The Great Glen Way long-distance trail runs for 73 miles from coast-to-coast across the Scottish Highlands, linking the towns of Fort William and Inverness.
The route follows the natural fault-line of the Great Glen that cuts diagonally across Scotland from south-west to north-east, and is a great introduction to multi-day walking as much of the route is low-level. The route passes along the full length of Loch Lochy (best name ever), Loch Oich and Loch Ness (look out for Nessie) and for the most part closely follows the line of the Caledonian Canal.
The majority of the route is wheelchair and pushchair-friendly, so is accessible to a wide range of walkers of all ages and abilities.
The route is best split into smaller sections with overnight stops at hostels, campsites or B&Bs; with accommodation available in Fort William, Gairlochy, Laggan Locks, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit and Inverness.
Navigation is fairly straightforward but make sure you’re fully prepared for the Scottish weather, which can be wet, cold, windy and potentially even snowy in the height of summer. Mostly, though, just savour the scenery of lochs and majestic mountains as you walk through one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth.
This route was voted 64th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: One of Scotland’s finest long-distance walking routes, with the added bonus of a potential Loch Ness monster sighting!
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