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.
Ruthven Bridge crosses the River Spey near Kingussie (NN75979978). The bridge is in a very poor condition and the bridge superstructure is about to be replaced. This will require that the bridge is closed to all traffic, including pedestrians, between 29th July 2015 and 11th September 2015. There is no plan to construct a temporary bridge across the Spey.
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