9-Day GREAT GLEN WAY Hosted Walk


GREAT GLEN WAY

HOSTED GROUP
 
May 25 to June 2, 2019 

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights - GROUP SIZE: Maximum 12 - MEALS: 8 Breakfasts

OTHER: Luggage transfer - TRIP GRADE: Moderate

PRICE FROM: GBP1,680 per person, twin share SINGLE SUPP: GBP915 DEPOSIT: AUD800

 

 

OVERVIEW

The Great Glen Way links the Atlantic Ocean with the Moray Firth on the East of Scotland, following the route of the Caledonian Canal which links the large lochs along the Great Glen. 

Opened in 2002 this coast to coast walk, stretching 73 miles (116km) from Fort William to Inverness, following one of the most scenic and famous of Scottish Glens. 

The Great Glen Way begins near the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain and follows the Caledonian Canal along the shores of four spectacular Lochs on its way to Inverness, the Highland Capital. The journey takes you past castles and forts that have witnessed some of the most famous scenes of Scotland's turbulent history.

The Great Glen Way is easy in part, it follows canal tow-paths and Loch shores, with the exception of a couple of section where the track climb high above the shores of Loch Ness providing wonderful views below.

ACCOMMODATION

Your premium accommodation on this walk is a mix of charming locally owned and run bed and breakfast guest houses, historic hotels and farm stays. The accommodation has been selected for its location, character and comfort, and in all cases you will have private ensuite facilities.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Fort William  Day 1 - May 25, 2019

Set amid one of Scotland’s most magnificent landscapes, beside Loch Linnhe and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Fort William is a busy Highland town and major tourist centre. The surrounding area of Lochaber is recognised as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, with world-class mountain biking at Aonach Mor and serious walking in the hills around Glen Nevis, situated to the north of the town.

Whilst in Fort William, you may wish to pay a visit to the Nevis Range, (one of the premier tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands, and accessed by taking a trip on Britain's only mountain gondola system. Travelling effortlessly to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor, the journey allows breathtaking views of the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas.

Spean Bridge Day 2 - Walking distance 16km.  

The start of the Great Glen Way is at the Old Fort by Loch Linnhe in Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Heading out of the town on the banks of the Loch, passing the Shinty pitch, to join the historic Caledonian Canal where it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Corpach. 

From Corpach you begin your walk along Scotland’s longest Glen and its greatest geological fault line. Walking along the canal tow path you will pass impressive Neptune’s Staircase, a spectacular flight of five locks at Banavie and you should have some fine views of “The Ben” to your right. 

Invergarry Day 3 -Walking distance 18km. 

Today’s route is mainly on forest tracks, hugging the peaceful western shores of Loch Lochy on land that is owned by the Cameron Clan. There is a Clan Cameron museum at Achnacarry, a short detour from the main route and which was also home to one of the toughest commando training camps in the world.  Ending the day with some splendid views of the surrounding towering mountains, two of which are Munros.

Fort Augustus Day 4 - Walking distance 18km.  

This morning you will rejoin the track at the side of the Caledonian Canal by following a lovely canal-side path through a variety of tall trees established by Thomas Telford. This will take you almost as far as Laggan Swing Bridge, to one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs with pristine natural woodland lining both banks and an abundance of bird and wildlife. You will follow the old railway line which was abandoned in 1946, eventually arriving at the pretty village of Fort Augustus on the southern banks of Loch Ness.

Invermoriston  Day 5 - Walking distance 13km. 

Today you have the choice of walking either the original Great Glen Way ‘Low Route’ or the newer ‘High Route’. Both ways leave Fort Augustus together and take to the trees above the banks of Loch Ness. The Low Route carries on along forest track amongst the trees for the rest of the day, rising and falling above Loch Ness below, but never climbing higher than 100m.

The High Route on the other hand, starts with a steep climb on a well constructed path, which takes you up above the tree line, where you are rewarded not only with improved views of Loch Ness, but also Loch Oich, and many distant mountains. 

Before the end of the day, the two Ways reunite as the High Route descends steeply back into the forest, and the Low Route turns Northwest into Glen Moriston. You will then make a final descent to the small village of Invermoriston, your destination for the night.

Drumnadrochit Day 6 - Walking distance 23km. 

Today you will once again have the choice of walking the Low Route or the High Route. Again both Ways begin together, taking a minor road on a steep climb out of the village of Invermoriston. Soon however, the trails divide at another information panel, as the Low Route takes a right, beginning with a generally level traverse of the hillside above Loch Ness, and the High Route strikes further uphill to the tree line.

The Low Route continues on yet more forestry track, gradually losing most of the height gained, ending up almost back at the shores of Loch Ness. 

The High Route instead varies, alternating between thick forestry, birch woodland, recently felled areas and open ground, offering clear views to the North and West. Further along, a circular timber viewpoint perfectly frames the many mountains visible in the distance and will provide you with a great photo opportunity. 

Once reunited, a lengthy section of forestry track takes both routes to the crofting community at Grotaig, with intermittent views of Loch Ness below. 

Drumnadrochit - Abriachan - Drumnadrochit  Day 7 – Walking distance 11km. 

You leave Drumnadrochit along a track that leaves the roadside and climbs steadily through farmland offering you some unforgettable views back over Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. You will continue to wind your way up through woodland high above the loch with the occasional glimpse of the brooding water far below and the odd sight of the east coast of Scotland in the distance.  From here you are transferred back to Drumnadrochit for a second night.

Inverness Day 8 - Walking distance 18km. 

Today you join a quiet minor road with wide ranging views across the surrounding crofts and far away hills. Continuing on to Blackfold the track then enters Craig Leach forest before emerging at a reservoir to give you a dramatic view of the Highland Capital of Inverness and the Moray Firth stretching out behind it.

The final descent of your walk will take you past the chambered cairn at Leachkin and across some pleasant countryside before you rejoin the Caledonian Canal and enter Inverness. The canal and riverside paths will then lead you through the city to your finishing point at Inverness Castle.

Inverness Day 9 – June 2, 2019

Although your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning, the memories of walking The Great Glen Way will stay with you for ever.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.

 

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