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 glen is threaded by the scenic Caledonian Canal, which links Loch Lochy and Loch Oich with the famous Loch Ness.
The route is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking, with a range of facilities along the way. As a low-lying trail, most walkers could complete it at most times of the year, and there is always ready access to accommodations, food, drinks and transport services. The Great Glen Way can easily be walked within a week, and most walkers will aim to complete the route in five or six days.
The first thing to decide is whether to walk from Fort William to Inverness, south to north, or Inverness to Fort William, north to south. The route in this handy guidebook is described both ways, 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.
Seasons - Low-lying, so it is possible to walk the Great Glen Way at most times of year. Accommodation, etc, often busy in summer, and midges are out! Daylight is short in winter and less accommodation is available.
Centres - Inverness, Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, North Laggan, Gairlochy, Fort William
Difficulty - The Great Glen Way is 5–6 day low-level waymarked National Trail, with a range of facilities along the way. An ideal introduction to long-distance walking.
Must See - Views of the highlands, clan history, Caledonian canal, wildlife (including, possibly, Loch Ness monster)
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