The race starts near Bruce’s Stone with an immediate steep climb of 673ft
up the Fell of Eschoncan (1,148ft, stone cairn, not trig point). From there
follow a rough path north for half a mile to a forest road. Cross the road
and follow the deer fence for about 300 yards up to the wooden style. Climb
over the style and follow the route marks up the Bennan hill and then
follow the marks through the line of rock outcrops until you reach the deer
fence just before the stone wall. Turn left and follow the fence round to
the second wooden style. After crossing it, go almost straight ahead
through a dip in the rocks for about 200 yards and follow a faint path
leading to the wall. Follow the wall northwards a short distance to the
steel gate. Go through it.
This is a marshal point so you shouldn’t need to close the gate yourself
but if for any reason there is no marshal there you must close it if you
are on your own or last of a group.
Turn left to follow the wall to the corner or take a short cut by going
straight ahead to join the wall and the tourist path leading up to
Benyellary (2,359ft). Follow the wall over the summit and down 190ft to the
col at the Neive of the Spit. The wall at this point is in poor repair and
you can pass the Neive on either side of the wall. From there, turn right,
away from the wall to follow the tourist path to the summit of the Merrick
Bamboo canes topped with hi-viz tape or paint mark the route from Eschoncan
up to the second style, after that follow the wall and path. If misty,
marks will be set where the route leaves the Neive to join the path where
it curves away from the wall.
The final ascent from the Neive of the Spit to Merrick summit is a wide,
featureless slope. Take care to find and use the summit path in mist. If
you do get lost at this point, head north until you reach either the path
or a steep drop, Black Gairy, if the latter then turn east to regain the
The route down is to exactly follow the up route. If the top is in cloud
take great care leaving the cairn as the path near the summit is indistinct
for the first 100 yards or so. It is very easy to head off in the wrong
direction. If you lose the path on the descent, head southwest to reach the
Any runner retiring from the race must report this to the nearest
marshal, another runner, or at race control.
The race is bound by Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) rules. All runners
taking part are required to carry with them a map, compass, whistle and
full body cover. Every runner’s gear is checked at registration and any
not complying will not be allowed to start.
For full safety info go to:
ENTRIES: ENTRY CENTRAL, or on the day but preferably EC.
REFRESHMENTS & TOILETS
The Forest Enterprise visitor centre will be open at Stroan Bridge
(GR372786). Tea, coffee etc, and toilets are available there. For the event
there will a Portaloo located in the Bruce’s Stone carpark.
PRIZEGIVING: At Bruce’s Stone ASAP after the race finishes and the
Parking is mainly in the tourist car park below Bruce’s
Stone. Competitors cars will not be allowed access to the small upper car
park which is reserved for the race organisers and helpers. Please follow
the directions of the marshals.