East Highland Way

East Highland Way

A walk through the glens, hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Aviemore.

5 to 9 nights
84 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £565 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

Book a walking holiday on the East Highland Way and meander through the Highlands of Scotland, from Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis to Aviemore in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains.

The walk passes through secluded glens, heather-clad hills, rugged mountains and pine-scented forests. The wildlife here is abundant, and with luck you may spot golden eagles, red squirrels, mountain hares and even the elusive Scottish wildcat.

As well as the iconic scenery and wildlife on offer, this trail also explores some of Scotland’s finest historical attractions including Old Inverlochy Castle, the Pictish Fort Dun da Lamh and the island castle of Loch an Eilein.

© Contours Walking Holidays East Highland Way map
Fort William to Aviemore
84 miles (134 km)
27th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Walking in the shadow of the impressive mountain of Ben Nevis on the route out of Fort William.

Looking for the elusive Scottish wildcat in the woodland and moorland of the Scottish Highlands.

Experiencing the sense of remote wildness as you pass through contrasting landscapes, including quiet mountains, remote moorland and ancient Caledonian forests.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
EHW1 From Fort William to Aviemore 5 nights, 4 days walking Strenuous£565
EHW2 From Fort William to Aviemore 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£675
EHW3 From Fort William to Aviemore 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£790
EHW4 From Fort William to Aviemore 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£900
EHW5 From Fort William to Aviemore 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£1010

East Highland Way 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Fort William where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Fort William to Inverlair(T). 22 miles (35km) / 2178 ft (664 m) ascent

Day 2

Inverlair(T) to Feagour(T). 21.5 miles (34.5km) / 1785 ft (544 m) ascent

Day 3

Feagour(T) to Kingussie. 20.5 miles (33km) / 1578 ft (481 m) ascent

Day 4

Kingussie to Aviemore. 19.5 miles (31.5km) / 1365 ft (416 m) ascent


Depart from Aviemore after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night can be the perfect way to extend your holiday. Whether you spend your time exploring the area, visiting its attractions of simply resting your legs, an extra day can give you more time to cherish your surroundings.

If you would like to kick-start your walking holiday by tackling Britain?s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, consider spending an extra night in Fort William. There are a range of outdoor shops, the West Highland Museum, St Andrew's Church and on the outskirts of town, the Ben Nevis Distillery.

If you would like to continue exploring at the end of your holiday, an extra night in Aviemore is a popular choice. With a whole range of outdoor activities, as well as museums, shops, restaurants and visitor centres, there is plenty to see and do in Aviemore.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 84 miles (134 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 19.5 miles (31.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22 miles (35 km)
Code: EHW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 27th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Fort William
End of holiday: Aviemore

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Fort William) and also at the end of the trail (Aviemore).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Fort William and from Aviemore.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Fort William. Alternatively trains run from London Euston station to Glasgow, where buses then run regularly to Fort William.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a coach or train from Aviemore to Inverness, from where a coach runs to Fort William.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the East Highland Way

“Very lucky with weather, two hours of rain only. Accommodation was excellent. Have used Contours for many years and yet to have a bad holiday.”
Mr Ross, UK
“Stunning without road noise and meeting one or two locals along the way until Aviemore.”
Mrs Pratt, UK
“A super mix - moors, forests and lochside.”
Mr Hadfield, UK
“Excellent accommodation and transfers.”
Mr Algar, UK
“As always Contours provides super support and service.”
Mr Callan, UK