The Great Glen Way

Overview

Walk the Great Glen Way with Make Tracks, starting at Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, and walking along the banks of Loch Ness, to Inverness, through what may be Scotland's most impressive natural feature, the Great Glen. Formed by a massive glacier during the last ice age, the Great Glen dramatically dissects the Scottish Highlands from the Atlantic Ocean to the Moray Firth.

The Great Glen Way goes through some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery, passing many of Scotland's finest mountains, and running alongside the deep clear waters of four lochs, including Loch Ness, before finishing at Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. The walk itself is not specially arduous, with several low level sections and no difficult climbs. Make Tracks has arranged walks on this route well before it became an official long distance path in 2001, and you can still walk the entire length of the route, with the backing of Make Tracks' knowledge and experience.

Scotland’s epic Great Glen is the gift of a dramatic tectonic collision that raised the Scottish Highlands and opened a giant crack across the entire width of the country. Surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains and filled with four immense lochs, the glen is rich in Highland heritage and is a unique wilderness for those with adventure in their hearts.
— Lonely Planet

Great Glen Way - Suggested Itinerary (7 nights)

Day 1 Arrive Fort William Easy to reach by bus and train from Glasgow
Day 2 Fort William to Gairlochy
(10m, 16k)
By the Caledonian Canal up Neptune's Staircase, and along Loch Lochy. Accommodation usually at nearby Spean Bridge - a short transfer
Day 3 Gairlochy to South Laggan
(12m, 19k)
Mainly in forest looking across Loch Lochy to the mountains
Day 4 South Laggan to Fort Augustus
(11m, 18k)
Low level walking by Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal
Day 5 Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
(7m, 10k)
Along the lower slopes of the mountains above Loch Ness
Day 6 Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
(12m, 19k)
Ascent to 300 metres (1,000 feet), looking down to Loch Ness
Day 7 Drumnadrochit to Inverness
(18m, 28k)*
Up to 380 metres (1,250 feet) on high moorland, with tremendous views - then gentle finish, gradually downhill through woodland and on the canalside finishing at Inverness Castle
Day 8 Depart Inverness Good train and bus connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the south

Price for this itinerary from
£510 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)


As with all our walks, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. If you would like to walk shorter or longer distances each day, have a fixed timetable that doesn't match the suggested itinerary, or would like to stay at other overnight stops, just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements.

A popular variation is to split the last day into 2 stages, from Drumnadrochit to Blackfold (11miles, 18K), then Blackfold to Inverness (7 miles, 11k). There is no accommodation at Blackfold, so we arrange for you to be transferred back to Drumnadrochit for a second night - 8 nights altogether, from £585.00 per person.


What's Included

  • Accommodation each night in selected B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels (including Fort William and Inverness

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Door to door luggage transfer each day

  • Map & Guidebook

  • Information pack detailing everything you will need for your walk

  • Transfer from Blackfold to Drumnadrochit and return (if required)

  • Transfer to and from Spean Bridge (if required)

What's not Included

  • Evening meals and packed lunches (all readily available at each stop)

  • Transport to Fort William and from Inverness

  • Holiday and Cancellation Insurance (we strongly recommend that you arrange your own cover)