Great Glen Way Self Guided Holiday | Load off Your Back
Walk the Great Glen Way
From Fort William to Inverness
BOOK NOW

About the Trail:

Facts: This 73-mile long route follows the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, an engineering marvel built by Thomas Telford that links lochs and creates a route through from the western seaboard to the Moray Firth. The main purpose of the route, however, is to link the large lochs along the Great Glen to form a navigable passage between Fort William on the west coast and Inverness on the east. On this route you will pass the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain; goes along the beautiful shores of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness (the home of the famed monster), and passes through towering hills and weather-beaten moors. The route, too, has its own little slice of history in the castles and forts that have witnessed some of the bloodiest scenes of Scotland’s violent and turbulent history.

Highlights: The main attraction of this path is its iconic lochs, which make up some of the most quintessentially Scottish views in the country, when combined with the vague purple hue of the heather that is a distinctive feature of the valley. Also worthy of note are the various Munros within the valley, which can make for an interesting detour, however they will take the majority of a day to walk. The Glen provides a home not only for travellers, but for the large variety of wildlife that can be found in the area; grey herons, red deer, ospreys and golden eagles can all be seen at various points throughout the year. Speak to local fishermen about the fish that inhabit the locks, or watch the salmon jumping as they work their way inland to spawn for the summer.

The nature of the Trail:

The Great Glen Way provides an easy and scenic route where one can admire the rugged mountains without the necessity of climbing them. The route is a mixture of surfaces from woodland path to forest track and minor road. The high level moorland on the way to Blackfold can be exposed so ensure that you have appropriate clothing. The route can easily be walked within a week, and most walkers will aim to complete the route in five to six days. The daily stages are likely to be uneven, and while some walkers will happily walk an occasional long day, others may choose a route that splits the longer sections of the walk over multiple days. Weather can be varied in the Glen, with blazing sunshine and more misty climates both equally likely no matter the time of year. However, no matter the climate this walk offers enjoyment, just make sure to have appropriate wet-weather gear on hand!

Fort William to Inverness - 5 Days

5 days walking
6 nights accommodation
73 miles /117km
From:
£380  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in the Fort William area
Day 1 - Fort William to Gairlochy (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 2 - Gairlochy to South Laggan (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - South Laggan to Invermoriston (18½ miles / 29½ km)
Day 4 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 5 - Drumnadrochit to Inverness (18 miles / 29 km)
Departure - Departure from Inverness after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Fort William to Inverness - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
73 miles /117km
From:
£450  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in the Fort William area
Day 1 - Fort William to Gairlochy (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 2 - Gairlochy to South Laggan (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - South Laggan to Fort Augustus (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 4 - Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 5 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 6 - Drumnadrochit to Inverness (18 miles / 29 km)
Departure - Departure from Inverness after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Fort William to Inverness - 7 Days

7 days walking
8 nights accommodation
73 miles /117km
From:
£525  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in the Fort William area
Day 1 - Fort William to Gairlochy (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 2 - Gairlochy to South Laggan (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - South Laggan to Fort Augustus (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 4 - Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 5 - Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 6 - Drumnadrochit to Blackfold (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 7 - Blackfold to Inverness (6 miles / 9½ km)
Departure - Departure from Inverness after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Great Glen Way. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    Both Fort William and Inverness have railway stations. Trains run frequently to London Heathrow and Gatwick Airport. Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

    PART OF THE RWH TRAVEL LIMITED GROUP
    Ramblers Adagio
    SECURE & PROTECTED
    ABTA ATOL AITO ETOA