Great Glen Way - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Price from: £705pp based on 2 share
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Trip type: Self guided tour
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The Great Glen Way is a 79 mile path stretching from Fort William in the south west up to Inverness in the north east of Scotland. The route is mainly low level and follows canal towpaths, roads and forest paths with some challenging sections. Anyone of good physical fitness should be able to complete the walk in anything from 6-9 nights.

Wildlife on the route includes Deer, Ospreys, Red Kite, Golden Eagle and Pine Marten which are viewable in multiple locations.

We recommend south-west to North-east with the first few sections a gentle introduction with walking mainly on towpaths.

Highlights

The Caledonian Canal - see the historic work of engineering of Thomas Telford
Neptune’s staircase
Views of Loch Ness and Great Glen
17th century history at Fort Augustus and Fort William
Self guided trip - you start on a date that suits you
Engage with nature at its very best
Complete your adventure at the base of Ben Nevis

What's included

Accommodation for the duration of your tour
Daily luggage transfers
Daily breakfast
GPX digital map with route to follow (to be used with any walking app)

Pricing options

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Twin - 2023£705 per person
Double - 2023£705 per person
Single - 2023£995 per person

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Itinerary

Overnight in Fort William

The first day of adventure starts from the remains of the Old Fort along the Caledonian River where the route is towpaths. Ben Nevis will be in the shadows as you depart and you will also see the Neptune’s Staircase, a section of locks near the strait of the Caledonian canal. You will continue along towards the Great Glen before reaching your first stop in Gairlochy.
Gairlochy is a small village with limited accommodation therefore it is likely you will stay in nearby Spean Bridge, with transport provided if required (4.5 mile walk).

Head off on day 2 along Loch Lochy along path sections before some roadwalking. Watch out for Pepperpot Lighthouse which is the point where the Caledonian Canal enters Loch Lochy.

You will continue along lochside before heading on road for a short section at Achnacarry and onto the village of Clunes before some forest tracks await which accompany you for the duration of the loch.

South Laggan has limited accommodation therefore it is likely you will stay in a nearby location with transport provided.

Distance: 13 miles

Follow the length of Loch Oich along a section of the National Cycle Network. This disused rail line is a easy pathway leading you to a crossing on A82 at the Aberchalder Swing Bridge.

The canal towpath will take you to your stop for this evening in Fort Augustus.

Distance: 10 miles

Todays shorter section provides you with 2 options - the high or low route. Both lead to Invermoriston.

The low route will take you on an adventure through the forest or the high route will take you on a steep climb to spectacular views over the trees and the Great Glen.

The high route adds just over 1 mile to the journey and has some steep climbs and descent to take you back into Invermoriston.
The low route is a level track offering beautiful views of Loch Ness as you walk amongst such trees as Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce and an environment very similar to that of the Pacific North-west.

Distance: 9-10 miles

Prepare for a steep climb out of Invermoriston before encountering forest tracks to Grotaig. Incredible views of Loch Ness will accompany you on this section of your journey.

Todays walk has a mix of steep climbs along woodland paths alongside the Glen and along to Drumnadrochit.

Distance: 14 miles

Today is a challenging day as you walk along main roads before encountering a climb through woodland paths before leaving Loch Ness behind. You will also encounter some farmland and high moorland as you descend and meet the Caledonian Canal once again and onto the city of Inverness Castle and the end of your journey.

Distance: 18 miles

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