Have you ever wanted to walk the Great Glen Way? Here is a very quick introduction to this ideal first time long distance trail.
Where is it and how far is it?
The Great Glen Way runs from Fort William to Inverness and, at 126 km/78 miles, can be easily completed in one week.
Why should you walk it?
Who doesn't want to walk along a geological fault-line? If that's not enough to persuade you then the fact that this walk can be done in a single week off is fairly compelling if you do not have the luxury of several weeks to dedicate to walking. The main route is also easy and low level but you can choose higher level options if you prefer.
When should you go?
The Great Glen Way can be walked in all seasons but be mindful of midges and crowds in summer and snow and closed facilities in winter.
Where should you stay?
There are plenty of options for both accommodation and meals on this trail but they can be grouped around the more popular touristed areas so you will need to plan your meals and overnights carefully. There is a useful facilities listing which is available free from tourist information offices or the Great Glen Way rangers. It can also be downloaded from the Great Glen Way website.
Paddy Dillon calls the Great Glen Way "the most remarkable valley in the whole of Britain" so choosing a best bit is tough. But Loch Ness is wonderful - looking for glimpses of "Nessie" and wondering at the sheer volume of water - enough to submerge the entire population of the world!
The Great Glen Way guidebook by Paddy Dillon
The National Trails guidebook by Paddy Dillon
How to pack for a long distance trek - Cicerone Extra article
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Article · 6 Aug 2013
There's no shortage of options in the Cicerone range of guidebooks for long-distance walks across the UK. But if you want to walk your first National Trail, then the Great Glen Way is a great route to start with.