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Great Glen Way

€820 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs.

The Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness via Loch Ness is one of the most popular long-distance trails in Scotland. If starts at the base of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis) and reaches the western shores of the Loch Ness passing through charming highland towns until it finally reaches the town of Inverness. Do not miss the Loch Ness Experience in Drumnadrochit and the unique views from Urquhart Castle. An incredible leisurely self-guided walking tour through dense forests, peaceful canals, and wonderful lochs.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (5-9) Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation; Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary; A detailed info pack, route book and printed maps for the group leader; Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
  • What is not included
    Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Travel Insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September
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Day 1. Arrival to Fort William
Individual arrival to the town of Fort William at the base of the Ben Nevis mountain.
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Day 2. Walk to Gairlochy/Spean Bridge (17km, 4-4,30hrs, +/- 50m)
Your independent hiking tour begins at the shores of the river Lochy which you will follow downstream to Corpach where the Caledonian Canal meets the Atlantic. A short detour to the Old Inverlochy Castle or Ben Nevis Distillery is possible at this stage. Then, follow the canal towpath northeast to Banavie and the curious Neptune’s Staircase. Continue following your trail through the beautiful countryside above the Lochy river. The overnight is in Gairlochy or Spean Bridge, depending on the accommodation availability.
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Day 3. Walk to Laggan (19km, 4-5hrs, +/-100m)
After a hearty breakfast, you bid Gairlochy farewell and follow the banks of Loch Lochy on charming forest paths. You will pass by Achnacarry where one of the most severe and difficult commando training camps used to be located. There is now a museum which commemorates this part of the locality’s history. Continue walking above the Lochy Loch toward South Laggan and the locks. Your accommodation is just around 1,5km away from the locks.
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Day 4. Walk to Fort Augustus (17km, 4-4,30hrs, +/-30m)
Today’s section of the self-guided hiking tour starts from Laggan Bridge, the highest point of the Caledonian Canal. Continue along the eastern shore of Loch Oich, one of the most beautiful and intact woodlands in Scotland. Cross Oich Bridge and continue towards Fort Augustus where your next overnight will be. This section of the canal and the wonderful Kytra Lock are one of the highlights of the walking tour.
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Day 5. Walk to Invermoriston (13km, 3-3,30hrs, +/-120m)
Today you part ways with the canals at Fort Augustus and head for the shores of Loch Ness. There are some steep ascends along dirt roads and trails at this section of the hike. You will be rewarded with some breathtaking views over Loch Ness along the way. The overnight is in the beautiful little village of Invermoriston.
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Day 6. Walk to Drumnadrochit (23km, 6-7hrs, +/-500m)
You bid Invermoriston farewell and head towards Drumnadrochit. Today’s hiking route is more challenging as you follow forest paths on the steep side of the Glen high above the Loch Ness contemplating great views of the landscape. Your destination is Drumnadrochit famous for the Urquhart Castle and the popular attraction - Loch Ness Monster Experience.
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Day 7. Walk to Inverness (31km, 7-9hrs, +/-520m)
Today you say your goodbyes to the Loch Ness as you follow the last section of your independent hiking tour to Inverness. Your route continues up toward Loch Laide and then follow a minor road towards Blackfold where you gradually start descending towards Inverness and the Moray Firth. The Caledonian Canal will meet you for the last kilometers of the Great Glen Way. You can follow the Caledonian Canal until the end of the trail or you can follow the River Ness to the center of Inverness where your last overnight will be.
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Day 8. Departure day
Onward travels.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
820 Euro/person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 275 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min group size: 2 pax)
Tips
Departures on any day of the week between the beginning of April and the end of September. One of the most popular long-distance treks in the UK - book early to avoid disappointment (accommodations on the way are pretty small)! One piece of luggage per person is allowed (up to 18kg).
Getting to/from Fort William: By Air: Inverness and Glasgow Airports are the most convenient. From Inverness Airport catch the bus (2 hours) or arrange a private transfer to Fort William. From Glasgow Airport take the shuttle bus into Glasgow city centre and then the train (4 hours) or bus (3 hours) to Fort William. By Train: Between 3 and 4 trains run daily from Glasgow to Fort William and the journey takes around 4 hours. Widely regarded as one of the world’s great rail journeys this is a great way to start your trip. Visit Scotrail's website for timetables and tickets. By Bus: Scottish Citylink operates up to 8 departures per day from Glasgow to Fortwilliam (3 hours) and up to 8 buses per day from Inverness (2 hours) to Fort William. Visit Scottish Citylink's website for timetables and tickets. By Car: Fort William is 100 miles (approx. 3 hours) north of Glasgow on the A82. Parking (not secure) is available in Fort William. You can sometimes leave your car at the properties we use in Fort William, but please request this at the time of booking. Private Transfers: We can arrange private transfers from Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh to the start/end of your walk; just ask us for a quote. This is often the smoothest way to begin or conclude your adventure. Journey Planning: If travelling by public transport the website www.travelinescotland.com has an excellent journey planner.
Getting from Inverness: Inverness has excellent transport links by road, rail and air to destinations throughout Scotland and the UK. Use the websites listed above for timetables and tickets.
Accommodation
Overnight in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses, specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality. A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your guide book will have details.

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