Loch Ness Marathon 2017
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience – it’s no wonder it was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runner’s World readers in 2016 and is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world.
“Breathtakingly beautiful”, “friendly atmosphere”, “flawless organisation”, “felt like a festival not just a race” are just some of the comments we had from our runners in 2016 so why not come and experience it for yourself?
The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.
Why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? There’s plenty to entertain runners and spectators over the weekend with a free Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, kids’ activities and a Wee Nessie for under-5s.
All marathon runners must attend pre-race registration between 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 23 September at the Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ to collect your race pack.
Please remember to bring photo ID with you.
Please note there are absolutely NO race day entries for the Loch Ness Marathon and strictly no transfers between races or transfer to another runner.
Transport to the Start
All marathon runners are transported by bus to the marathon start from outside the Ice Rink at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SR which is a 10 minute walk from the Event Village.
Please arrive between 06.45-07.15 as buses will depart from 07.30.
For those requiring transport to the start from around Loch Ness:
Pick up from Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus:
08.15 Drumnadrochit Tourist Info
08.40 Fort Augustus Tourist Info
Pick up from South Loch Ness:
07.45 Dores (opposite Dores Inn)
08.05 Lower Foyers junction
08.10 Foyers Stores
08.15 Junction of A862 / B852
08.20 Whitebridge Hotel
You must pre-book your place on the bus from any of the pick-up points around Loch Ness. Please email us no later than 11 September. You do not need to book your place on the buses leaving from the Ice Rink, Inverness.
Please note there is NO return transport to these locations.
You will be provided with a tear-off baggage label attached to your race number. Please attach your baggage label to your bag and place in the appropriate baggage vehicle. Your bag will then be transported to the finish at the Event Village.
The Marathon will start on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers (B862) and will drop down to the banks of Loch Ness at Foyers (B852). From there, the route follows the loch’s south eastern shore, heading north east towards Dores on the northern tip of the loch. From Dores, the race heads directly into the centre of Inverness (B862), turning left over the main road bridge and left again for the last half mile along the River Ness to the finish at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.
Finisher’s technical t-shirt
Downloadable finisher’s certificate
Highland Spring water stations along the route and at the finish
Clif Bar feed stations along the route
Coach transport to marathon start
Baggage transfer from start to finish
Fantastic Festival at the finish