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The Great Glen Way

The long distance walking trail, the Great Glen Way, is a challenging route through some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland. 73 miles/117 km in length, it follows the entire length of the Great Glen from Inverness in the north east to Fort William in the south west. (You can also walk from Fort William to Inverness in the other direction, of course!).

There are many spectacular views to enjoy along the way, with some awesome panoramas on the Loch Ness section of the walk. There are also lots of historic and natural heritage sites and information. The route is suitable for all levels of walker and you can complete it in around 3 days. A must do hill walk, Meall Fuar-mhonaidh a short diversion from the trail just south of Drumnadrocht. We highly recommended it for the spectacular coast-to-coast views from the top!

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Walk or Cycle The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way is 117 km in length, running from Inverness to Fort William. The route is part of the Loch Ness 360° Trail, so you can continue on at Fort William around the south side of Loch Ness, completing a full loop of the loch.

Below, we have split the Great Glen Way route into three manageable sections. You can set yourself the challenge of walking the entire trail over three days. Or, you can choose any section and walk it at your own pace. Prefer to cycle? Why not hire bikes for the trail, see Ticket to Ride.

Section 1 Of The Trail

Inverness to Drumnadrochit

Section One of the trail begins in the Highland capital Inverness and takes you to Drumnadrochit, home of Nessie.

Section One:
Inverness to Drumnadrochit

Length: 32 km
Walk time: 5 hours

You’ll find full instructions on how to walk Section One of The Great Glen Way on the Loch Ness 360° website.

 

Walking Instructions

Section 2 Of The Trail

Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston

Section Two has a low route or high route option, taking you to the village of Invermoriston

Section Two:
Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston

Length: 23 km
Walk time: 4.5 hours

You’ll find full instructions on how to walk Section Two of The Great Glen Way on the Loch Ness 360° website.

 

Walking Instructions

Section 3 Of The Trail

Invermoriston to Fort Augustus

Section Three brings you to the end of the Great Glen Way at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal

Section Three:
Invermoriston to Fort Augustus

Length: 13 km
Walk time: 2.5 hours

You’ll find full instructions on how to walk Section Three of The Great Glen Way on the Loch Ness 360° website.

 

Walking Instructions

Great Glen Way Map

A new map featuring the Great Glen Way and the full Loch Ness 360° Trail will be available to purchase from summer 2019. In the meantime, a basic map of the trail is available here to download free of charge.

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The Journey Continues …

The Great Glen Way connects up with the South Loch Ness Trail, creating a loop around the whole of Loch Ness. If you’d like to continue your route around the south side of the loch, please see the Loch Ness 360° Trail website. This epic journey takes around 6 days to complete or 3 days to cycle.

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