East Highland Trail
Hi, and welcome to the East Highland Trail. My name is Mark Carr and I am a long distance walker. The route laid out in this website is a long distance walk from Inverness to Drymen, passing through the Cairngorms and the Trossachs. The route descriptions and schematic drawings, used alongside the listed ordinate survey maps, will enable you to plot your way through the East Highlands of Scotland. The walk connects the end of the Great Glen Way in the north to the West Highland Way in the south enabling the intrepid long distance walker to circumnavigate the highlands of Scotland. The route will take you through mountains, moors, valleys and gorges, as well as tracks, roads and established long distance routes such as the Speyside Way. For 95% of the route the walk follows established paths, tracks and roads, but occasionally it will take you through sections where the paths have long gone, or were never truly way-marked.
I have broken the trail into two sections, north (maps 1-6) and south (maps 7 -11), as this was the way that I approached the walk. However, I am confident the route descriptions will enable you to pick up the trail from any section. If you attempt it, enjoy; Scotland enables your sense of smell to be heightened, your taste buds to be refreshed and your eyes to behold the clear beauty of the landscape, in my opinion much like a wee dram of the very best highland whiskey.
Camping and places to stay:
I tend to wild camp most nights when I am out on the hills, but I often use official sites as well. There are two sections of the walk where the options are limited if you are not willing to spend a night on the hills. These are:
1. Inverness to Carrbridge
2. Coylumbridge (Aviemore) to Blair Atholl
In the section from Coylumbridge to Blair Atholl there are a couple of options: Corrour Bothy snuggling below The Devils Point; and Inverey a village 4 miles east of White Bridge towards Braemar (this will add 8 miles to you route)
On the rest of the East Highland Trail there are plenty of campsites, hostels, B&B’s and hotels to rest in overnight.
If you have any questions concerning the East Highland Trail, please contact me via email at:
Me at the Chest of Dee