The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen is Scotland's fourth waymarked National Long Distance Walking Route. It travels from Fort William at the northern end of the West Highland Way to the City of Inverness along the Great Glen Fault. The route is 73 miles (118 Km) in length following closely the line of the Caledonian Canal.

The walk starts from the side of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It follows the line of the Caledonian canal for almost all the way, this canal opening out into Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich prior to the much longer Loch Ness. The way departs to the west of Loch Ness shortly after Drumnadrochit and takes a moor and farmland route before finally crossing the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness as the walk enters the City of Inverness. At this point neither the canal or river have more than two miles to run before they enter the sea at the Moray Firth and then onwards to the North Sea.

The Great Glen Route / Caledonian Canal was a much used shipping link in the 19th and earlier 20th century allowing trade to avoid the Pentland Firth and the French privateers during the Napoleonic Wars. To learn of the walking route and all the interest along the way click here or use the appropriate navigation buttons below.

A short temporary forestry diversion exists to the North of Drumnadrochit. Click here to access details.

If you are planning to walk the route, the website has a directory of accommodation and other service providers. This is also located by clicking on the 'Support' button below.

To simply explore more about the Way click here , or press the 'The Walk' button below.

This website is endorsed by "Scotland's Physical Activity Strategy - Let's Make Scotland More Active"

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