Stage 1 Tayinloan to Carradale
15 miles, 600m climb
From Tayinloan Village Hall, turn left, following the way marked path through the houses, then towards the beach and back the edge of a field to the A83. Take care when crossing. Head up a broad forestry track. If you do stop for a minute and look back, you will be rewarded with views across the seascape, to Gigha in the foreground and beyond to Islay and Jura.
After the flat open section at the 300m level, there is a water station, then a dip through the forest with a sharp left bend, leading to Deucheran Hill and its wind farm. After a smooth downhill and a bridge over a river, look out for the junction where you must turn right, a popular place for going wrong! The descent down the Glen into Carradale is extremely pretty After half a mile on the road, you come to the Grianain water-stop, where you go left uphill on a path to join a forestry track, with views over to Arran. This leads to a path through the woods down to a track alongside Carradale playing field. From here to the checkpoint (about 1 mile), take care to follow race-day direction signs. Toilets and refreshments are available.
Section 2. Carradale to Lussa Loch (north)
12 miles, 560m climb.
Water at Ifferdale (21 miles from start)
From the checkpoint, follow race-day signs to reach a path leading through some woods to the B842 and a bridge over a river where you turn left at Dippen Farm to follow a small narrow road leading down to a rocky shore. Continue along the shore (about ½ mile), taking care over slippy rocks, then look out for waymarkers leading up over a field to reach the B842 at a stile.
Follow the road downhill for 400 yards, the turn right on to a track leading towards Torrisdale Castle (home of sponsors Kintyre Gin). Take care following waymarkers through the castle grounds till you come to a farm track leading uphill. As you gain height, look back to see excellent views over to Arran.
Passing a small hydro-electric dam, follow a burn to reach a footbridge leading to a path uphill and then a level forestry track. After half a mile, take a sharp left turn, then after a further half mile a sharp right turn on to a path leading steeply downhill. At the foot of the hill, bear left on a muddy farm track leading to the water station at a T-junction with a forestry track near Ifferdale Farmhouse. At this point turn right (unlike previous years).
You now follow the old forestry track winding uphill for about 3 miles, then take a sharp right on to a well-used track which climbs and then descends to the checkpoint at the bridge near the north end of Lussa Loch (vehicle access not allowed here except for relay teams changeover).
Section 3 Lussa Loch to Campbeltown
8 miles, 190m climb
Follow the track alongside Lussa Loch before joining a minor road just south of Gobagrennan. Follow this road south until joining the A83 on the outskirts of Campbeltown where a short run along the pavement will bring you to the finish at Glengyle Distillery.