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Gairlochy to Spean Bridge

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  • Gairlochy to Spean Bridge
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Pass by the Commando Memorial and continue down to Spean Bridge.
Distance 6.4 km
1:59 h
95 m
51 m

You just need this route if you have decided to walk the extra 2.5-4 miles (depending on your particular B&B) from Gairlochy to the village of Spean Bridge which is located off the Great Glen Way.  

Leave Gairlochy on single track road, the B8004.  Please be careful of traffic on this road - as per the UK Highway Code it is best to walk on the right hand side of the road into oncoming traffic so that you are most visible to vehicle drivers.  There are excellent views from this road over the surrounding countryside.  If you are staying in the village of Spean Bridge you will continue passed the Commando Memorial monument which, on a good day, has magnificent views towards Ben Nevis.  After some time at the monument turn right onto the A82, and using the pavement, follow this busier road as it descends into Spean Bridge.   

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Catherine Allan 
Update: February 19, 2020
Highest point
112 m
Lowest point
26 m

Tips and hints

This tour appears in the following itineraries:






Gairlochy (28 m)
OS Grid
NN 17639 84175
56.912905, -4.997019
56°54'46.5"N 4°59'49.3"W
30V 378411 6309466


Spean Bridge

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.


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OS Grid
NN 17639 84175
56.912905, -4.997019
56°54'46.5"N 4°59'49.3"W
30V 378411 6309466
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Brigitte Mayer
June 25, 2019 · Community
The Road is Busy, extremely crowded After the Memorial. What makes us feel fine tonight is the warm welcome at the Smiddy House- so cosy and friendly, wonderful
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Tuesday, 25. June 2019, 17:43
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6.4 km
1:59 h
95 m
51 m


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