The area around the Caledonian Canal is superb walking country. With breathtaking scenery and so much wildlife, there is always something to enjoy. Take a relaxing stroll along the towpath, relax and unwind by going for a jog, hike the Great Glen Way long distance route, or climb Britain’s highest mountain. Watch the video below and you’ll be persuaded!
The Great Glen Way is one of 4 official long distance routes in Scotland. The 73 mile route takes you 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.
The South Loch Ness Trail was officially launched in August 2011 and is suitable for all types of users. This new and exciting trail stretches for approximately 28 miles between Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness via Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores.
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.
Fort William and Lochaber boast some of Scotland’s finest mountains. In fact, Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, overlooks the canal entrance at Corpach. Find out more about the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Dog Walkers are all welcome on the canal towpaths but remember
- Please keep your dog under control.
- Don’t let your dog’s lead obstruct other users.
- Clear up after your dog!
Check our Canal Works & Updates pages for details of current works along the Caledonian Canal.