Highland Kings Ultra-Marathon Returns to Scotland

The Highland Kings Ultra, the luxury ultra-marathon experience, returns to Scotland with a new route celebrating the Scottish Highlands around Glencoe. The four-day Highland Kings Ultra, named after Scottish kings Kenneth McAlpin, Alexander III and Robert the Bruce who helped to shape the region, has been designed for those who want to tackle a real physical challenge but prefer to do it in style and unwind with the finer things in life.

Covering 120 miles of rugged yet scenic terrain on Scotland’s west coast, the experience begins in November 2022 with a training program under the guidance of accomplished athletes and professionals, followed by the race in April 2023 through the Highlands of Scotland. The course traverses mountains and valleys, winding through forests and over rocky mountain terrain, celebrating the varying physical features of the Scottish wilderness, including an ascent of 18,000 feet.

Athletes taking on the challenge will embark on a six-month training program, starting November 2022, with noteworthy sports personalities, including reigning world-champion ultra-runner Jonathan Albon; Anna-Marie Watson, elite athlete and coach; Andy Blow, fueling and hydration expert; Alison Rose, physio for Olympic athletes; and Alan Murchison, a Michelin-starred chef experienced in devising nutritional plans for Olympic athletes.

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Louis Bell tent (Highland Kings)

Scheduled for April 2023, the 120-mile ultra-marathon takes place against the backdrop of Scotland’s rugged west coastline traversing the valley and mountains of Glencoe, and finishing at the foot of Ben Nevis.

During the event, participants will receive personalized and lavish care with butler service delivered by Simeon Rosset, butler to royalty, world leaders and A-list celebrities; meals prepared by a Michelin-starred chef; and physical conditioning with Olympic physiotherapists. Athletes will rest and sleep in a purpose-built athlete village on the grounds of a traditional Scottish country estate with glamping-style Lotus Belle tents. Each room is furnished with a king-sized bed, fine bedding and linens changed each day, wooden furniture, cushions, throws, sheepskin rug, lighting and storage. Communal areas for relaxation and recovery include a hydrotherapy pool after-care.

Spots are available for the six-month training program and event, priced at $18,200 per person. Event-only tickets are priced at $9,924 and will be offered to experienced ultra-runners who have completed an event with an ITRA event score of at least four points or a UTMB index rating of 62 miles or more.

Participation in the training program and ultra-marathon can be booked at www.highland-kings.com.

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