Loch Laggan on The East Highland Way on a sunny day

East Highland Way

Overview

Woodland Path on The East Highland Way

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!

View of Creag Meagaidh, East Highland Way

Highlights of the East Highland Way

  • Views of the North Face of Ben Nevis
  • Walking in the shadow of the Grey Corries
  • Walking by the shore of Loch Laggan and its tranquil beaches.
  • Hiking through the remote Glen Banchor under the Monadhliath Mountains.
  • Finishing in Aviemore in The Cairngorms National Park

Ruthven Barracks on a very sunny day - East Highland Way

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 the East Highland Way Right For Me?

The East Highland Way is very similar in difficulty level to the West Highland Way. Therefore, 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.

Read more about the East Highland Way on https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/east-highland-way.shtml

East Highland Way Gallery

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!

Thistle on The East Highland Way

Day 1: Arrive in Fort William

This is your chance to get to the start of the trek by making your way to Fort William. If you plan to get the train to Fort William and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged (between 4-6pm). Just email us and let us know. In the evening you will get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides in a local pub for an evening welcome meeting.

Accommodation B&B in Fort William

Day 2: Walking to Spean Bridge - 12 miles

This is the first day of walking, and where your trip really begins. In the morning you will be met by one of the guides, who will take you to the start. Once everyone has made it to the start and purchased packed lunches, the walk to Spean Bridge will begin. It is 12 miles of walking in total and offers a gentle introduction to the trail, being mainly on good paths which are generally flat. We will begin by getting fantastic views of the famous Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, as we start to leave Fort William behind before ascending through Glen Spean on very good forest tracks. We will eventually reach a quiet road which we will walk a short way along until we get to Spean Bridge itself. Usually your B&B will be located in Spean Bridge, meaning we can walk you straight to the front door.

Accommodation B&B in Spean Bridge

Day 3: Walking to Inverlair - 11.5 miles

After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our second day of walking. Today we will be walking to Fersit which is 11 miles away. The day will begin gently, with excellent forest tracks taking us away from Spean Bridge. We will then be walking on a minor road for a short section, next to the River Spean, giving beautiful views to the hills in the south. Here our day begins to become more challenging as the paths become trickier through open fields and across a small river, but it won't be long until we are once again on tracks walking though the Meall Laire plantation. This then drops steeply into Inverlair. From here a section of single track road takes us to Fersit. Once at Fersit we will drive you back to your accommodation in Spean Bridge as there is no accommodation nearby.

Accommodation B&B in Spean Bridge

Day 4: Walking to Feagour - 20 miles

Today we will be walking to Feagour, and it is the most challenging day of the trek. Although the walking itself is not difficult and we will be using good forest tracks for much of it, it is 20 miles in length. So be prepared for tired legs, 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. An excellent day full of challenges but great experiences. Once you have finished walking we will drive you to your B&B as there is no accommodation in Feagour.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 5: Walking to Newtonmore - 14 miles

This morning we will retunr to Feagour ready to start your next day of walking. We will be trekking to Newtonmore today, which is 14 miles away. This day offers some of the best views of the trip, we will be ascending through the Black Woods to a fantastic vantage point. Much of the first section of the day is on good forest tracks until we reach the Spey dam where we will continue through farmlands before we reach Laggan village. After the village we will be walking along the road to Balgowan. From here things become more remote and our afternoon will be spent walking through forests, moorland, before crossing and following the River Calder. The ground will be boggy and rough in sections but finished on a small road as we descend into Newtonmore.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 6: Walking to Kincraig - 15.5 miles

Today we will walk to Kincraig, which is 15 miles away. We will start the day heading out of Newtonmore to the north, to pass Loch Gynack before descending into Kingussie. From here we continue gently over a level cycle path, which will give you views over the broad floodplains of Badenoch and passed the ruins of Ruthven Barracks. Soon after we will be following the paths of the Badenoch Way, which will take us through open moorland and broadleaf forests. Continuing onwards we will be passing small hamlets and descending through plantations to the shores of Loch Insh where we will conclude our day at the outdoor centre. We will then take you back to your B&B in Newtonmore for your final night here.

Accommodation B&B in Newtonmore

Day 7: Walking to Aviemore - 10.5 miles

This is the last day of walking and we will be making our way to Aviemore itself. It is 10 miles of walking mainly on good forest tracks giving some excellent views of the Cairngorm foothills. We will be ascending steadily on the forestry tracks until we leave the plantation on a small footpath through ancient bog forest. We will be passing the island castle of Loch an Eilein in beautiful mature Scots Pine forests, before continuing to Aviemore through fields and forest into the town itself. We will then take you to your B&B for a well deserved rest and a few celebratory drinks!

Accommodation B&B in Carrbridge

Day 8: Depature Day

Today is departure day. There are frequent train and bus links to Inverness, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh from Aviemore/Carrbridge. If you have left a car in Fort William we can arrange a transfer back to collect it. From here it is time to say our farewells!

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.

Example of a B&B Room

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 very 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.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 12th May 2024 to Sunday 19th May 2024FULL - waiting list available
Saturday 7th September 2024 to Saturday 14th September 20242 spaces left
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 20th April 2025 to Sunday 27th April 2025Spaces
Saturday 28th June 2025 to Saturday 5th July 2025Spaces

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.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1229 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 £1229.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £45 per night single supplement (£315 in total).

How to Book

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

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Bed & Breakfast - £1229 Currently we only offer this accommodation type on this trek.

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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.