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The Great Glen Way

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The Great Glen Way

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About this Adventure

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, The Great Glen Way covers 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, 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 suggested itinerary below covers the full trail from South to North, over 6 walking days, but we can also offer a flexible, create your own itinerary over a duration/distance that suits you, staying overnight in the various accommodation in the Great Glen.

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • 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 Great Glen Way enjoys a variety of walking terrain, following canal towpaths, forest tracks and roads, on well maintained tracks and paths with excellent signposting along the way.  The Great Glen Way is a low-level yet challenging long distance route, suitable for all level of walkers from the more experienced to those new to walking holidays.

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 full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. 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

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • 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)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £45 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £35 per group per night
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 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.

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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 Gairlochy

    The first section of the Great Glen Way starts in Fort William and follows paths and roads through the suburbs before joining the Caledonian Canal towpath; today’s walk is mostly flat with great views of the surrounding mountains.

    10.5 miles (17km) and 130ft (40m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Gairlochy to South Laggan

    Today’s walk runs close to the northern shore of Loch Lochy; the route follows the minor road round the south western end of the loch, dropping down to the lochside on footpaths for a couple of miles before re-joining the road near the settlement of Achnacarry. At the village of Clunes, the route leaves the road to follow forest tracks for the rest of the length of the loch. A short section of minor road takes you to the canal lock gates at South Laggan, where this section ends.

    12 miles (19km) and 1080ft (330m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - South Laggan to Fort Augustus

    Starting with an easy stroll alongside the Caledonian Canal, the walls of the Great Glen rise closer to hand and there are often views of high mountains beyond.  Today’s section of the Great Glen Way is one of the finest. Two beautiful sections of the Caledonian Canal sandwich the lovely walk along the wild side of Loch Oich with its magnificent natural woodlands.

    10.5 miles (17.5 km) and 100ft (30m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

    Today you have two options for walking to Invermoriston – you can choose between the low-level or high-level routes from Fort Augustus.  The high-level route climbs above the forested northern slopes of Loch Ness, allowing far more expansive views than are gained from the gentler low-level route.

    7.5 miles (12km) and 1840ft (560m) of ascent (high-level)/985ft (300m) low-level.

  • Day 6 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

    You have two choices again today, taking the high-level or low-level route to Drumnadrochit. There is an option to switch to the low-level route by walking down a forest track to Alltsigh, otherwise keep climbing to reach the highest point on the Great Glen Way on the slopes of Creag Dhearg.  The high-level and low-level routes are reunited shortly afterwards, and both feature good views of Loch Ness.

    14 miles (22.5km) and 2330ft (710m) of ascent.

  • Day 7 - Drumnadrochit to Inverness

    Today is the longest day’s walk, and a high point is crossed around 380m (1245ft) in the Abriachan Forest. Your final leg of your walk heads away from Loch Ness across open moorland above Drumnadrochit. It passes through farmland and forests before descending to follow the River Ness and into Inverness, ‘the capital of the Highlands’.

    19 miles (30.5 km) and 1640ft (500m) 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 are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10-weeks before departure

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
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