Sun 4 Oct 2020

Loch Ness Marathon

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Amidst the preventive measures put in place to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loch Ness Marathon is scheduled to take place as intended, on October 4th, 2020. Racers are expected to come from all over the United Kingdom and neighbouring countries to take part in the event and the associated Festival of Running in Inverness.

Possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world, the Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacularly scenic point-to-point route alongside the Loch Ness through the Scottish Highland. So even if you fail to spot Nessie, you are guaranteed to enjoy the atmospheric moorland setting and experience a memorable weekend in the Highland.

To ensure there’s something for everyone, the 2020 Loch Ness Marathon’s program also features 5K and 10K runs, as well as children’s races and corporate challenges on top of the Sports Expo, live music and workshops already planned. It’s also the opportunity to raise some funds in support of the local charities such as the Macmillan Cancer Support, the Beatson Cancer Charity, or the Highland Hospice.

Why not come to Inverness on October 4th, 2020 for a weekend of racing with friends and family in the Scottish Highland?


The Loch Ness Marathon will start from the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers, by Knockie Lodge and head off on the B852 towards Inverness. Towards Foyers, the route will drop to the banks of the Loch Ness and go through the towns of Easter Boleskine, Inverfarigaig, and Whitefield before reaching Dores. Once in Dores, the Loch Ness Marathon will stay on the B852 going into Inverness via Scaniport and Holm before reaching the banks of the River Ness which will take the runners up to the Inverness Castle where they’ll cross the River and zip past the Cathedral before reaching the finish line located in front of the Bught Park Pitches.

The River Ness 5K and 10K routes start not far from the River Ness. The 10K launches from Culduthel and links up with the marathon course on the B852 to the finish line. The 5K starts off in Bught Park Pitches and consists of a loop around the city center, crossing the River Ness through the Ness Islands.

Refueling stations will be scattered throughout the courses, offering water, solid snacks, and energy gels.


  • Drink
  • Food
  • T shirt
  • Children's area
  • Wardrobe
  • SMS with the times
  • Exposition
  • Medals
  • Photography


 Sunday October 4th, 2020:

  • 8h30 – 16h: Sports Expo
  • 10h: Start of the Loch Ness Marathon and River Ness 5K
  • 10h15: Start of the Wee Nessie
  • 10h45: Start of the River Ness 10K