SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

13:00 – 16:00 Registration, kit checks (CLASSIC RACE): Community Hall, Fort Augustus
16:30 – 17:30 Pre-race briefing (CLASSIC RACE): Community Hall, Fort Augustus

SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

06:00  Board transport to race start (FULL COURSE): Fort Augustus
07:30  FULL COURSE RACE START at Urquhart Castle
09:00 – 10:00 Registration, kit checks (SPRINT RACE): Community Hall, Fort Augustus
10:00 – 10:45 Pre-race briefing (SPRINT RACE): Community Hall, Fort Augustus
11:30 Walk to race start (SPRINT RACE): near Fort Augustus
12:00 SPRINT RACE START near Fort Augustus
15:00 18:30 Finishers expected at The Old Pier, Fort Augustus
19:30 Prize giving
15:00 – 20:00 Post race buffet


LOGISTICS

Breca Loch gu Loch is based at Fort Augustus, a historic and scenic hamlet and popular tourist destination situated on southern end of Loch Ness. Lying on the impressive 60 mile Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness with many beautiful walks around the area, the most popular being the Great Glen Way. Visitors can also enjoy a visit to the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre, watch the boats navigating the flight of locks or explore the Clansmen Centre, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th century clan weaponry.

An hour’s drive away, Inverness is a compact, cosmopolitan city with plenty of attractions including Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral, Ness Islands on the River Ness, and Culloden Battlefield, site of the final, fateful clash of the Jacobite Risings.

GETTING THERE

Fort Augustus is easy to get to, situated halfway between Fort William and Inverness which both have a good range of transport connections.

Flights

There are direct flights to Inverness operated by EasyJetFlybe or British Airways, from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Bristol, and international flights from Amsterdam and Dublin. Inverness airport is 20 minutes from the city centre, with a frequent bus service into the city centre where you can take a coach or bus to Fort Augustus (see below).

Glasgow airport is about 3 hours from Fort Augustus. The road takes you past Loch Lomond and through Glencoe and Fort William - the scenery is stunning. Edinburgh airport is also 3 hours away.

Rail

The closest railway stations are at Fort William and Inverness, which have good rail links to Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, and the famous scenic route to Kyle of Lochalsh. Direct sleeper services from London and daily through trains provide a fast and efficient service. Details from ScotrailVirgin East Coast and Network Rail.

Bus and Coach

National Express runs coach services to Inverness. There is a regular coach service linking Inverness to Fort Augustus operated by Scottish Citylink, with an additional bus service provided by Stagecoach Inverness.

Car

Fort Augustus is an hour from Inverness on the A82, which winds along Loch Ness and on to Fort William and the Isle of Skye via the A87. The A9 south links Inverness with Edinburgh and Glasgow via Perth and Pitlochry and continues north to the Northern Highlands. To the east, the A96 links Inverness to Nairn and Aberdeen.

ACCOMMODATION

Fort Augustus has plenty of tourist accommodation, while nearby Inverness has further options for all budgets. The VisitScotland website is a good resource to search for accommodation.

Visit Inverness-Loch Ness, Inverness Hotels Association, Inverness Guest House Association and the Bed & Breakfast Association all have websites listing accommodation, or you can search for self-catering properties around Inverness & Loch Ness. Both the Scottish Youth Hostels Association and  Scottish Independent Hostels have hostels in Inverness and around Loch Ness. For camping and caravan sites try UK campsites.

THE RACES

COURSE OVERVIEW

The course is completed in one continuous journey. All distances are approximate.

FULL COURSE

13 x open water swims – total 7.4km
12 x trail/hill running sections and short island hops – total 47.4km

SPRINT COURSE

13 x open water swims including a challenging 750m across Loch Ness – total 2.7km
12 x trail/hill running sections and short island hops – total 15.8km

The running sections are a mix of established footpaths, rough moorland, bracken-covered hillsides and quiet country roads.

**Please Note** we do not have landowner permission to use Loch Tarff or the run section after it (swims 7-12 of the CLASSIC RACE, swims 1-12 of the SPRINT) for training outside of the race. Please do not train here as it will jeopardise the future of the race.

REGISTRATION AND race BRIEF

See the Schedule above for registration and briefing times for the Classic and Sprint races. Both will take place at the Community Hall in Fort Augustus.

Please register with your partner and BRING YOUR MANDATORY KIT. If you do not bring these items with you, you will have to go and get them. You will not be allowed to register without them.

What to Bring: Every competitor must present:

  • Photo identification
  • Whistle
  • Reusable cup or flask – read about our pioneering “cup free” race sustainability initiative. We will accept any type but it must be reasonably robust.
  • Wetsuit.

Please do not plan to purchase required kit at registration or in Fort Augustus. There are no nearby outdoor equipment shops, and no formal ‘Expo’ is planned for Race HQ.

You will be issued with your race vests and swim caps during registration.

You MUST attend the race brief, where we will give you vital information about the course and race logistics.

Getting to the RACE START

CLASSIC RACE

We have arranged transport from Fort Augustus to the CLASSIC race start at Urquhart Castle. The pick-up location will be shared at the pre-race briefing. You MUST ensure you are there on time and MUST travel with us to the start – you are not allowed to make your own way directly there.

SPRINT RACE

The SPRINT race start is a 15-minute walk from Fort Augustus, or you can arrange to be dropped off if you prefer.

NOTE: please board the coach / arrive the start changed and ready to race. There are no changing facilities at the start and you will not be allowed to enter Urquhart Castle to change.

You will not be allowed to race if you miss the start.

DROP BAGS

You will be able to leave a small bag before departing for the start. We recommend a change of clothes, shoes, money and a towel so that you can join us at the post-race social. Note: there will be event staff in the area, but bags will not be attended at all times and you leave them at your own risk. 

RACE FINISH and post-race social

The finish of both races, and the post-race social is at Fort Augustus, venue TBC. The buffet is included in the entry fee. Additional buffet tickets can be purchased at Race Registration whilst stocks last.

All participants, volunteers, safety teams and supporters are invited to join us there for the evening. Prize Giving will take place at 19:30.

CUT OFFS

We use cut off times to make sure that everyone completes the race safely and before dark. Cut offs are also critical for our safety plan for boats and the medical team. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss a cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.

Cut off times are enforced at some swim entries. Times will be confirmed soon.

1.     Start of Swim 4: TBC
2.     End of Swim 6: TBC
3.     Start of Swim 7: TBC
4.     Start of Swim 13: TBC

Please be nice to the volunteer marshals – they’ve given up their time to allow you to race. Rudeness towards our marshals will not be tolerated and will result in instant disqualification.

CHECKPOINTS AND NUTRITION

There are six aid stations on the CLASSIC race and two on the SPRINT race, roughly 8-9km apart. They will be a mixture of basic, self-service aid stations and marshalled checkpoints. Each will have water and electrolyte, with either energy bars, gels, fruit, or boiled potatoes.

RACE TIMING

We will be using the Sport Ident ‘Dibber’ system to time your race. Dibbers will be issued and attached to your wrist at registration. Use of the system and locations of the timing points will be described at the pre-race briefing.

COURSE MARKING

The course will be fully marked. Swim transitions and checkpoints will be staffed by volunteers. You do not need a map or compass unless you wish to carry one. 

RULES

We have tried to keep rules to a minimum and will cover the most important ones at the pre-race briefing, but there are some you should be aware of prior to your arrival. Read them on our Rules page.

SPECTATORS

Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish lines and the post-race socials.

We have produced a Spectator Guide that you can download and print.

We ask that you observe the following advice:

  • Please do not accompany competitors to the race registration and briefing.
  • Please use designated public car parks and DO NOT park on roadsides around the course, or on private property.