Lochaber 80 - Salomon Skyline Scotland

Lochaber 80

Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra


Saturday 16th September 2023 

07:00 start



2023 entry fee

  • £120 until 30th April 2023
  • £130 from 1st May 2023
  • £140 from 1st July 2023

What's new for the 2023 event? FIND OUT HERE

Skyline Scotland LOCHABER 80


This is our wilderness ultra-race weaving a majestic route deep into the remote Highland glens at the heart of Lochaber!

The route utilises the best possible trails, paths and tracks for a tour de force of the Lochaber highlands. Gradually ascending from Kinlochleven, the race starts by following the route of the hugely popular Three Mealls 18K trail race in reverse, weaving alongside the River Leven through a magical ancient forest. The mighty Blackwater Dam marks the start of the remote trails to come! From here runners will follow a path that continues climbing to reach Loch Chiarain. Seriously remote terrain lures runners onward and the true wilderness experience of this race becomes apparent with incredible views of nothing but mountains, as they descend towards Loch Treig. For the next 5km the route gently ascends the Lairig Leacach following a historical walking route through this stunning and breathtakingly beautiful glen. The route now turns west following excellent forestry tracks through Leanachan Forest allowing for quick onward progress. Emerging from the forest, the gigantic Ben Nevis looms ahead as the route now follows the renowned North Face path alongside Allt á Mhulilinn up to the famous CIC hut, before cutting under the towering cliffs of Càrn Dearg. Joining the main Ben Nevis path drops the runners down to the Visitors Centre before joining Scotland’s most famous path, the West Highland Way, which climbs out of Glen Nevis and provides a speedy route back to Kinlochleven and a well-earned celebration at the finish line.

Key stats: 80km / 2,000m ascent  



WhatsApp Image 2022-09-17 at 6.53.52 PM (2)The Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra ©No Limits Photography


How to Enter?

Entries to Skyline Scotland Trail Races are NOT vetted. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until each race is full. Simply complete the online entry form, and bingo - you have a place!

Interest in the event is exceptional and we anticipate this event selling out. Please enter early to avoid disappointment - first-come, first-served.



When you enter any of the trail races, you must agree to our Declaration.

Please ensure you are familiar with the Terms & Conditions of entry.

Covid-19: If circumstances dictate that we cannot run the event safely then we will offer a free deferral or refund to all our participants.


An entry includes

  • Your involvement in the UK’s greatest weekend of mountain running!
  • A light finish line snack 
  • Water, electrolyte drink and coke at the finish line
  • An exciting new finisher's medal (or the option to not receive a medal and get a discount)
  • Food and water stations on the route, offering water, electrolyte, coke, and a variety of food
  • Seating and shelter at the aid stations
  • A fully marshalled, waymarked and signed race route
  • Shower facilities at the Lochaber Centre (extended opening hours)
  • Digital race timing for official results
  • Live GPS tracking of your progress around the course
  • Free digital mapping option with Avenza app 
  • Free GPX file of the race route
  • The opportunity to take part in the 'Legends' presentation to receive your final medal in the series 
  • Race commentary at the start/finish arena in the Event Village
  • Marshalling support at several locations on the route
  • Emergency medical cover during the race
  • Mountain safety team cover during the race
  • A well planned and professionally organised race by Ourea Events


Skyline Scotland 2021 - Other race photos  - Copyright No Limits Photography 123

Enjoy an exciting start line at Skyline Scotland® 2022! ©No Limits Photography



The Course

Download the 2023 GPX file


Predicted Course Times


7:00 – Start Time

13:30 – First male finisher

14:30 – First female finisher

22:00 – Course Closure Time




Men’s Record – Simen Hjalmar Wästlund - 07:17:25 - 2022

Women’s Record – Katie Kaars Sijpesteijn - 08:49:05 - 2022





Mandatory items

The kit requirements for the Salomon Lochaber 80 are summarised here. However, for more detail on each item, please refer to our overarching clothing and equipment guidance article on the Ourea Events website. This contains important detail on each specific kit item, for example, the exact requirements of your waterproof jacket having taped seams.

All competitors must carry or wear the following:

  1. Running rucksack/vest/bumbag
  2. Fell/mountain running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Cross 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable)
  3. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Gore-Tex Shakedry Unisex  or Salomon Bonatti Gore Tex Shakedry Jacket Unisex or Salomon Bonatti Trail Jacket Mens / Salomon Bonatti Trail Jacket Women's
  4. Waterproof trousers/pants
  5. A long sleeve base layer
  6. Spare synthetic warm top (minimum 300g) suitable for the weather conditions. Spare means unworn at the start – this must be kept in a waterproof bag.
    We recommend: A technical midlayer (see Men's / Women's) / insulated garment
  7. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
  8. Survival bag (not a blanket)
    These can be purchased with your entry for collection at registration
  9. Headtorch with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness
    We recommend: the SILVA Trail Runner Free ULTRA 400 Lumens (This model is AAA & Rechargeable Battery Operated. Carry Spare Batteries)
  10. Water bottle and / or hydration system (must have the capacity to carry 1,000ml)
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir
  11. Whistle
  12. Sufficient food
  13. Mobile phone
  14. GPS Tracker (supplied)

Recommended items

  1. A pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon ADV Skin 5 Running Vest
  2. A smart-device (waterproof [or kept waterproof] with plenty of battery power) - likely a smartphone and watch combination, capable of displaying a compass, grid-reference, altitude).




There will be a number of marshalled checkpoints along the route.

There will be three support points where there will be food and water:

  • After 19km - Corrour
  • After 33km – Roybridge
  • After 57km – Ben Nevis Visitor Centre

The following food will be available at the support points: bananas, oranges, apples, cake (flapjack, chocolate brownie, sponge), Sandwiches (cheese, hummus and egg), Sweets (jelly babies), water melon, crisps, carrot / celery sticks, malt loaf, Pretzls and salted potatoes 


Location & Accommodation

Please consult this page



See our page about parking and bus options.  



The registration marquee will be in the event village next to the Ice Factor in the centre of Kinlochleven. This is where mandatory registration and issue of competitors' race number will take place. Competitors should allow at least 1 hour to complete the registration process. Registration is open between 17:30 and 21:30 the day before the race on Friday 15th September. 


The Start

Each of our trail races start from the arena in the event village next to the Ice Factor. There will be a real buzz at this location with the added atmosphere of the big international Skyline Scotland® races starting and finishing in the same location.

Start time: Saturday 16th September​ – ready at 06:45 for a 07:00 start.  

​Please note: Participants must ensure that they are in the start pen and ready to go 15 minutes before the start time. Remember there will be kit checks! So please make sure you have the mandatory items! 



Family, friends and members of the public are welcome to support participants at the event village, which will be a hive of activity! 



If you decide to retire then we would advise that you retire at one of the following support points from where there will be transport available back to Kinlochleven. The two support points are:

  • After 33km – Roybridge
  • After 57km – Ben Nevis Visitor Centre

(Note that it is not possible to retire at the first support point at Corrour)



Any competitor requiring emergency assistance should alert a race marshal at the nearest Checkpoint along the race route. We expect fellow competitors to stop and assist another competitor in an emergency. 



There will be a course sweeper following behind the last competitor.


Course Closure Time

Any competitor falling behind the average speed to complete the entire course within the course closure time may be retired at any checkpoint along the race route. 

The course closure time is 22:00. Overall, you will have 15 hours to complete the course. 



  • After 19km – Corrour 12:00
  • After 33km – Roybridge 14:30
  • After 57km – Ben Nevis Visitor Centre 18:00

Prize Ceremony

This will take place between 16:00 and 18:00 on Saturday 16th September 2023 depending on when finishers come in.



Available in the Leven Centre in Kinlochleven:

11:00-22:00 on Saturday 16th September

11:00-21:00 on Sunday 17th September



I declare that: 

  • I have read and understood the information on the website about the nature of the course, which features rough and remote mountain trail running;
  • I can apply sound mountain judgement at all times even if it means compromising my overall race result;
  • I can diligently concentrate and follow waymarking;
  • I accept full responsibility for my own safety and any injury sustained during the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser, their agents or the landowners;
  • I know my limitations and I am experienced enough to make a reasoned decision whether or not to start the event and/or to retire from the event rather than jeopardise my own or other people’s safety;
  • I understand that there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in mountain and trail running events such as this;

Event Rules

It is the participant's responsibility to know and follow these rules:

  1. Participants must follow the Universal Event Rules applicable to all events organised by Ourea Events.

    We would like to highlight the following from the above, as these are the most likely to incur penalties or disqualification through ignorance:
    • Marked Mandatory Routes: Participants must follow the marked (i.e. flagged, waymarked or signed) mandatory routes without deviation. They may go directly from each marker to the next, but deviation (such as cutting corners in zig-zags or taking a direct line to a later marker) is forbidden.
    • Mandatory Kit: Participants must comply with any Equipment List and carry all mandatory items as specified at all times. Any transgression may result in not being allowed to start the race or disqualification.
    • Support Runners: Participants are not allowed support runners. Any person attempting this will cause their officially entered associate(s) to be disqualified immediately and all the runners involved may receive life bans from Ourea Events Limited events.
    • Race Number: When issued, participants must display one race number on their front at all times and (when issued) a second race number must be attached to their rucksack. Race numbers can be obscured by waterproof clothing only. Race numbers must not be folded.
    • Littering: Any participant seen dropping litter will be disqualified.
  2. Rubbish: Participants may not dispose of any rubbish or food wrappings along the route. The only location at which rubbish can be deposited is at the finish. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  3. Headphones: Participants must NOT wear headphones or listen to music at any point during the race. This rule will be strictly enforced.
  4. Equipment Dumping: It is not possible to leave equipment with anyone whilst on the course.
  5. External Support: Supplies of additional food, drink and kit is not allowed. Outside assistance will lead to disqualification.