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Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way ~ 73 miles (117.5 km) ~ 6 days' walking

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The Great Glen Way stretches from Fort William, at the foot of the mighty Ben Nevis, to the highland capital of Inverness. Crossing a breathtaking landscape of lochs, hills and forests, with glorious views over Loch Ness, the Great Glen Way offers a good introduction to Highlands long-distance walking.

Although mostly a low-level walk there are some challenging sections. Immediately after leaving Fort William you will encounter Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight sea locks at the opening before walking on alongside the Caledonian Canal built by the Victorian age engineer, Thomas Telford in the early 1800s at a cost of almost half a million pounds.  Continue past beautiful Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the world-famous Loch Ness, home of many myths and legends overnighting in iconic highland villages of Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit, offering the best of Scottish food and drink.

Follow the history of this turbulent region as the Way passes castles and forts, scenes of some of the Scotland’s bloodiest battles. Urquhart Castle is one of the most iconic locations you can choose to visit during your Great Glen Way walk.

Most of the route keeps to lower levels although a higher level option between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit offers more dramatic views for a little more effort.

The Great Glen was formed by a massive glacier during the last ice age and traverses Scotland from West to East, from Loch Linnhe on the Atlantic Coast following tree lined canal towpaths, loch shore paths and forestry tracks before crossing over the Ness Islands to the finishing point at the Inverness Castle on the Beauly Firth. It is possible to spend an additional night in Fort William in order to climb Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. Or you may extend your tour to visit Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.

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Great Glen Way ~ 73 miles (117.5 km) ~ 6 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £500 per person

Single supplement - £175


  • 7 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer to each stage - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Gairlochy to Spean Bridge transfer
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support
  • Car parking can also be arranged during your walk (subject to availability)

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

Customise My Walk


It is possible to omit the overnight at Fort Augustus and walk a longer stage in one day. Or it is possible to split the final stage at Blackfold / Dochgarroch. There is no accommodation at Blackfold / Dochgarroch, however it is possible to spend an additional night at Drumnadrochit, where you can visit Urquhart Castle, and with a return taxi transfer. You can see the Fixed Price stages in the table below, with this additional optional stage in brackets. You can also choose different types of accommodation, for example bunkhouses or hotels at some stages. If you don’t require overnight stays at the start and end of the walk, simply let us know at the time of booking. You can also stay an extra night at any point on the route. Take a look at our FAQ for more information. Explain any changes you require in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.

Stages and Distances
(Optional extra stages shown in brackets)
Fort William
10.5 miles - 17 km
12 miles - 19 km
South Laggan
10.5 miles - 17 km
Fort Augustus
8 miles - 13 km
14 miles - 22.5 km
12 miles - 19 km
(Blackfold / Dochgarroch)*
6 miles - 10 km
* Transfer to accommodation from Gairlochy and Blackfold


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