53 mile Ultra Trail Marathon through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland, UK
Race Date – Saturday 27th April 2024

Welcome to the 16th Highland Fling Race.

The 2024 race takes place on Saturday 27th April and is a point-to-point trail ultramarathon along the southern 53 miles (85km) of Scotland’s iconic West Highland Way trail through the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park from Milngavie to Tyndrum. 


  • Distance: 53 miles (85 km)
  • Ascent 2300m / Decent 2100m
  • Terrain: 90% trail / 10% road
  • Full route is waymarked (no navigation required)
  • Chip-timed
  • There is a drop bag system in operation
  • Free Luggage transport from start to race finish
  • Event Buses* available pre-race to the start from Tyndrum and Glasgow, and post-race back to the start in Milngavie from the finish (extra cost)

*Event Buses places are limited must be booked and paid for prior to race day.  Buses will be made available to book following the allocation of the race places.  All runners will be emailed when the buses are available.  We advise booking them ASAP as seat numbers are limited.


To qualify for the 2024 event, you must have at some point in the past completed an ultramarathon, a road marathon or trail marathon.  If your longest race is a road marathon, the finish time must be under 5 hours. If you have completed an ultramarathon on road or trail, any finish time is acceptable. If you have done a road marathon in over 5 hours BUT it was at the end of an Ironman, that's acceptable.

If you haven't already completed such an event then you have until 4th March 2024 to do so.

Long fell/hill races and very long distance walking events may be accepted at our discretion. Please note that GPS data such as Strava/Garmin/Suunto logs from training runs are not accepted.

We are LGBT friendly. We are also QIA+ and non-binary friendly. You can enter our race as female, male or non-binary.  If you are trans, you are welcome to run in the gender category with which you identify, subject to compliance with current SA/UKA rules of competition, which the organisers must adhere to. Please contact us for assistance if you are trans and unsure what this means for you. All event portable toilets and showers are gender neutral. 

We are fully committed to upholding all principles of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter and aim to be as inclusive as possible. The organisers have a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination. ​


1) Runners are not allowed external support at any time. No support runners/pacers. Spectators may be welcome at specific locations (this will be confirmed at a later date)
2) All runners must carry a waterproof jacket with a hood, an emergency foil blanket and charged/switched on mobile phone
3) It is strictly FORBIDDEN for any participant to run in place of another runner. No one is allowed to run using another runners race number.
4) No running poles. No Dogs accompanying runners.  No littering
5) Limited earphone use allowed.


UKA rules state that the minimum age for entrants is 20 years old (on race day)


The Highland Fling has been chosen to host the 2024 Scottish Athletics National Ultra Trail Championships. More info here.


We are pleased to be supporting Haldane Youth Services this year.  Based in Balloch this registered charity (SCO038681) delivers after school activities for children in the West Dunbartonshire area.  Their aims and objectives include providing opportunities to children to broaden and raise their aspiration using a variety of activities to positively engage young people into arts, culture, community, outdoor and healthy living activities.

Supporting Sponsors
Highland Fling Secondary Sponsors