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Walking holiday in Scotland on
The Great Glen Way
Via Fort William, Loch Ness, The Caledonian Canal,
Fort Augustus, Inverness
9 day itinerary with 7 days walking and 8 nights

The Great Glen Way walking holiday
Detailed Itinerary
This self guided Scottish walking holiday in Scotland's Highlands along The Great Glen makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Great Glen Way passes through some of Scotland's most stunning landscape, the magical lochs and mountains full of wildlife. The towns along the way are some of the Highlands most famous. Fort William, a centre for walkers and mountaineers for generations, is a great place to extend your stay and climb Scotland's highest mountain Ben Nevis. The Great Glen Way is a 73 miles
(117 kilometres) way-marked walking trail. The route can be walked in either direction and for those looking for a longer walking holiday it can be linked to a walking holiday on the West Highland Way.
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The Great Glen Way walking holiday
Suggested Tour Duration:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
73 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:

Fort William
Loch Ness
Caledonian Canal
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Day 1: Arrive Fort William, Scottish Highlands     
To start your Scottish walking holiday you make your own to Fort William in Scotland. We can assist with air, coach or train transfers. Here is a great opportunity to travel to Fort William using the world famous railway journey from Glasgow to Fort William via Rannoch Moor, possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Scotland. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The Great Glen Way.
Fort William on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland

Optional Day: Extra day in Fort William    
Enjoy the area and maybe take a gentle stroll up Ben Nevis!!

Day 2: Walk Fort William to Gairlochy     11 miles easy
The Great Glen Way starts in Fort William at the Old Fort on the banks Loch Linnhe. Fort William is a busy town steeped in history with a fine range of shops and pubs. The trail follows the banks of Loch Linnhe for a short way. At the point where the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Linnhe the hiking trail leaves the loch side and follows the canal. The trail passes the famous Neptune's Staircase with its flight of eight locks. You leave Fort William and Ben Nevis behind and walk along the river bank to a more highland scene of distant mountains and wooded slopes, along the banks of the Caledonian Canal to Gairlochy.
Neptune's Staircase, Caledonian Canal, Fort William on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland
Day 3: Walk Gairlochy to North Laggan       13.5 miles easy
Walking on from Gairlochy the canal joins Loch Lochy and the walking trail follows the loch's shore line. The Clan Cameron Museum and the Church of St Ciaran's in the area around Achnacarry is worth a small detour to visit. The trail passes through woodland along Loch Lochy shore. At South Laggan the loch ends and the route rejoins the canal. The town of Invergarry on the banks of Loch Oich offers a selection of shops and pubs.
Invergarry, Great Glen on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland
Bridge of Oich on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland Day 4: North Laggan to Fort Augustus         9 miles easy
The Great Glen Way follows the southern shore of Loch Oich. The trail follows the course of a disused railway to Aberchalder where the Caledonian Canal is followed to Fort Augustus and the start of Loch Ness. The trail passes the famous Bridge of Oich and flight of five lochs. The Town of Fort Augustus has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Fort Augustus is approximately the half way point of this walking trail along The Great Glen Way.
Optional Day: Extra day in Fort Augustus
Invermoriston on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland
Day 5: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston        8 miles easy
Today's walk is an easy day with time to linger awhile and take in the splendours the Scottish Highlands have to offer. The chance of a cruise on Loch Ness is a very popular option with guests as there is no better way to explore its 22 square miles. Invermoriston is only a small town but steeped in history and the Glenmoriston Arms is well worth a visit.
Drumnadrochit on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland
Day 6: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit         14 miles easy
The Great Glen Way follows the Northern shore of Loch Ness all the way to Drumnadrochit. The route uses well defined forest trails alive with wildlife, and you may even get a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster! Those who did not manage to see the beast may wish to visit one of two exhibitions devoted to the Loch Ness monster in Drumnadrochit. Drumnadrochit is a busy village with shops, cafes and bars a nice place to overnight.
Day 7: Drumnadrochit to Blackfold                    10 miles moderate
Today's walk reaches the highest point of the walking holiday. The trail follows the banks of Loch Ness for a short distance before heading onto forest trails. The highest point on The Great Glen Way is in the Abriachan forest at 380m (1245ft). This forest is the oldest of the largest community forests in Scotland is very popular with walkers and cyclists. Overnight again in Drumnadrochit.
Abriachan on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland
Inverness Castle on self-guided walking holiday on Great Glen Way in Scotland Day 8: Blackfold to Inverness                8 miles moderate
We transfer you back to Blackfold for your to continue your walk to Inverness, which is reached by a suspension bridge over the River Ness. The trail ends at a stone monument by Inverness Castle overlooking the River Ness.
Optional Day: Extra day in Inverness
Day 9: Depart after breakfast
or spend some time exploring. Inverness is known as the capital of the Highlands and with so much to do and see, why not extend your stay?

What's included
in your Walking Holiday in Scotland
on the Great Glen Way:

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • map of Great Glen Way
  • Cicerone's guide to Great Glen Way
This walking holiday on the Great Glen Way in the Scotland operates between April and September and in either direction.
At Fort William this walking holiday connects with
The West Highland Way.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Cicerone's Guide to Great Glen Way

Optional Extras
for your Walking Holiday in Scotland
on the Great Glen Way:

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks, where available
Great Glen Way 9 day itinerary:
7 days walking and 8 nights accommodation
£592pp
dbl/twin
£784pp
single occ
£864pp
solo traveller
Book Great Glen Way walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Fort William and/or Inverness
from £42.50 per person per night
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability               Prices per person per night
Fort William Double/Twin Single
Alexander Hotel £28.00 £38.00
Ben Nevis Hotel £42.00 £68.00
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How to get there
By Plane to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness airport
By Car to Fort William where parking is available
By Train / Bus
to Fort William or Inverness
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