The Beltie Triathlon Weekend is a New Festival of Triathlon.

We aim to cater for all ages and abilities and will offer you: 

  • Go Tri (come and try triathlon event) in an off-road location;
  • series of kids’ events,
  • the off road at age-appropriate distances (The Baby Beltie);
  • Standard Distance Triathlon (The Wee Beltie) – SUNDAY
  • Middle-Distance Triathlon (The Big Beltie) – SUNDAY


Why the Beltie name you may ask. Well, the beautiful area we are in is the home of the famous Belted Galloway breed of cow which is recognised the world over for its outstanding good looks and cool looking jumper.


Crossmichael near CASTLE DOUGLAS



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We are in the Galloway Glen of the Water of Ken and Dee, a stunningly scenic area of South-West  Scotland. The area is recognised as a hidden gem often missed by the tourist tracks to the Highlands and Central Scotland. This is your chance to race in a truly wonderful place. 

We have tried to make the distances as accurate as possible however using the existing road networks mean we will have approximate distances for each of the run and bike legs. The transition area will be located at the Crossmichael Marina, there is a short run from the transition area to the road for the bike


Standard and Middle-Distance Events – Sunday 1st September


The swim will be an open water river swim in a slow-moving river, the bay is located by Crosmichael Marina. It will be a two-lap swim around marker buoys with a compulsory exit from the water before returning to the river for the second lap. A water safety team will be in a position to assist as required.


Standard Distance:

One 40km lap of a circuit around Loch Ken. Heading North from Crossmichael turning left at Ken Bridge passing through New Galloway, following the shores of the Loch South to Laurieston then returning to the transition area via Glenlochar. The road surfaces are in good condition, the bike course is fast with a few ups and downs. Marshals will be in place at key locations along the course.

Middle Distance:

Two lap courses; Lap one will follow the same route as the Standard Distance however will not turn at Ken Bridge, the route will continue to St John’s Town of Dalry and beyond to Glen Lee where there will be a left turn which will bring the route back to New Galloway where it will re-join the Standard distance loop. Lap two will be the same as the Standard distance route.


Both events will follow the same route Standard Distance will be one lap and the Middle Distance two laps. The route is in the tarmac in the main although there will be a short trail section at the start of each lap.


Registration will take place on Saturday 31 August 2019 at Crossmichael. 

Pre-race briefing and pasta party event

A briefing/introductory pasta party will be held on the evening of Saturday 31st August 2019, to which all competitors and their families/friends are invited. There will be no charge for athletes however a small charge will be made for friends and family for food and drinks.

Further information will be made available as we finalise details.

Accommodation / Travel

Please visit the following websites for further information on travel to and accommodation in Dumfries and Galloway:


Mark Gibson · June 20, 2019 at 9:46 am

Hi There, looking to enter, but I can’t get down to register the day before. Is there any chance of getting round that?
Best wishes

    Leszek · June 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

    hi Mark, it is not ideal but yes, sure, we can make exception for you! See you soon!!!

Gavin Calder · June 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Hi Leszek

To use this to qualify for the world aqua bike would need results in age bands ie. 45-49. Is that possible?

    Leszek · June 27, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hi Gavin, yes, this should be no problem, we can do age groups easily.

Chris Moore · June 26, 2019 at 9:43 am

Hi, I can’t find details on the Go Tri/Baby Beltie distances, or how to enter (I can only find details on standard and middle distance events) – could you provide a link please? Thanks, Chris

Tracey Middleton · July 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

I am looking to enter the aquabike event. I cant travel down Saturday, can I collect my race number etc on Sunday morning before the race starts. I think this would, be the case for a lot of people who are not local, its a long way to come down and back to register. I look forward to hearing from you


    Leszek · July 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Tracey,
    We allow a small number of participants to collect their numbers on Sunday morning, so you will be fine!!!
    See you in September.

josh · July 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

how old do you have to be to do the triathlon and can you do it on a mountain bike or should i wait till next year

    Leszek · July 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    hi Josh, you need to be 16 at the end of the year. I would not do Beltie at the mountain bike, as it is on the road only. If you want to off-road triathlon, check out the Duke!

Stu Johnstone · July 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Hi Leszek,
Can you explain the swim in a little more detail and the reason for leaving river mid swim.
Thanks Stu

    Leszek · July 13, 2019 at 10:42 am

    The reason for getting out is to check that athletes are still ok to continue, we will have a cut off for safety and we can manage a contained area for safety as well.

Mark Gibson · July 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Hi Leszek, do we have an approximate start time for the Wee Beltie? I’m coming from Stirling. Thanks

    Leszek · July 13, 2019 at 10:43 am

    We are aiming for 8am for the big one and 9am for the wee.

Katherine Neilly · July 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

I’m keen to enter the standard distance tri on the Sunday but am working till 5pm at Dumfries royal infirmary. Will registration still be open in the evening?

    Leszek · July 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Katherine, we can allow a small number of participants to register on Sunday morning. Would you like to do that?

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