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St Columba’s Hospice is on the lookout for adventurous people to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience – the Celtic Challenge.Celtic Challenge

What is the Celtic Challenge?

Held over five days from 11 – 15 May 2016, participants will face the test of cycling 200 miles from Edinburgh to the beautiful Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides. Participants will get cycle through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland, passing from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Oban, the Isle of Mull and finally to the tiny Isle of Iona, where Saint Columba, the Hospice’s namesake, settled and founded his monastery in AD 563.

What’s so special about the route? 

Incorporating three of Scotland’s top 50 cycle routes The Celtic Challenge route passes through some of the most stunning and unspoilt landscapes in Scotland. Don’t be fooled by the rolling Scottish hills and glens though, the route is tough and will test your endurance and mental strength in equal measures.

Do I have to be an experienced cyclist?

No – anyone can join the Celtic Challenge! It offers you both the trip and challenge of a lifetime, and is open to everyone – from keen cyclists to those just starting out.

What support will I get?

If you fancy taking on The Celtic Challenge, you will be supported with training advice and tips, and be expertly looked after by our event partners Sport Ecosse while on the journey.

A one-off registration fee of £150 covers all your accommodation, meals and snacks, tour guides and support vehicles for the five days, and a training guide and support pack pre-event. It also pays for the bus to drive you back to Edinburgh!

Anything else I need to know?

To take part in the Celtic Challenge entrants need to raise a minimum of £1,200 in sponsorship. Early registration comes with a reduced fee of £100 and is valid until  27 November 2015. After this the registration fee rises to £150.

OK I’m up for taking on the Celtic Challenge!

Great! Download the entry form here or get in touch with Alex Sharp by email or call the Hospice on 0131 551 1381 and ask for the Fundraising Team.

Read our training blog by former Team Scotland cyclist Jenny Davis here!

Feeling inspired? Read this interview with Rona Thornton, one of the
St Columba’s nurses took on the Celtic Challenge in 2015.