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01 Dec 2006: Lochalsh Dirty 30 Announced
Friday 1st December 2006
Lochalsh Dirty 30 ChallengeLochalsh Dirty 30 Challege 2007
Saturday 23 June 2007

The Lochalsh Trail Club is proud to announce the creation of an annual walking challenge within Lochalsh named the ‘Dirty 30’, with its inaugural event being part of the Battle of Glen Shiel anniversary commemorations in June 2007. The launch will also coincide with a programme of events being arranged in Lochalsh to celebrate the Scottish Year of Highland Culture in 2007.

The Route

Set in the North West Highlands of Scotland and with the Isle of Skye as its neighbour, Lochalsh is renowned for having some of the most breathtaking scenery in the British Isles and the Dirty 30 lures participants to an array of imposing glens, stunning hills and spectacular coastal paths, whilst tackling its differing terrain and weather systems.

As the name suggests, the circular route is approximately 30 miles in length and although it’s not as full-on as a high-altitude adventure race, it promises to challenge the able bodied and test even the fittest of participants. It starts and finishes at Glen Shiel’s campsite in the shadows of the famous Five Sisters of Kintail and South Glen Shiel Ridge mountain ranges. In a nutshell, the anti-clockwise course will start on a single-track road that leads to a mixture of low altitude coastal paths to Glenelg. After this point, the course swings east on various tracks before heading into woodland. Just when you thought it was safe, the route then takes you into the wild & wonderful hills themselves where you’ll find out why the challenge is named what it is. The course then picks up a path at around 1,500ft., the highest point on the challenge, where the view finally reveals the breathtaking Five Sisters of Kintail. As a fitting finale, this view dominates as the challengers descend down to the finish and a well-earned rest.

The annual Challenge commences at 12 noon and this will give the ‘participant’ a unique opportunity to experience walking the glens at midnight but at a time of year that usually gives just 3 hours of darkness, for added safety. For those not wanting to walk in the dark or if needing to recuperate, rest facilities will be available en route.

With this exciting new challenge taking place in a truly inspiring location, the Lochalsh Dirty 30 promises to be one of the most beautiful and historical long distance 24 hour on-foot challenges in the British Isles and will hopefully be a popular natural outdoor enthusiasts’ attraction for many years to come.


The Dirty 30 annual challenge application price for 2007 is £20 per person and is expected to be open to anyone aged 16 or over, or under 16 if supervised by a parent or qualified adult.

If you are interested in taking part in this exciting event, then please print off and fill in the application form and send it (with entry fee) to the address at the foot of the form. If you require any further information or you’re interested in assisting with the marshalling, please contact either of the Lochalsh Trail Club committee members below for more information.

Lochalsh Trail Club

UPDATE 18 Dec 2006: Lochalsh Dirty 30 - Date change

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