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Nomadic Running Company_Trail Running Retreat | Cairngorms, Scotland

Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Dunwoodie Braemar, Mar Road, Ballater, AB35 5, United Kingdom

Fri 8th July 2022 - Mon 11th July 2022

1 race



During these unprecedented times, we wanted to let all our Nomadic Runners how important it is for us and the global community to stay safe and look after one another. This is our number one priority to ensure not only our community but those in place we travel remain safe. We appreciate that many people face challenges now and many more will in the future. We are all in this together. We are doing all we can to ensure that our customers are well taken care of in the spirit of the trail running community.

As you are aware the situation is changing daily across the globe with various countries taking different strategies to deal in a manner they feel best. We are closely watching the situation and take advise from the leading governing bodies, the main one being UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) . This will ultimately govern if a trip will go ahead or not. If at the time of final payment (8 weeks before departure) the FCO is still advising against travel to the destination of the trip we will have no choice but to postpone.

We appreciate that this throws many balls in the air for you and are working hard behind the scenes with our local guides and suppliers to ensure this has as little impact on you as possible, whilst giving you the greatest amount of flexibility. Here's what we're doing:

Contacting each individual directly who's trip is likely to be affected
If you have already booked on a trail running retreat or adventure then we will contact you directly to explain the situation and the options available.

Fully refundable deposits
In the event that a trip is cancelled due to Covid-19 then the initial deposit paid shall be fully refundable. For now, we are utilising this option until the end of 2020 after which we will revert back to our standard terms and conditions. Our hope is that by this time we will have a clear picture going forward into 2021 and can make an informed decision about a future direction.

Greater flexibility
We are allowing for any customers who have booked on a retreat or adventure to reallocate this to a future trip. This means a like for like swap is available in case you decide on a different destination. There will of course be:

  • no additional fees
  • no price change from what it was at the time of booking
  • still have a trail running adventure in the diary to look forward to

Booking will be held indefinitely
Any bookings will be held indefinitely, this means you don't have a time limit on rescheduling your trip. We understand that there is a lot of flux at the minute so don't want to hamper this any further. With new dates and destination in 2021, we hope that this is something to look forward to and a future date can be rescheduled. If this does not work for you then the cancellation terms at the time of booking will apply.

We're adding more dates
We are increasing our offering for 2021, meaning more great destination and more choice for our guests. In addition to this, we are adding more UK specific dates and once travel restriction lapse some more UK day trips.

Keeping you updated
We'll continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and update this page accordingly. We will, of course, reach out to those affected at the point in which we know more.

Nomadic Running Company has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The Cairngorms National Park is the UK's largest at over twice the size of the Lake District. This will be our running backdrop for the weekend whilst providing a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Located in the heart of the Scottish highlands the area has everything you'd expect. Castle's, distilleries and the magnificent mountain valleys all add to the classic highlands trip. This is a fantastic destination right here in the UK for us all to enjoy.


  • Individual - 30% Deposit


    Balance of £385 Due 8 Weeks Before Event.



  • Individual - 30% Deposit


    Balance of £385 Due 8 Weeks Before Event.


What's Included

3 nights accommodation on a twin shared basis in a country house

Healthy home-cooked meals (Friday pm - Monday am)

3 guided runs from a qualified Leader in Fitness & Running, Outdoor First Aider and experienced ultra marathon runner

Tips on running techniques and nutrition

8 week training programme prior to departure

Unique experience off the beaten track

How to Get There

Directly to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness, Aberdeen Airport. Routes are served by a selection of international and budget airlines including Ryanair and Easyjet. A host of car rental companies are available at good value prices from all locations

Glasgow, Edinburgh & Inverness - Braemar approx 2hrs
Aberdeen - Braemar approx. 1hr


Parking available onsite


Day 01
Arrive late afternoon and settle in. Meet the team over an evening meal. Brief chat around the next days running and what to expect.

Day 02
Wake to breakfast. Warm up and head out mid-morning on the longest run you'll undertake, a short 10-15min drive to the trail head and then it is off into the valleys of the National Park. We follow the valley and pass bye Bob Scott Bothy turning towards Devils Point, beneath the mountain we take a brief stop to refuel at Corrour Bothy before making our way back. A 26.5km circular loop with minimal elevation (300m) but amazing vistas throughout. Back at base we refuel on a simple late lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. The team and guests reconvene over dinner.

Day 03
After breakfast and a warm-up we head out for a slightly shorter but more hilly run. Approximately 20km with 600m ascent. We return back to base for a well-earned lunch. The afternoon is another chance for you to unwind at the accommodation or have a beer in the local pub ahead of the evening meal.

Day 04
A quick stretch and gentle morning run, this will be approximately 7.5km with 200m ascent and will set you up for your journey - or treat yourself to an extra hour or two in bed. The team and guests share breakfast before heading off.

car sharing

We recommend car sharing where possible and are able to put you in touch with fellow guests should you be on the same or similar flights. Car parking is available at the accommodation.

what you need

Comprehensive insurance to cover you for this type of activity..

In brief, your trail running kit! We'll provide a breakdown of what this might look like upon booking confirmation.

Flights & transfers

Local currency

Any necessary visas

things to note

For our cancellation policy please see our terms and conditions.

Not included in booking fee:
Any additional costs that are otherwise not stated under the booking (inc. insurance, additional food, drink & tips)
Flights and transfers
Additional activities, food and beverages unless otherwise stated

Further Info:
Although we try our very best to keep to the itinerary and accommodation listed under each trip these are subject to change with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. We will notify guests of any changes at the earliest possible moment.


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