Stage 2: Spean Bridge to Tulloch Station — East Highland Way
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
0.42 mi in total
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 1, 2021
This stage gradually ascends up scenic Glen Spean on forest trails and through open fields, ending at one of Britain’s most remote mainline train stations. En route is a dramatic gorge crossing on a creaking suspension bridge and a worthy detour to a wonderfully situated church.
To leave Spean Bridge, head east on delightful forest trails. Keep your senses alert for the illusive Scottish wildcat, which has been spotted numerous times in this region. After passing through Coille Innse’s woodland, look for a rusty crofter’s hut stand on the hillside on your right, built on the site of the former Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway. The steep path up is an interesting little detour that rewards with great views of the glen.
You soon come to the Monessie Gorge, a spectacular place where the River Spean rushes by below, sometimes to the backdrop of a train chuntering along. You can cross the river to Achluachrach via an exciting suspension bridge, on which only two people are permitted at a time. Cille Choirill Church is well worth a visit and boasts tremendous views from the hillside above the tiny settlement.
Back on the south side of the river, the Way continues past some ruins and climbs through the Meall Laire plantation. Eventually the path takes a sharp left to Inverlair. To reach your accommodation at Tulloch Station, continue north and cross the river near the impressive Inverlair Falls, before following the road to the south east.
Your best bet for accommodation is the Station Lodge Hostel. With prior notice, the hostel may be able to provide meals, though there are also self-catering facilities.
March 15, 2021