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Sky Running Weekend

3rd - 4th August 2024

Fort William is THE skyrunning destination, home to many of the UK's iconic routes. Join us to explore some of the finest technical running terrain.

About The Weekend 

With routes like the Ring of Steall and Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête right on the doorstep, Fort William is THE skyrunning destination in the UK. Explore some of the finest technical running terrain with one of the team and gain insights on how to improve your technique on steep, rocky, ground, asses risk on exposed ground and prepare your legs for the big descents.

What will the weekend include?

  • Two guided runs in the mountains near Fort William that will show case the best sky running in the area. These will be at a pace that is comfortable for the group. 

  • Guidance and coaching on how to build your skills and confidence for mountain running in technical terrain.

  • Experience of exposure (steep drops), understanding the risks, how to control fear and how to move safely in these environments.

Depending on the groups experience and areas of interest we will tailor the weekend to suit and cover many topics, come armed with questions! Typically we'll look to delve into at least the following while on the trail:

  • Kit (typical event kit lists and making appropriate choices for seasons / conditions / events)

  • Route choice, planning and understanding the mountain environment (including useful tools, apps, assessing weather and conditions)

  • Basic navigation skills for mountain runners

  • Decision making (staying safe on the mountains, and what to do if it goes wrong)

  • Ascending and descending skills

  • Running stories and experience from the team


The course runs Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 - 16:00 from Fort William.

Each day will involve a guided trail run exploring the amazing landscapes of Lochaber as well as tips and advice on how to build your running skills and confidence.

Runners should be comfortable with runs between 10 - 15km, with up to 1200m of ascent, the pace will be relaxed, remember, a lot of mountain running is walking!

The aim of the weekend is to have fun and explore, the runs will have an emphasis on taking the time to enjoy the places we move through. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will I be fit enough? 


The course description details how far you should to be comfortable running, however the runs will often be very stop-start as we discuss things along the way. There will usually be multiple guides on a run, so we can easily cater for mixed ability groups. Remember, a good amount of trail running is actually walking! If this hasn't put your mind at ease, please get in touch for a chat. 

What happens if Run The Highlands cancel the course?

If we cancel a course you will be entitled to a full refund or a place on our next available course. 

Will we be outside the whole time? 

Yes, this weekend is about getting out and enjoying the mountains whatever the weather.

Is food and accommodation included? 

No. Food and accommodation are not included in our course prices, this is to allow people to cater for their own budgets and preferences. You will need to bring a packed lunch with you each day. 

What does the timetable look like? 


We will take into consideration weather, mountain conditions, and group ability nearer the time in order to best deliver the course content - no two courses are exactly the same! In the days before your course, you will receive an email from the team giving the meeting time and place for the Saturday. If you need a lift to the meet point from Fort William please let us know and this can be arranged. Usually all course activities are conducted between 10:00 and 16:00.

What is the age limit?

There is no upper limit! However, under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


When and how do I pay? ​

To secure your place you will pay a deposit when you book. You will then receive a welcome email with details of how to pay the remaining amount. Courses must be paid for in full no later than 24 days before the start date. 

What happens if I need to cancel? 

Full details of our cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

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