Corrieyairack Pass: Laggan to Fort Augustus
The Corrieyairack Pass, originally built as a military road by General Wade, leads across the Monadhliath mountains from Laggan in Badenoch to Fort Augustus on Loch Ness. This linear walk climbs to a height of over 770m through remote terrain, and has also become popular with mountain bikers. The route is shared with the Beauly - Denny power line which detracts from the otherwise very wild and remote feel of the pass. The length can be shortened by 17km by driving the first section almost to Melgarve. The pass now forms part of the Scottish National Trail.
Minor road at first then good hill tracks through exposed terrain. There is a potentially tricky burn crossing just beyond Melgarve.
No public transport to Laggan. Fort Augustus is well served by bus but there are no public transport links to return to the start.
Hillwalking in Winter
Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions, timings and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
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