My variations follow some of the most spectacular hiking scenery the Scotland has to offer especially the section from Strathcarron to Kinlochewe as the route goes through Glen Torridon which contains some of Scotland's highest mountains


if you follow this variation ensure you can  use a compass and have a back up GPS

The background photograph is Sheneval Bothy

My Route for future trip  

Kirk Yetholm - Harestanes 26km

Harestanes to Melrose 26km

Melrose to Traquair    25km

Traquair to Peebles12km 

Peebles to West Linton21km 

West Linton to Edinburgh 29.5k (Catch the bus to Edinburgh from Balerno)

Balerno to Slateford  8.5km

Slateford to Ratho 9.5km

 Linlithgow to Falkirk  14.5km

Falkirk to Kilsyth   18km

Kilsyth to Milngavie  21.25km

Milngavie to Drymen  19km

Drymen to Aberfoyle    17.5km

Aberfoyle to Callander   15.25km

Callander to Comrie  26.5km

Comrie to Loch Freuchie  30km

L. Freuchie to Aberfeldy  20km

Aberfeldy to Pitlochry  15k

Pitlochry to Blair Atholl 13.75km

Blair Atholl to Bynack  27km

Bynack to Glen Feshie   21.25km

Glen Feshie to Kingussie  23.5k

Kingussie to Laggan    23.25km

Laggan to Fort Augustus    39.5km

Fort Augustus to Mandally 19km

Mandally to Poulary  19.5k

Poulary to Cluanie   17.5km

Cluanie to Morvich   26km

Morvich, A Ghlas Bheinn, Falls of Glomach  Maol-Bhuidhe  Bothy   

Maol-Bhuidhe to   Bendroniag Bothy 8km

Bendronaig Bothy  to Strathcarron   10km

Strathcarron to  Kinlochewe via Glen Torridon  34.7km

Kinlochewe to Sheneval

Sheneval to Inverlael

Inverlael to Ullapool (this is road walking or hitching a lift or calling a taxi. Ullapool is major food resupply point and time for a 2 day rest before the next sections to Cape Wrath

Ullapool to Oykel Bridge   

Oykel Bridge. to Inchnadamph  30km

The above section follows one of Scotland's great salmon rivers and then into wild and very rough country

Inchnadamph- Glencoul Bothy  

Glencoul Bothy - Rhiconich   26km

Rhiconich - Sandwood  19km

Sandwood - Cape Wrath  12.5km

Total Ascent 11.500 metres

Official Route.

From the section Poulrary to Cluanie and from there to Cape Wrath you wil be physically tested more so if gale force winds and rain prevail

Kirk Yetholm - Harestanes28km

Harestanes to Melrose24km

Melrose to Traquair29km

Traquair to Peebles12km

Peebles to West Linton21km

West Linton to Balerno19.25km

Balerno to Slateford8.5km

Slateford to Ratho9.5km

Ratho to Linlithgow21km

Linlithgow to Falkirk14.5km

Falkirk to Kilsyth18k

Kilsyth to Milngavie21.25km

Milngavie to Drymen19km

Drymen to Aberfoyle17.5km

Aberfoyle to Callander15.25km

Callander to Comrie26.5km

Comrie to Loch Freuchie30k

L. Freuchie to Aberfeldy20km

Aberfeldy to Pitlochry15km

Pitlochry to Blair Atholl13.75km

Blair Atholl to Bynack27km

Bynack to Glen Feshie21.25km

Glen Feshie to Kingussie23.5k

Kingussie to Laggan23.25km

Laggan to Fort Augustus39.5km

Fort Augustus - Mandally18.75km

Mandally to Poulary19.5km

Poulary to Cluanie17.5km

Cluanie to Morvich26km Grade 4 Bog to be negotiated

Morvich to Maol-bhuidhe22.5 km

Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Maol-bhuidhe to Craig24.25 k Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Craig to Kinlochewe16.5 km Grade 4 Bog to be negotiated

Kinlochewe to Shenavall28.25 k Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Shenavall to Inverlael18.75 km Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Inverlael to Oykel Bridge34.5 km Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Oykel Br. to Inchnadamph31.5 km Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Inchnadamph- Kylestrome27.5km Grade 4 bog to be negotiated

Kylestrome - Rhiconich29.75km

Rhiconich - Sandwood19km

Sandwood - Cape Wrath12.5km

According to Kinlochewe Post Office 50% of people attempting to complete the trail give up at Kinlochewe or at least those that have sent advanced food parcels to the Post Office ie they dont collect the food parcel

From Cluanie to Cape Wrath these should be considered Grade 4 stages meaning that terrain and conditions underfoot especially in gale force wind and rain these will be difficult stages especially if you are new to long distance walking

The best blog on walking the Scottish National Trail is here