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.
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.
Water and HIGH5 hydration stations along the route
HIGH5 feed stations along the route
Coach transport to marathon start
Baggage transfer from start to finish
Fantastic Festival at the finish
Why Loch Ness?
Runners at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon are taking on the challenge for many reasons: to achieve their own personal goals, raise money for good causes or simply to run one of the UK’s most popular marathons renowned for its scenery, atmosphere and warm Highland welcome.
Wearing headphones or earphones is NOT permitted in any of the races under Scottish and UK Athletics rules.
We DO allow the use of headphones or earphones that use bone conductor technology, which allow the wearer to be aware of their surroundings. However, this is at your own risk and if an incident occurs as a result of, or made worse by, you wearing these headphones or earphones you may be held liable.
Guaranteed marathon entry is available until 20 July 2020. After this date until 22 September 2020, charity places via our official charities are available and for club runners and overseas runners. If you would like to take a charity place, please contact your chosen charity directly.
Entry fee includes commemorative finisher’s medal, finisher’s technical t-shirt, goody bag, electronic timing, complimentary post-race food, transport to the marathon start and a fantastic festival at the Finish.
We’re afraid there are absolutely no race weekend entries for the Loch Ness Marathon due to the practicalities of planning for a fixed number of participants. Entry for the marathon closes 22 September 2020, subject to race capacity. There are limited race weekend entries for the River Ness 5K and Wee Nessie ONLY.
We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races and it is strictly prohibited to transfer your race number to another runner, as stated in our terms & conditions of entry.
If you are interested in taking part in a different race you can still register online until 22 September (or earlier if race capacity is reached) but you will have to pay the registration fee.
Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.
The Loch Ness Marathon offers 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 4 October 2020.
If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race, please contact us at [email protected]
Please give your name, age, email address, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.
Applications will be considered up to 11 September 2020, but only a limited number of places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.
Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. All runners will be advised of this and how to collect their race pack by email.
Marathon runners collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label) at pre-race registration on Saturday 3 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ between 10.00-18.00. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.
All marathon runners are transported by bus to the marathon start from outside the Ice Rink at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ (located a 10-minute walk from the Event Village). Please arrive by 07.15 at the latest.
There are pick-ups from Drumnadrochit Village Car Park at 08.15 and from Fort Augustus Village Car Park at 08.40.
There are picks up from the following locations along south Loch Ness:
07.40 Dores (opposite Dores Inn)
07.55 Inverfarigaig – junction of Inverfarigaig Pass/B852
08.05 Lower Foyers junction with B852
08.10 Foyers Stores
08.25 Junction of B862 & B852
08.35 Whitebridge Hotel
If you require pick-up from Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus or south Loch Ness, please email [email protected] by 22 September. Please note that we do not organise return transport after the race.
There is no vehicle access for runners to be dropped off at the marathon start due to both safety and logistical reasons.
Massage is available during registration on Saturday and after your race on Sunday at the Event Village for a donation to charity.
Did you know post-race massage aids recovery, boosts circulation, removes lactic acid and promotes relaxation? A 10-minute massage costs just £10. You’ll definitely deserve it. Book your post race massage now.
We’re sorry but we do not have a wheelchair race within our marathon due to safety and logistical reasons. You can enter the River Ness 5K as a wheelchair entrant, please contact: [email protected] for more information.
For safety reasons, we do not allow runners in the marathon or 10K to take buggies onto any sections of the route.
Buggies are allowed in the 5K and are also welcome in the Wee Nessie, which is for pre-school age children (5 and under).
We welcome runners in fancy dress however we do reserve the right to prevent you from participating in any race if we consider that the fancy dress outfit may cause danger or risk of danger to you or other participants. We’re sorry but you can’t use roller skates, push a wheel barrow, pull a hand cart or use walking poles.
We welcome all runners to take part in the Loch Ness Marathon – we also have a few fast walkers! The Marathon begins at 10.00 and the course begins to close from 16.00 and if you think that you will take longer, we ask you to use the pavements at the side of the road. Safety support and water will be available along the route until 17.00.
Please note that it is not permissible to use walking poles on the Loch Ness Marathon course.
Also, please be aware that only runners who finish by 18.15 (8 hours and 15 minutes after the 10am start time) will receive a finish time in the official results.
The Event Organiser reserves the right to use their discretion to insist when runners get on the Sweep Bus which will be following the rear of the field. This will be on the grounds of safety of the participant or other road users.
Limited parking will be available for marathon runners ONLY at the Bught Park early on Sunday morning. Please note access is from Glenurquhart Road only. There is also a drop off point close to the Bught Park.
Disabled car parking is available on Sunday at Bught Park, although please note this is located approx 400m from the Event Village and is a grass surface. Please follow the signs to marathon car parking.