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The WaterAid Scotland Tartan Trail is a one day team-based event, where hundreds of participants form teams to take on a Tartan Trail route to help achieve an overall team goal.

20 May 2017 | Scotland

WaterAid Tartan Trail 2017

When20 May 2017
Where: Various locations across Scotland
Distance: Routes vary in length and difficulty
Registration fee: £15 per person (including t-shirt and WaterAid fun kilt)
Fundraising target: £150 per person
Teams: Minimum of 4, maximum of 7 per team

How to register:

The Tartan Trails are a selection of  Scotland’s National Trails, cycle paths, coastal routes, canal paths, munros and some smaller local walks and climbs. We have brought them together to create a list of routes called Tartan Trails, it's up to you whether you want to run, walk, cycle or climb your Tartan Trail!

Explore your options here and use these links below once you're ready to book your route: 

Walks/circular routes:  
Dee Walk/Tongland >
Lang Craigs >
Greenock Cut >
Cumbrae >


Climbs 
Difficult: 
Ben Nevis >
Ben Lomond >
Ben Vorlich >


Moderate: 
The Cobbler >
Schiehallion >


Easy: 
Arthur's Seat >
The Whangie >
Meikle Bin >


Trails: 
Borders Abbeys Way >
Fife Coastal Path >
Formartine and Buchan Way >
Forth & Clyde/Union Canal >
Great Glen Way >
John Muir Way >
Mull of Galloway Trail >
Rob Roy Way >
St Cuthbert's Way >
Speyside Way >
West Highland Way >
West Island Way >
South Loch Ness Trail >
River Annan Trail (Annandale Way) >
Berwickshire Coastal Path >

Join the event on Facebook >

From the minute you sign up we’ll be on hand to support you with the following:

  • WaterAid branded item to wear /display on the day
  • Fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Training programme and expert training tips for all levels
  • Email support from our training partners
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid Scotland & Northern Ireland team.

We’re here to help you every step of the way on your challenge journey, and we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch if you have a question or want to chat to the coaches about your training. 

Download the route cards for your walk or climb below.

Walks/circular routes:
Dee Walk/Tongland – 7.5km – Follow the tidal lower reaches of the River Dee, giving some fine opportunities for birdwatching. The walk starts in the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright and includes a loop to Tongland hydroelectric power station before beginning the return leg.

Lang Craigs – 14km – This circular route climbs from the streets of Dumbarton through the grounds of Overtoun House to climb up to a view point on Lang Craigs overlooking the Firth of Clyde before descending on a forestry track to pick up the cycle path running adjacent to the A82 and then back through the streets of Dumbarton.

Greenock Cut – 11.5km – A walk over moorland and then along the Greenock Cut – an aqueduct which is now a Designated Ancient Monument with fantastic views over the Clyde.

Cumbrae – 17km – The Isle of Cumbrae is situated just off the Scottish mainland coast at the town of Largs.

Climbs

Difficult:
Ben Nevis
At 1345 metres Ben Nevis is Scotland’s highest and most popular mountain.  Thousands of people set off each year on the challenge to climb The Ben.
Total distance (out and back):  11.9km
Total ascent: 1006m
Estimated total time (out and back): 5hrs

Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east.
Total distance (out and back):  11.9km
Total ascent: 1006m
Estimated total time (out and back): 5hrs

Ben Vorlich
Ben Vorlich above Loch Earn is one of the best-known Scottish mountains and is very popular. Close to the Highland boundary, it gives excellent views into the Lowlands.
Total distance (out and back):  14.6km
Total ascent: 1260m
Estimated total time (out and back): 5 to 6 hrs

Moderate:
The Cobbler
The Cobbler - also known as Ben Arthur - has the most distinctive outline of any mountain in the Southern Highlands and makes a fantastic short day out.
Total distance (out and back):  14.6km
Total ascent: 1260m
Estimated total time (out and back): 5 to 6 hrs

Schiehallion
Schiehallion – Moderate
One of Scotland’s best known hills, Schiehallion is one of the easiest Munros to climb on a fine summer’s day. It takes the form of a broad ridge, with the famous conical appearance only apparent from across Loch Rannoch.
Total distance (out and back):  17.5km
Total ascent: 455m
Estimated total time (out and back):  4-5.5 hours

Easy:
Arthur's Seat

The Whangie
Meikle Bin

Trails:
Borders Abbeys Way
Fife Coastal Path
Formartine and Buchan Way
Forth & Clyde/Union Canal
Great Glen Way
John Muir Way
Mull of Galloway Trail
Rob Roy Way
St Cuthbert's Way
Speyside Way
West Highland Way
West Island Way
South Loch Ness Trail
River Annan Trail (Annandale Way)
Berwickshire Coastal Path

Did you know? WaterAid has it’s own unique tartan. You can order your own Tartan Trail kit which will include a branded t-shirt and a WaterAid tartan fun kilt.

You can place your Tartan Trail kit order when you register your team.


There is something for everyone in the Tartan Trail.

From a leisurely stroll or gentle cycle around Cumbrae to taking on a bigger challenge like trekking part of the West Highland Way or tackling the highest mountain in Scotland (and the British Isles) Ben Nevis.

The Tartan Trails are made up of a selection of  Scotland’s National Trails, cycle paths, coastal routes, canal paths, munros and some smaller local walks and climbs.

We have brought them together to create a list of routes called Tartan Trails.

So go ahead, explore your options above, decide whether you want to run, walk, cycle or climb and enjoy  your Tartan Trail!