Beginning at Fort William home of Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis, the Great Glen Way runs for a distance of 77.5 miles / 120 km to Inverness. The route takes it's name from the geological fault line of the Great Glen, also known as Glen More, which separates the Grampians from the North West Highlands. The iconic Scottish landscape of glens, lochs and mountains is the dominant feature of this gentle path for walkers and cyclists. The path itself shadows the banks of Loch Lochy, Lochy Oich and the atmospheric Loch Ness - Scotland's biggest body of inland water and hiding place of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
The Calendonian Canal is an engineering marvel of the C19th, used today by pleasure craft of all shapes an sizes. It's often used a short cut from the North Sea to the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean for yachtsmen. The Way itself is a mix of well-constructed paths along canals, an historic disused railway line, forestry tracks, lochside paths and open moorland - without any steep ascents or descents. It is way-marked with the thistle emblem and easy to naviagte. Most of the Way is fairly easy and traffic free, if you like a bit of climb for open views you can take a couple of variant paths.
We supply you with a Self Guiding Travel Pack including a map - so you can be well informed of facilities and track the distances travelled each day.
The first section of the trail is quite easy from Fort William along the Caledonian Canal towpath. The second section is by the banks of Loch Lochy to Laggan Locks on a forestry path by the loch shores. The third section passes by the lock system controlling access between Loch Ness and the canal. From here you can choose walk the along the east or west bank via Glengarry (there's a ruined castle & heritage centre here), but this will add a few miles to your day. This variant rejoins the main path at Oich Bridge and on to Fort Augustus. The next section from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit offers two options at various points - the low road and the high road. As the Way passes along Loch Ness it splits and coverges at points, with the high road climbing to 1000ft / 300m, converging at Invermoriston, then splitting again for several miles en route to Drumnadrochit. This is where you will find the enigmatic Urquart Castle and the Loch Ness Visitor Centre. The final stretch day to Inverness is a single route which meanders through forest and hills to a max height of around 100ft/300m. On a clear day the panoramic views are simply magnificent - stretching all the way to the Black Isle and the Moray Firth.
A note on accommodation: in some places accommodation can be scarce and we may have to book you two nights in on Loch Ness side using short transfers by taxi.
Upgraded accommodation is available on request.