The Great Glen Way

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

There are many spectacular views to be enjoyed along the way with many awesome panoramas on the Loch Ness section of the walk. There’s also lots of historic and natural heritage sites and information to be discovered along the way. The route is suitable for all levels of walker and can be completed in 5-6 days. Or why not divert off at Fort Augustus and walk the South Loch Ness Trail to experience the wild side of Loch Ness. These two epic Scottish walking, running, cycling and riding trails connect to form the 80-mile Loch Ness 360° trail. A circular trail the entire circumference of Loch Ness.

A must do hill walk, Meall Fuar-mhonaidh a short diversion from the trail just south of Drumnadrochit, it is highly recommended if only for the spectacular coast to coast views from the top!

The Route

Careful planning is advisable in order to book your accommodation in the various hostels and B&B establishments within the Glen. Organised, independent walking holidays are advisable to make the most of this great Scottish route.

Prefer to cycle? Why not hire bikes for the trail, see Ticket to Ride.

For the less experienced it is the perfect introduction to long-distance walking, being for the most part low-level and following mainly towpaths and woodland tracks close to the Caledonian Canal. North of Fort Augustus the trail follows the north-west side of Loch Ness where you get many fabulous views across the loch, so do save some camera charge for this section of the walk! On the more challenging sections, experienced walkers may wish to tackle some of the Munros or Corbetts by taking a few minor diversions along the route.

The Great Glen Way can be walked in either direction, however, walking from Fort William to Inverness you have the prevailing wind and the sun behind you, plus you begin with the easier sections of the Way.

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