Great Glen Way - 7 Days & 6 Nights

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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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Fort William to Gairlochy
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 35 m
Descent 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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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Gairlochy to Spean Bridge
Difficulty easy
Distance 7 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 92 m
Descent 48 m

Pass by the Commando Memorial and continue down to Spean Bridge.

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · United Kingdom
Gairlochy to Laggan
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 19 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 177 m
Descent 173 m

A relaxed section of the route hugging Loch Lochy from Gairlochy to Laggan Locks. 

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Laggan to Invermoriston
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 29.5 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 213 m
Descent 196 m

Follow the Caledonian Canal from South Laggan to Fort Augustus via Loch Oich and Kytra Lock, continuing on to Invermoriston. 

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (High Route)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 22 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 579 m
Descent 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
Hiking route · United Kingdom
Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (Low Route)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.9 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 559 m
Descent 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.

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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Drumnadrochit to Inverness
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 30.6 km
Duration 8:14 h
Ascent 401 m
Descent 430 m

The final section of the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit to Inverness, culminating at Inverness Castle. 

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