Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way is a 79 mile walk through one of Scotland’s most famous glens; cross on foot from Fort William via the famed shores of Loch Ness to Inverness. The trail takes you through beautiful forests, passed peaceful working canals, and alongside brooding lochs.
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16.9 km
4:10 h
35 m
9 m
Starting in Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, you follow the Caledonian Canal via Neptune’s Staircase to Gairlochy.
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
6.4 km
1:59 h
95 m
51 m
Pass by the Commando Memorial and continue down to Spean Bridge.
from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure
easy
19 km
5:20 h
177 m
173 m
A relaxed section of the route hugging Loch Lochy from Gairlochy to Laggan Locks. 
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
17.3 km
4:27 h
31 m
43 m
Follow the Caledonian Canal from South Laggan to Fort Augustus via Loch Oich and Kytra Lock.
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
moderate
13 km
5:00 h
450 m
420 m
The high route from Fort Augustus to Invermoriston climbs above the trees, with some challenging gradients, after which you will be rewarded with ...
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
moderate
12.3 km
3:32 h
187 m
142 m
Follow the low route on this section of the Great Glen Way close to the shores of Loch Ness to reach the charming village of Invermoriston. 
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
moderate
22 km
7:30 h
579 m
597 m
For the most spectacular views over Loch Ness follow the high route of the Great Glen Way to reach Drumnadrochit village.  
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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
moderate
23.9 km
7:30 h
559 m
573 m
Leaving the village of Invermoriston on the banks of Loch Ness you’re presented with a choice of hikes—a high and low variation.
from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure
moderate
30.6 km
8:14 h
401 m
430 m
The final section of the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit to Inverness, culminating at Inverness Castle. 
from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure
10.8 km
46:53 h
116 m
362 m
From Loch Laide descend along forestry paths to the shores of Loch Ness and follow the road into Drumnadrochit.  
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from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure
19.9 km
5:03 h
79 m
336 m
The final stretch of the Great Glen Way culminating at Inverness Castle.  
from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure