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Experience the peace and tranquility of the beautiful, remote Isle of Skye, the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides, and home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. Renowned for its strong community, friendly welcome, and a race run on closed roads, the Skye Half Marathon sells out every year.


From the Norse meaning Misty Isle, Skye will enchant you with its dramatic mountain ranges dominated by the rocky slopes of the Cuilin, miles of spectacular coastline from the Atlantic to the West and North Sea to the East, and its complex and captivating history featuring the Clans of MacDonald and MacLeod, its castles, churches and Brochs. Join us on Saturday 8th June 2024 for a race to remember.


The Skye Half Marathon is a chip timed loop with a course that climbs gradually away from Portree for the first 1.5 miles, up to Drumuie  and then on to a fast downhill 2 miles to the Kensaleyre turn.  The route then follows a single-track road through spectacular countryside at times beside Skye’s longest River, the River Snizort, famed for its salmon and sea trout and fished by fishermen from across the globe.


All Skye Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique commemorative medal as well as some extra race goodies. If you’ve chosen to sign up for our Fun Run, this will be chip timed, and finishers will also receive an original bespoke medal.  There will be age group category prizes as well as spot prizes.


This year, we are again offering a Skye Half Marathon Virtual Run. We’d love runners from all over the UK and further afield to run at 10.30am on Saturday 8th June 2024.  All joiners will receive a medal in the post, a virtual certificate, and results will be published by 12 noon on 15th June.  Race time results must be submitted by midnight on Monday 10th June. We’d love to know where you’re from and be delighted for you to send us a selfie as you finish the 13.1miles for us to share with our running community.  


The 2024 Isle of Skye Half Marathon will continue to focus on sustainability. We've changed the way we do things. From water, food stalls, race t-shirts, travel, medals and merchandise; we've encourage everyone to lessen the impact our event has on our natural environment. Find out more about our Sustainability Initiatives

To avoid waste, we encourage runners to purchase merchandise during registration.  In this way we can better anticipate quantities, and manage the levels of merchandise available to purchase on race day.


We have two partner charities for the 40th Anniversary Half Marathon & 10K where runners can opt to donate during registration.  These are: 
Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association - an independent local charity helping those suffering with mental ill health. Poor mental health is debilitating, devastating and often lonely. It’s even harder in a remote, rural area like Skye where the closest NHS pychiatric resource is 120 miles away. Their amazing staff literally provide life-line support and a safe place to feel included and accepted. You can find out more about them here:  Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association is a registered Scottish Charity: SC021154.
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers - aims to make a positive difference to the lives and futures of young carers.  They provide a safe place where young people can feel at home with others in the same situation. A place they can be themselves without question, where they can get much needed respite, where they can feel less alone, and have one to one help as well as bereavement support when needed.  You can find out more about them here:
Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers is registered under Scottish Charity Number: SCO27909
Charitable grants and donations support the vital work of both these organisations and if you’d like to help them please think about donating today. 

Enter the Half Marathon, Fun Run or Virtual Half Marathon. A Runner's Information Brief will be emailed to all entrants leading up to race day.

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Travel Tips

We are an island destination which makes our race all the more unique.  Travel however is pretty straightforward and we are more accessible than you might think.  We have a toll free bridge linking us to the mainland, as well as regular ferry sailings from Mallaig.  You can get to the Isle of Skye from the Highland capital of Inverness.  Inverness Airport has interconnecting flights from London airports.

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Accommodation on the Isle of Skye is quick to fill up, so booking well in advance is recommended for the best location and the best prices.
Skye boasts a big variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets from wild camping to luxury accommodation.  

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Registration for the Half Marathon and Fun Run is at the Race Start; which is the Fingal Centre.
Photo ID is required when you to register. Registration closes on Saturday 10th June 2023 at 9:45am.

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The Race

Dependent on weather conditions, the race start will be either chip or gun. This will be decided on the morning. The Half Marathon race begins at 10:30am from The Fingle Centre, so don't be late.  The 10K will start from the 11k Half Marathon marker and runners will be bussed to the start line at 9.50am from The Fingle Centre.
Prior to this you should have registered to get your race number.

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Prize Giving

Prize giving will take place at 13.30. 

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