Gairlochy

Great Glen Way In Comfort

Our Great Glen Way In Comfort trip delivers a unique and truly memorable visit to Scotland for walkers wishing to experience the Great Glen Way with a touch of style. Stay in hand-selected hotels with first class service, traditional Scottish hospitality and culinary excellence.

Starting in Fort William, at the base of Ben Nevis, follow the Caledonian Canal, via Neptune’s Staircase, and past Loch Lochy and Loch Oich to reach Scotland’s most northerly city of Inverness. En route you’ll trace the shores of iconic Loch Ness, pass the 13th century ruins or Urquhart Castle, and stay in charming Highland villages.

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Viewing format
recommended route Difficulty
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 4:10 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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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 6.4 km
Duration 1:59 h
Ascent 95 m
Descent 51 m

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

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 19 km
Duration 5:20 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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from Cara Macaulay,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 17.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 31 m
Descent 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 Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 450 m
Descent 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 Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.3 km
Duration 3:32 h
Ascent 187 m
Descent 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 Ltd
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 Ltd
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.

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 10.8 km
Duration 46:53 h
Ascent 116 m
Descent 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 Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 19.9 km
Duration 5:03 h
Ascent 79 m
Descent 336 m

The final stretch of the Great Glen Way culminating at Inverness Castle.  

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd