Stage 3: Tulloch Station to Kinloch Laggan — East Highland Way
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 1, 2021
This stage is a monstrous 21.3-mile (34.3 km) trek through Laggan Wood and alongside spectacular Loch Laggan. Although long, the hiking is not particularly difficult, undulating along established forest trails for the most part. You will need to carry all your provisions, but this is a small price to pay for a hike through such wonderful scenery. The only feasible way to split the stage would be with a wild camp.
To begin, retrace your steps back to Inverlair and head south to the hamlet of Fersit. The Way then ventures into Laggan Wood and you head east on forest trails above the Moy Reservoir for 6.5 miles (10.5 km). Between Moy Reservoir and Loch Laggan is Mointeach Mhor, a vast expanse of bog inhabited by red deer. Here, you cross the Amhainn Ghuilbinn River and turn right before the bridge across the River Spean.
The Way now follows the southern shore of Loch Laggan, with excellent views towards the formidable Creag Meagaidh, rising above all else around. Glen Roy’s golden eagles are known to soar high above the loch, so keep your eyes peeled. After 3.8 miles (6.1 km), you take the path south and ascend a forest track on a series of switchbacks to an estate track above Ardverikie House. Follow this and eventually it descends to Kinloch Laggan, at the very western end of the Cairngorms National Park, and its freshwater beach, the largest in Britain.
Once you reach Kinloch Laggan, accommodation is not straightforward, as accommodation that once existed at Feagour has closed since the Way was launched in 2007. With prior arrangement, Rumblie Guest House, which is further along the Way in Laggan, can provide a pick-up and drop-off service. See rumblie.com for more information. Alternatively, there are two of the Ardverikie Estate’s luxury holiday cottages in Kinloch Laggan. See ardverikie.com for more information.
March 15, 2021