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Loch Ness Marathon

  • 10.00 am on 3 October 2021
  • Price: From £54.00
  • Age: 18 years or over
Please note final event information may be subject to change and will be available nearer the event date. 


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 is on the bucket list for so 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 the past 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.

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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.

Click here to see the route profile.


Entry Includes

  • Finisher's technical t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Goody bag
  • Post-race food
  • Electronic timing
  • Downloadable finisher's certificate
  • 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.

Why not make this the year you join them?

Runner Feedback

“ A stunning event that is so well run and an absolute delight. It’s a big event that still manages to feel small and friendly. Did my first yesterday and will most certainly be back. Thank you for the memories. ”

2019 Runner


I have a question in relation to COVID-19

The health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners and stakeholders is at the heart of everything we do and will always remain our priority.

We will continue to follow advice and guidance from the Scottish government and local authorities and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved and the wider public and local community.

The situation and guidelines are likely to change over the course of the next few months and full details of the measures required will be confirmed nearer to the event but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we deliver a safe and amazing event experience in 2021.

Should we have to postpone or cancel the 2021 event due to COVID-19, we will automatically guarantee you a spot in the next edition of the event, and if for any reason you aren’t able to make that date there will be other options available. If you are seeking a refund or deferment for other reasons, our normal terms and conditions will apply.


Can I run wearing headphones or earphones?

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.


When do entries close?

Guaranteed marathon entry is available until 20 July 2021. After this date until 21 September 2021, 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.

How old must I be to compete?

The marathon is open to runners aged 18 and over on the day of the race.

What is included in the entry fee?

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.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry can be made by logging into MyActive. This link is also included on your confirmation email.

Is it possible to enter on race weekend?

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 21 September 2021, subject to race capacity. There are limited race weekend entries for the River Ness 5K and Wee Nessie ONLY subject to race capacity.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can log-in to MyActive to check your entry.

Is it possible to transfer my place to a different race or another runner?

If you are no longer able to participate, it is possible to transfer your place to another runner.  You can do this by logging into your entry through My Events. Please note it is your responsibility to find a replacement runner and the transfer of place must be completed by 18 July 2021. Once the new runner has claimed the transfer and paid the full entry fee online, you will automatically be issued with a refund, minus the transfer fee.

Please see our terms & conditions of entry for further information.

We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races. If you are interested in taking part in another race you can still register online until 21 September 2021 (or earlier if race capacity is reached), but you will have to pay the registration fee.

If you are interested in taking part in a different race you can still register online until 21 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.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

Do you offer elite entries?

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon can offer a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards specified here within the 24 months prior to the race, which takes place on 3 October 2021.  Times must have been recorded in a licensed race with accredited course measurement.

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, email address, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 21 September 2021, but we have a limited number of elite places available so, having the standard does not guarantee anyone a free entry.

Download our Elite Entry Criteria.


When will I receive my race pack or race number?

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 2 October 2021 at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ between 10.00-18.00. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

When does registration take place?

Pre-race registration for Marathon takes place 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 2 October 2021 at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SQ.

All marathon runners must collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label). Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

I cannot make marathon registration on the Saturday, can I register on the day?

Please email us at info@lochnessmarathon.com

How do I get to the marathon start?

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 info@lochnessmarathon.com by 21 September 2021.  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.

What’s the marathon course like?

The course is generally an open course with some undulations, and people do get PBs.  See the course map and profile for more information.

How many drink and feed stations are there on the marathon route?

There are

  • 8 water stations on the route at miles 2.9, 6.15, 9.6, 13.6, 17.3, 20, 23.2, 24.6; and at the start and finish
  • 4 HIGH5 feed stations providing HIGH5 Energy Gel Aqua at miles 6.1, 13.5, 19.9, 23.2
  • 3 HIGH5 hydration stations providing HIGH5 Zero drink at miles 8, 15.8, 21.5

See the route map for more information.

Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending mile markers on the marathon route.

Are there toilets on the course?

Yes, there are portable toilets at the start and at every water station along the marathon route as follows. There are also portable toilets at the Event Village and the bus departure point.

  • Mile 2.9 
  • Mile 6.3 
  • Mile 9.6 
  • Mile 13.6 
  • Mile 17.3 
  • Mile 20.0 
  • Mile 23.1 
  • Mile 24.6 
Are there showers and changing facilities?

Showers are located at Bught Stadium within Bught Park, approx 300m walk behind the Event Village. A changing tent is located within the Event Village.

Is massage available?

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.

Has the marathon route been measured accurately?

The marathon route has been accurately measured by both a qualified Scottish Athletics measurer and AIMS (Association of International Marathons) route measurer.

Can wheelchair users enter the marathon?

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: info@lochnessmarathon.com for more information.

Can I be supported by bike along the route?

For safety reasons, cyclists are not permitted to cycle along ANY of the race routes to support runners.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in any of the races?

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).

Can I run in fancy dress?

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.

I am a slow runner; can I still take part?

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.

What happens if I cannot finish the Marathon?

We have First Aiders located at every water station along the route. Please tell an event marshal or one of the medical team if you are wish to retire.

If you are unable to complete the marathon, we will have a Sweep Bus to get you back to the start/finish area.

Where can I park?

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.

See the Event Info for more information

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, we can’t allow any dogs on the course.

Please email info@lochnessmarathon.com.

Can I use walking poles?

We’re sorry, but as stated in our entry terms and conditions, it is not permissible to use walking poles on the Loch Ness Marathon course.

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