Great Glen Way

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NN2189 : Alongside Loch Lochy on The Great Glen Way by Row17
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.
NN1074 : Start of the Great Glen Way, at the old fort by Craig Wallace NN1074 : Start of the Great Glen Way by Colin Smith
Paths and roads are followed through the suburbs of Inverlochy, then crossing the Soldiers' Bridge, and following the shoreline past Caol.
NN1175 : The Soldier's Bridge by Colin Smith NN1075 : Path along the shoreline at Caol by Steven Brown NN1076 : Great Glen Way by edward mcmaihin
The Caledonian Canal towpath is joined at Corpach, then up past Neptune's Staircase.
NN1076 : Caledonian Canal at Corpach by Gareth James NN1076 : Caledonian Canal near Corpach by Gareth James NN1076 : Moorings below Neptune's Staircase and the railway and road swing bridges by David Long NN1176 : Banavie rail bridge and Neptune's Staircase by Martin Horsfall NN1177 : Neptune's Staircase, Caledonian Canal by Ian Taylor NN1277 : A quiet moment on the Caledonian Canal by Gordon Brown
Passing by the historic swing bridge at Moy, then crossing the canal at Gairlochy.
NN1278 : The Caledonian Canal and towpath by Gordon Brown NN1481 : Caledonian Canal at Loy Sluices by Colin Smith NN1682 : Approaching Moy Swing Bridge by Colin Smith NN1682 : Moy Bridge by John Allan NN1784 : Swing bridge at Gairlochy by Dave Fergusson NN1784 : Swing bridge on the Caledonian Canal by Dave Fergusson

Gairlochy to Laggan

Leaving Gairlochy and following a path and a minor road alongside Loch Lochy, passing through the small settlement of Bunarkaig.
NN1884 : Long Distance Footpath in Great Glen by Iain Thompson NN1886 : Marker post by Dave Fergusson NN1886 : Great Glen Way at Loch Lochy by Iain Thompson NN1887 : Bunarkaig by Dave Fergusson NN1887 : Bridge over River Arkaig, Bunarkaig by Peter Bond NN1988 : Road to Loch Arkaig by Steven Brown
At Clunes the road is left behind, following a track into the forest above the loch.
NN2088 : Forestry road, Clunes by Peter Bond NN2189 : Alongside Loch Lochy on The Great Glen Way by Row17 NN2390 : Great Glen Way Road Block by Colin Smith NN2593 : "Wild Camping Site" by Colin Smith NN2694 : View across Loch Lochy by Iain Thompson NN2695 : South Laggan Forest track split by Graham Ellis
A minor road is joined at Kilfinnan, then the canal crossed at Laggan Locks, and along the towpath past a floating pub.
NN2795 : Great Glen Way following track, near Kilfinnan by Craig Wallace NN2795 : Kilfinnan bridge and farm by Dave Fergusson NN2896 : South Laggan Lock ,Caledonian Canal by paul birrell NN2896 : Laggan Lock with boats in by Nicholas Mutton NN2896 : The Eagle, floating pub at Laggan Lock by Nicholas Mutton NN2897 : Canal Footpath near Laggan by paul birrell

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.
NN2998 : Swing bridge at Laggan, from the A82, going East by David Long NN3098 : Cabins at Great Glen Water Park beside Loch Oich by Karl and Ali NN3098 : Remains of Invergarry Station by Craig Wallace NH3201 : Disused railway viaduct by Rob Burke NH3201 : Leitirfearn by Dumgoyach NH3302 : Railway Bridge by Dumgoyach
Past the swing bridge and tea garden at Aberchalder, then crossing the canal at Cullochy lock.
NH3303 : Canal Swing Bridge House and Tea Garden by Sarah McGuire NH3303 : Aberchalder Swing Bridge by Dannie Calder NH3303 : Canal towpath leading to the Aberchalder swing bridge by Dannie Calder NH3404 : Cullochy Lock by Dannie Calder NH3404 : At Cullochy Lock by Colin Smith
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.
NH3404 : The Great Glen Way near Cullochy lock by Dave Kelly NH3506 : Track dips to allow run off from Canal to River Oich before Kytra Lock by Sarah McGuire NH3506 : Kytra Lock (2) by Danny Robinson NH3607 : Caledonian Canal by Danny Robinson NH3708 : Great Glen Way by Caledonian Canal as it goes towards Fort Augustus by Sarah McGuire NH3709 : Looking down the locks at Fort Augustus by Dorcas Sinclair

Invergarry Link

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.
NN2997 : Kilfinnan road at North Laggan by Alan Reid NN2997 : Kilfinnan road by Dave Fergusson NN2998 : Kilfinnan Road by Richard Webb NH3001 : A82  Bridge Crossing Invergarry River at Invergarry by Sarah McGuire
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.
NH3001 : Telephone box and cycle path, Invergarry by Richard Webb NH3201 : Great Glen Pathway by Sarah McGuire NH3303 : New Bridge of Oich by Robert Struthers NH3303 : Aberchalder swing bridge carrying the A82 over the Caledonian Canal by David Long

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