Guidebook to walking the Great Glen Way, a 79 mile National Trail along the Caledonia Canal from Fort William to Inverness. Easily walked within a week in all seasons, the Great Glen Way is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking in Scotland. The route is described in both directions, and a separate OS 1:25K mapping booklet is included.
Cicerone says: Guidebook to walking the Great Glen Way, one of Scotland’s Great Trails that runs along the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness. The guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet – describes the route in both directions.
Ideal as an introduction to long-distance walking, the 79-mile Great Glen Way is split into six stages easily walked within a week, with high- and low-level options given for two of these. An alternative route past the northern side of Loch Oich (via Invergarry) is also described.
The guidebook includes practical information, 1:100,000 OS mapping, step-by-step route descriptions for every stage of the walk and lists the facilities found along the way. A separate booklet of 1:25,000 OS mapping provides all the mapping needed to walk the trail. The trail stretches alongside the scenic Caledonian Canal, which links Loch Lochy and Loch Oich with the famous Loch Ness. The route uses undulating forest tracks, lakeside paths, old drove roads and military roads, as well as contrasting stretches over heather moorlands or through city suburbs. The Great Glen is one of the most remarkable features in the Scottish landscape - a ruler-straight valley along an ancient fault line through the Highlands.
The route in this guidebook is described in both directions, and given the connection with the West Highland Way at Fort William there is no reason why both trails shouldn’t be walked together in one long journey between Glasgow and Inverness, or vice versa.
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SeasonsLow-lying, so it is possible to walk the Great Glen Way at most times of year. Accommodation is often busy in summer, and midges are out! Daylight is short in winter and less accommodation is available.
CentresInverness, Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, North Laggan, Gairlochy, Fort William
DifficultyThe Great Glen Way is a 5-6 day low-level waymarked National Trail, with a range of facilities along the way. An ideal introduction to long-distance walking.
Must SeeViews of the highlands, fascinating clan history, Caledonian canal, wildlife (including, possibly, the Loch Ness monster)
Planning your trip
Choosing an itinerary
When to walk
Travel to the Great Glen
Travel through the Great Glen
First/Last night: Fort William
Last/First night: Inverness
Food and drink
Tourist information centres
What to take
Planning day by day
Using this guide
Waymarking and terrain
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Great Glen Way Rangers
Phones and wi-fi
All about the Great Glen
Animals and plants
The Loch Ness Monster
Great Glen Way – south to north
Stage 1 Fort William to Gairlochy
Stage 2 Gairlochy to Laggan Locks
Stage 3 Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus
Great Glen Way – north to south
Stage 1 Inverness to Drumnadrochit
Stage 2A Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (high-level)
Stage 2B Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (low-level)
Stage 3A Invermoriston to Fort Augustus (high-level)
Stage 3B Invermoriston to Fort Augustus (low-level)
Stage 4 Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks
Stage 5 Laggan Locks to Gairlochy
Stage 2A Gairlochy to Invergarry
Stage 3A Invergarry to Fort Augustus
Stage 4A Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (high-level)
Stage 4B Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (low-level)
Stage 5A Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (high-level)
Stage 5B Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (low-level)
Stage 6 Drumnadrochit to Inverness
Stage 4A Fort Augustus to Invergarry
Stage 5A Invergarry to Gairlochy
Stage 6 Gairlochy to Fort William
Appendix A Useful information
Appendix B Accommodation along the route
Appendix C Timeline history
Appendix D Gaelic–English glossary