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Loch Laide to Inverness

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The final stretch of the Great Glen Way culminating at Inverness Castle.  
Distance 19.9 km
5:03 h
79 m
336 m

Transfer information: If you are walking the trail over seven days or longer then we have arranged a morning transfer from Drumnadrochit to Loch Laide with Loch Ness Travel as detailed on your accommodation sheet.  

From Loch Laide you follow a minor road for a few miles before branching off through the forest at Blackfold.  From Blackfold the descent towards Inverness and the Moray Firth begins. Rejoin the Caledonian Canal 1 mile before the end of the Great Glen Way. The way turns right follows the River Ness into the centre of Inverness and Inverness Castle, which marks the end of your wonderful journey across Scotland. 

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Catherine Allan 
Update: September 01, 2020
Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
6 m

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Loch Laide (277 m)
OS Grid
NH 54145 35671
57.388016, -4.428168
57°23'16.9"N 4°25'41.4"W
30V 414150 6361480


Inverness Castle

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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OS Grid
NH 54145 35671
57.388016, -4.428168
57°23'16.9"N 4°25'41.4"W
30V 414150 6361480
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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19.9 km
5:03 h
79 m
336 m


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