Walk the Great Glen Way with a Cicerone guide

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25 Feb 2014
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
1st Published
1 Mar 2007
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The Great Glen Way

Two Way Trail guide

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

The Great Glen Way is an 117km (73 mile) National Trail that runs along the Caledonia Canal from Fort William to Inverness. Easily walked within a week, and accessible in all seasons, the Great Glen Way makes an ideal introduction to long-distance walking in Scotland. This handy guidebook gives a complete two-way description of the route.

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The Great Glen is one of the most remarkable features in the Scottish landscape – a ruler-straight valley along an ancient fault line through the Highlands. The glen is threaded by the scenic Caledonian Canal, which links Loch Lochy and Loch Oich with the famous Loch Ness.

The route is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking, with a range of facilities along the way. As a low-lying trail, most walkers could complete it at most times of the year, and there is always ready access to accommodations, food, drinks and transport services.

The Great Glen Way can easily be walked within a week, and most walkers will aim to complete the route in five or six days. The first thing to decide is whether to walk from Fort William to Inverness, south to north, or Inverness to Fort William, north to south.

The route in this handy guidebook is described both ways, and given the connection with the West Highland Way at Fort William, there is no reason why both trails shouldn’t be walked together in one long journey between Glasgow and Inverness, or vice versa.

  • Seasons
    Low-lying, so it is possible to walk the Great Glen Way at most times of year. Accommodation, etc, often busy in summer, and midges are out! Daylight is short in winter and less accommodation is available.
  • Centres
    Inverness, Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, North Laggan, Gairlochy, Fort William
  • Difficulty
    The Great Glen Way is 5–6 day low-level waymarked National Trail, with a range of facilities along the way. An ideal introduction to long-distance walking.
  • Must See
    Views of the highlands, clan history, Caledonian canal, wildlife (including, possibly, Loch Ness monster)

May 2015

Page 77 and Page 111

The pottery mentioned at Grotaig - the Loch Ness Clay Works - has a café offering food and drink, breakfasts and dinner.


Brief history
The Caledonian Canal
Animals and plants
The Loch Ness Monster
Travel to the Great Glen
Travel through the Great Glen
Traveline Scotland
Familiarisation with the Great Glen
Food and drink
Tourist Information Centres
Maps of the route
When to walk
Daily schedule
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Rescue services
Great Glen Way Rangers
Great Glen Way – south to north
Fort William
Day 1 Fort William to Gairlochy
Day 2 Gairlochy to North Laggan
Day 3 North Laggan to Fort Augustus
Day 4 Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
Day 5 Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
Day 6 Drumnadrochit to Inverness
Great Glen Way – north to south
Day 1 Inverness to Drumnadrochit
Day 2 Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston
Day 3 Invermoriston to Fort Augustus
Day 4 Fort Augustus to North Laggan
Day 5 North Laggan to Gairlochy
Day 6 Gairlochy to Fort William
Appendix 1 Route summary
Appendix 2 Timeline history
Appendix 3 Useful information
Appendix 4 Gaelic–English glossary
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