has completed the Devil O’ The Highlands race. The 3 main Ulta-runs (The Highland Fling, Devil O’ The Highlands and the West Highland Way Race) all either start, finish or pass through Tyndrum, so this is an ideal place to prepare if you plan on entering one these races. Please see Kirsty’s Ultra-run page for more information.
I have had some amazing runs this year. I got a PB for the Highland Fling in April, as well as a PB for the Devil O’ The Highlands in August. I also won trophies for a podium place in each race (it sometimes pays to be “an old bat”). In May I did the Cateran 55 which was interesting to say the least!. So, one more long run left, which is the Sandstone Way Ultra (70 miles/114 km). There is also a longer run which is 200km (think the shorter one would suit me!!) It starts in Berwick Upon Tweed and finishes in Rothbury. I am really looking forward to it. It’s been 4 days since the Sandstone Way Ultra and I am still feeling quite tired. I picked up a cold just before the run, managed to “ignore” it during the race, but it soon caught up with me on the Sunday and then floored me for the rest of the week. Anyway, the race itself was really good. I had a fantastic start and was actually leading for most of the way. I felt really tired by the last 12 miles and that’s when the guy in second place caught up with me. We ran together for a while, but I needed to walk for a bit and that’s when he left me. Not to say that he wasn’t walking, it was just a bit faster than me. The last 5 miles were quite brutal and I was really longing to get back. I was very cold and I nearly got lost when I was approaching Rothbury, which would’ve been scary in the dark and cold. I could not imaging having to do another 50+, like those who were doing the full 200km. I totally respect them. There were a lot of DNF’s and also quite a few DNS’s. The weather could not have been better. Even when it did get cold, it wasn’t too bad, at least it wasn’t wet and windy. I might do it again next year and this time I will be more familiar with my GPS and have better navigation knowledge.