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The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running is a notable fixture on the running calendar.  There are great marathons around the world, many of them particularly marked by their settings, and the Loch Ness ranks right alongside them.

The centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness Monster is a story that continues to run. Along with the scenic beauty of the area, it has been responsible for attracting visitors to this fascinating part of Scotland for many years.

The opportunity to put such a memorable marathon on their record, one with such a unique story to tell, has proven too strong a pull for thousands of runners of all abilities.

The route begins in an atmospheric location and continues through breathtaking scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, and into the centre of Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

With a hot meal and entertainment awaiting you at the finish, plus fantastic technical t-shirt included in your entry fee, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon also offers genuine value for money.

Runners at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon are taking on the challenge for many reasons: to raise money for good causes, to have fun and enjoy the fantastic setting, to experience the camaraderie, and to achieve their own personal goals.

Why not make this the year you join them?  It’s your chance to become part of the Loch Ness running legend.  Make the commitment and enter today.

When does it start?

The Marathon starts at 10.00 am on Sunday 24 September 2017 between Fort Augustus and Foyers on the south side of Loch Ness, and will finish along the River Ness at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.

The Route

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. 

Loch Ness Marathon Route Map

Loch Ness Marathon Route Map






Loch Ness Marathon Profile





IMPORTANT – Runners must keep in the left hand lane at all times.  The organisers reserve the right to alter the route if operationally required.

The race is held in a beautiful pristine environment and at times in close proximity to residents’ houses, so the race organisers would ask that all runners be sensitive about rubbish disposal, noise levels, listen to marshals instructions, and use only the Portaloos provided.  As we’re sure you would expect, we do not tolerate antisocial behaviour.

What's Included?

Entry Fees include online charges and:

  • Finisher’s technical t-shirt
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Goody bag
  • Post-race meal
  • Electronic timing
  • Downloadable Finisher’s Certificate
  • Highland Spring stations on the route and at the Finish
  • Clif Bar feed stations along the route offering Clif Bar Shot Bloks or Gels
  • Coach transport to the start of the Marathon
  • Baggage transfer from the Start to Finish/Event Village
  • Loch Ness Marathon digital race magazine
  • Festival at the Finish including live music and fun family activities
  • Route on closed roads

How to Enter

Entry to the 2016 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is now open.  Enter now!

Guaranteed Marathon entry is available until 1 July, with charity, club and overseas places available until 4 September.

The Marathon is open to runners aged 18 and over on day of race.  This event is not suitable for wheelchair entrants.

Please refer to our terms and conditions by clicking here.

Please note there are absolutely no race day entries for the Marathon, and strictly no transfers between races or transfer of places to another runner.  We do not operate a deferment system.

Confirmation of Entry

Applicants will receive confirmation of entry on receipt of payment, by email ONLY, so please include your email address when entering.  If you do not have email please check your bank statement for confirmation of race entry.

Our digital race magazine will be emailed to Marathon runners from July onwards.  All Marathon runners collect their race pack during pre-race Registration.

Race Weekend Timings

Saturday 23 September

10.00 – 18.00  Pre-race Registration at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SS
10.00 – 18.00 Sports Expo open
12.00 – 18.00 Baxters Pasta Party – all runners, friends and family welcome!

Sunday 24 September

06.45 – 07.15 Runners arrive at Bught Park to be transported by bus to the Start
07.30 – 07.45  Buses depart from Bught Park
08.15  Bus pick-up from Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre
08.40 Bus pick-up from Fort Augustus Tourist Information Centre
08.45 Buses arrive at Start
10.00 Start of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
09.00 – 16.00 Festival of Running and Sports Expo at Bught Park open to the public
14.00  Prize Giving at Bught Park

Pre-Race Registration

Pre-race registration for Marathon runners will take place between 10.00 – 18.00 on Saturday 23 September 2017 at Bught Park where you will collect your race number (including timing b-tag and baggage label) and Pasta Party tickets (if purchased in advance).

We do not encourage registrations on the day due to time constraints however registration will be open on Sunday, 6.45-7.15am at the Event Village to cater for late registrations. Please allow plenty of time as the bus transport is a 10min walk from the Event Village.


Runners and spectators coming to the Event Village are asked to avoid parking in the Bught Park area due to limited parking and we suggest:

  • Parking in the centre of town, and walking along the river to Bught Park (approx 1 mile) – see map below.
  • Using public transport where possible
  • Car sharing where possible

Loch Ness Marathon parking map

Saturday 23 September
Parking will be available at the following locations (see map)
1. Highland Council HQ Car Park,
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
2. UHI Car Park – 1 2 Ness Walk,
Inverness, IV3 5sQ (SATURDAY ONLY)
3. St Andrew’s Cathedral Car Park,
Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NN
4. Castle Street Car Park, castle street,
Inverness, IV2 3EP (SATURDAY ONLY)
5. The Old Town Rose Street Multistorey, Farraline Park, Inverness, IV1
6. Eastgate Centre car Park & Falcon Gallery Car Park, 11 Eastgate, Inverness IV2 3PP
7. Inverness Rugby Club Car Park, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5ss
8. Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5ss
9. Whin Park, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5ss
10. Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5sQ – limited parking available here on SUNDAY only.
Sunday 24 September
• Marathon Runners – Limited parking will be available for Marathon participants ONLY at the Bught Park early on Sunday morning. Please note access is from Glenurquhart Road only.
• 5K Runners / Spectators coming to Bught Park – please see above map for parking options (which are the same as Saturday).
• 10K/Corporate Challenge Runners – parking is limited at Inverness Royal academy and any cars stopping here will be unable to leave the car park until after the start of the 10K. Additional parking is available at ASDA (a short walk from the 10K start).
• Disabled car parking is available on Sunday at Bught Park, although please note this is located approx. 400m from the Event Village. Please follow the signs to Marathon car Parking.



Transport to the Start of the Race

All Marathon runners are transported by bus to the Start from the Ice Rink at Bught Park, a 10 minute walk from the Event Village.  Please arrive between 06.45 – 07.15 as buses will depart promptly at 07.30.  Due to logistical reasons and route access it is impossible for runners to travel to the Start independently.

All runners will be transported to the start of the race from 3 pick-up points:
Pick-up Point 1 – Ice Rink, near Bught Park, 06.45-07.15
Pick-up Point 2 – Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre, 08.15
Pick-up Point 3 – Fort Augustus Tourist Information Centre, 08.40

IMPORTANT – We are anticipating minimal numbers of people requiring pick-up from Fort Augustus or Drumnadrochit.  If you do require pick up from here please e-mail info@lochnessmarathon.com by 13 September.  (Please note that the organisers will NOT be organising return transport to Fort Augustus or Drumnadrochit after the race).



We will be using a timing B-Tag in the Marathon. This will be attached to your race number.

Drink and Feed Stations

We would like to thank our official water sponsor: Highland Springsports nutrition partner Clif Bar, and hydration partner, Nuun, and our many volunteers, for providing drink and feed stations along the Marathon route.

Highland Spring water is provided in 330ml botttles, Nuun sports hydration drinks in cups and the feed stations will offer Clif Bloks Energy Chews and Clif Shot Energy Gels.

2.9 Highland Spring water
6.2 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
6.3 Highland Spring water
8.0 Nuun hydration drink
9.6 Highland Spring water
13.5 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
13.6 Highland Spring water
15.6 Nuun hydration drink
17.3 Highland Spring water
19.9 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
20.0 Highland Spring water
21.5 Nuun hydration drink
23.2 Clif Shot Bloks or Gels
23.2 Highland Spring water
24.6 Highland Spring water

Please see below a map of where the drink and feed stations will be located along the Marathon route.

For further information on Clif Bar products available click here.



Toilets are available at the Event Village at Bught Park prior to transport to the Start.  There are also portaloos at the Start, and clearly signed public toilets and portaloos at regular intervals along the route, as follows:

  • 2.6 miles – Whitebridge Hotel
  • 6.5 miles – Foyers Public Toilets (portaloos)
  • 9.0 miles – Inverfarigaig Forest Enterprise
  • 17.5 miles – Dores Inn (portaloos)
  • 23 miles – Holm Roundabout, Inverness (portaloos)

Mile Markers

There are ascending mile markers along the route.

Road Closures

We have priority on most of the roads throughout the Marathon, however, please keep to the left hand side of the road at all times as it might be necessary for emergency and official vehicles to travel along the route.

For road closures click here.

Slow Runners

We would ask runners expecting to take longer than 5 hours to use the pavement on the left hand side through Inverness as roads start to open again to traffic and race organisers start dismantling the course from 15.00 onwards.  Please note that safety support and water will be available along the route until 17.00.

The Finish

The Finish is along the River Ness at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.  Here you will be presented with your finisher’s medal, t-shirt and fantastic goody bag.  There is also complimentary post-race food, which includes Baxters soup, for all Marathon runners. Showers and changing facilities are available.  Massage is also on offer for a small donation to charity.

Festival on Race Day

There will be lots going on for runners and spectators at the Event Village, Bught Park on Sunday 25 September, open to the public from 09.00 – 1600.  There’s a fantastic line-up of live music and entertainment, charity and Sports Expo and  family fun activities.  Find out more here.

And…you won’t go hungry if you’re one of the thousands of spectators enjoying the sights and sounds of the Festival – come and see us at the Baxters Food & Drink Fayre where you’ll find a mouth-watering array of hot and cold food to eat on the go.


Marathon-Photos.com will be taking photographs and video of the competitors on the course and at the Finish.  The photos will be available online within 72 hours of the event to every entrant as exclusive photo products.  Plus every competitor will be able to download for FREE their Event Certificate.


Our spectators have a key part to play in this Marathon.  Their cheers of encouragement and congratulations always help to keep the runners on the move, particularly on the final push through the city of Inverness and as they enter Bught Park.  The final 4 miles through Inverness provide the best vantage points for spectators.

There’s lots going on for friends and family at the Event Village at Bught Park, find out more here.


We need your help!  Volunteers are needed to undertake a variety of tasks including: assisting at drink stations; helping at the Finish line and many other key tasks.

Please visit our Volunteers page for more information.

Baxters Pasta Party

The Baxters Pasta Party including the Carb & Craic Show hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Bryan Burnett takes place Saturday 23 September, 12.00-18.00, at the Event Village, Bught Park and is open to all runners, family and friends.

Find out more here.

Tickets available here.

Elite Entry

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & River Ness 10K can offer a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards specified here within the 24 months prior to this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday 24 September 2017.

If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race  please contact us at info@lochnessmarathon.com

Please give your name, age, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 31 August 2017, but only a limited places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

Download our Elite Entry Criteria here.

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The 2017 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running will take place on 24 September 2017 with entries for all races now OPEN!