GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Spean Bridge Walks

3 miles (5.6 km)

This walk explores the area around the delightful village of Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands.
In the village walkers can enjoy pleasant trails along the River Spean and into the peaceful woodland of the Killiechonate Forest. There's also more challenging hikes into the surrounding Glen Spean.
This circular walk from the village takes you up to the Commando Monument where there is a noteworthy memorial and a splendid viewpoint.
Starting in the village you can follow a shared cycling and walking trail along a dismantled railway line north west. This will take you along the river through a wooded gorge to the ruins of Highbridge. This historic bridge was originally built by General Wade in 1736 as the crossing of the River Spean on his Inverness to Fort William military road. It was the site of the first action of the Jacobite rising of 1745.
From here you follow footpaths east to the Commando Monument. The signficant memorial is dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. From the elevated spot there are splendid views to the surrounding mountains including Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.
After taking in the views you can return to the village along the same paths or along the A82 road pavement.
To continue your walking in the area head north west to pick up the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal around nearby Gairlochy. On the Great Glen Way you can enjoy lovely cycling and walking trails along the nearby Loch Lochy.

Postcode

PH34 4ES - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Spean Bridge OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Spean Bridge Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Spean Bridge

  • Loch Lochy - Enjoy a waterside cycle or walk along the magnificent Loch Lochy on this route in the Scottish Highlands
  • Great Glen Way - Follow the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east
  • Caledonian Canal - Follow the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Loch Dochfour on this waterside walk or cycle in the Scottish Highlands
  • Ben Nevis Mountain Track - Follow the Ben Nevis Mountain Track (or Tourist Route) up Britain's highest mountain on this spectacular walk
  • Neptunes Staircase - This wonder of engineering was constructed in the early 19th century by Thomas Telford
  • Loch Ossian - This walk visits the beautiful Loch Ossian from the remote Corrour Station on Rannoch Moor
  • Steall Falls Walk - Visit the second highest waterfall in Scotland on this short walk in Glen Nevis
  • Loch Arkaig - This walk takes you along Loch Arkaig and the adjacent pine forest in Lochaber
  • Loch Oich - Enjoy a circular cycle or walk around Loch Oich in the Scottish Highlands
  • Loch Ericht - This large freshwater loch is located on the border between Perth and Kinross and the Highlands
  • Neptunes Staircase - This wonder of engineering was constructed in the early 19th century by Thomas Telford
  • Loch Laggan - This walk visits the beautiful Loch Laggan on the Ardverikie Estate in the Scottish Highlands.

Pubs/Cafes

The Old Station Restaurant is a fine place to enjoy some post walk refreshments in an historical setting. The restaurant is housed in a converted Victorian railway station on the world famous West Highland Line. It holds historical significance as it was the starting point for trainee Commandos during the Second World War. Their iconic training commenced with a memorable march from the station to Castle Commando. The West Highland Line is not only renowned for its military history but also for its association with the beloved Harry Potter movies. Moreover, the location is privileged to have the exclusive Royal Scotsman train make regular stops on the platform just outside the doorstep, particularly on Friday nights throughout the summer season. You can find them at postcode PH34 4EF for your sat navs.

Photos

The Bridge at Spean Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 3907923

The Bridge at Spean Bridge

Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 3572100

Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge. The monument overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it is one of Scotland’s best-known monuments

High Bridge over the River Spean - geograph.org.uk - 3723632

Highbridge over the River Spean. The village of Spean Bridge takes its name from the Highbridge.

View from Commando Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 3418328

View from Commando Memorial

Memorial Garden, Spean Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 3572098

Memorial Garden

Train entering Spean Bridge station - geograph.org.uk - 2781824

Train entering Spean Bridge station

A82 Entering Spean Bridge from the North - geograph.org.uk - 4019644

A82 Entering Spean Bridge from the North

River Spean from Spean Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 3907912

River Spean from Spean Bridge

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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