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East Highland Way

134 km / 83 miles

The East Highland Way was developed in 2007 by Kevin Langan, based on the theoretical concept of creating a new route through the highlands which links three of Scotlands already well established long distance trails. The name is derived from the fact that the route terminates in Aviemore at the eastern edge of Highland region. The projects conceptual strength relied on various strategic factors. Importantly, it forms the new link route between the northern end of the West Highland Way with the southern end of the Speyside Way, engaging with the Great Glen Way at its southern point in Fort William. This newly identified path network forms a new coast to coast route, between Loch Linnhe and the Spey Bay at Buckie. The route connects two towns already entrenched in mountain sports culture with Fort William being widely recognised as the outdoor capital of the UK, and Aviemore for its proximity to the monolithic Cairngorm plateau and ski centre.

The contrast in natural habitats along the route provides the East Highland Way with a distinct character. The journey passes seamlessly through enchanting broadleaf forests, loch-side trails & quiet mountain wilderness. It skirts unspoilt marshlands and also explores the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine forests of Inshriach.

The route has been optimised to engage with accommodation where possible, making it more accessible for walkers of all abilities. The route explores some of Scotlands best historical attractions, passing close to Old Inverlochy Castle, the Pictish Fort Dun da Lamh, Ruthven Barracks and the stunning island castle of Loch an Eilein.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients; Forest/Woodland; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; Mountain
NN105741 - Fort William, Highland
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NH895128 - Aviemore, Highland
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook: East Highland Way: Fort William to Aviemore (Luath Press - 2012)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 3435364142
OS Landranger Active: 3435364142
OS Explorer: 392393399400401402403
OS Explorer Active: 392393399400401402403

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Guided Walking Holidays (Guided Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Glentrek Outdoor Activity)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Macs Adventure)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hostel Accommodation: Fort William Backpackers. Fort William < 1 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Bank Street Lodge, Fort William < 1 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Calluna, Fort William 1 Km < 1 Km
Bunk House: Smiddy Bunkhouse, Station Rd, Corpach, Ft William 3 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Farr Cottage Lodge, Fort William 3 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Glen Nevis YHA, Glen Nevis, Fort William 3 Km 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Grey Corrie Lodge, Roy Bridge, Inverness-shire < 1 Km 22 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Àite Cruinnichidh, By Roy Bridge, nr Fort William < 1 Km 25 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Station Lodge Hostel & Bunk House, Tulloch 1 Km 33 Km
Bunk House: Pottery Bunkhouse, Laggen Bridge 1 Km 75 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Craigower Lodge, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire < 1 Km 94 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Happy Days Hostel, Kingussie, Inverness-shire < 1 Km 99 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Glen Feshie Hostel, Kincraig, Inverness-shire 3 Km 111 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Insh Hall Lodge < 1 Km 112 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Aviemore YHA, 25 Grampian Road, Aviemore < 1 Km 133 Km
Bunk House: Aviemore Bunkhouse, Dalfaber Rd, Aviemore < 1 Km 134 Km

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Connected Paths:

Scotland's Great Trails: Great Glen Way; Speyside Way; West Highland Way
Other Paths: Badenoch Way; Cape Wrath Trail; Famous Highland Drove Walk; Minigaig Pass - Kingussie to Blair Atholl
Anytime Challenges: East Highland Trail; Five Degree West Challenge


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Route Profile:

126.5 Km (78.6 miles)
2,152 m (7,060 ft) ascent
479 m (1,572 ft)  maximum height