The Great Glen Way


The Great Glen Way is a 73 mile (117 km) a long distance route that runs coast to coast from Fort William to Inverness.

The route starts at the old fort in Fort William and passes through some of the finest scenery in Scotland.

Initially the route follows the shores of Loch Linnhe before following the Caledonian Canal to Gairlochy. Beyond Gairlochy the route follows the shore of Loch Lochy to South Laggan and then Loch Oich before returning to the canal into Fort Augustus.

Beyond Fort Augustus the path takes a more elevated route with fine views over Loch Ness before leaving the shore beyond Drumnadrochit, with a road section before descending through woodland into Inverness.

The Final part of the route follows the river Ness to Inverness Castle and the finishing point of the route.


  • Walking along the shores of Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.
  • Strolling along admiring the amazing mountain views and scenery.
  • Watching the wildlife along the route.
  • Sharing your experience with others along the trail.


Route Facts

Start: Fort William
Finish: Inverness
Total Distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Season 30th March to 12th October




We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi's (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.


Getting to Fort William

By Air - The closest airport is Glasgow, having frequent connecting bus / rail connections with Fort William.

By Train - The nearest station is Fort William (0 miles), for direct services to Glasgow. Visit for more information.

By Bus - There is a coach service from Fort William to Glasgow for connecting services, for timetable and information visit


Returning from Inverness

By Air - The closest airport is Inverness, having frequent connecting bus / rail connections with Fort William.

By Train - The nearest station is Inverness (0 miles), for direct services to Glasgow / Edinburgh.
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By Bus - There is a coach service from Inverness to ???? for connecting services, for timetable and information visit





Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.


It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.


The route is clearly marked. However there are some remote and isolated sections and these can be difficult during periods of bad weather or poor visibility. Therefore good navigation skills are essential for undertaking this route.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as challenging, with sections of rugged terrain with many height gains and losses. In addition some sections contain remote and isolated sections.


You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.





We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B's in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.


All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.




What's Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B'
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.