The Great Glen Way is an excellent introduction for anyone considering to attempt a trail walk in Scotland for the first time. With breathtaking scenery and great places to stay and eat on the way, The Great Glen Way is a must for all hiking enthusiasts!
The Great Glen Way stretches for 117km from coast to coast across the Highlands, linking the main centres of Fort William and the regional capital of Inverness. The route follows the major natural faultline of the Great Glen, which divides Scotland from coast to coast. It runs along the complete lengths of Loch Linnhe, Loch Oich and the forests above Loch Ness, as well as along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, an engineering marvel built by Thomas Telford that links these lochs and creates a through route from the western seaboard to the Moray Firth.
Well-waymarked and following clear paths and tracks, the Great Glen Way provides straightforward walking throughout. The section through the forests above Loch Ness does have some steep climbs, however for most walkers the final stage is the main challenge, due to the distance from Drumnadrochit and Inverness.
Starting at the end of the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way provides a natural continuation of a longer journey through the Highlands. It is generally walked from west to east to follow the direction of the prevailing wind and it can be walked in 5–6 days, or cycled in 2–3 days.
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