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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.
A one-mile stretch of the Great Glen Way will be closed between 1 June and 17 July 2015. This section is high above Alltsigh and Primrose Bay, halfway between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit, and the closure will be clearly marked. Construction work is taking place, with vehicles and a helicopter operating, so the closure is for the safety of walkers. However, temporary 'welfare shelters' are available at either side of the closed stretch, and the vehicles will take breaks at frequent intervals, so that walkers can be driven through the closed section by minibus. Everything will be clearly marked throughout this period, with banksmen in attendance, so please take note of the instructions on the ground and wait for the minibus transfers.
The pottery mentioned at Grotaig - the Loch Ness Clay Works - has a café offering food and drink, breakfasts and dinner.
|The Caledonian Canal|
|Animals and plants|
|The Loch Ness Monster|
|Travel to the Great Glen|
|Travel through the Great Glen|
|Familiarisation with the Great Glen|
|Food and drink|
|Tourist Information Centres|
|Maps of the route|
|When to walk|
|Scottish Outdoor Access Code|
|Great Glen Way Rangers|
|Great Glen Way – south to north|
|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|