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6 Feb 2020

The Loch Ness Marathon

A group of marathon runners run on a tarmac path beside Loch Ness. Many look towards the camera and raise their hands in the air.
Runners by Loch Ness | Tim Winterburn
Take part in one of the most scenic marathons in the world and help us to protect Scotland’s natural and built heritage.

Voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runner’s World readers, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is a bucket list must, offering spectacular scenery and a truly memorable experience. And this year, you can run to help protect Scotland’s special places through one of our charity entries!

A promotional video for Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

How to enter

There are two ways that you can enter the 2020 Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 4 October:

1. Secure a National Trust for Scotland Charity Place!

We have charity places up for grabs, giving you guaranteed entry in this sell-out event and a discounted registration fee of £35.

With every step, you’ll be helping us to protect the special places that we care for in Scotland. We ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship (excluding Gift Aid). To get a charity place, please email

2. Book your own place

If you already have your own place and you’d like to raise funds for the National Trust for Scotland, please email us on and we can send you a fundraising pack.

A very large group of runners set off from the start line.
At the start line | Paul Campbell Photography

Event location

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside the world-famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continuing through stunning Highland scenery. You’ll head along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, and then finish in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands. You never know, you’ll maybe catch a wee glimpse of Nessie along the way!

In the surrounding area of this spectacular route, the National Trust for Scotland cares for some of Scotland’s most special places: Glencoe, with its dramatic beauty; West Affric and its wild mountainous landscape and protected species; the atmospheric battlefield at Culloden; and the oldest house in Inverness, 16th-century Abertarff House.

Every step in the Loch Ness Marathon would help us to protect these special places, and many more we care for across Scotland.

Find out more

Following national advice concerning social distancing and mass events and gatherings, please visit the Loch Ness Marathon website for updates and news on this event, or get in touch by emailing

Three marathon runners, two dressed as Nessie and one in a kilt, smile as they run past the photographer.
Nessie runners! | Tim Winterburn