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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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 8 km
Duration 2:00 h
Ascent 101 m
Descent 84 m

Walk the Western side of Loch Oich to Invergarry avoiding the A82 road.

from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 13.1 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 123 m
Descent 158 m

From Glengarry, follow the western side of Loch Oich as walk onward to Fort Augustus.

from Macs Adventure,   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 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. 

from Cara Macaulay,   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