Great Glen Way Walking Holiday
in Scotland
6 nights and 5 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

A 73 mile Scottish walking holiday in Scotland’s Great Glen along the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness.

Great Glen Way Scottish walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

  Great Glen Way Walking Holiday
in Scotland
from Fort William via Loch Ness, The Caledonian Canal,
Fort Augustus to Inverness the capital of the Scottish Highlands
6 nights and 5 days Walking holiday

The Great Glen Way walking holday is a 73 miles (117 kilometres) way-marked walking trail. This self guided Scottish walking holiday in Scotland’s Highlands along The Great Glen makes a varied and interesting hiking tour.

The Great Glen Way passes through some of Scotland’s most stunning landscape, the magical lochs and mountains full of wildlife. The towns along the way are some of the Highlands most famous. Fort William, a centre for walkers and mountaineers for generations, is a great place to extend your stay and climb Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.

The Great Glen Way Walking Holiday can be walked in either direction and for those looking for a longer walking holiday it can be linked to the West Highland Way at Fort William and the Loch Ness Circular at Fort  Augustus and Inverness.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates April to September and in either direction.

These daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of England or the UK. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Great Glen Way Walking Holiday
Suggested Tour Duration:

6 nights, 5 days walking
Total Distance:
73 miles
Min/max daily distance:
10.5/18 miles
Average Daily distance:
14.5 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:

Fort William
Loch Ness
Caledonian Canal
This route connects with:
West Highland Way
Loch Ness Circular

Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland
from Fort William via Loch Ness, The Caledonian Canal,
Fort Augustus to Inverness the capital of the Scottish Highlands
6 nights and 5 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Fort William, Scottish Highlands

To start your Scottish walking holiday you make your own to Fort William in Scotland. We can assist with air, coach or train transfers. Here is a great opportunity to travel to Fort William using the world famous railway journey from Glasgow to Fort William via Rannoch Moor, possibly one of the finest rail journeys in Scotland. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on the Great Glen Way.  In Fort William the Great Glen Way connects with the West Highland Way.

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day: Extra day in Fort William
Enjoy the area and maybe take a gentle stroll up Ben Nevis!! or take a train ride on the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Walk Fort William to Gairlochy     11 miles easy
The Great Glen Way starts in Fort William at the Old Fort on the banks Loch Linnhe. Fort William is a busy town steeped in history with a fine range of shops and pubs. The trail follows the banks of Loch Linnhe for a short way. At the point where the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Linnhe the hiking trail leaves the loch side and follows the canal. The trail passes the famous Neptune’s Staircase with its flight of eight locks. You leave Fort William and Ben Nevis behind and walk along the river bank to a more highland scene of distant mountains and wooded slopes, along the banks of the Caledonian Canal to Gairlochy.

Day 3: Walk Gairlochy to North Laggan       13.5 miles easy
Walking on from Gairlochy the canal joins Loch Lochy and the walking trail follows the loch’s shore line. The Clan Cameron Museum and the Church of St Ciaran’s in the area around Achnacarry is worth a small detour to visit. The trail passes through woodland along Loch Lochy shore. At South Laggan the loch ends and the route rejoins the canal. The town of Invergarry on the banks of Loch Oich offers a selection of shops and pubs.

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: North Laggan to Invermoriston         17 miles easy
The Great Glen Way follows the southern shore of Loch Oich. The trail passes the famous Bridge of Oich and flight of five lochs. At Fort Augustus you reach Loch Ness where there is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants and is approximately the half way point of this walking trail along The Great Glen Way. You continue to Invermoriston for your overnight stay.

Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit        14 miles easy
The Great Glen Way follows the Northern shore of Loch Ness all the way to Drumnadrochit. The route uses well defined forest trails alive with wildlife, and you may even get a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster! Those who did not manage to see the beast may wish to visit one of two exhibitions devoted to the Loch Ness monster in Drumnadrochit. Drumnadrochit is a busy village with shops, cafes and bars a nice place to overnight.

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Inverness                     18 miles moderate
Today’s walk is the longest and reaches the highest point of the walking holiday. The trail follows the banks of Loch Ness for a short distance before heading onto forest trails. The highest point on The Great Glen Way is in the Abriachan forest at 380m (1245ft). This forest is the oldest of the largest community forests in Scotland is very popular with walkers and cyclists. Inverness is reached by a suspension bridge over the River Ness. The trail ends at a stone monument by Inverness Castle overlooking the River Ness.

Optional Day: Extra day in Inverness
Spend an extra exploring the capital of the Scotish Highlands Inverness . The city offer a fine selections of shops and restuants.

Great Glen Way Scottish Walking Holiday in Scotland with Lets Go Walking

Day 7: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
In Inverness the Great Glen Way connects with the Loch Ness Circular.
We can transfer you to your car or you can depart by train or  bus.

Great Glen Way Walking Holiday
7 day itinerary
Fort William to Inverness

5 days walking and 6 nights

Suggested Itinerary:      
Day 1: Arrive at Fort William
Optional Day: in Fort William
Day 2: Fort Willaim to Gairlochy              11 miles
Day 3: Gairlocy to North Laggan          13.5 miles
Day 4: North Laggan to Invermoriston    17 miles
Day 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit 14 miles
Day 6: Drumnadrochit to Inverness        18 miles
Optional Day: in Inverness
Day 7: Depart after breakfast

£540pp
dbl/twin

£774pp
single occ

£834pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra night in Fort William from £55.00 per person
Extra night in Inverness from £55.00 per person

A 73 mile Scottish walking holiday in Scotland’s Great Glen along the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness.

Great Glen Way Scottish walking holiday with Lets Go Walking

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Great Glen Way

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Fort William
Alexandra Hotel

double/twin
£42.00

single
£68.00

Ben Nevis Hotel

£42.00

£68.00

What’s included
in your Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries

Optional Extras
for your Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your Great Glen Way Walking Holiday in Scotland

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Great Glen Way Walking Holiday: How to get there

  • By Plane to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness airport
  • By Car to Fort William where parking is available
  • By Train / Bus to Fort William or Inverness