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Glentress winter night run

Strap on your head torch and try this night time run around the forest trails at Glentress in the Scottish Borders – normally known for mountain biking. It’s 10k, so achievable, but everything’s different in the dark!

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Caledonian Challenge 2016

The ever-popular 24-hour team charity walk takes place again over a 54-mile route between Gairlochy, near Fort William, and Strathfillan, south of Tyndrum, much of it along the West Highland Way. There’s also a less daunting 24-mile/12-hour option, the Caledonian Hike.

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Big Wild Sleepout!

The Big Wild Sleepout returns! This is a great way to get outdoors with the family, in a social, organised way. The reserve comes to life as the sun goes down, and you can enjoy nocturnal bat and moth walks, or sit around the fire and play games. Booking essential.

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The Orkney 100

They say the sun never sets in Orkney during the summer – and this 100 mile race capitalises on that as it starts at 9pm on the 10th, and winds up at 9am on the 12th, so you’ll be running for at least 36 hours.
Eight laps of 13.1 miles each adds up to 100 miles or thereabouts, running on beaches and hills around the Kirkwall area. See website for further details.

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Scottish Youth Hostels – the First 15


There are some impressive players in the affordable accommodation squad. We select our top team, from among the Scottish Youth Hostel Association’s own hostels, its affiliates and the independents. See whether you agree with our choices. Read more ›

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Ride to the Sun

This is a new, unsupported 100 mile cycle ride, starting in Carlisle on Saturday evening and ending at Cramond Beach, Edinburgh for the sunrise (hopefully). It’s pretty informal, and free, so you need to take responsibility for yourself and your bike. You’ll also need lights and reflective clothing, but the route is mainly on B roads, and will be largely traffic-free. Take a look at the website for more information.

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The rise of bikepacking in Scotland


Bikepacking is one of the newest outdoors trends in Scotland. Why is it so popular? Read more ›

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Walk 43 miles across some of the toughest highland wilderness for charity, and join the select Wolfpack in the process!

There’s a few ways to skin this wolf race – in  a team of three or more in 24 hours, or in a team relay, where you tackle ‘bite-sized’ 15 mile sections of the route. Or you can go on the Midnight March, which takes in 16 miles from start point Forres to the shores of Lochindorb.

You have a target of £150 to raise, which helps people across the world escape poverty. See the website for more information.

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