Hike to Corryholly Bothy



5 miles

Elevation Gain

1640.4 ft

Route Type


Added by Jack Henstridge

Leave the crowds at the viaduct and get a feel for the remote Scottish wilderness, and Bothy culture, by hiking to this easily reachable Bothy. Walk through Glenfinnan, past the now world famous viaduct, alongside rivers, waterfalls, and sweeping hills, before reaching the Corryhully Bothy. And maybe go for the full Bothy experience and stay the night.

The trail is easily found, and starts 100m down the road from the Glenfinnan viaduct and monument visitor centre in a small gravel carpark. Walk through the small gravel carpark and onto the paved estate road.  

Follow this track as it gently sweeps through the Glen for 8 kilometres before turning into a gravel track just as it reaches the Corryhully Bothy. Its very hard to get lost, just stick to the main track and the Bothy will appear. 

Spend plenty of time exploring the Glen on the way to the Bothy to find some of its hidden gems. If you're lucky, you'll bump into Alastair, the estate warden, and he can give you some great tips too.

The Bothy is free and will be open, and likely have someone staying in it, but don't be afraid, go in and take a look, warm yourself by the fire, and if its raining (which it likely is) dry off and get out of the weather. Just remember the Bothy code and keep it tidy, restock what you use, and pack out what you pack in. 

You can return the way you came, or cross the river and take one of two forest roads back to the start to form a loop.

This is a great way to see Glenfinnan and avoid the usual hustle and bustle of crowds surrounding the Viaduct and Monument. Most people don't venture much past the Viaduct, if at all. 

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A heavenly place

A serene and heavenly spot in the Highlands. I would consider it a must-see if you're in the area.

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