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Gairlochy to Fort William

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  • Commando Memorial
    / Commando Memorial
  • / Ben Nevis
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  • / Old Inverlochy Castle
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  • / Neptune's Staircase
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  • / Neptune'e Staircase
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After a quick ‘pit-stop’at the Commando memorial to soak up the views and contemplate the story of these brave men, continue by taxi on to Gairlochy where you follow the Caledonian Canal via Neptune’s Staircase to the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in Fort William.
easy
Distance 16.9 km
4:30 h
14 m
35 m
36 m
1 m
From the tranquil hamlet of Gairlochy), begin your walk along the Great Glen Way, following the way-markers west towards Fort William. Pass the massive gates of Neptune’s Staircase and on to the broad Caledonian Canal. Against a magnificent back drop of the Western Highlands, trace a path alongside the shores of Loch Eil and on to the River Lochy.  Continue towards the bustling centre of Fort William, with views of Ben Nevis and the saltwater Loch Linnhe. 
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Macs Adventure
Update: May 10, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
36 m
Lowest point
1 m

Start

Gairlochy (28 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 17629 84166
DD
56.912815, -4.997170
DMS
56°54'46.1"N 4°59'49.8"W
UTM
30V 378402 6309456
w3w 
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Destination

Fort William

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 17629 84166
DD
56.912815, -4.997170
DMS
56°54'46.1"N 4°59'49.8"W
UTM
30V 378402 6309456
w3w 
///troubled.duos.crowd
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
16.9 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
14 m
Descent
35 m
Highest point
36 m
Lowest point
1 m

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