Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness
Hiking trails through amazing landscape
Panoramic view on the Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way

Scotlands Lakes & Loch Ness.

The Great Glen Way is a 127 km walk through Scotland´s most famous Glen from Fort William to Inverness via Loch Ness. It is a wonderful relaxed walk where you walk through beautiful forests, peaceful working canals and magnificent brooding lochs. Starting in Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain´s highest mountain, you follow the Caledonian Canal via Neptune´s Staircase to Gairlochy. You then continue on the Great Glen Way up to Loch Lochy to South Laggan, and on to Fort Augustus via Loch Oich and Kytra Lock. The Great Glen Way then follows the western shore of Loch Ness passing the highland towns of Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit until you reach the historic town of Inverness. Nessie hunters can take a cruise on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit and Inverness and shouldn’t miss the Loch Ness Experience in Drumnadrochit. Urquhart Castle, with its commanding view of Loch Ness is another must see, as is Inverness Castle at the walk’s end.


  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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From the start on the outskirts of the town you follow the river Lochy with a short detour to the ancient Old Inverlochy Castle. You can also make a short detour to the Ben Nevis Distillery, which runs tastings and tours. After briefly following the banks of Loch Linnhe you reach Corpach where the Caledonian Canal meets the Atlantic. Here you turn North Eastwards and follow the towpath to Banavie and Neptune’s staircase, an interesting series of lochs which raise the canal 24 m.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
19 km
40 m
20 m

From Gairlochy you follow the shore of Loch Lochy on forest tracks through land owned by the Cameron Clan. The walking tour leads you above Loch Lochy on to South Laggan and Laggan Lochs. There is a wonderful pub and seafood restaurant on a moored barge at Laggan Lochs called the Eagle Inn. Great for an afternoon pint or a fantastic evening meal.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
24 km
140 m
140 m

You start your tour along the Western shore of Loch Oich, one of Scotland’s most beautiful pristine natural woodlands, which is teeming with bird and wildlife. Fort Augustus is a busy little town and is centred on a series of lochs, which are always a hive of activity.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
16 km
30 m
60 m

At Fort Augustus you leave the canal and begin your journey on the banks of Loch Ness. This section has some steep climbs and is mainly on fire roads and some good tracks. You have great views of Loch Ness throughout so make sure you keep those eyes peeled for the monster, you might be lucky. Invermoriston is your overnight stop and a very pretty little village.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
13 km
160 m
100 m

As you leave Invermoriston the path climbs steeply until you are high above Loch Ness, it then descends again to the Lochside after three miles and climbs again, so yes, a tougher day of walking today. A great day's walk ends in Drumnadrochit, famous for its proximity to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Monster experiences. You should have enough time to explore at least one of these attractions.

approx. 7 hours
22 km
490 m
540 m

In the morning you continue your hike via paths through woods and over Blackfold towards Inverness and Moray Firth. Just before the end of the way you once again meet the Caledonian canal and it is possible to walk all the way to the end if you wish. Or you follow river Ness into the centre of Inverness.

approx. 7 to 8 hours
32 km
50 m
320 m

Note: Day 7 (Loop tour Loch Laide “Loch Ness”) does not apply at the 8-days-variant. On day 7 you walk directly from Drumnadrochit to Inverness.

Tour character

The daily walking tours can be managed easily with some fitness and stamina. You walk mostly on good paths through green landscape with numerous lakes, but also on forest tracks and forest roads. Some longer stages, especially the longest walk on day 6, can be shortened by public transport.

Prices and events

All data for 2018 at a glance
Season 1
Mar 24, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
The Great Glen Way 8 days, UK-SOWFI-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room

Category: typical country hotels, B&B`s

Single traveller surcharge: 50,-

Season 1
Mar 24, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Fort William
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Surcharge solo traveller

Services and infos

  • 7 overnight stays, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Departure

  • Airport Inverness or Glasgow. From airport Inverness by coach ( to Fort William, duration approx. 2 hrs. From airport Glasgow by shuttlebus to Glasgow centre, from there by train ( to Fort William, duration approx. 4 hrs. or by bus, duration approx. 3 hrs.


  • Number of participants: minimum of 2 persons

This tour has 1 more variation

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3.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Georg D. DE | 06.08.2018
Einmal quer durch Schottland
Eine gute Entscheidung für alle, die nicht unbedingt Wert legen auf steile Anstiege und Bergtouren. Alle Etappen des Great Glen Way sind auch für "Normalwanderer" gut begehbar. Mit den ausgewählten B&B waren wir durchweg zufrieden, die Gastfreundschaft ausgezeichnet. Der Gepäcktransfer klappte reibungslos. Mit den mitgelieferten, sehr umfangreichen, Reiseunterlagen fanden wir uns überall zurecht. Jederzeit wieder.
5 stars
Jessica Amrhein DE | 15.05.2018
Great Glen Way
Für mich war der gesamte Urlaub ein Highlight! Sehr zu empfehlen sind dabei die High Routes. Nach einigen anstrengenden Kilometern Aufstieg wird man mit atemberaubenden Ausblicken über die Highlands und Loch Ness belohnt! Ein weiterer eindrucksvoller Hingucker sind die Invermoriston falls mit der alten Brücke. Auch das Hotel dort, das Glenmoriston Arms, ist wunderschön eingerichtet! In allen Unterkünften in denen wir waren, egal ob Hotel oder B&B, waren die Leute super nett und hilfsbereit! Und jedes Zimmer war individuell und liebevoll eingerichtet.
5 stars
Petra Gawliczek DE | 28.05.2017
Sehr gut!
Die Wanderungen waren anhand der Unterlagen ohne Probleme durchführbar. Die Unterkünfte waren sehr gut ausgewählt, die Gastgeber durchwegs offen, freundlich und sehr bemüht. Der Gepäcktransfer funktionierte reibungslos.
5 stars
Dieter Kaden DE | 25.07.2016
Einfach Klasse
Es ist ein sehr schöner, einfach begehbarer Wanderweg für Jedermann mit vielen Naturschönheiten, Ruhe und sehr schön ausgesuchten B&B Unterkünften.

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