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Long Distance Trail Guide Which Trail Should I Walk?


We offer a variety of different guided walks to suit all different experience levels and abilities, this guide has been written to give you an idea of which trail might suit your individual needs best.

Great Glen Way guided walk The Great Glen Way
Number of days walking: 6
Number of Miles: 76
Difficulty: 2/5
Scenery: 4/5
Path Quality Underfoot: 5/5
Average hours of walking per day: 5 hours
Beginner Friendly? Yes

The Great Glen Way is a 76 mile walk which begins in Fort William and finishes in Inverness. This is a popular choice for people who have walked the West Highland Way before because it starts where the West Highland Way finishes so is a natural continuation. This is also a good choice for people doing their first trek with us, since it is one of our easier trails. The scenery for The Great Glen is fantastic, while it is a low level walk, there will be mountains towering over you for most of the walk. You will be walking along the side of three beautiful lochs (Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness) as well as the Caledonian Canal. The walk is mainly flat but there are some gentle ups and downs. Since the days are quite short you will also get time for some sightseeing after you have finished walking if you wish to.


The East Highland Way East Highland Way guided walk
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.


West Highland Way guided walk 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 peoples 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.


Skye Trail guided walk 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.


Cape Wrath Trail 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.


 
 
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