The Great Glen Way
Scotlands Lakes & Loch Ness.
- 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Self-guided tour
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.
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.
Laggan – Fort Augustus
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.
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.
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.
Short transfer to Loch Laide. From an overwhelming panorama point you can enjoy the view over Loch Ness. Your hike leads you downhill over hills and wooden areas, all the way to Drumnadrochit.
In the morning you have another transfer to Loch Laide. From there on 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.
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.
Category: typical country hotels, B&B`s
Single traveller surcharge: 60,-
- 8 overnight stays, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
- Transfers according to program
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents
Arrival / Departure
- Number of participants: minimum of 2 persons