5 great trail­run­ning week­ends

5 Scot­tish week­enders to try this spring be­fore the midges ar­rive…

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MORE OF KIN­TYRE

The Kin­tyre Way is 100 miles long. In the south, the Machri­han­ish to Amod Farm sec­tion is su­perb, as is Skip­ness to Tar­bert in the north. They’re both so good that I’d rec­om­mend run­ning out and back on each of them over a sep­a­rate week­end, with overnight camp­ing.

THE EMPTY OCHILS

It never fails to amaze me how quiet the Ochil Hills in cen­tral Scot­land are. They’re less than an hour from well over half of Scot­land’s pop­u­la­tion. So base your­self some­where like the lovely vil­lage of Dol­lar, get a map or look at Strava, and en­joy.

EASY-PEASEY BEN LAWERS

Here is a fab­u­lous multi-munro run, which in­cludes one of Scot­land’s big­gest peaks but is in­fin­itely man­age­able. Start­ing at the now un­used Ben Lawers vis­i­tors’ cen­tre, run up Be­in­glas, Ben Lawers and Meall Cor­ranaich. There are plenty of ex­cit­ing op­tions for the next day as well.

PRICE­LESS PENTLANDS

Ed­in­burgh un­doubt­edly has some stun­ning sights, but for me its big­gest as­set is the Pent­land Hills. They are sim­ply mar­vel­lous. With a lush grassy car­pet all over them and an ever-ex­pand­ing range of tracks, they are the ul­ti­mate Scot­tish hills for ex­plor­ing – what­ever your abil­ity.

BRIDGE OF ORCHY

The per­fect lo­ca­tion for ev­ery­thing. With the su­perb West High­land Way run­ning straight through here, mag­nif­i­cently var­ied trail run­ning is on your doorstep. If it’s moun­tains you fancy they’re right here too, from Beinn Do­rain in the east to Ben Starav and sev­eral others out west.

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