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Hiking holidays Great Glen Way

Hiking: Great Glen Way

Scotland – just like in a picture book

As the most important trading route in the Scottish Highlands, the «Great Glen» has plenty of storys to tell. While the legend of Loch Ness probably belongs to the world of fantasy, this region has also been part of countless disputes and battles between clans Nowadays, little disturbs the peace that reigns in the «Great Glen».

The Great Glen Way follows  the Caledonian Canal, takes  you to the shore of crystal clear lochs and in little towns with cosy pubs. This scenery is framed by green hills oft he Scottish Higlands, which provides a wonderful contrast to the still waters. The Great Glen Way showes Scotland like in a picture book.

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Itinerary

The small town of Fort William is picturesquely situated on the deep blue Loch Linnhe. Behind the roofs of the town, the peak of Ben Nevis rises majestically into the air. The diverse landscape makes Fort William a popular starting point for excursions into the nearby Highlands.

Ben Nevis and the peaks of the surrounding Highlands provide wonderful scenery for the first few miles. The Great Glen Way takes you close to the water through the outskirts of Fort William and through small parks.

After a few kilometres you reach the Caledonian Canal, which you will follow to Inverness. The walk is flat until you reach the locks at Gairlochy. From here it is only a stone's throw to your accommodation in Spean Bridge.

approx. 5 – 5.5 h
approx. 20 – 23 km
180 m
120 m

The shores of Loch Lochy await you today. Keep your eyes open, because this loch also has its supernatural. "Lizzie" is less well known than “Nessie” the Loch Ness Monster. The wild shore of Loch Lochy inspires folklore tales. You walk the entire length of the loch and soon the first houses of Laggan village come into view.

approx. 6 – 6.5 h
approx. 24 km
220 m
240 m

A variation of the Great Glen Way takes you a little higher today and offers views over nearby Loch Oich. You will walk through tranquil woodland with a myriad of colourful thistles lining the path. At Aberchalder, the Great Glen Way rejoins the Caledonian Canal, which takes you through a beautiful floodplain to Fort Augustus.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 20 km
230 m
250 m

Today you will reach the legendary Loch Ness. This stage is a little shorter than the previous ones, giving you the opportunity to take it easy on today's hike. In the village of Invermoriston you will find a small waterfall and some cafés and restaurants.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 12 km
200 m
150 m

Today's stage offers two variants. The "high" tour leads you over steep steps to wonderful viewpoints. The "low" variant on the shores of Loch Ness involves less altitude gain, but it too climbs after a few kilometres. After the two paths have come together again, the path leads through untouched woods and moors to Drumnadrochit.

approx. 6.5 to 7 h
approx. 22 – 24 km
565 – 615 m
565 – 625 m

The long final leg of the Great Glen Way is split into two shorter stages. In the morning a transfer takes you to Loch Laide. From here you will walk through tranquil woodland and heathland back to Drumnadrochit. In the village you have the option of visiting the Nessie Visitor Centre, one of the nearby waterfalls or the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 12 km
375 m
120 m

In the morning transfer back to Loch Laide. The last stage leads through idyllic woodland with occasional views of the city of Inverness. After a gentle descent to the banks of the River Ness, this channel leads you into the city. Your destination is Inverness Castle, which towers picturesquely over the city and marks the end point of the Great Glen Way.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 19 km
60 m
335 m

Tour character

Good physical condition is mandatory for the Great Glen Way. Occasionally there are steep climbs to overcome but the long stages are the biggest challenges in this long-distance hike. As in many other long-distance hikes,  the Great Glen Way has occasional sections on asphalt roads. The entire route is perfectly sign-posted.

Prices & Dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Fort William
  Season 1
19.03.2022 - 08.04.2022
23.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

daily
Season 2
09.04.2022 - 22.04.2022
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

daily
Great Glen Way, 9 days, UK-SOWFI-09X
Base price
929.-
979.-
Surcharge Single Room 175.- 175.-

Category: 3* hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

Season 1
Mar 19, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
daily
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
daily
Great Glen Way, 9 days, UK-SOWFI-09X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
929.-
175.-
979.-
175.-

Category: 3* hotels and Bed & Breakfasts

Season 1
Mar 19, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Fort William
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Inverness
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
85.-
160.-
75.-
120.-
85.-
160.-
75.-
120.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Fort William
  Season 1
Mar 19, 2022 - Apr 8, 2022
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

daily
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

daily
Fort William
Extra night double room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Extra night single room (BB) 160.- 160.-
Inverness
Extra night double room (BB) 75.- 75.-
Extra night single room (BB) 120.- 120.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • Accomodation for 8 nights incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Well worked out route guidance
  • Extensice travel documents (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrive by flight in Edinburgh or Glasgow. Take the train or bus to Fort William, a journe of (Edingburgh) 4.5 hours respectively (Glasgow) 6.5 hours. Alternative arrive by flight to Inverness (daily with KLM via Amsterdam) and then travel by bus to Fort William in about 2 hours. Timetable and reservations for bus and train are recommended. www.citylink.co.uk / www.nationalrail.com 
  • Travel back from Inverness by train oder bus in about 3.5 hours to Glasgow or Edinburgh. For return journey from Airport Inverness by bus to the Airport in about 25 minutes. 

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

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