Cairngorm to Coast: FAQs

Hopefully these C2C FAQs will help you with any queries you may have, but if they don’t please get in touch with Karen Cox, using contact details at the bottom of the page.

What’s the minimum age? Minimum age is 16.  Age 10+ can take part in the hike only element, if they are accommanpied by 18+. Age 14+ can take part in other two elements, if accompanied by 18+

How long does C2C take? In 2017, the hike element took between 3-7 hrs and the whole event took between 5.5-11.5hrs to finish. Please bear in mind the weather will probably have an effect on your performance.

How fit do I need to be? You don’t have to be a superfit athlete, but it is a tough challenge. We definitely recommend people are able to walk over rough terrain and similarly, be able to bike long distances. Don’t be put off because with plenty of training beforehand, the event is doable for most people with an average level of fitness.

Is there transport? Yes. A bus from Lossiemouth in the morning with a stop at Grantown on Spey for the hikers who wish to leave their cars there (at the Square by the Royal British Legion)

What sort of bike do I need? You will need a mountain bike for the Dava Way. It is not suitable for a hybrid bike. However, there is the option of swapping on to a road bike in Forres, although you would need to be responsible for dropping off and collecting each bike.

Can I use an eBike? Yes

How will my bike get to Grantown on Spey or the start? Your bike should be dropped off at Outfit Moray from Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 8am – 6pm.  If you are unable to make either of those times, bikes can be dropped off at the Royal British Legion Scotland from 9am.

Do I need to carry all my kit? No. Your bike kit will be dropped off with your bike and will be waiting for you at Grantown. Your walking kit will then be taken to the finish line. In the event that you beat your bag back, it can be collected from Outfit Moray the following Monday.

Do I need to carry water and snacks? Yes. We recommend you carry your own energy drink, snacks and water.

Is the minimum sponsorship per person or per team? Per person

Can I run the hike part? Yes, but please let us know if you are.

Can I bring my dog? No. If the owner was to require a medevac, it would mean trying to organise somebody to look after the dog.

Where’s the best place to book accommodation? We would recommend booking in Lossiemouth as that is where the event finishes. There are several good hotels, B&Bs and campsites in the area, and we have listed a few here, to help you along your way.

Privacy

What will my information be used for? All the information you provide for C2C will be used to make sure you are given the correct medical care during the event.  It will be kept for a short time afterwards and then destroyed.

Will you share any of my information? Your medical information will only be shared with medical professionals if you require any medical treatment, likewise with any necessary personal information.  However, your information and details will not be passed on to any third party for any other reason. All information will be stored in accordance to The Data Protection Act 1998. There is a mailing list option which is for Outfit Moray purposes only.

If you have any concerns as to how your information is used, please visit our Privacy Notice or contact our DPO, Pam Taylor.

If you have any further Cairngorm to Coast related questions, please do not hesitate to email Karen or call 01343 549571