The Great Glen is a natural feature – a geological fault line between Fort William and Inverness. The area encompasses some of the best known landmarks in Scotland including Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. The Glen is a significant tourist attraction and major route through the Highlands, between east and west.
Most visitors will drive through the Glen, but the three Great Glen Ways – walking, cycling and boating – offer a sustainable alternative. Whether completed from coast to coast, or sampled in bite-sized chunks, the ‘three ways’ offer an unforgettable experience.
One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the Great Glen Way takes you 79 miles across Scotland from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. The route follows sections of the canal towpath and forestry tracks through some of the Highland’s most beautiful scenery and alongside Loch Ness. Taking 5-6 days to walk, The Great Glen Way is a popular walking route for all levels of walker. The low-level towpaths and woodland tracks are ideal for the less experienced long distance walker, whilst there are some more challenging sections for the more experienced. The trail is also suitable for use by mountain bikes and horse riders. Great Glen Way multi-use notes – updated February 2019
We’re expecting 2021 to be another bumper year for post-lockdown visits, so the routes are likely to be much busier than usual. To reduce the pressure on the sensitive environment of the Great Glen, we’re encouraging paddlers, walkers & cyclists to book accommodation in commercial campsites, B&Bs, hostels, guest houses or hotels rather than wild camping on their journey.