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Running The Highlands

by Freya Shepherd on June 08, 2023

Living in the highlands of Scotland, just outside of Inverness means I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best scenery in the UK. My favourite place to run in the highlands is the Cairngorms National Park. Whatever the weather, a run here is always exciting and each day provides new challenges and views. The ancient Caledonian Forest leads to some lovely low down trail running or alternatively you can head up high into some of Scotlands highest and most impressive peaks.

Growing up in this landscape I naturally have always wanted to explore the wild terrain and find great comfort in the national park. I started my adventuring on family hikes and ski lessons on the Cairngorm ski slopes but it wasn't until more recently where I discovered my love for moving quickly through the mountains. Since then I have run some of the well known routes in the Cairngorms such as the Lairig Ghru, and the Cairngorm 4000s, and the best race in the hill running calender (in my biased opinion anyway!) The Meall a' Bhuachaille hill race.

I find a huge sense of freedom when I am out on these trails. Once you get up high on to the Cairngorm Plateau you can run for miles, deeper into the Park with every step, until your only company is the wildlife.