46 easy-to-follow circular walks in Highland

Forty-six easy-to-follow hand-crafted circular walks, routes & maps in Highland of all grades in Walk Grade Order


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Walk h100 Ben Nevis via The Tourist Path from Achintee, Fort William

The tourist route up the UK's Highest Mountain

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.25 miles (16.5 km)
Ascent:4,424ft (1,348m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk h101 Cairn Gorm from Cairn Gorm Ski Centre

Grade 4. But beware, this is the high mountains

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4 miles (6.5 km)
Ascent:2,104ft (641m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h102 Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach

2 Munros and 4 Murdos (Munro Tops)

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.5 miles (15 km)
Ascent:6,173ft (1,881m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk h108 The Fairy Pools, Coire ba Creiche and Bealch a' Mhaim from Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye

A taste of the Cuillins

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,089ft (332m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h109 Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag) and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh) via Lairig Eilde from The Pass of Glencoe

Superb ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:3,318ft (1,011m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h112 Torran Glubhals and Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan

Superb lake and mountain views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6 miles (9.5 km)
Ascent:712ft (217m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk h115 The Storr and Old Man of Storr from Bearreraig, Isle of Skye

A classic walk - but only in good weather

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:2,310ft (704m)
Time:4.25hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h117 The Dubh Lochan Trail from Forsinard

One of the rarest bogland habitat in the world!

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Vital Statistics:

Length:1 miles (1.5 km)
Ascent:33ft (10m)
Time:0½ hrs
Grade:Grade 1 Walking Easy
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Walk h118 The Ben Wyvis Massif from Garbat

Testing high level route with stunning 360º views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Ascent:5,415ft (1,045m)
Time:11½ hrs
Grade:Grade 9 Walking Very Hard

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Walk h119 A circuit of Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus

A delightful Lochside stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.75 miles (7.5 km)
Ascent:197ft (60m)
Time:2 hrs
Grade:Grade 1 Walking Easy
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Walk h121 Meall a' Bhuachaille from Glenmore Forest Park Visitors Centre

Ascent to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.25 miles (8.5 km)
Ascent:1,666ft (508m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h122 Rubha na Sgianadin from Broadford/ An t-Ath Leathann, Isle of Skye

Easy shoreside stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:414ft (126m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk h125 Stob Coire an t-Sneachda (Cairn Gorm), Cairn Lochan and Creag an Leth-choin (Lurcher's Crag) from Cairn Gorm Ski Centre

Superb views over the northern corries from Cairn Gorm Ski Centre

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.25 miles (11.5 km)
Ascent:2,609ft (795m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h127 Lairig Eilde and Lairig Gartain from The Pass of Glencoe

Spectacular scenery without the climbs

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.25 miles (14.5 km)
Ascent:2,194ft (669m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h128 Aonach Eagach from Pass of Glen Coe

The finest ridge walk in mainland Britain - but not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.75 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:4,270ft (1,301m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h129 Ben Hope from Muiseal, Strath More

The 'easiest' way up Scotland's most northerly Munro

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.25 miles (11.5 km)
Ascent:3,086ft (941m)
Time:5½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h132 Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh from The Kings House Hotel

Good navigation skills needed in mist

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.25 miles (16.5 km)
Ascent:3,929ft (1,197m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h133 Coire Gabhail a.k.a. The 'Lost Valley' of Glen Coe

Glen Coe's 'Lost' Valley

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,004ft (306m)
Time:3 hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk h135 Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag) and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh) via Stob nan Cabar from The Pass of Glencoe

Testing scramble to a superb ridge

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.5 miles (12 km)
Ascent:3,016ft (919m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate

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Walk h136 Loch Sneosdal and Suidh' a' Mhinn from Kilmuir, Isle of Skye

Superb views of The Outer Hebrides

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:1,299ft (396m)
Time:3.25hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h137 Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from Achintee, Fort William

A different side of the UK's Highest Mountain - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length:12.25 miles (19.5 km)
Ascent:5,333ft (1,625m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Grade 9 Walking Very Hard
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Walk h138 The Quiraing from Maoladh Mor, Isle of Skye

Easy walk to some fascinating rock formations

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Vital Statistics:

Length:2.75 miles (4.5 km)
Ascent:745ft (227m)
Time:1.75hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk h142 Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe) from Glencoe Village

Steep but rewarding ascent to fine views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.5 miles (9 km)
Ascent:2,501ft (762m)
Time:5.75hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk h143 Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg) from Altnafeadh, The Pass of Glen Coe

Munro 109

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Vital Statistics:

Length:4.25 miles (6.5 km)
Ascent:2,491ft (759m)
Time:4 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h149 Boreraig from Loch Cill Chriosd, Isle of Skye

A walk to a 19th Century ruined village

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.25 miles (10 km)
Ascent:1,158ft (353m)
Time:3½ hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h152 Cnap Coire na Spreidhe, Cairn Gorm and Creag an Leth-choin (Lurcher's Crag) from Cairn Gorm Ski Centre

Superb views over the northern corries from Cairn Gorm Ski Centre

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:3,036ft (925m)
Time:6.25hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h153 Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag) and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh) from the Pass of Glencoe

Munros 200 and 263

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5 miles (8 km)
Ascent:2,983ft (909m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk h154 Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

You'll need a good head for heights on the CMD arete

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Vital Statistics:

Length:11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Ascent:3,919ft (1,194m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk h156 Bynack Mor and A' Choinneach from Glenmore Lodge

Munro 52 and The Cairngorms' most northerly

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Vital Statistics:

Length:15 miles (24 km)
Ascent:3,052ft (930m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard

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Walk h158 The Fairy Glen Waterfalls from Rosemarkie, The Black Isle

Two lovely waterfalls in a wooded glen

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Vital Statistics:

Length:2.5 miles (4 km)
Ascent:407ft (124m)
Time:1½ hrs
Grade:Grade 1 Walking Easy
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Walk h161 Beinn a' Chrulaiste from Altnafeadh, The Pass of Glen Coe

Straight forward walk to superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:6.5 miles (10.5 km)
Ascent:2,227ft (679m)
Time:4½ hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk h162 Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Bein Fhada

The highest point in what was 'Argyll'

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Vital Statistics:

Length:9.75 miles (16.5 km)
Ascent:5,405ft (1,647m)
Time:9 hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk h164 The Pap of Glencoe and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh from Glencoe Village

Fine views of the Aonach Eagach ridge

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:4,040ft (1,231m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h165 Castle Girnigoe (Castle Sinclair) from Staxigoe near Wick

Fine coastal views and an ancient castle

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Vital Statistics:

Length:5.5 miles (9 km)
Ascent:391ft (119m)
Time:2½ hrs
Grade:Grade 2 Walking Easy
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Walk h174 Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg) and Stob na Doire (Buachaille Etive Mor) from from Altnafeadh, The Pass of Glen Coe

One of the best walks you'll do this year

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:3,814ft (1,162m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h179 Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag) and Buachaille Etive Beag (Stob Dubh) via Lairig Gartain from The Pass of Glencoe

Superb ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:2,993ft (912m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h182 Ryvoan Pass and Abernethy Forest from Glenmore Lodge

Delightful Forest Circuit

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Vital Statistics:

Length:11 miles (17.5 km)
Ascent:1,159ft (353m)
Time:5 hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate
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Walk h184 Meall a' Bhuachaille and Craiggowrie from Glenmore Forest Park

Fine high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10 miles (16 km)
Ascent:2,425ft (739m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Grade 6 Walking Moderate
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Walk h187 Neist Point from Waterstein, Isle of Skye

The best place on Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark

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Vital Statistics:

Length:1.75 miles (3 km)
Ascent:436ft (133m)
Time:1½ hrs
Grade:Grade 1 Walking Easy

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Walk h193 Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh from A82 at Lochan na Stainge

Good navigation skills needed in mist

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Vital Statistics:

Length:12.25 miles (19.5 km)
Ascent:4,322ft (1,317m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Grade 8 Walking Hard
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Walk h197 Spidean Coinich (Quinag), Sail Ghorm (Quinag) and Sail Gharbh (Quinag) from Lairig Unapool

Fantastic panoramic views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.75 miles (14 km)
Ascent:4,050ft (1,234m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h204 Tarbat Ness from Portmahomack

Fine, wild coastal walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Ascent:571ft (174m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 3 Walking Easy
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Walk h211 Bidean nam Bian from Pass of Glen Coe

The highest point in what was 'Argyll'

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.75 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:4,391ft (1,338m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h222 A circuit of Loch Morlich

A lovely Loch side and Forest stroll

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Vital Statistics:

Length:8.25 miles (13 km)
Ascent:745ft (244m)
Time:3.75hrs
Grade:Grade 4 Walking Moderate
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Walk h223 Sgorr Dhearg, The Beinn a' Bheithir Ridge and Sgorr Dhonuill from South Ballachulish

Superb views

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Vital Statistics:

Length:7.75 miles (12.5 km)
Ascent:4,175ft (1,272m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Grade 7 Walking Hard
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Walk h237 Boreraig, Suisnish and Camas Malag from Loch Cill Chriosd, Isle of Skye

Ruined villages & fine views of The Cuillin Hills

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Vital Statistics:

Length:10.75 miles (17 km)
Ascent:4,398ft (426m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Grade 5 Walking Moderate

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