Devised by Kevin Langan, the East Highland Way is an unofficial long distance walk running across the Highlands from Fort William to Aviemore. Stretching for 134km, the route enables a link between the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way with the Speyside Way. Only very short sections of the route are waymarked, though the going is not too difficult for much of the way, with a couple of tougher, more challenging sections.
Much of the route follows forestry tracks, but there is a variety of woodland along the way and enough open sections to give some superb views across the Central Highlands, as the route passes in the shadow of great mountains from Ben Nevis at the start, to the Creag Meagaidh group and finally the mighty Cairngorms.
|Fort William to Spean Bridge||19km||4.5 - 5.5 hours|
|Spean Bridge to Inverlair||16.5km||5.5 - 6.5 hours|
|Inverlair to Pattack Falls||34km||7.5 - 8.5 hours|
|Pattack Falls to Laggan||8.5km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Laggan to Newtonmore||15.5km||5 - 6 hours|
|Newtonmore to Kincraig||24.5km||6.5 - 7 hours|
|Kincraig to Aviemore||16.5km||4 - 5 hours|
Much of the route follows tracks, with sections also on tarmac, and footpaths. There are two pathless sections with burn crossings. The hardest section is from Laggan to Newtonmore, passing through remote Glen Banchor with three river crossings which become impassable in spate conditions. There is an alternative route for such conditions using minor roads and a cycle path.
The East Highland Way offers a wide choice of accommodation along most of the route, apart from the central section. From Inverlair to Pattack there are no facilities, most walkers will arrange with their bed and breakfast from the previous or following night to drop them off / pick them up at an appropriate point to break the journey, so that they can complete the route without the need to carry a tent. Those planning to wild camp and willing to carry a stove should find plenty of suitable sites; there are official campsites outside Fort William, Newtonmore and Aviemore.
Whilst there are no facilities on the trail at Inverlair, there is a hostel by Tulloch railway station, which is 3.5km off route. The next stage as described is very long, and could be broken at Moy if a pick up / drop off was arranged by the accommodation provider used on the previous or following night.
There is no accommodation or other facilities at Pattack Falls; a pick up would need to be arranged by a B&B or hotel at Laggan.
Both the start and finish of the way - at Fort William and Aviemore respectively - have excellent transport links, with both long distance bus services and rail links to the central belt of Scotland and beyond.
There are also rail and bus services to Spean Bridge, and a rail services to Tulloch station. The central section of the route has no public transport until Newtonmore, although Laggan can be reached from there by taxi.
Kingussie and Newtonmore have both rail and bus links, whilst Kincraig is served by bus. However, despite the bus and rail services at each end of the route, none of these services directly link - getting a train from Spean Bridge to Newtonmore, for example, would involve a journey via Glasgow.
Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.
The following users have walked the East Highland Way:
Paul Webster Walkscot derwent2 mmaciocia dougy4 markohakli silverwalker hanka anxious-ambler andi1910 phamnett Pfad-Finder absintheboy dalevequ Buggiba smarijsse La Petite Roer Iain Sneddon Yomper54 andrewl7642 gisellab MisterP wul21 MeriL baranges nadja Betty Maroonman anneke
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|East Highland Way Part 1||icemandan||4|
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