Highlights of the Great Glen Way

Highlights of the Great Glen Way

Trip Highlights

  • Walking in the Heart of Scotland
  • Walk the Caladonia Canal & locks
  • Explore Urquhart Castle
  • Explore Loch Ness

Trip Summary

Experience the highlights of the Scottish Highlands as you follow the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Inverness. Follow undulating forest tracks along the shores of Loch Ness and walk through a mixture of farmland, exposed high moorlands and woodland as you make your way way to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Along the route you stay at the charming towns of Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit. Take the time to explore Urquhart castle and you may even spot '"Nessie" in Loch Ness, keep an eye out!


Easy to moderate, walking approx 8 miles/ 13 km to 18miles/ 29km. 3.5-8 hours The route stretches your legs with short steep hills and longer hills on the last day of walking. The last day can be reduced by taking optional taxi transfer (included in the price) to a point about a third along the trail, missing out the steep climb.


Originally known as Kilcumein it was renamed when the fort was built in 1729 after William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. Fort Augustus can be a lively little place and between mid-March and the end of October you can take a cruise on a boat called 'The RoyalScot' with sonar and go in search of Nessie. Any sightings please let us know! Accommodation: Your guesthouse will be one of the many Victorian establishments.

Meals:  Nil

After a hearty breakfast, stretch your legs as you climb through a forest of birch and pine, beside a stream and uphill to a forest track. You should get some dramatic views of Loch Ness at intervals through the woods. Walk through the village of Invermoriston with its little bridge built by Thomas Telford. The Invermoriston Hotel is a great place to eat and has several types of malt whisky. They also have great beer from The Skye Brewery. There are nice leafy walks down by the river. Note our route describes the low level option for this leg. Accommodation: The guesthouse was purpose built in 1995 to provide a family home and bed & breakfast accommodation. Each bedroom is well-furnished and has a spacious ensuite. You can relax in the evening by the open fire in the lounge, while the breakfast room enjoys great views of Sron Na Muic.

Meals:  B

There is quite a bit of undulation today. For strong walkers in good weather you could ascend Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh from where you may get views from Ben Nevis all the way to Inverness. You can take excursions to Urquhart Castle with commanding views over Lochness, café and an interpretational centre. You end up at Drumnadrochit, an attractive ‘Green Village’, which has a Loch Ness Monster visitor’s centre…or two! Accommodation: Your accommodation tonight was once the village church, when it became redundant you hosts Ross & Fiona Urquhart, transformed it into one of the most unique 4* bed & breakfasts in Scotland.

Meals:  B

Today would normally be a long day: 18 mile/29km, which maybe too much, especially if you want to explore Inverness. So the tour is shortened by an optional taxi transfer taking you from the town to near to Loch Laide, famous for its very clean water. Descend then to Blackford and the Great Glen once again meeting the Caledonian Canal before reaching Inverness, a beautiful city of past and modern, although mostly Victorian. If the taxi option is taken then this is a 14 mile walk. Accommodation: We use a number of different guesthouses in this busy city of Inverness.

Meals:  B

After breakfast depart from Inverness. Or why not spend a day here visiting the Neo Gothic St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Castle, the museum and art galleries at this Scotland’s Northern Capital. We would recommend that you visit Fort George, the Clava Stones and the newly rebuilt Culloden centre, which are all nearby, and with the exception of the Clava Stones, on local bus routes.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation in small guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not to exceed 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Taxi transfer to Loch Laide on day 4

What's Not Included

  • 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

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:5 Days
Starting Point:Fort Augustus
Finishing Point:Inverness
Activities:Self-Guided Walking
Grade:introductory to moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:WGH
Prices From:GBP£540 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£180  Click for more information
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