There are many marathons that promise spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience
– but few deliver it quite like the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running.
Taking place on September 25th, the course runs alongside the iconic Scottish loch and is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathon routes anywhere in the world. It is a far cry from the big city marathons where hundreds of people line the route - here you will find peace, tranquillity and nothing but the sound of the excited chatter of runners and the loch lapping against the shore.
But it is not just the course that has made the event a must-do for the thousands of runners who come from all corners of the world to collect a finisher medal. It is renowned for its slick organisation, welcoming atmosphere to runners of all abilities and unforgettable camaraderie. Participants may start as strangers, but at the end of 26.2 miles they are bound together in friendship.
The inclusive nature of the event is also a huge draw. With an accompanying 10K, Corporate Challenge and 5K fun run – and the Wee Nessie for pre-schoolers – there is something for runners of all stages and abilities.