The East Highland Way

11. The East Highland Way

De East Highland Way is een van de nieuwste (niet officieel)  langeafstandspaden in Schotland en loopt door prachtig landschap van Fort William in de hooglanden naar Aviemore in het Cairgorms National Park. De lengte is 132 km. Tijdens deze wandeling ziet u alles wat Schotland zo bijzonder maakt: lochs, bosland, open stukken, bergen, beekjes, wild en zelfs een groot zandstrand.

Er zijn geen grote hoogteverschillen, maar de te lopen afstand is op sommige dagen behoorlijk. Het pad is slechts deels gemarkeerd, dus het is noodzakelijk dat u zich kunt redden met behulp van het boek en de kaart en bij twijfel over de route een kompas kunt gebruiken.

De aanbevolen optie is: 6 wandeldagen en 7 nachten

Day 1: Travel to Fort William, the bustling Highland town set against the dramatic backdrop of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

Day 2: Fort William to Spean Bridge (11.5 miles / 19 km)  Leaving Fort William and the Nevis Range behind, you may wish to take a short detour from the path to visit the Ben Nevis distillery. The trail becomes more rural and peaceful as you pass through mixed woodland, and you can enjoy views across the Great Glen before stopping at the Highland village of Spean Bridge, famous for its spectacular Commando Memorial.

Day 3: Spean Bridge to Inverlair (10 miles / 15.5 km) The second stage of the East Highland Way follows forest trails for the majority of the day.  The River Spean runs alongside these for the most part and there will be some farmland walking and forestry with mountain views at times. Overnight accommodation is back in Spean Bridge. 

Day 4: Inverlair to Feagour (21 miles / 33.5 km) This is the longest stage of the route, but it is straightforward walking on forestry tracks. Through the plentiful clearings in the trees, you will be able to take in the views of Binnein Shuas and Creag Meagaidh, before walking alongside Loch Laggan, known for its large sandy beaches and Monarch of the Glen fame.

Day 5: Feagour to Newtonmore (14 miles / 22 km) Today you are rewarded with amazing views from the offset. The day commences with an optional ascent up to the remains of Dun da Lamh, an impressive Pictish Fort. The route then continues through remote Glen Banchor as you make your way towards Newtonmore. Pay close attention to wildlife today – the Newtonmore area is known as prime Wildcat country. With around 100 of these beautiful creatures remaining in the wild, this is a rare opportunity to spot one.

Day 6: Newtonmore to Kincraig (15.5 miles / 24.5 km) Leaving Newtonmore behind, you will enjoy some leisurely walking today as you make your way towards Loch Gynack. The imposing Ruthven Barracks are en route, and you will pass through the beautiful RSPB Nature Reserve at Insh Marshes after joining the Badenoch Way. After traversing the banks of Loch Insh you will arrive in Kincraig, famed for its Watersports Centre.

Day 7: Kincraig to Aviemore (10.5 miles / 16.5 km)  Today you will enjoy a fitting end to a fantastic walk, combining culture and nature. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Frank Bruce’s Sculpture Park, enjoy your lunch on the shores of Loch an Eilein, wander through the Caledonian Pine Forest of the Rothiemurchus Estate and finish in Aviemore, in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.

Day 8: Onward Travel