The East Highland Way Number of days walking: 6 Number of Miles: 82 Difficulty: 3/5 Scenery: 4/5 Path Quality Underfoot: 4/5 Average hours of walking per day: 6 hours Beginner Friendly? Yes The East Highland Way is an 82 mile walk which begins in Fort William and finishes in Aviemore. It is a popular trek for people walking with us both for the first time as it is challenging but achievable by most people and for returning customers looking for something new. It is similar in character and difficulty to The West Highland Way, just that one day shorter, and much, much quieter! It is also a good step up for anyone who has completed The Great Glen and is now ready for a harder challenge.
The West Highland Way Number of days walking: 7 Number of Miles: 96 Difficulty: 3/5 Scenery: 4/5 Path Quality Underfoot: 4/5 Average hours of walking per day: 6 hours Beginner Friendly? Yes This is a popular choice for people who have walked either The Great Glen Way with us and are looking for a slightly harder challenge or for people’s first walk with us. It is the most popular and famous long distance trail in Scotland due to its excellent location and stunning scenery. It begins in Milngavie (just outside Glasgow), ends in Fort William and is a total of 96 miles of walking. While this is a challenging walk and should not be under estimated it is achievable by most people and we have an excellent success rate. There are plenty of ups and downs throughout the trail, but as long as you keep to our slow and steady pacing most people will find this a difficult but realistic challenge.
The Skye Trail Number of days walking: 7 Number of Miles: 79 Difficulty: 4/5 Scenery: 5/5 Path Quality Underfoot: 2/5 Average hours of walking per day: 6 hours Beginner Friendly? No This is a harder walk than the three above and we wouldn’t recommend this walk for a beginner. The Skye Trail starts in Broadford and ends in Kilmaluag, which means you will cover the distance of most of the Isle of Skye. The scenery here is simply superb, a diverse mixture of mountains and sea and just about everything else Scotland can offer. The reason this walk is more difficult is simply because of the quality of the path, (or lack of path in many cases). A trail on a tricky path is a real mental challenge and so you need to come with the right mind-set. There is one particularly physical day so a reasonable level of fitness will also help.
The Cape Wrath Trail Number of days walking: 12 Number of Miles: 138 Difficulty: 5/5 Scenery: 5/5 Path Quality Underfoot: 2/5 Average hours of walking per day: 6 hours Beginner Friendly? No The Cape Wrath Trail is in North West Scotland. This trail is like no other, it is simply the hardest trek we offer but in our opinion it’s worth it. The scenery and just the experience is unmatchable by any other walk in Scotland, the last day of walking, to Cape Wrath, a lonely lighthouse in the North West tip of Scotland is simply magical. However, everything will be thrown at you on this walk, the path is a mixture of perfect, boggy, exposed, rough, soft, hard and non-existent. You will face river crossings, wild camping miles away from the road, long days and very early mornings. This trail has it all, but really should never be underestimated, you will need to be tough to get through it.