The Corrieyairack Pass

Follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie over Scotland's' Highest pass. At 770m (2526 ft.) above sea level and 40 km (25 miles) long, it now delivers a challenging walk or mountain bike ride.

Connecting Fort Augustus to Laggan, the public road has not been maintained for years so is not suitable for motor vehicles.Fort Augustus view from Corrieyairack

It remains the longest surviving stretch of a General George Wade Road in Britain. In 1731 the military road was constructed over the pass to connect the Forts in the Great Glen with Ruthven barracks near Kingussie. It is now a designated scheduled ancient monument

The pass was used by drovers up until the 19th century to take horses, cattle and sheep from the Highlands and islands to the markets of the south.

Each year the Corrieyairack challenge is an organised charity event over the pass raising money for less able people to enjoy an outdoor holiday.

Weather conditions can deteriorate quickly so be prepared. It is not generally advised to go over the pass between October and April due to lack of access, poor mobile phone signal and for health and safety reasons.Mountain view from Corrieyairack

Average hill walkers can complete the journey over the pass in 11 hrs. and mountains bikers may take 3 to 6 hours depending on fitness level and experience.

Click to read the leaflet produced by the Highland Council for more information and history.