The Great Glen Way

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5.0 Based on 5 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Fort William, Scotland
  • Ends Inverness, Scotland
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  • Walking in the Heart of Scotland
  • Hiking Through the Scottish Highlands
  • Canal and LochSide Footpaths
  • Views of Ben Nevis
Start in Fort William and end in Inverness, The Great Glen Way trip is a self-guided walking trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Drumnadrochit, Gairlochy, South Laggan and 4 other destinations in Scotland. The Great Glen Way is a trip which includes accommodation in guesthouses, meals and others.

Walk through the heart of the Scottish Highlands at your own pace. Three hundred and eighty million years ago, northwest Scotland was joined to parts of Greenland and Northern Norway. Plate tectonics has changed all that and in the process the Great Glen Fault was created. Powerful glaciers up until about 8000 years ago scoured the line of the fault, leaving a line splitting the highlands and leading to open water at either end (Loch Linnhe in the south west and the Moray Firth in the north east). Central to this is Loch Ness, 23 miles long and the second deepest Loch in Scotland –depths of up to 750 feet. During the late 1700s, ideas were floated about building a canal to run through the fault, following Lochs Lochy, Oich and Ness, after all, they would only have to create 22 miles of man made canal as nature had already done most of the work. It began finally in 1803 by two brilliant engineers: William Jessop and Thomas Telford and was opened in 1822. It is the earliest example of nationalized transport in Britain, because the government wanted to create jobs in the Highlands after all the Jacobite wars – perhaps they thought it would keep their minds off politics! Along the canal you will find plenty of examples of elegant bridges and locks which reflect the early period of the Industrial Revolution. The Great Glen Way basically follows the fault line, stretching for 73 miles and was opened on 30th April 2002 by HRH Prince Andrew. The tour starts at Fort William, near the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain's highest peak, which can be readily ascended if you choose to spend an extra day), follows the shores of the famous Loch Ness, and finishes at Inverness, Scotland’s north-most city and the “capital of the highlands”. Most of the walking is straightforward, along canal towpaths and forest tracks, but there are some more challenging sections on the last couple of days.
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Based on 5 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 09 2019
“We had a great time walking The Great Glen Way. Food was great, people were friendly and beautiful views. We would highly recommend this walk.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 30 2019
“First walking holiday and already thinking about our next adventure with Sherpa. Excellent B&B's. All accommodations were fantastic. Staff at every location was friendly and helpful. Great service across the board.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 22 2018
“Enjoyed seeing the locks in action in Fort Augustus; the High Route from Fort Augustus was beautiful; meeting people along the way, no midgies!, and sampling whiskies at the end of the day.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 24 2017
“This was our first multi-day walk so we were a little apprehensive but we had a fantastic time and will definitely be doing more in the future.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Fort William
  • Day 2 : Fort William to Gairlochy 17 km/10.5 miles
  • Day 3 : Gairlochy to South Laggan 17.5 km/11 miles or 21km /13 miles
  • Day 4 : South Laggan to Fort Augustus 20 km/12.5 miles
  • Day 5 : Fort Augustus to Invermoriston 13 km/8 miles
  • Day 6 : Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit 22 km/14 miles
  • Day 7 : Drumnadrochit to Inverness 21 km/14 miles
  • Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in small guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not to exceed 20kg
  • Taxi transfer on Day 7 to Loch Laide
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Great Glen Way tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure.

Travel Insurance

The Great Glen Way tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Great Glen Way tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

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