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The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is fast becoming a must-do marathon, with spectacular scenery, a fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience – it’s no wonder it is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world. The countdown is on until the 2019 Inverness Marathon which will take place on the 6th October. 

Training prepares you for the race but nothing prepares you for the scenery. 

The Loch Ness Marathon Route 

The Loch Ness Marathon is famous for it’s picturesque route. Runners will start in an atmospheric moorland setting alongside the world famous Loch Ness and continue through stunning Highland scenery along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, the capital city of the Scottish Highlands. The beauty of the ancient lochside woodlands and mountain landscapes is amplified with the onset of autumn colours; the perfect distraction for those bumpy tails. 


Inverness Marathon temporary traffic restrictions: 

A few temporary traffic restrictions will be in place around Inverness and south-side Loch Ness for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running on Sunday 6 October so be sure to check out the map below to plan your travel routes in advance. 


Inverness Marathon Accommodation: 

Make a Highland weekend of it and come to Inverness with family or friends for the weekend. Lochardil House Hotel is the perfect accommodation near the Loch Ness Marathon. 

We stayed at Lochardil House Hotel for the inverness Marathon. Great location for this. A short walk down the hill and your at the park where you can get your registration pack etc. The gardens of this hotel are so quiet and relaxing. If your looking for a Inverness getaway. Don’t hesitate…Book this hotel! Everything about this hotel is fantastic.

Lochardil Inverness Building

Check availability at Lochardil House Hotel Here. 


Here are a few fun facts from our friends over at Loch Ness marathon to get you into the running spirit:

1. Over the last 17 years, runners have come from 87 different countries around the world to take part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon with those from New Zealand claiming the ‘furthest travelled’ to take part.

2. The total amount raised for charity by the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running to date is a staggering £9.95m.

3. It takes a whopping 420 volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running each year.

4. There are four people in this world who have completed every Baxters Loch Ness Marathon to date.

5. The oldest Baxters Loch Ness Marathon participant to date was an 82 year-old and the youngest, taking part in the Wee Nessie kids’ race, less than a year old!

6. Runaway brides, a marriage proposal at the finish line (she said yes!) and in 2017 a couple running the marathon hot-footed it to their wedding service immediately after crossing the finish line together.

7. It’s a common misconception that the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is hilly, the route is actually predominantly downhill and many people get a ‘PB’ here.

8. In 2016 a group of 20+ Japanese runners aged 61-80 from the Full Hyaku running club in Japan took part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. To be a member of Full Hyaku you must have run at least 100 marathons. One of their group, 75-year-old Masami Yabuta from Tokyo completed his 700th marathon at Loch Ness.

9. The course record for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is currently held by Simon Tonui, Birchfield Harriers (2hr 20min 13sec) in 2009 and the women’s title is held by Megan Crawford, Fife AC (2hr 44min 50sec) in 2015.

10. In 2003, Lloyd Scott completed the world’s first ever underwater marathon wearing an antique deep-sea diving suit weighing 120lbs in Loch Ness. It took Lloyd 12 days to complete his 26.2 mile underwater challenge whilst raising thousands of pounds for charity.


Good luck from all of us at Lochardil House Hotel.

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