ultra x 125 scotland
Ultra X 125 Scotland takes place in the Scottish Highlands, a mountainous region in northwest Scotland known for its stunning scenery and trails, with the Great Glen and Loch Ness at its centre.
Following a geological fault line formed more than 400 million years ago, the Great Glen runs arrow-straight from Fort William to Moray Firth. Surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains and filled with four immense lochs, including the mythical Loch Ness, the glen is a unique wilderness rich in Highland heritage.
Ultra X 50 Scotland (50km single-stage race) takes place on the second day (Sunday) of Ultra X 125 Scotland. Both races are held under full Scottish Athletics permit (#11636) granted through the TRA.
Interest free instalment plans
£20 per month
(not including £100 deposit)
Participants arrive into Inverness airport/train station on Friday and transfer to their accommodation. Race welcome and safety briefings will take place virtually and mandatory kit inspections will be conducted as spot checks throughout the weekend.
The race starts at 07:00 on Saturday morning and covers 75km of spectacular Highland trails. Before the starting gun fires, runners will deposit their race holdall which will be available when they reach camp that afternoon/evening.
The final stage of the race is 50km and starts at 08:00. Runners will again deposit their race holdall, which will be available at the finish line, where prize giving will take place. Competitors can then be transferred back to Inverness.
All finishers will receive a race medal. Different medal ribbons will be awarded based upon the finishing times outlined below.
As part of our Sustainability Policy, the Green Ribbon will be awarded to the competitor that displays the highest commitment to reducing their environmental impact both in preparation for and during the race (as determined by the organisers).
route and gpx files
Draft GPX files for each day of the race can be downloaded below. Please note that GPX files are subject to change at late notice due to permissions, access, weather, and other varying factors. Final GPX files will be provided to competitors before the race via email.
1. Race entry
2. Accommodation during the race (7 May)
3. Fully marked course
4. Medical staff on course and at the campsite
5. Osteopathy staff on course and at the campsite
6. Drinking water at checkpoints on course and hot water for preparing food at the campsite
7. Ground assistance and full safety support
8. Digital copies of all images from event photographer
9. UTMB® World Series Qualifier race (100K category)
10. Finisher’s medal
1. Travel to the Scottish Highlands
2. Accommodation before or after the race
3. Transfers from the finish line to Inverness (can be purchased as an add-on at checkout)
4. Personal food, kit and equipment (see kit list below)
5. Comprehensive insurance (to cover cancellations, loss of items, injury etc)
6. Training costs
7. Spending money
8. Transport home for runners who are disqualified or withdraw early
Experience The Scottish Highlands
We understand that competitors may wish to travel to the Scottish Highlands with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the region while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.
If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Cairngorms National Park
What others say
“Having grown up in Scotland and being naturally familiar with the country, it is easy to forget how beautiful the wilderness really is. So when the opportunity arose to spend two days running around the iconic Loch Ness and embrace everything my motherland had to offer, it was a no-brainier! The intense climbs become worth it when you see the incredible views over the Loch as you wind your way down from Inverness to Fort Augustus and back, via the incredible trail laid out by Ultra X that shows off Scotland in all its glory! The cameraderie and support received at checkpoints and from other competitors kept me going right to the final step of the 125km! There really is no better way to push your limits and get to know yourself, while taking part in a truly unique experience. Bring on the next one… Sri Lanka 2022 anyone?”
“The 125km Ultra X Scotland event was my first ever race of any kind and I could not have had a better experience. The event was very well organised and the crew made both experienced and new runners feel at home. Having medics and osteopaths at checkpoints and the campsite made me feel comfortable finding and pushing my limits. The location was great as well, racing around Loch Ness was beautiful and I can’t wait to experience other Ultra X locations.”
“Well, Ultra X Scotland… this was the most rewarding race I’ve ever completed. Saturday’s struggles, allowed Sunday’s glory to be multiplied. The course was beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. Nature at its finest. The people, even better. Ultra marathons are genuinely life changing. Ultra X ultra marathons are that and more. They think of everything, and the community, the volunteers, the medical teams are simply, world class. Sign up for one. If you do it, I’ll do it with you!”