Photo Diary: Trail Running In Scotland

Beautiful, stunning and hilly… this is Scotland!

I love Scotland.

A lot.

It reminds me of my home. My country. My Slovakian hills and mountains. I first fell in love with Scotland back in 2014  when I cycled across it (Adidas team – Ride Across Britain). And since then I’ve been meaning to come back but never did until last weekend. 

Great vibe and good feel that’s what Edinburgh gave me. It’s one of those cities where I could move tomorrow and live there happily ever after. Small but big inside, awesome views and architecture and nearby hills waiting for you to run them. Talking about hills…

There isn’t many flat bits as the city, just like my favourite Rome, is built on 7 hills. Castle Rock, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat are right in the heart of Edinburgh all within a few hundred metres of each other and the four other hills, Corstorphine Hill, Wester Craiglockhard, Blackford Hill and Braid Hill are all within running distance. 

Enough talking… Go and see for yourself – you won’t be disappointed. 

My ultra friend Lucja run Edinburgh Running Tours and she will be more than happy to show you her beautiful Edinburgh.

Photo Diary: Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is one of the top 10 trail running places in the country and I couldn’t agree more. Breathtaking views, muddy trails and steep climbs. Ben Lomond (974 metres /3,196 ft) is one of the most popular Munros. What? Munros? 

Any mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet (914 m) is called Munro. Ben Nevis is the highest ‘Munro’ in Britain and from the summit you can actually see the top of Ben Lomond – weather permitting obviously. 

The route up and down Ben Lomond is well made, can be a wee-bit technical when you decide to go down the Ptarmigan ridge. We parked and started at Rowardennan car park – £3 for the whole day! 
Trail Running in Scotland - Looking over Loch Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond view
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Top of Ben Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - The View from the Ben Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Honesty Box - Water
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - running up Ben Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Running up Ben Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Stunning views
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - fun times
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Descending Ben Lomond
Trail Running in Scotland - Loch Lomond - Running down Ben Lomond 

Glasgow TrailFest – 15 October 

My friend Jo (GoUltraJo) is organising the second Glasgow Trail Running Festival and the theme is…

‘Building the Dream’ – because we’re celebrating everyone who pushes their limits, challenges their boundaries, and makes the impossible, possible, through running. Our own dream – a Trail Running festival that’s inclusive, exciting and energising for everyone who loves to run and dares to dream – is starting to come to life. There’s a lot to do between now and 15 October, but the journey has begun.

Come and celebrate the dirty side of running! The line-up is pretty good – elite runners as well as ‘ordinary’ heroes will provide inspiration and skills to get you set up for your next (or first) trail running adventure.

Sweet! I’m in 😉 

Lenka Istvanova


  1. OMG too much Scotland porn, I can’t handle it. I *LOVE* Scotland too much, haven’t been back to the highlands since our honeymoon in 2014 and getting massive withdrawal waaaaahhhhh!!!

    • Hehehe Scotland Porn – I like that!!! Honestly, I almost cried my eyes out when I got on the plan back to London. #TakeMeBack I’m thinking of going back in October for the Glasgow Trail Fest. How about you? Fancy joining?

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