Great Glen Way Self Guided Walking Holiday

7-9 day holidays, 79 miles, From £440 per person



The 79 mile Great Glen Way follows a route across Scotland from Fort William to Inverness. The Great Glen is Scotland’s longest glen and was formed by the Great Glen fault, which divides the Northwest Highlands from the Grampian Mountains. From Fort William to Inverness the Great Glen Way takes you through beautiful landscapes and past historic buildings.

The trail follows the segments of the brilliantly engineered Caledonian Canal, which link the sea loch at Fort William to Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, the mysterious Loch Ness, and sea water once again at the Moray Firth, where Inverness Castle marks the end of the Great Glen Way.

Each night on the trail you stay in a different location in prebooked selected accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is collected daily and moved to your next accommodation.

When it was opened in 2002 the Great Glen Way became Scotland’s fourth long distance path. The trail is mainly lowland walking following tow paths alongside the Caledonian Canal and woodland tracks along the banks of the lochs, though there are some challenging sections. The Great Glen Way is an excellent extension to a weeks walking on the West Highland Way.

We have walked the route several times and visited the accommodation so we have a good knowledge of the paths that you are walking and the places you are staying. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the route either before you start your holiday or while you are walking the trail.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Great Glen Way Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and October.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


6 Nights/5 Days Walking
Great Glen Way self guided holiday

  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 5 days walking

  • Total distance 79 miles

  • Average daily distance 16 miles

  • Shortest day 11 miles

  • Longest day 21 miles

  • Cost £440/person
    (single supplement* £150/person)

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7 Nights/6 Days Walking
Great Glen Way self guided itinerary

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 6 days walking

  • Total distance 79 miles

  • Average daily distance 13 miles

  • Shortest day 9 miles

  • Longest day 20 miles

  • Cost £490/person
    (single supplement* £175/person)

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8 Nights/7 Days Walking
Great Glen Way self guided itinerary

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 7 days walking

  • Total distance 79 miles

  • Average daily distance 11 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Cost £570/person
    (single supplement* £200/person)

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*Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £25 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £50 per person per night.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Holiday Information

Tour Availability
This tour is available from April to October.

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and Harvey map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact.

Grade of walk

Generally this is an easy to moderate route though there are some strenuous sections.

Start of route
Fort William

End of route
Inverness

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in one village ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book a room with shared facilities for one night of your holiday.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £25 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation by luggage transfer service, so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Guide Book and Map
A guidebook and Harvey map are included.

Travel


Your starting point in the UK will probably determine the best transport option for you. Although there is a train station in Fort William it is sometimes quicker and more cost effective to take the train to Inverness or fly to Inverness airport, and then bus to Fort William.

By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.
To Fort William
On weekdays a few trains a day depart Glasgow Queen Street for Fort William Approximate journey times – From Glasgow Queen Street 4 hours. To London 9.5 hours (overnight service 12 hours) Alternatively travel by train to Inverness and then bus (2 hours) to Fort William Journeys can be planned online at www.traveline.org.uk
From Inverness
There is a train station in Inverness.

By bus
Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk

By Air
Inverness Airport is a short bus ride from the centre of Inverness, and approx. 2 hours from Fort William. There are regular flights from several UK airports, for domestic and international connecting flights. Further information is available at www.hial.co.uk/inverness-airport


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier


The 79 mile Great Glen Way follows a route across Scotland from Fort William to Inverness. The Great Glen is Scotland’s longest glen and was formed by the Great Glen fault, which divides the Northwest Highlands from the Grampian Mountains. From Fort William to Inverness the Great Glen Way takes you through beautiful landscapes and past historic buildings.

The trail follows the segments of the brilliantly engineered Caledonian Canal, which link the sea loch at Fort William to Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, the mysterious Loch Ness, and sea water once again at the Moray Firth, where Inverness Castle marks the end of the Great Glen Way.

Start of route
Fort William

End of route
Inverness

Direction of walk
South to North

Grade

Generally this is an easy to moderate route though there are some strenuous sections.

Terrain
The terrain varies from tow paths, good woodland footpaths and rolling hills.

Waymarking
The route is sensibly waymarked and generally easy to follow with the aid of a map.

Guide books and maps
A Trailblazer guide book and Harvey map are included. Additional guide books and maps are available for the route. The Ordnance Survey Landranger maps covering the route and surrounding countryside are 41, 34 and 26.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 18kg (40lbs).

Accommodation description
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in one village ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book a room with shared facilities for one night of your holiday.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £25 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
A full Scottish breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are available from local pubs.

Weather
The weather in Scotland is unpredictable. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
A suggested equipment list will be sent to you.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click on the travel tab at the top of this page.

Customer reviews

Dear Dean, I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful holiday in Scotland. All the accommodation that you booked for us was great. Everyone looked after us so well...Thank you for looking after us so well again. You run a tight ship, and it is much appreciated.
Best wishes, Sue, UK, Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2016

Hi Dean, All went well on my second long distance walk. All the accommodation hosts were very friendly and the rooms were lovely. The weather could have been better but I was prepared ... and it is the Highlands after all. Directions to all the B&Bs were excellent ... at the end of a long day, the last thing I wanted was to have difficulty finding my bed!! Thanks for the opportunity to use your services.
Barbara Wilson, Canada, Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2016

Hi, Thanks for organising a wonderful trip. We hope that you will appreciate some feedback. Overall, the B&B’s met, or exceeded, expectations. Thanks again for what, overall, was a most enjoyable trip.
Richard & Anne, UK, Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2014

We greatly enjoyed our walk up the Great Glen. Thank you for organising it so efficiently. Everything went smoothly, including the weather which was fantastic - no rain and no midges! All the B&Bs were very welcoming and comfortable, and some were of an exceptionally high standard. There were unexpected little touches. The highlights were a pine martin feeding outside our bedroom window at Fort William, and a small decanter of sherry and fresh baked shortbread by our bedside at Drumnadrochit. Others were an uninterrupted view of Ben Nevis from the breakfast table at Gairlochy and banana bread straight from the oven on our arrival at Invermoriston. It was a very memorable holiday. Thank you.
Hugh and Margaret, UK, Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2013


Many thanks for providing another well organised and enjoyable walking holiday. All the B&B's were very good, and the route well signed so no problems.
Paul, UK, Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2012

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful service when I did the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way. I had a great time…I have recommended you to a few people…I look forward to booking another walk with you next year.
Chris, UK, West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way Self-Guided, 2011



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