Travel Through the Great Glen Way
Officially opened on 30 April 2002 by the Earl of Inverness, H.R.H. Prince Andrew, the Great Glen Way covers a distance of 79 miles between Inverness and Fort William, offering an excellent way to explore the Highlands of Scotland . As part of the Great Glen Ways Project, more than fifty interpretation and information panels have been placed throughout the Glen, with interesting facts about the history, landscape, wildlife, archaeology, forest management and folklore of this region of Scotland which incorporates the legendary Loch Ness, majestic Ben Nevis and the historic Urquhart Castle. Visitor centers are found along the way, and accommodation is available in the Great Glen area, as the trail can take between five and six days to complete.
Visitors can follow the trail on foot, horseback or mountain bike, with the option of boating, canoeing or kayaking the recently established Great Glen Canoe Trail along the Caledonian Canal. The canal opened in 1822 after twenty-one years of construction, connecting the four lochs and providing an inland waterway between Scotland’s east and west coasts.
With much of the land route being low-lying and using forest track, up to 82 percent can be traveled by mobility scooter as endorsed by the Scottish branch of Disabled Ramblers. Dogs are permitted only if they are on a lead and kept under control at all times. While the route can be travelled in either direction it is recommended to start at Fort William and head to Inverness, as this puts the prevailing wind behind you. Also, the easier sections are closer to Fort William, giving walkers the opportunity to build up to the more strenuous parts. Ranger guided walks are available, with the entire walk taking six days starting from Fort William to Gairlochy (10.5 miles); Gairlochy to South Laggan (15.5 miles); South Laggan to Fort Augustus (9.5 miles); Fort Augustus to Invermoriston (9 miles); Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (14.5 miles); and Drumnadrochit to Inverness (20 miles). The Great Glen Way long-distance route can also be taken as a series of short walks from any of the towns along the way, offering spectacular scenery and nature at its best.