Wildflowers by the canal on The Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way


View over Loch Ness with Rosebay Willowherbs in the foreground - Great Glen Way

Introduction to the Great Glen Way

On this trek we will walk 74 miles on The Great Glen Way which begins in Fort William and finishes in Inverness. The trail follows a beautiful low level path that offers a fantastic introduction to long distance walking. Not only are the scenery and views fantastic but so are the paths underfoot. This means you can happily walk and look around rather than look at where to place your feet.

The old Invermoriston Bridge - Great Glen Way

Highlights of the Great Glen Way

  • Walking along the side of Loch Ness, home of the legendary monster.
  • Views of Ben Nevis, the UKs highest mountain.
  • Following Caledonian Canal, one of the world’s greatest waterways.
  • Finishing in the beautiful city of Inverness, by following the River Ness through to the official end marker.

Track along the Caledonian Canal on a sunny day - Great Glen Way

What's Included with this Holiday

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 6 Days walking
  • A Qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Full Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maximum group size of 12
  • Free transport back to Fort William
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Fort William train station

Is the Great Glen Way Right For Me?

The Great Glen Way is the perfect trail for people who want to experience the Highlands of Scotland and enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful scenery without challenging themselves too much. Remember it is still a 76 mile walk, however the fantastic quality of paths and the relatively flat nature of this trail make it easier going than some of our other walking holidays.

Great Glen Way Gallery

Great Glen Way Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each day you will be guided along The Great Glen Way to the next accommodation, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Field of wild flowers on The Great Glen Way

Day 1: Arrive in Fort William

This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Fort William. We will have accommodation arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to Fort William and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged, just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.

Accommodation in Fort William

Day 2: Walking to Gairlochy - 10.5 miles

TThis is the first day of walking, where the trip really begins. In the morning you will be met by one of the guides, who will take you to the start. Today we will be walking to Gairlochy; it is 4-5 hours of walking and 10.5 miles in length. The walk begins by weaving in and out of the outskirts of Fort William, until we reach the famous Caledonian Canal. The Canal is a massive feature of this trail and we will follow it on many occasions, passing various lochs as we do so. Today we will see the famous set of locks known as Neptune's Staircase. However, the canal is not the only major feature of today's walk, Ben Nevis will also be towering over us giving us fantastic views for most of the day. Much of today's trail is easy going along canal towpaths and will give views of the River Lochy as we reach our destination of Gairlochy. Once there we will take you to your accommodation for the night. There is very limited accommodation in Gairlochy and so usually we will drive you back to Fort William once your day of walking is complete.

Accommodation in Fort William

Day 3: Walking to Laggan - 12 miles

Tn the morning you will be picked up from Fort William and taken back to Gairlochy. Once everyone is ready we will begin our next 12 mile section. This will take us slightly longer than the day before around 4.5 to 5.5 hours of walking. Today we will get to walk along the side of Loch Lochy, said to be the home of Lizzie, the sister of the Loch Ness monster, so keep your eyes peeled! Much of today’s walking will be flat and on beautiful forest and woodland paths giving excellent views over the shimmering loch. Once we reach Laggan it will be time to get you to your accommodation in Fort Augustus for the night and a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation in Fort Augustus

Day 4: Walking to Fort Augustus - 10.5 miles

Today is the gentlest day so far and we will be walking to Fort Augustus. It is 10.5 miles long, it will take us around 4.5 hours and again will be nice and flat. Much of the day will be spent walking along the famous canal and we will walk the length of Loch Oich, one of the most scenic lochs in Scotland. We will also see the ruins of Invergarry Castle before reaching our destination of Fort Augustus. There will be no need to jump in the minibus today as we will be staying here tonight.

Accommodation in Fort Augustus

Day 5: Invermoriston - 7.5 miles

After breakfast we will begin the shortest day of the trek. This day is a good opportunity to take it easy and recover from the previous 3 longer days of walking as today will only be 3.5 – 4 hours of walking. We will be walking to Invermoriston which is just 7.5 miles away. However, it won’t be too easy because we have 120m of height gain throughout the day. The hills are nice and gentle however, with no steep sections. The benefit of gaining a bit of height is that it will give us wonderful views over Loch Ness, the final of the three major lochs on our trek. And, of course, the home of the famous Loch Ness Monster! Once in Invermoriston we will again take you to your accommodation for the evening, normally this will be back in Fort Augustus for a third and final night there.

Accommodation in Fort Augustus

Day 6: Walking to Drumnadrochit - 14.5 miles

Today you will need to prepare yourself for one of the most difficult days of the trek. We expect it to take around 5.5-6.5 hours to get to Drumnadrochit. There are 14.5 miles of walking to get through with almost 500 meters of ascent. However, it is well worth the effort. We will be heading through pine forests and getting breathtaking views over more of Loch Ness. This area is abundant with wild life and history. It is a good chance to catch a glimpse of birds of prey or a red squirrel, as well as finding out about the history of the area. Once we arrive in Drumnadrochit we will of course take you to your accommodation to rejuvenate after your tiring day.

Accommodation in Inverness

Day 7: Walking to Inverness - 19 miles

his is the last day of walking and it is also the hardest. However, you will be doing it knowing that once you have finished you will have completed this fantastic long distance trail. Today we will be walking for 7- 9 hours, covering 19 miles and nearly 500 meters of ascent before we arrive at the finish in Inverness. It will be a day of great variety, starting with views back towards Urquhart Castle. You will then have an uphill section of walking, which will take you to the remains of a Canadian lumberjack's camp from the second world war. Thousands of Newfoundlanders volunteered to come here to help provide timber for the war effort. You will continue to walk through forests and farmland and gain views of the impressive mountains of the Cairngorms, as well as more glimpses of Loch Ness. Eventually you will reach a viewpoint where you will see Inverness stretched out in front of you, and we will descend down into the outskirts of the city. Following the River Ness for much of the way, you will make your way to the city centre where we reach the end of our journey.

Accommodation in Inverness

Day 8: Depature/Drive back to Fort William

Today we will pick you up from your accommodation in Inverness and drive you back to Fort William or to a train station if you have arranged this with us beforehand. From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.

Great Glen Way Accommodation Options

We offer The Great Glen Way holiday with 2 different accommodation options to suit your budget and needs.

Example of a B&B Room

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

Large Green Tent pitched on a campsite


We provide a camping option for those who wish to get closer to nature. Your first night (your arrival night, in Milngavie), and your last night (the night before your departure, in Fort William) will be in B&B accommodation. But for the rest of the trek you will be camping out in local campsites, giving you the chance to really escape from the modern world. You will need to provide your own tent and camping equipment, which gives you the ability to use a tent that is familiar to you. However, don’t forget that all of this equipment will be moved for you, you will not need to carry any of it. Many people also bring their own stove so they can cook in the evening, but this is entirely optional as all the campsites will be within walking distance to a pub. Although the campsites are remote small campsite they will all have toilet and shower facilities, and some also have drying rooms and washing machines as well.

For both of our Great Glen Way accommodation options (B&B and camping) usually you will be staying in Fort William for two nights, Fort Augustus for three nights, then Inverness for the final two nights. While we cannot guarantee this will be the same for all our customers this is the way we most frequently arrange the accommodation. That way you do not need to repack pack each day and feel you can settle in, but you also have the opportunity to explore 3 very different places along the route.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 14th April 2024 to Sunday 21st April 2024FULL - COMPLETED
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Sunday 25th May 2025 to Sunday 1st June 2025Spaces
Sunday 7th September 2025 to Sunday 14th September 2025Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date


Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1179 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1179.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £40 per night single supplement (£280 in total).

Price for Camping:

The price of this trip is £799 per person.

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

There is no single supplement for solo travellers.

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book Great Glen Way Online

Please choose your dates and accommodation options to see the pricing.

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What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.