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Guidebook to walking the Great Glen Way, a 79-mile National Trail along the Caledonia Canal from Fort William to Inverness. Easily walked within a week in all seasons, the Great Glen Way is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking in Scotland. The route is described in both directions, and a separate OS 1:25K mapping booklet is included.
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Guidebook to walking the Great Glen Way, a 124km (79-mile) national trail that runs along the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness, in either direction. 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 Great Glen Way stretches alongside the Caledonian Canal, passing several lochs, undulating forest tracks, lakeside paths, old drove roads and military roads, as well as contrasting stretches over heather moorlands or through city suburbs. The route is an ideal introduction to long-distance walking, with a range of facilities listed along the way. Walkers can enjoy the scenery and wildlife, delve into the history of the Highland clans, visit crumbling castles, or keep an eye open to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster! 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 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.
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|Planning your trip|
|Choosing an itinerary|
|When to walk|
|Travel to the Great Glen|
|Travel through the Great Glen|
|First/Last night: Fort William|
|Last/First night: Inverness|
|Food and drink|
|Tourist information centres|
|What to take|
|Planning day by day|
|Using this guide|
|Waymarking and terrain|
|Scottish Outdoor Access Code|
|Great Glen Way Rangers|
|Phones and wi-fi|
|All about the Great Glen|
|Animals and plants|
|The Loch Ness Monster|
|Great Glen Way – south to north|
|Stage 1 Fort William to Gairlochy|
|Stage 2 Gairlochy to Laggan Locks|
|Stage 3 Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus|
|Great Glen Way – north to south|
|Stage 1 Inverness to Drumnadrochit|
|Stage 2A Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (high-level)|
|Stage 2B Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (low-level)|
|Stage 3A Invermoriston to Fort Augustus (high-level)|
|Stage 3B Invermoriston to Fort Augustus (low-level)|
|Stage 4 Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks|
|Stage 5 Laggan Locks to Gairlochy|
|Stage 2A Gairlochy to Invergarry|
|Stage 3A Invergarry to Fort Augustus|
|Stage 4A Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (high-level)|
|Stage 4B Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (low-level)|
|Stage 5A Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (high-level)|
|Stage 5B Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (low-level)|
|Stage 6 Drumnadrochit to Inverness|
|Stage 4A Fort Augustus to Invergarry|
|Stage 5A Invergarry to Gairlochy|
|Stage 6 Gairlochy to Fort William|
|Appendix A Useful information|
|Appendix B Accommodation along the route|
|Appendix C Timeline history|
|Appendix D Gaelic–English glossary|