East Highland Way

Overview

Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 535.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Fort William / Aviemore
> Distance: 82 miles (132 km)
> Availability: March to October
> Grading: Moderate / Part way-marked


East Highland Way Highlights

  • Enjoy enchanting forests, peaceful mountain wilderness and loch-side trails
  • Visit the Commando Memorial, an evocative statue built to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives in battle
  • Experience fabulous views of Scotland's highest mountains including Ben Nevis, the Creag Meagaidh group and the mighty Cairngorms
  • Explore Ruthven Barracks, built in 1719 after the first Jacobite uprising
  • Discover the abundant wildlife, flora and fauna of the Central Highlands

The East Highland Way traverses the beautiful landscapes between Fort William – the outdoor capital of the UK – and Aviemore in the stunning Cairngorms National Park. The route connects some of Scotland's existing long distance walks: the West Highland Way, Great Glen Way, and Speyside Way - making it a great opportunity to combine two or more long distance trails.

The route leaves Fort William on forested tracks, with a wide variety of woodland along the trail and plenty of open sections for you to enjoy the terrific views over the Central Highlands. You’ll find the remains of the ancient Caledonian Pinewood Inshriach forest nestled between the Rothiemurchus and Glen Feshie estates, as well as the largest freshwater sandy beach in Britain on the shores of Loch Laggan. The East Highland Way is a must for anyone who wishes to discover the real flavour of the Highlands of Scotland.

There are no great ascents on this route but there are some long and challenging days. It is worth noting that the trail is only part way-marked and as such the emphasis should be placed on the individual being able to follow the route maps and guidebook that we provide you with. Basic map-reading and navigation skills are essential for this trail. 

Keen to find out more about the East Highland Way? Check out our blog post An Adventure on the East Highland Way or take a look at our photo album to experience a walk along the trail in pictures.