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Coire Lagan in the Cuillins
distance 6.53km Vertical gain +584m Vertical drop -584m Durée 3h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A superb walk in the Cuillins, with breathtaking views of the sea and a charming little Loch at the end.
The only challenging part is the end of the climb, where you need to climb up some scree for the last 300 metres.

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Elgol to Camasunary in the Cuillin
distance 14.82km Vertical gain +428m Vertical drop -432m Durée 5h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very nice hike along the water and mountains in the Cuillin.

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The Table and the Needle at the Quiraing
distance 6.3km Vertical gain +345m Vertical drop -342m Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

The Quiraing combines both majestic mountains and the mysteries of the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are magnificent.

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distance 14.32km Vertical gain +338m Vertical drop -568m Durée 5h05 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This 6th section of the West Highland Way (WHW) reaches the highest point of this trek, an unnamed pass located at 550m in height. Following a nice walk at Beinn a' Chrùlaiste bottom, we access a pass going up the Devil's staircase, easier than its name sounds like. Then we go down the small old and industrial town of Kinlochleven following well-maintained paths or large tracks.

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distance 24.2km Vertical gain +502m Vertical drop -507m Durée 8h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

The West Highland Way (WHW) 7th stage brings us to beautiful surroundings at the bottom of the Mamore massif. Afterward, you cross clear forests where you can spot some views of the highest mountain in Great Britain, 'Ben Nevis'. Then you arrive in Fort William city where the official end of WHW walk is located.

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Torrachilty Forest circular
distance 2km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -67m Durée 0h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Walk along Black Water river and explore the pine and heather Torrachilty Forest.

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Black water and Rogie Falls circular
distance 5.54km Vertical gain +139m Vertical drop -130m Durée 2h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Walk along Black Water river and explore Rogie Falls walking through the pine and heather Torrachilty Forest.

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Rogie Falls circular, Contin
distance 1.46km Vertical gain +186m Vertical drop -132m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This gentle walk brings you through the woodlands, up and down hills to get views over the magnificent Rogie Falls and a suspension bridge across the Black Water river.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct viewpoint, Scotland
distance 2.37km Vertical gain +53m Vertical drop -49m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Enjoy a walk giving views from different angles of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (under, of the top) which has been used for Harry Potter movies.

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Coire Gabhail Lost Valley, Pass of Glencoe
distance 4.05km Vertical gain +281m Vertical drop -297m Durée 2h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A great walk along All Coire Gabhail riverside with its waterfalls to reach the Coire Gabhail Lost Valley surrounded by The Three Sisters in Glencoe National Nature Reserve.

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Grey Mares Tail Waterfall, Kinlochmore
distance 0.96km Vertical gain +27m Vertical drop -29m Durée 0h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A gentle walk through the woods to discover Grey Mares Tail Waterfall.

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Steall Falls, Ben Nevis area
distance 1.97km Vertical gain +86m Vertical drop -7m Durée 0h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A nice walk up the valley nearby Ben Nevis to enjoy Steall Falls.

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Neptune's Staircase Locks and Caledonian Canal
distance 1.65km Vertical gain +14m Vertical drop -20m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A little walk to visit Neptune's Staircase 8 Locks and Caledonian Canal.

Walking Glenfinnan Viaduc Trail ( Download : )
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Glenfinnan Viaduc Trail
distance 4.74km Vertical gain +124m Vertical drop -119m Durée 1h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Enjoy a walk giving views from different angles of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduc which has been used for Harry Potter movies then come back along Loch Shiel to enjoy the Monument tower.

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Glenfinnan Viaduc and monument Viewpoint
distance 0.18km Vertical gain +28m Vertical drop -0m Durée 0h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Easy walk up the hill to get a nice view over Glenfinnan Viaduc and the monument.

Walking Crotaig circular ( Download : )
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Crotaig circular
distance 2.19km Vertical gain +74m Vertical drop -80m Durée 0h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Gentle walk into the woods with some views of the Loch Ness.

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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh summit, Drumnadrochit
distance 9.09km Vertical gain +505m Vertical drop -507m Durée 4h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

An incredible walk bringing you up to 360° views all over Loch Ness and Loch Nam Breac Dearga surroundings.

Walking Corrieshalloch Gorge ( Download : )
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Corrieshalloch Gorge
distance 2.01km Vertical gain +39m Vertical drop -39m Durée 0h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This short walk leads to a spectacular narrow gorge, home to the incredible Falls of Measach which plunge 46m into the gorge below. This area is a National Trust for Scotland Nature Reserve.

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Fairy Glen Falls, Rosemarkie
distance 2.67km Vertical gain +49m Vertical drop -49m Durée 0h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A short "there and back" walk through the aptly named Fairy Glen, near Rosemarkie. Follow the Markie Burn to not one, but two pretty waterfalls hidden away in the most tranquil of settings.

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Divach Falls via Craigmonie and Balmacaan Woods
distance 9.63km Vertical gain +217m Vertical drop -209m Durée 3h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

After an extended walk around Craigmonie Woods, quiet country roads lead you to Divach Falls.

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Divach Falls from Drumnadrochit
distance 7.47km Vertical gain +156m Vertical drop -148m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A circular walk through ancient woodlands and along pretty single track roads to reach the spectacular Divach Falls

Walking Plodda Falls, near Tomich ( Download : )
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Plodda Falls, near Tomich
distance 1.3km Vertical gain +58m Vertical drop -58m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Experience how a bambling burn – Allt na Bodachan – is peacefully flowing through the forest one minute and then without warning is suddenly hurtled 46m vertically down a rock face.

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Glen Orrin from Strathconon
distance 13.57km Vertical gain +467m Vertical drop -466m Durée 5h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A fantastic circular walk starting at Inverchoran Bridge in the Strathconon Estate, from where you will head into the scenic and remote Glen Orrin to Luipmaldrig bothy. The return section is via a spectacularly scenic hill pass.

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Abriachan Forest hidden Tree houses
distance 1.52km Vertical gain +21m Vertical drop -21m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This easy walk takes you through the Abriachan Forest in the quest for huts, tree houses, and wildlife. It is an ideal walk for families.

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Can na Laitire and Shieling hut, Abriachan Forest
distance 9.48km Vertical gain +240m Vertical drop -242m Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This walk takes is located in the Inverness and Lock Ness areas. It takes you through the hidden huts and art in the Abriachan Forest, up to the Can na Laitire which gives you nice views over Loch Ness before coming back past two interesting huts hidden in the landscape and the famous Great Glen Way.

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Glenmore Forest Park - Loch Morlich circular walk
distance 2.79km Vertical gain +24m Vertical drop -23m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This flat walk follows the riverside to reach Loch Morlich beach enjoying Glenmore Forest Park.

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An Lochan Uaine, Glenmore Forest Park
distance 6.49km Vertical gain +51m Vertical drop -52m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This easy walk will bring you along the pinewood forest, riversides, up to An Lochan Uaine. #walkingwithwheels

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Loch Morlich - An Lochan Uaine, Glenmore Forest Park
distance 10.44km Vertical gain +171m Vertical drop -171m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This walk will bring you along pinewood forest, riversides, Loch Morlich, up the hill to enjoy views over the mountains before going down the valley bottom to explore An Lochan Uaine with an optional detour to the Abernethy National Nature Reserve.

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Tall Trees Walk, Reelig Glen
distance 1.58km Vertical gain +43m Vertical drop -43m Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

An easy circular walk along the Moniack Burn. Reelig Glen is home to some of the tallest trees in Britain and as you walk through this mossy woodland, you can't help but feel small compared to the massive fir and spruce trees towering above you. Information boards dotted along the trail offer ID opportunities and some fun facts.

Walking Fyrish Monument ( Download : )
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Fyrish Monument
distance 7.12km Vertical gain +263m Vertical drop -263m Durée 2h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A circular route to the 18th century arches of the Fyrish Monument. After a short distance my route leaves the busy Jubilee Path to make a gradual ascent up the shoulder of Cnoc Fyrish. The monument itself is a true work of art and forms a significant part of local history. My return route takes you through an area of mature forestry teeming with wildlife.

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distance 22.42km Vertical gain +488m Vertical drop -485m Durée 7h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

The West Highland Way is the most established of Scotland’s long-distance walking routes. This is the fifth of a five stage route, staying at prebooked accomodation along the way. A simple route, with some climbing but mostly sticking to streams and rivers to walk through the valleys whilst appreciating the high mountains from below.

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Bla Bhienn from Elgol: an out and return walk
distance 20.29km Vertical gain +1217m Vertical drop -1215m Durée 9h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This is an ascent of the South ridge of Bla Bhienn starting from and returning to Elgol. It includes the cliff top walk to Camasunary Bay, followed by the ridge. The views are spectacular and the ridge is one of the most memorable mountain days to be had.

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On the rooftop of Great Britain: Ben Nevis
distance 16.09km Vertical gain +1318m Vertical drop -1318m Durée 8h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

Here is a magnificent peak held in high regard by our British friends, Ben Nevis. This summit, though in itself not very high relatively speaking, requires a significant climb in altitude because it starts almost at sea level. During the ascent, the views are breathtaking.

Walking Old Man of Storr ( Download : )
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Old Man of Storr
distance 4.11km Vertical gain +324m Vertical drop -322m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very short, easy walk to do late afternoon (when most walkers have come back down off the mountain) so you can enjoy the silence and evening light.

Walking The Fairy Pools ( Download : )
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The Fairy Pools
distance 6.67km Vertical gain +305m Vertical drop -305m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A short walk around the Fairy Pools, so you can see them from close up, followed by a tranquil walk in the valley, away from the crowds.

Walking Glenmore Forest Park ( Download : )
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Glenmore Forest Park
distance 6.01km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -93m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

An easy, family-friendly walk in the Cairngorms National Park.

Walking Glen Affric ( Download : )
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Glen Affric
distance 17.5km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -162m Durée 5h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A nice trip around Loch Affric near Inverness. Not at all difficult and with some beautiful landscapes.

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distance 15.32km Vertical gain +1523m Vertical drop -1525m Durée 8h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A very interesting alternative, full of variations, to the normal route to reach the summit of the famous Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Great Britain. It is a wilder variant than the normal route. Without being too technical it remains a solid hike. It allows walkers the opportunity to contemplate the very famous north face of Ben Nevis.

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distance 4.68km Vertical gain +45m Vertical drop -13m Durée 1h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

A day adventure over to Horse Island. Make sure you cross from Lamb Island - the first little one - to Horse Island at low tide.

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distance 13.04km Vertical gain +1351m Vertical drop -1266m Durée 7h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This walk in the mountains north of Fort William visits the summits of Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag, both of which exceed 4,000 feet above sea level. The views on a good day are stunning especially of Ben Nevis. The route contains plenty of ascent and you should remember that suitable clothing is essential so you can cope with rapid changes in weather. There are also snow cornices to be considered.

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distance 17.57km Vertical gain +883m Vertical drop -880m Durée 7h35 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This high mountain walk visits the second highest summit in Scotland - Ben Macdui. In addition the route visits some of the wild country surrounding this peak including the summit of Cairngorm. Do choose a good day to complete this walk as navigation can be difficult for inexperienced walkers.

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distance 2.28km Vertical gain +88m Vertical drop -77m Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This Highland walk visits the most north-easterly point of mainland Britain. The coast around Duncansby Head is dramatic and full of bird-life in season.

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distance 15.52km Vertical gain +27m Vertical drop -144m Durée 4h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Highland

This walk lies within the Cairngorm National Park and visits the lochs and lochans that lie between Loch Morlich and the twon of Aviemore. The route offers a number of alternatives for the return to the start and provides an excellent walk if low cloud is limiting higher level walks in the mountains.