The Highland Hoof is a new long distance route following the old drove roads of Scotland from Skye to Crieff.
The entire route is about 145 miles long, broken down into nine stages and walking an average of 16 miles a day (see map). This is pretty much the route taken by drovers in days gone by - they could do 12-13 miles a day. It is a slice north-west to south-east through some of Scotland’s finest scenery of mountains, lochs, rivers, glens and forests.
If 145 miles is too much in one go, try the sections below and treat yourself to an evening's rest & recuperation at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel!
On Stage 5 the route goes through Spean Bridge to Corriechoille to pick up the Lairig Leacach (the path of the flagstones – aptly named). This is the way to Loch Ossian: surely one of the finest locations for a youth hostel in the country.
Stage 6 and the 'Road to the Isles' path: as you reach the top of the climb the whole of Rannoch Moor opened up in front of you.
For more information see www.heritagepaths.co.uk and www.highlandhoof.com