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The Great Glen Cycle Way – 3 nights

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The Great Glen Cycle Way – 3 nights

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This 3 day, 3 night off-road cycling adventure follows one of Scotland’s Great Trails, The Great Glen Way. Covering 74 miles (120km) of Scottish Highlands, starting (or ending) in Fort William, home to Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.  Stretching from coast to coast across the Highlands, this magnificent route passes through some of the most stunning scenery, including Loch Lochy and Loch Oich.  You will make your way along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, built by Thomas Telford before finishing in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

Our itinerary covers the full trail from South to North, over 3 cycling days, but we also offer the opportunity to create your own itinerary over a duration/distance that suits you, staying overnight in the various accommodations in the Great Glen.

 

Quick Facts

  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 days’ cycling
  • Luggage transfers each cycling day
  • Map and guidebook plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • GPX files
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 74 miles (120km) and 5904ft (1800m) of ascent
  • Coast to Coast through the Scottish Highlands

About & Details

The town of Fort William sits on the edge of Loch Eil and is overlooked by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. It is at the western end of the geographical fault line, known as the Great Glen. At the eastern end is the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. The Great Glen Way cycle route is along roads, forest tracks and canal towpaths, offering amazing views of some of the best Scottish scenery.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need a proficient bike that is capable riding off road as well as full cycling kit. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each cycling day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • GPX files
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike & bike equipment
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £75 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

By Road
Heading north: M6 and A74/M74 to travel north to Glasgow, skirting the city on the M8 before following the A82 north to Fort William.  Alternatively, use the A1 to reach Edinburgh and cross the Forth Road Bridge, then follow the M90 and A9 north to Inverness, the longest road in Scotland!

Public Transport
Fort William & Inverness are both accessible via Glasgow and Edinburgh. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.  From Glasgow or Edinburgh catch the ‘CityLink’ bus to Fort William and return from Inverness.

Air
Glasgow and Edinburgh are the closest major International Airports to Fort William and Inverness.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When you receive your itinerary from your event planner you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day. You can also pick up food along the route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details your trip. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at the end of the trail, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - arrival in Fort William

    Arrive at your accommodation in Fort William, the gateway to the Highlands and the home of Ben Nevis.

  • Day 2 - Fort William to Invergarry

    The start of your trip takes the road and cycle path from Fort William to Banavie, before heading onto the Caledonian Canal towpath, past the well-known Neptune’s Staircase to Gairlochy. The next section to Clunes is along a narrow road, beside Loch Lochy. At Clunes, you venture onto a forest track beside the loch before it becomes a road as you reach the end of the loch. Follow the well-marked undulating cycleway along Loch Oich to Invergarry.

    44km (27 miles), 284m (932ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 - Invergarry to Drumnadrochit

    This morning, your route starts with a steep climb from Invergarry along a purpose-built cycle path before becoming a forest road which takes you along Loch Oich to another purpose-built cycle path to the Bridge of Oich. Today’s route is very hilly until you re-join the canal towpath at Bridge of Oich which takes you into Fort Augustus where the canal meets Loch Ness. Cycling from Fort Augustus is along hilly forest tracks to Invermoriston. From Invermoriston there is a very steep climb on a tarmacked road before re-joining the forest trails along Loch Ness. There are some good views to be had across the loch. This is a long stretch through the forest but shortly after the Youth Hostel, arrive at another tarmacked road that will take you into Drumnadrochit.

    49km (30 miles), 681m (2235ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 - Drumnadrochit to Inverness

    Your last day will see a shorter cycling day.  Stock up on food and drink supplies, as there will not be any shops between Drumnadrochit and Inverness.

    From Drumnadrochit, you will take the A831 and A833, climbing very steeply. After about 6.5 miles, you turn right onto a minor road before once again travelling along a mix of roads and forest trails. From Blackfold you descend steeply back to the A82 into Inverness and the end of your journey.

    31km (19 miles), 453m (1486ft) of ascent

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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