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introductory to moderate

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  • self guided walk
  • 4 nights in small guesthouses
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days£765GBP


Trip Code: WGH

Trip highlights

  • Walking in the Heart of Scotland
  • Walk the Caladonia Canal & locks
  • Explore Urquhart Castle
  • Explore Loch Ness

Experience the highlights of the Scottish Highlands as you follow the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Inverness. Follow undulating forest tracks along the shores of Loch Ness and walk through a mixture of farmland, exposed high moorlands and woodland as you make your way way to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Along the route you stay at the charming towns of Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit. Take the time to explore Urquhart castle and you may even spot '"Nessie" in Loch Ness, keep an eye out!



Starting Point:

Fort Augustus

Finishing Point:


Originally known as Kilcumein it was renamed when the fort was built in 1729 after William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. Fort Augustus can be a lively little place and between mid-March and the end of October you can take a cruise on a boat called 'The RoyalScot' with sonar and go in search of Nessie. Any sightings please let us know! Accommodation: Our usual accommodation is Thistle Dubh it is a small family run bed & breakfast. However we use a number of guesthouses & bed & breakfast establishments in this busy village.

Meals:  Nil

After a hearty breakfast, stretch your legs as you climb through a forest of birch and pine, beside a stream and uphill to a forest track. You should get some dramatic views of Loch Ness at intervals through the woods. Walk through the village of Invermoriston with its little bridge built by Thomas Telford. The Invermoriston Hotel is a great place to eat and has several types of malt whisky. They also have great beer from The Skye Brewery. There are nice leafy walks down by the river. Note our route describes the low level option for this leg. Accommodation: Darroch View is a guesthouse that was purpose built in 1995 to provide a family home and bed & breakfast accommodation. Each bedroom is well-furnished and has a spacious ensuite. You can relax in the evening by the open fire in the lounge, while the breakfast room enjoys great views of Sron Na Muic.

Meals:  B

There is quite a bit of undulation today. For strong walkers in good weather you could ascend Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh from where you may get views from Ben Nevis all the way to Inverness. You can take excursions to Urquhart Castle with commanding views over Lochness, café and an interpretational centre. You end up at Drumnadrochit, an attractive ‘Green Village’, which has a Loch Ness Monster visitor’s centre…or two! Accommodation: Glenkirk Bed & breakfast was once the village church and has been renovated and transformed into a bed & breakfast.

Meals:  B

Today would normally be a long day: 18 mile/29km, which maybe too much, especially if you want to explore Inverness. So the tour is shortened by an optional taxi transfer taking you from the town to near to Loch Laide, famous for its very clean water. Descend then to Blackford and the Great Glen once again meeting the Caledonian Canal before reaching Inverness, a beautiful city of past and modern, although mostly Victorian. If the taxi option is taken then this is a 14 mile walk. Accommodation: The Coo's Guesthouse is a family run hotel located in a victoria villa that dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century.

Meals:  B

After breakfast depart from Inverness. Or why not spend a day here visiting the Neo Gothic St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Castle, the museum and art galleries at this Scotland’s Northern Capital. We would recommend that you visit Fort George, the Clava Stones and the newly rebuilt Culloden centre, which are all nearby, and with the exception of the Clava Stones, on local bus routes.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 nights accommodation in small guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not to exceed 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Taxi transfer to Loch Laide on day 4

  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • Excess Luggage



introductory to moderate


Easy to moderate, walking approx 8 miles/ 13 km to 18miles/ 29km. 3.5-8 hours The route stretches your legs with short steep hills and longer hills on the last day of walking. The last day can be reduced by taking optional taxi transfer (included in the price) to a point about a third along the trail, missing out the steep climb.

Departure dates

Daily from 31 Mar to 17 Oct


High Season
Please note that minor changes to your 2024 itinerary may apply.

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Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement 2024GBP£180
  • Single Supplement 2025GBP£200
  • Solo Traveller Supplement 2024GBP£260
  • Solo Traveller Supplement 2025GBP£280
*Prices listed are per person

Frequently Asked Questions

This walk starts at Forth Augustus and you follow the route from there to the end in Inverness, so on this itinerary you will follow the second half of the Great Glen Way.

We usually say it is worthwhile to spend extra time in Fort Augustus for Lochness cruises. And/or in Inverness from where you can visit Culloden, Fort George and go on dolphin spotting boat trips.

Yes, in general terms the trails of the Great Glen Way are easier and the first couple of days are flatter than the West Highland Way. This gives you a bit of a warm up. The last day is about the same standard as the West Highland Way.

You can cancel the transfer that we have arranged if you prefer to walk the full length to Inverness. You will just need to inform the pickup service the day before.

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