Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way
(Slighe a' Ghlinne Mh˛ir
in Gaelic) is a long-distance path in the Highlands of Scotland. It runs between Fort William (NN1074
) and Inverness (NH6645
), along the Great Glen, a distance of about 127 km (79 miles). It can be walked in 5-6 days, or cycled in 2-3 days. It is usually followed from south-west to north-east, to allow for the prevailing winds and to have the sun from behind. This also gives the flatter southern section as a warm-up, before the hillier northern half.
Fort William to Gairlochy
The Great Glen Way begins at the old fort, at the north end of the town. This can be linked up with the start/end of the West Highland Way.
Paths and roads are followed through the suburbs of Inverlochy, then crossing the Soldiers' Bridge, and following the shoreline past Caol.
The Caledonian Canal towpath is joined at Corpach, then up past Neptune's Staircase.
Passing by the historic swing bridge at Moy, then crossing the canal at Gairlochy.
Gairlochy to Laggan
Leaving Gairlochy and following a path and a minor road alongside Loch Lochy, passing through the small settlement of Bunarkaig.
At Clunes the road is left behind, following a track into the forest above the loch.
A minor road is joined at Kilfinnan, then the canal crossed at Laggan Locks, and along the towpath past a floating pub.
Laggan to Fort Augustus
Continuing along by the canal as far until Laggan Swing Bridge. Past the Great Glen Water Park, then a path by the east side of Loch Oich. Part of this follows the route of the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway, with the remains of Invergarry station visible, along with several old bridges and tunnels.
Past the swing bridge and tea garden at Aberchalder, then crossing the canal at Cullochy lock.
Then a path running in between the canal and the River Oich, passing by Kytra Lock. Dropping down by the flight of locks into Fort Augustus.
The Invergarry Link is an alternative route along the western side of Loch Oich. This provides access to shops and accommodation in Invergarry.
It turns off just before Laggan Locks and follows a minor road to North Laggan, then a short distance on a path by the A82, before a track into the forest. Onto the Mandally road, then over the bridge into Invergarry.
After Invergarry, a path back up into the forest. Dropping back down to the A82, then across the 'new' Bridge of Oich and the swing bridge, to rejoin the main Great Glen Way route.
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