Craggy Island Triathlon

6 & 7th October 2018

Unique in the UK and probably the World, the Craggy Island Triathlon will have you swimming across the sound from the mainland to an island to start your race. How cool is that?

The island in this case is the rugged spectacular and completely unspoilt Isle of Kerrera, just off the West coast of Scotland near the busy town and harbour of Oban.

The race is entirely off-road (there are no roads on the island, so there’s not much choice about that!), and will take you from sea level to the highest point of the island with spectacular views across the Firth of Lorne and Sound of Mull.

Craggy Island Triathlon is a fundraiser for the Oban Mountain Rescue Team.

The race will provide a warm (well, we can’t promise the water will be warm!) and welcome environment for newbies and triathlon beginners, as well as a tough off-road challenge for those who fancy their chances at the head of the field.

It’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted!

Craggy Island Tri Day 1 (550m Swim, 14km MTB, 8km Hill Run) – Saturday 6th October 2018.

Start Time approx. 11am. Incorporates Triathlon Scotland National Cross Triathlon Championships 2018.

Craggy Island Tri Day 2 (550m Swim, 14km MTB, 8km Hill Run) – Sunday 7th October 2018. Start Time approx 11am.

Craggy Kids race (approx. 150m Swim, 4.5km MTB, 1.9km Run – Sunday 7th October 2018.
TriStars 2/3 & Youth for ages 11-16. Start Time approx 12:15pm

550m Open Water Swim (wetsuits compulsory) A to B Swim (i.e.Gallanach on the Mainland to the Isle of Kerrera. Deep water start.

14km (ish) Off-Road Mountain Bike.
This will be on a combination of landrover and quad tracks and paths, and is a bit hilly (ahem!). There’s nothing wildly extreme, however, this is proper mountain biking in places, not just riding round a lovely grassy field – if you feel the need to walk a bit, no problem, we’d prefer you stay in one piece!. One lap. You’ll see most of the island on your travels, and have what must surely be the most scenic triathlon bike course in the world. Amazing.

MTB Course Description

8km (ish) Off-Road Run
This is going to be interesting. It’s proper off road. In fact, it’s more like a hill-race than the ‘cross country’ you might remember from school. The route will take you across rough trackless boggy and wild hillsides, but you’ll be rewarded with the most incredible views of the island, the Forth of Lorne, and the Isle of Mull. Along the way you’ll visit the highest point on Kerrera – 189m above sea level, and the ruined Gylen Castle before returning to the finish at the ferry slip. You may wish to incorporate a few hills in your training regime……

Here’s some possibilities for local bike hire. Please note: these aren’t recommendations – we’re just trying to help 🙂 (Fort William)

Bike Fix (Oban) 01631 566033

Rules: Normal Triathlon Scotland rules will apply – see for further details.

We are really hot on no littering. We rely on the goodwill of our landowners, and we just cannot
afford for them to be irritated, or the island spoilt by our litter. This specifically includes Gel/Bar
wrappers, Banana skins etc. Simple rule: if you’re caught littering, it’s an instant DQ. You’ve been warned (sorry to be heavy, but…. you know!).

Entries Open 1st April at 10am

Adults Races £43* Triathlon Scotland/England/Wales Members, £49* Not BTF Member.

Relay Team Supplement £20* (includes 2 additional T-Shirts, Ferry Fees etc.)

Kids Race £20*

* Plus Entry Central payment fee (5%)

Event Detail

6 & 7th October 2018


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