Scottish Trail Running

“A ‘must have’ for any trail runner, that’s looking for local knowledge of those hidden gems, that would normally go unnoticed, during a Scottish holiday!”
I was fortunate enough to get myself signed up for an evening’s presentation by the author of this great book, Susie Allison. The evening included Susie explaining her ideas of the book and how she went about researching, documenting and most of all enjoying some new trails with some new found friends! 🙂

The book covers 70 fantastic trail runs, all over various levels of ‘grade’ around Scotland, allowing all to see what’s on accessible, on their doorstep. One fantastic feature about this book is that Susie has managed to cover a ‘general’ area of Scotland, where most will find themselves whilst out and about.
The direction of research that Susie has managed to use to her advantage, was getting in touch with local running clubs and asking them to highlight their favourite routes and why? With this, you find yourself holding a book that has ‘hidden gems’ that are all within traveling distance to enjoy whether working away from home or on holiday. Indeed, I was spending a weekend up north in Dingwall and was told by my father in-law about a fantastic route that not many know of – “The Fyrish”. I duly searched out my map and went to enjoy a local run, of a hidden gem…
…only to find that when I bought this book, Susie had featured this exact route and clearly indicates that her grasp of knowledge of these ‘hidden gems’, is there to be shared and enjoyed by all within her book.
Buy it now! 🙂


The evening was held at Edinburgh’s “Run And Become” store by Adrian and his team!

A selection of questions that were asked to Susie are below:

Q. What is the Shortest run in the book?
A. A lovely wee trail around Neilston Pad near Barrhead just south of Glasgow. It is approx 2 miles though that can be doubled by running (or walking) to the top of “the Pad”

Q. What is the longest run in the book?
A. The two longest trails are the circular route from Derry Lodge on Deeside through the Cairngorms via the Lairig Ghru and the Lairig an Laoigh at approx 48 km (30miles), and the Knoydart expedition of 68 km (38 miles). I have suggested a route which is magical, but any sensible person making the effort to go to remote Knoydart will just explore anyway!

Q. Which cameras did Susie use for all the fabulous pictures?
A. A Nikon D90 DSLR with a couple of different lenses and a much lighter Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 (waterproof, shockproof i.e. runner-proof) I used both all the way through & the DSLR does add something to the image. However, it was left behind for some of the longer routes. Compacts are so good and easy to carry that I think they are usually in the right place at the right time and get the better picture!

Q. Did you have a favourite route.
A. I really enjoyed running through Assynt, (the route starts at Inchnadamph). It is very remote and an unusually beautiful landscape.

We have many varied Training and Inspiration nights at Run and Become, but a huge thanks are due to Susie for taking the time to come and offer her own inspiration to us all, and we also hope inspiring not just Scotland’s runners but the outdoor community in general with her fabulous book.

And here’s Susie’s blog:

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