Great accommodation is essential if you’re planning to trek the Great Glen Way. By boot, by pedal or paddle power – the Great Glen has something for everyone. Some of the most stunning scenery in Scotlands can be seen on the route and of course you can also go by car or bus.
The Great Glen is a natural feature – a geological fault line between Fort William and Inverness. The area encompasses some of the best known landmarks in Scotland including Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. The Glen is a significant tourist attraction and major route through the Highlands, between east and west.
The route, which spans 79 miles/127km between Fort William and Inverness, can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Glen. The Great Glen Way suits all levels of walker . For the less experienced it is the perfect introduction to long distance walking, being for the most part low-level and following mainly towpaths and woodland tracks. There are some challenging sections though, and the more experienced may wish to tackle a few Munros or Corbetts within reach from the route. You can also cycle or travel by boat , canoe or kayak along the Great Glen.
The route can be travelled in either direction. However, going from Fort William to Inverness you have the prevailing wind behind you and begin with the easier sections of the Way. Whether completed from coast to coast, or sampled in bite-sized chunks, the three ways offer an unforgettable experience. The best website to help you plan your travels is Outdoor Highlands where you’ll find a host of invaluable information on routes, modes of transport and events. You can even arrange to have your luggage transferred from one overnight spot to another so you can concentrate your efforts walking, cycling or paddling and taking in the stunning scenery.
However you decide to take in the beauty of the Great Glen you’ll need comfortable accommodation at the end of your journey. A comfortable night’s stay and a hearty breakfast will set you up for a day trekking.