Walking Through the Great Glen Way Natural Fault

Far-reaching Highland views surround this scenic walk through the Great Glen Way fault line from Fort William to Inverness. This walk can be taken at a leisurely pace, following a low-lying trail stretching alongside the Caledonian Canal as it links Loch Lochy with Loch Oich and the famous Loch Ness.

Highlights
  • Explore the site of some of Scotlands more turbulent history, the 13th century Urquhart Castle was instrumental in some of the more decisive battles and sieges of the Highlands
  • Celebrate your long-distance achievement in Inverness, a thriving city, still very much in touch with its local history
  • Trace a path around the edge of the famous Loch Ness
  • Surrounded by the ancient mountains, cavernous lochs and dense woodland that make up the quintessential Highlands scenery
  • 7 to 8 nights
  • 73 mls (view km)
  • Fort William, Mid Scotland
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £540

Highland Walking Coast to Coast

Over 73 miles of varied and striking highland scenery, The Great Glen Way (Ghlinne Mhòir in Gaelic) , links the North sea and Atlanic Ocean from coast to coast.

The path begins at Fort William - near the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis - and travels northeastwards across Scotland to Inverness, the ‘capital of the Highlands’.

You’ll come across castles and forts on your route, sites that have seen some of the fiercest battles in Scotland’s turbulent history - indicative of a landscape steeped in Scottish history.

Hiking the Great Glen Way

Although most of the route as you alongside the Caledonian Canal is uniformly flat, through thick pine forests you'll meet short, sharp ascents with views over the sprawling lochs to reward for your efforts.

The Great Glen Way can be completed easily in a week. Alternatively, it can be finished in unison with the West Highland Way for a varied two-week walking holiday across Scotland’s finest scenery. The Great Glen Way converges with the West Highland Way at Fort William, but is not nearly as busy or as rugged.

Path Walkthrough

Great Glen Way walking map
Our Great Glen Way walking holidays take you on a linear walk from Fort William to Inverness

Your route leads out of Fort William, following tracks and roads along the coast, with very little climbing toward Gairlochy. Where river meets Loch Lochy, the route slopes into a forested loch-side track developing into firm canal side path at South Laggan. The next stage is an easy-going route out of North Laggan, following the Caledonian Canal, where a descent down five locks leads you to Fort Augustus. From there, the route takes a parellal climb up five locks to lead you out of the settlement.

There are forest tracks and short, steep slopes towards Invermoriston, where the route is densely forested along the edge of Loch Ness, before gradually clearing as you approach Drumnadrochit. The final stretch follows moorland and pine forest tracks before joining a paved path through green area, arriving at Inverness.

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The Great Glen Way Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Fort William to Inverness

Length: 73 miles/117km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
GGW18 nights, 7 days£625 (pp)View Itinerary
GGW27 nights, 6 days£540 (pp)View Itinerary

*Prices are calculated on two people sharing a room, where there are solo walkers - single supplement costs will apply.

Fort William to Inverness

8 nights, 7 days
Price: £625 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: GGW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Fort William
Day 2:Fort William to Gairlochy10.8 miles/17.5km
Day 3:Gairlochy to South Laggan11.5 miles/18.5km
Day 4:South Laggan to Fort Augustus11 miles/17.5km
Day 5:Fort Augustus to Invermoriston7 miles/11km
Day 6:Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit14 miles/22km
Day 7:Drumnadrochit to Blackfold12 miles/19km
Day 8:Blackfold to Inverness6 miles/10km
Day 9:Depart Inverness

Itinerary Information: Eight nights accommodation with seven days walking. Arrive on day one in Fort William, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day nine.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Fort William to Inverness

7 nights, 6 days
Price: £540 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Holiday Code: GGW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Fort William
Day 2:Fort William to Gairlochy10.8 miles/17.5km
Day 3:Gairlochy to South Laggan11.5 miles/18.5km
Day 4:South Laggan to Fort Augustus11 miles/17.5km
Day 5:Fort Augustus to Invermoriston7 miles/11km
Day 6:Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit14 miles/22km
Day 7:Drumnadrochit to Inverness18 miles/29km
Day 8:Depart Inverness

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive on day one in Fort William, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Accommodation provided in high standard B&Bs, farmhouses and small local inns, with en-suite or private facilities where available
    • Breakfast included in price
    • Flexible itinerary with choice of daily distances to suit requirements
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
    • Daily luggage transfers
    • Information about packed lunches and getting food locally

    Optional:

    • In-house evening meals where available, or choose from a selection of local inns and restaurants
    • Rest days, giving you the time to explore the area at your leisure
  • Pricing Info.

    Please note that it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights.  This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in remote areas. In such cases, transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days: From £45.00 pp per night

    Single supplements for this walking holiday are £35.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    As of the Summer 2016 timetable, Fort William has three daytime trains per day in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays, running between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig

    The Caledonian Sleeper operates six nights per week (not Saturdays) from London Euston, starting/terminating at Fort William. The sleeper also carries seated coaches and can thus be used as a regular service train to/from Glasgow (Queen Street Low Level) and Edinburgh Waverley

    A bus service (the no.11) runs every 30 minutes between the airport and city centre at Inverness.

  • Best Time to Travel

    The weather in Scotland is notorious for being particularly changeable (often summed up as 'four seasons in one day'), so waterproof wear and sunscreen are both advised. A good amount of the path around the lochs is dense woodland, so please bring sturdy footwear that can cope with thick mud, should the issue arise.

    If you travelling in the middle of high season, the notorious midges may be a problem. Midges favour still conditions in the morning and evening and are generally not a problem while you're on the move in the middle of the day. There are many repellents on the market (with mixed reviews), not leaving too much skin exposed seems to be the tried and tested way of dealing with midges.

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Clients Reviews of The Great Glen Way

Our past clients rated this walk 4.7 out of 5, read a selection of 6 reviews below.

"We enjoyed the variety of scenery & people's hospitality."

5 out of 5

July 2017

"The scenery was spectacular. [we enjoyed] seeing things we had never seen – boats moving through the locks. The sheep – meeting the local people, everyone was so friendly. Perhaps you could be a little more accurate in your descriptions of the extra 4 miles into Spean Bridge, but we had a wonderful time and will definitely do another one of your walking holidays."

4.6 out of 5

September 2016

"The route was easy to follow; the directions were good. Everything went smoothly."

4.6 out of 5

May 2015

"This is our third walk with your company, we have always been satisfied with all your effort to make our holiday a happy one. What a shame you can't control the weather too!"

4.8 out of 5

July 2012

"Generally we were very happy with the walk. Overall the hosts were very friendly and accommodating and we appreciated their taking out luggage upstairs or putting us on the ground floor. Apart from the Laggan diversion, the blue markers were easy to see and to follow."

4 out of 5

July 2014

"Thanks for the good information, good trip, flexibility (and good weather!)."

4.7 out of 5

August 2015

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