Craggy Island Triathlon

Craggy Island Triathlon 2024 will once again start and finish at the North end of the Isle of Kerrera.  The new course proved a hit with participants in 2023 as did having the improved facilities at the Marina.


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th September 2024

Saturday 28th September & Sunday 29th September 2024 @ 11.00am

The award winning Craggy Island Triathlon takes place on the incredible unspoilt Hebridean island of Kerrera, off Scotland’s stunning West coast, and close to the bustling town of Oban.

With a new swim and run course and a slightly altered bike course we will take in all of the sights that the north of island has to offer. The event will once again take place across 2 days with a race held on both Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September.  Both days are the same distance so just pick the day that suits you best. 

The course will see you swim 600m point-to-point around the pretty Kerrera Marina, before heading off to Gylen Castle at the South end of the Island on the 16km bike course. Once back at the Marina you will head out for a beautiful 8.5km trail run around the North End peninsula with views towards Dunollie Castle.  

The races are off-road, and will take you around the islands coast and over the wild hillside terrain with spectacular views across the Firth of Lorne and Sound of Mull.

Each 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.

Open to ages 16+ (age taken at end of year)


Why Kerrera Marina?

Using the north of the island, means you can get the event foot passenger ferry directly from Oban, avoiding our previous logistical issue with narrow roads, a lack of near-by parking facilities, and people getting to and from the start line.

Not only that, we’re simply able to bring you much better services, and deliver a better event experience. 

Kerrera Marina is home to the Waypoint Restaurant and Bar which will be serving up delicious refreshments throughout the event – or even a beer for your supporters – and possibly even you after the race! You’ll find regular toilets, shelter, and hard standing – simple things that bring a little more comfort.  Finally, our event date won’t be determined by the tide.  


There will be two races in 2024. Make sure you enter the right day for you!

  • Sat 28th September 2024 – Start approx 1100hrs – Craggy Island Triathlon Day 1
  • Sun 29th September 2024 – Start approx 1100hrs – Craggy Island Triathlon Day 2 

Isle of Kerrera Development Trust 

Craggy Island is supporting the new Kerrera School House Community project aiming to restore the islands’ Old School to become the islands first community hub providing a space for islanders to socialise and hold community events for the first time.  Head over to Isle of Kerrera ( to find out more and see how you can support them.

The course

Craggy Island 2024 Course Map – Will be published approximately 2 weeks prior to the event

Areas of our course are on private land, if you choose to recce the course please avoid these areas.

Open Water Swim

  • Wetsuits compulsory. A to B Swim 600m (across Ardantrive Bay) Deep water start.

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!. 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 – Adult Race

8.5km (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, across to the Isle of Mull. Along the way you’ll visit the Hutchesons monument with stunning views across to Dunollie Castle, before returning to the finish at the ferry slip. You may wish to incorporate a few hills in your training regime……

The Athlete Briefing notes will be published here approximately 2 weeks before race day.  Please give them a read as they will answer most if not all of your question. 

Also below is a copy of the ferry timetable, please note that this year ferries will leave from the Oban Times Pier, please make your way to the earliest ferry you can to help spread the load and keep the flow of transport going.

Athlete Briefing Craggy Island 2024 – Will be Published approximately 2 weeks prior to the event 

Ferry Timetable – You do not need to do anything to board the ferry to Kerrera. To leave the Island, your Race number is your ferry ticket so please keep hold of it and show it before boarding the ferry to return to Oban. Supporters must pay £5 adult and £2.50 for a child. 

Craggy Island Course Map 2024 – Will be Published approximately 2 weeks prior to the event

On event week we will publish your race numbers, this will allow you to rack your bike in transition before heading to registration.  The bike racking will be set up and you should rack your bike in the numbered slot that matches your race number.


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!).

Note: no campervans/motorhomes (vans under 6m/Transit van size are ok) are allowed in our car parks.

Bike Hire

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

What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Full water safety team cover
  • Full race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Ferry Fees (as foot passengers) for Competitors
  • Optional Event T-Shirt (or tree-planting donation)


Kerrera Marina
Isle of Kerrera,
PA34 4SX

Ferry Boarding Venue

Oban Times Pier
Corran Esplanade
PA34 5PX

Official Car Parking Venue

Soroba Road,
PA34 4JB

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Can I ditch the wetsuit?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on wetsuit use and water temperatures.

Can I wear boots/gloves?

This event is run under Triathlon Scotland Rules please see Competition Rules – Triathlon Scotland for information on the use of boots/gloves for the swim section.

What’s the water temperature?

Water Temperatures vary depending on the weather conditions pre-event but the sea temperature is likely to be around 12-14oC.

Tell me about the ferry

You’ll be getting to the island via some chartered private ferries for the short (15mins) trip across Oban bay. These will leave from Oban Times Slipway in Oban. It is most likely that you will travel on one boat, and your bike on another, arriving around the same time. We encourage you to arrive for the earliest ferry this will keep the flow of competitors and boats moving. Please do not turn up late, once the last ferry has left you will not be able to access the island.  There will be space for friends and family to come to the island as well. but they will need to pay for a ticket (c. £5 return). They may not be able to catch the same boat as you, but we will get everyone across. Expect a bit of a queue post-race to return to Oban as everyone tries to leave at the same time. View it as a perfect excuse to grab a beer from the Waypoint Bar and relax 🙂

What type of bike do I need?

We would recommend a mountain bike for this event, however depending on biker ability you may be able to use a gravel or cross bike. Please read our course guides carefully before choosing a non-mountain bike option .

Can a Relay Team be made up of 2 people rather than 3?

Yes relay teams can be made of 2 people with 1 person completing 2 of the 3 sections, when completing the entry be sure to put the appropriate name against each event leg.

What is the exact route?

Full route information will be published on our website around 2 weeks prior to the event. Some routes require land owner permission and cannot be recced prior to the event, we therefore do not publish the route in advance of the events.

Can I bring a campervan?

Car parking is tight so unfortunately we are unable to accept campervans/motorhomes (vans under 6m/Transit van size are ok) in our car parks – we just can’t fit big vehicles in.  Please do not try to bring large vehicles to this event, it causes chaos.

Can I defer?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer deferrals, for information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

Can I have a refund?

For information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

Can I Change distance?

If the event you have entered has more than 1 distance option available then it is possible to transfer to another distance, this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of the event and may be subject to a small admin fee. Please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events for more information.

I’ve forgotten if I signed up, can you check? If you selected the option to display your entry on the website you will be able to look up the list at the bottom of this page.  If you did not select to display your name then please keep hold of your race confirmation email.


Entries Close 24th September 2024

saturday 28th September 2024

sunday 29th September 2024


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