Run, walk, hike - Caledonian Canal
Explore your local canal for a leisurely stroll or pick up the pace and enjoy getting fit as you jog or run along the canal. Walking along a canal path can give you a completely different view on a place, even somewhere you know well. Enjoy well maintained paths and a traffic free atmosphere, ideal whether you choose to run or walk.
A walk along the Caledonian Canal gives you the opportunity to experience all Scotland has to offer. It's not called Great Glen for nothing! 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 four 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 2023 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.
The canal towpaths are mixed-use routes and are enjoyed by a variety of users including walkers, anglers, cyclists, horse-riders, users with disabilities, portaging canoeists and maintenance vehicles. Find out your rights and responsibilities in Scotland’s outdoors with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
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.
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!
If you are walking or cycling the Great Glen Way and planning to wild camp you can pay to access the toilet and shower facilities along the canal. Access is charged at £10 per person (under 12’s are free) and keys must be returned at the end of your trip.
To arrange access please call the Inverness office, details below.
Your local waterway office
Caledonian Canal Office
Inverness, IV3 5LE
Tel: 01463 725500