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Alistair "Ally K" Macpherson has this week swapped an inside view of Loch Seaforth for a outside view of Loch Ness!

Ally is running 180 miles from Glasgow to Inverness in under 70 hours to raise funds for Highland Hospice.

His route will take him along the West Highland Way, leading to Fort William and the great Glen Way before joining the road beside Loch Ness and running the Loch Ness Marathon route before finishing in Inverness.  You can follow on Facebook via

This morning (Friday July 30) Lundavra, between Glencoe and Fort William, is the next stop. 

In regular life, Ally is currently the acting Onboard Services Manager on the MV Loch Seaforth, having worked for CalMac for more than 20 years.

To date, Ally has raised £78,000 for cancer charities. On this occasion Ally has chosen to support Highland Hospice. The charity is dedicated to supporting not only cancer suffers but also their families who also need support and help with the stress and emotional burden that a cancer can bring.

He said: “This event is the longest and most challenging I will have attempted yet. I will run through several nights and this will be a huge test of my mental strength to keep going.

"I have plenty of experience and a great support team to get me to the finish.”

Robbie Drummond, Managing Director of CalMac, who joined Ally on part of his run, added: “Ally is an inspiration to us all and has a great team of friends and family, who have been supporting his fantastic challenge.”