53 mile Ultra Trail Marathon through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland, UK
Race Date – Saturday 27th April 2024 6AM START

2024 Event Information

The Highland Fling is a 53 mile trail race which takes place every year in April. The route follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Our aim is to put on an event which will allow as many runners as possible to experience Scotland’s beautiful scenery and also the camaraderie that exists within the Scottish ultrarunning community.

For your entry fee you get the following:

  • A fabulously diverse waymarked 53 mile trail race through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
  • Water provided at all checkpoints
  • Transport of personal food drop bags to 3 checkpoints along the route
  • Finishers technical race t-shirt
  • Finishers neck buff
  • Finishers medal
  • A bottle of ‘Highland Fling Race’ fizz
  • Free Hot food served at the finish line
  • Free Tea, coffee and other drinks served at the finish line
  • Heated marquees to relax in
  • Hot post-race showers
  • Free post-race massage
  • Luggage transport from race start to finish line
  • Medical support from race doctors and medical team
  • Live online updates for your family and friends to follow your progress


Friday 26th April 2024
5:00pm - 9:00pm: Race Registration 1, Burnbrae Inn, Milngavie, G61 3DQ

Saturday 27th April 2024
3:45am: Coach leaves from the Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum, FK20 8RY, going to the race start in Milngavie
4.30am: Coach leaves from Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, G3 8AG, going to the race start in Milngavie
4:30am - 5:45am: Race Registration 2 at race start, Milngavie Station car park, G62 8BX
4:30am - 5:45am: Bring drop bags to race start and put into checkpoint vehicles
4:30am - 5:45am: Bring kit bags (for finish at Tyndrum) to race start and put into large truck
5:45am: Race Director's race briefing for all runners
5:50am: Runners enter the race start pens
6:00am: Race start. Run 53 miles to Tyndrum
5pm: Prizegiving at race finish
6:00pm/8:00pm/10:00pm: Coaches leave Tyndrum for Milngavie
7:00pm - 11:30pm: Event Afterparty in marquee at the race finish (BYOB)

10:00pm: Last Saturday night coach leaves Tyndrum for Milngavie
Night owls: For anyone wanting a nightcap, the Tyndrum Inn is open until 1:00am

Sunday 28th April 2024
11:00am - Final coach leaves Tyndrum for Milngavie
10am – 1pm: The 2024 Highland Fling Closing Ceremony (our fancy description for the marquee and equipment deconstruction and packup) takes place at the race finish. If you’re still in Tyndrum, please do come along and help us out :-)
All coaches must be booked in advance via Si Entries.

We are LGBT friendly. We are also QIA+ and non-binary friendly. If you are trans, you are welcome to run in the gender category with which you identify, subject to compliance with current SA/UKA rules of competition, which the organisers must adhere to. Please contact us for assistance if you are trans and unsure what this means for you. All event portable toilets and showers are gender neutral.

We are fully committed to upholding all principles of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter and aim to be as inclusive as possible. The organisers have a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination.

1) Runners are not allowed external support at any time. No support runners/pacers. Spectators are welcome at specific locations
2) All runners must carry an emergency foil blanket, a waterproof jacket with taped seams and hood & a charged/switched on mobile phone.
3) It is strictly FORBIDDEN for any participant to run in place of another runner. No one is allowed to run using another runners race number.
4) No running poles. No Dogs accompanying runners. No littering.
5) Limited earphone use allowed.

Please see our FAQ page for more information.

The event has four mid-race cut-off points for runners who will clearly be well outside the race limit of 15hrs. 


Time / Elapsed

Rowardennan (27 miles / 44km)

12.45 pm / 6 hrs 45 mins

Inversnaid (34.5 miles / 55km)

2.45pm / 8 hrs 45 mins

Beinglas (41 miles / 66 km)

5:15 pm / 11.25 hrs

A82 crossing (50 miles)

8:15 pm / 14.25 hours


If runners make these cutoffs they will be allowed to finish (even if slightly over the 15 hour limit).  The time taken for all runners to cross the start line will be added to these cut off times.

Supporting Sponsors
Highland Fling Secondary Sponsors