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Great Glen Way

Travel the Great Glen Way by foot, bike or boat

The Great Glen Way is a long-distance track, running along the Great Glen valley from Fort William to Inverness. The route is 79 metres long and takes several days to walk. However, you don’t need to complete the whole length to experience the beauty of this great trail. The route is split into six sections, so you can choose one or a few to suit you. Take in magnificent views as you navigate the paths or waters, passing spectacular sights such as Loch Ness and Ben Nevis.  

From Fort William to Inverness

The route

The 127 km route is split into six sections. You can start at either end of the trail – Inverness at the northern end or Fort William at the southern end. However, it is most commonly walked from Fort William to Inverness, due to wind direction. Of course, you don’t have to complete the whole route. You can choose any section you like. The different sections vary in terrain and difficulty, and offer their own special highlights.

You’ll find detailed directions for each section here on the Highland Council website.

Great Glen Way Highlights

Things to see on the Great Glen Way

Following the beautiful Great Glen, there is so much to see along the way. The route runs alongside the famous Caledonian Canal and the iconic Loch Ness. Some of the highlights include; Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain, standing at 1,345 metres above sea level. Neptune’s Staircase, a ladder of eight locks on the canal that raises boats up 64 feet as they pass through. Fort Augustus, a picturesque Scottish village, where the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Ness. Thomas Telford’s Invermoriston Bridge, a popular spot for scenic walks and watching the salmon leap (in October and November). Drumnadrochit, the “home of Nessie”, where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, take a monster-hunting boat tour, and explore the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle. 

Scottish Highlands accommodation

Rest in luxury at Eagle Brae

After exploring the Great Glen Way, check into Eagle Brae resort for a well-deserved rest. Our luxury log cabins are located on our own remote hilltop, 20 miles outside of Inverness. Here, you can relax in 5-star comfort, get close to nature in glorious Highland surroundings, and take part in exciting outdoor activities. If you have any questions about Eagle Brae or need any help at all with making a booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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