The East Highland Way

Overview

Introduction to The East Highland Way

The East Highland way is an 82 mile trek which connects Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK with Aviemore, famous for its mountains and ski resorts. This trail really does have it all, from beautiful forests and shimmering loch side tracks to stunning mountain scenery. It is a great rival to the West Highland Way just much, much quieter!

Highlights of This Trail

  • Walking by the side of Loch Laggan and its tranquil beaches.
  • Views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
  • Following sections of The Wildcat Trail in Newtonmore
  • Finishing in Aviemore in The Cairngorms National Park

What's Included with this Holiday

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 6 Days walking
  • A Qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Full Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maximum group size of 12
  • Free transport back to Fort William
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station

Is this trail right for me?

The East Highland Way is very similar in difficulty level to the West Highland Way, so if you have enjoyed the West Highland Way you are very likely to love this trail. The main differences are that The East Highland Way is much quieter, more remote and is not Way Marked. This also makes for a fantastic trek for the first timer, the scenery is every bit as good, if not better than The West Highland Way and the trail is interesting throughout. You do not need to be an experienced walker as your guide will do all the navigation for you, but you will need a good positive attitude as it is a not a walk in the park.

The East Highland Way Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each day you will be guided along The East Highland Way to the next B&B, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your B&B in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your daypack (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next B&B for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Day 1: Arrive in Fort William

This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Fort William. We will have a B&B arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to Fort William and would like a lift to your B&B this can usually be arranged just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.

Accommodation B&B in Fort William

Day 2: Walking to Spean Bridge - 12 miles

Today you will be walking to Spean Bridge. It is 12 miles of walking in total and will take around 5 hours on the good paths, which are generally flat. You will get views of the famous Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain, as you leave Fort William behind.

Accommodation B&B in Spean Bridge

Day 3: Walking to Inverlair - 11.5 miles

Today we will be walking to Inverlair which is 11.5 miles away, which will again take around 5 hours. Highlights of today will include walking next to The River Spean for most of the day and views of the mountains in the South.

Accommodation B&B in Spean Bridge

Day 4: Walking to Feagour - 21 miles

Today is the longest day of the trek. It is 21 miles and will take around 7-9 hours to walk, so be prepared for a long yet very rewarding day. The route will give you fantastic views throughout the day starting with views of the Moy reservoir to the North followed later by Binnein Shuas to the south and Creag Meagaidh in the North.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 5: Walking to Newtonmore - 14 miles

Today we will be walking to Newtonmore, which is 14 miles away. This day offers some of the best views of The East Highland Way, you will be ascending through the Black Woods to a fantastic vantage point, and later will be following the River Calder until descending into Newtonmore.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 6: Walking to Kincraig - 15.5 miles

Today we will walk to Kincraig, it is 15 miles away and should take around 6 hours to get there. Highlights include a fantastic morning walking in remote, wild cat country so keep a look out. Soon after you will be following the paths of the Badenoch Way, which will take you through open moorland and broadleaf forests.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 7: Walking to Aviemore - 10.5 miles

This is the last day of walking and is 10.5 miles in length. Today's highlights include excellent views of the Cairngorms as well as passing the island castle on Loch an Eilein. Then finally descending to Aviemore through fields and forest and a short, pleasant cycle path to finish the long, exhilarating journey.

Accommodation B&B in Carrbridge

Day 8: Depature/Drive back to Fort William

Today we will pick you up from your B&B in Aviemore and drive you back to Fort William or to a train station if you have arranged this with us beforehand. From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.

The East Highland Way Accommodation Options

All our East Highland Way guided walking holidays are offered with B&B accommodation, this is our most popular option for all our treks.

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

About the Local Area

For our B&B accommodation option you will usually be staying one night in Fort William, two nights in Spean Bridge, three nights in Newtonmore and then the final night in Carrbridge. This means you will not have to repack every day, however you will still get the opportunity to gain a great perspective of 4 different villages along the route by not just staying in one or two different places. Whilst we cannot guarantee your accommodation will be in these villages as listed, this is certainly the experience that most of our customers will get and we will do our very best to make sure you do too.

Fort William

This is the largest town you will be staying, it has a large variety for restaurants, pubs and shops. It also has outdoor gear shops so you have the opportunity to buy any extra items you need on the day you arrive. If you are planning to arrive early then The West Highland Museum is well worth a visit too.

Spean Bridge

This is a small village, on the banks of the famous River Spean, however it still has the important facilities you need, such as a couple of pubs/restaurants and a shop.

Newtonmore

This little village is famous for its wild cats, not just a living wild cat population but also many of the houses and shops proudly display their wild cat statues. It also has a large shop and a few very good places to eat.

Carrbridge

Carrbridge is a small village just outside Aviemore and is known as the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. There is a small shop there as well as multiple places to eat. It is a great place to celebrate completing The East Highland Way.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2018 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 28th April 2018 to Saturday 5th May 2018 Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

2019 Calendar

We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2019 in the spring of 2018. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £849 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £849.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £20 per night single supplement (£140 in total).

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book The East Highland Way Online

Saturday 28th April 2018 to Saturday 5th May 2018 Currently we only have spaces on this date.

Bed & Breakfast - £849 Currently we only offer this accommodation type on this trek.

Trek Cost: £849


Deposit: £200 Due now to secure your holiday.

Final Payment: £649 due a month before your trip departs.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.