Wild Running Retreats

Welcome to Auchgoyle Farm truly Wild Running Retreats!

Join owners and guides, Katharine and David, both passionate runners, ecologists and environmentalists. Our mission is to show you the beautiful trails that radiate from our farm over hills, along Argyll’s secret coast and through ancient woodlands. We’ll discover wildlife and hidden habitats as we run.

Everything about our retreats strive to respect our amazing natural world. Our accommodation is eco-friendly and our organic, regenerative farm is managed to restore ecosystems and wildlife. Our wholesome food is homemade organic and local wherever possible. So come, run, relax, and unwind on a truly wild and sustainable running holiday!

WILD RUNNING RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Small running groups (max 6 people)
  • Afternoon relaxation with yoga, streamside sauna indulgence, reading….
  • 3 nights’ eco-friendly accommodation with private room & communal living areas in our farmhouse or timber-framed eco-lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch & supper on Friday & Saturday; breakfast & lunch on Sunday. Also tea, coffee, infusions & healthy snacks- you will not go hungry!
  • Your guides & owners are adventurers and experienced distance runners (first in world to have run the length of South America)
  • We’re here for you, offering a truly friendly retreat; whether you’re on your own or with a friend
  • Hear a presentation about our world first run for wildlife & wilderness
  • Optional barefoot running tips and barefoot field run
  • Be a part of Auchgoyle Farm rewilding & plant your own tree
  • 10% off the Wild Running Retreats fee when you reach us by public transport!
  • Free signed and dedicated ‘Running South America’ book
  • We donate 5% of your retreat fee to a wildlife charity
  • Sustainable and environmentally-friendly retreat

2023 DATES

SOLD OUT!!– Thurs 23 March- Sun 26 March- mixed retreat – SOLD OUT

Thurs 27 April- Sun 30 April- female only retreat – PLACES AVAILABLE

Thurs 11 May – Sun 14 May- mixed retreat – AVAILABLE

Thurs 8 June – Sun 11 June- female only retreat – AVAILABLE

Thurs 9 Nov – Sun 12 Nov – mixed retreat- AVAILABLE

Thurs 7 Dec – Sun 10 Dec – female only retreat – AVAILABLE

MORE DATES TO COME including Beginners’ Wild Running Retreats.

Please contact us if you have a group of friends and would like to create your own bespoke retreat.

To BOOK or FIND OUT MORE email: katharine@auchgoylefarm.com For TRAVEL INFORMATION click here

Auchgoyle Farm, James Shooter, Scotland The Big Picture

Approximate daily distance: 3 – 9 miles during 3 morning runs

Time running each day: 30 mins- 4 hours

Our wild runs are mainly off road: over hills, fields, beaches, through streams and woodlands. The paths are undulating, with some moderate hilly sections (but no mountains!). We will forge streams, run through lots of mud, scramble up boulders, over roots, and run down heathery slopes. Sometimes there are no paths, so be prepared for rough and wild terrain! There will, however, be some stretches through the village or on country lanes. We run at a moderate pace with plenty of stops to take photos, take in the view, and spot wildlife.

Recommended for:
Runners who can run at least 8 miles comfortably. You don’t need to be “fast,” though you should have sufficient fitness for running consecutive days. We recommend our retreats for those who don’t mind climbing the odd fence, getting their shoes wet, inching past spiky gorse, or running through knee deep mud!

What you will need:

Comprehensive insurance to cover you for this type of activity.

Your trail running kit- everything you normally take when out on the hills.

A pair of wellie boots for walks around the farm! But we do have a selection of pairs if you don’t have them.

To BOOK or FIND OUT MORE email: katharine@auchgoylefarm.com

Example Itinerary:-

Day 1

Arrive Thursday evening and settle into your accommodation. Meet Katharine and David for a brief chat about the next few days’ running and what to expect.

Day 2

Wake up on our farm for breakfast. After your food has settled, head out down the farm track, along the lane and through fields to iconic Ostal Bay, a 1km sandy beach overlooking the Isle of Arran. Dive into forest, along the coast of Loch Fyne, and continue up and down tracks past lochs and the remnants of a castle, over the hills and back to the farm. A circular route with minimal elevation amazing views and possibilities of glimpsing birds of prey.

Back to base for stretches and lunch. Spend your afternoon reading books and magazines from our extensive running and wildlife library and re-energise with an hour’s restorative yoga session. You could also choose to get some handy tips on barefoot running in the fields and indulge in a wild wash and sauna in our woodland burn. Meet up for supper with Katharine and Dave with the opportunity for tales and pics of their Running South America expedition.

Day 3

After breakfast head off through the farm to the Cowal Way, over the golf course with far reaching views over the Kyles of Bute. Run down through the village of Tighnabruaich and meander by the sea on gravel tracks through woodland. Scramble over boulders and through scrub before dropping back down to Loch Riddon where we will be met by our local taxi driver.

Home for lunch followed by more relaxing, reading, wild washes and sauna and the option of a yomp around the farm to meet the animals and hear about our rewilding project. Supper, followed by a relaxing bedtime yoga session.

Day 4

You’ll awake on your last day for breakfast followed by a short run along the Cowal Way to the local spa. Here you can indulge in the heated waters of an outdoor pool overlooking Loch Fyne, sit in the Jacuzzis or lie in the sauna. (Please contact us if you would also like to book a spa treatment at an additional cost ). We’ll then return to the farm for lunch before heading off on our journeys home.

To BOOK or FIND OUT MORE email: katharine@auchgoylefarm.com

Price: £550 / person

For details of how to reach us, please click here .

Wild Running Retreats with YOGA

During our wild running retreat, we are partnering with Kate, a local yoga teacher and one time marathon runner. These sessions will focus on bringing balance to the running body and will be accessible for all whether experienced or new to yoga. Our small group allows for one-to one support.

During our retreat we will use Yoga to balance the repetitive physical nature of running, giving you the tools to continue to look after your running body when you return home.

Beyond the physical aspects when practicing yoga, the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated. This means that the body moves away from Fight of Flight mode into Rest, Heal and Digest. This state is essential for optimal health and wellbeing and our restorative yoga sessions will show you how to achieve this.

By incorporating yoga into your running routine you will increase your endurance, improve lung capacity, breath control and fitness levels, ease aches and pains, improve flexibility and posture, prevent injuries and improve mindset.

All abilities are supported and all yoga equipment is provided. Includes personalised advice and injury prevention

Wild Running Retreats Booking Terms and Conditions

Before booking with us, please read through our Terms and Conditions. Please print off and retain a copy for your own records.

1. BOOKING CONDITIONS

By booking with us you accept to be bound by the terms and conditions outlined bellow.

2. LIABILITY

Auchgoyle Farm Wild Running Retreats are provided with reasonable care and skill. However, the retreat by its very nature has inherent risks of personal injury and damage to health which you recognise and accept in joining us. You are ultimately responsible for your safety and waiver any liability to us the providers. You should have comprehensive insurance to cover you for this type of activity.

3. PAYMENT

You will pay Auchgoyle Farm Wild Running Retreats a deposit of £275 at the time of booking. If booking within 56 days (8 weeks) of the date on which the trip starts full payment of £550 is due. Deposits are non-refundable if you cancel your booking. Once we have received your initial payment your booking is accepted. Balance of payment is due 56 days (8 weeks) prior to the retreat start date. If full payment is not received by this date, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without any refund of the trip deposit.

4. MINIMUM NUMBERS

We reserve the right to cancel the retreat where the minimum number- four participants- has not been reached. We will not cancel a retreat less than 8 weeks before it is set to begin, except where necessary due to Force Majeure. 

5. CUSTOMER CLIENT CANCELLATION

If you wish to cancel you must notify us in writing, whereupon the following charges will be applied from the date we receive your notice of cancellation:

56- 84 days before departure: Loss of deposit

Less than 56 days before departure: Loss of 100% of total trip cost

6. RETREAT CANCELLATION

If we have to cancel a retreat we shall refund all monies transferred by the customer to date, or the customer can re-book on an alternative retreat. If we cancel a retreat we will not be liable for any expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking, or in the expectation of the activity taking place.

7. PERSONAL RISK

In choosing to run in rural and moorland environments you accept that these activities may pose a danger of personal injury or even death. You must be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement in such activities.

8. MEDICAL CARE

By booking Auchgoyle Farm Wild Running Retreats you attest to being in good medical health and medically fit to participate. We organise trail running over difficult terrain. You should be aware that the locations are sometimes remote and do not necessarily have emergency rescue and medical facilities operating in the area.

9. WEBSITE & PUBLICITY

All information contained within Auchgoyle Farm website and other publicity is for guidance only. Whilst making every effort to ensure accuracy, we cannot be responsible for any inaccuracies or alterations beyond our control.

10. PHOTOGRAPHY

We will often use footage from the running retreats for our website or publicity. Please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed.

11. UNAVOIDABLE OCCURRENCES

We do not accept liability for the consequences of strikes, riots, acts of war or terrorism, disease outbreaks, government intervention, natural disasters or adverse/unusual weather conditions. If such occurrences cause us to have to cancel an activity we will endeavour to offer an alternative, but accept no liability for return of fees paid prior to cancellation.


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