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Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way

A stunning walk from Fort William to Inverness through Scotland's Great Glen.

6 to 8 nights
73 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £585 per person

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About this route

This holiday option explores the full length of the Great Glen Way National Trail from Fort William to Inverness. This epic 73-mile holiday encounters the iconic British landmarks of Ben Nevis and Loch Ness, along with a plethora of other fantastic scenery to enjoy.

As you cross the breadth of Scotland from coast to coast, expect a unique mixture of beautiful views, charming settlements, elusive wildlife and fascinating history, making for an all-round magnificent walking adventure.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
© Contours Walking Holidays Great Glen Way map
Fort William to Inverness
73 miles (117 km)
27th March to 10th October

Holiday highlights

Tracing the course of the Caledonian Canal through spectacular forests.

Discovering the impressive castles on the route, including Urquhart Castle and Ardverikie Castle.

Revelling in the sense of achievement as you cross the country of Scotland from coast to coast.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
GGW1 From Fort William to Inverness 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£585
GGW2 From Fort William to Inverness 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£680
GGW3 From Fort William to Inverness 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£780

Great Glen Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Fort William where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Fort William to Gairlochy(T). 10.5 miles (17km) / 354 ft (108 m) ascent

Day 2

Gairlochy(T) to South Laggan(L). 12 miles (19km) / 1070 ft (326 m) ascent

Day 3

South Laggan(L) to Invermoriston. 19 miles (30km) / 1512 ft (461 m) ascent

Day 4

Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit. 14 miles (22km) / 2096 ft (639 m) ascent

Day 5

Drumnadrochit to Inverness. 18 miles (29km) / 1857 ft (566 m) ascent


Depart from Inverness after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Many people have an extra night in Fort William before starting the trail and visit Glen Coe or Glen Nevis or climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

If you fancy somewhere peaceful, consider Invermoriston. It is an attractive little village and there are some lovely walks to waterfalls along woodland trails.

If you want to spend time looking for the Loch Ness Monster then Drumnadrochit is a good choice.

There is a lot to see and do in Inverness. The castle, cathedral, the Inverness Museum and Balnain House, with its fascinating exhibition of Highland music, are all worth a visit. Culloden Battlefield, which also has an informative visitor centre, is a short bus journey from the town.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Code: GGW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 27th March - 10th October
Start of holiday: Fort William
End of holiday: Inverness

Route Profile

Great Glen Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Inverness, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Fort William) and also at the end of the trail (Inverness).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Fort William and from Inverness.

From London - Trains run from London Euston/Kings Cross stations to Fort William. Alternatively, trains run from London Euston/Kings Cross stations to Glasgow, where coaches then run regularly to Fort William.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the coach from Inverness to Fort William.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

Great Glen Way Short Break
3 nights
22 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £305 per person
A wonderful walk along the central section of the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Great Glen Way

“Appreciated the organisation of the accommodation along the way and the baggage transfers which all went perfectly. The small guidebooks were helpful especially at times when we did get a little unsure of where to go. The emergency numbers were reassuring to have.”
Mr Thompson, New Zealand
“While the weather was challenging at times, the scenery was breathtaking and the path clear.”
Mr Bounds, Australia
“The hike was very brilliantly organized by Contours Walking Holidays. Simply put, Contours knows hiking, as the entire staff is out there doing it! The B&Bs and their locations were well placed along the hike. All the B&B’s were so helpful in planning where to eat, things to do in their village and packed us a wonderful lunch for the next day. We did take a day off from our hike in Fort Augustus. In Fort Augustus we played all day taking boat rides in an attempt to track down and find the Loch Ness Monster. Oh, yes, we came so close but Lizzie did indeed avoid us! We walked around the beautiful town, toured the Abby and grounds, and met so many awesome local people. There are so many choices for restaurants. I would describe the hike as “easy to moderate”. The views along the way were breath taking. Our pictures (over 1,000) and videos don’t even come close to what we saw with our eyes. I would recommend extra days in Fort William and Inverness as there is so much to do in those cities. If you are looking for a spectacular long-distance hike you owe it to yourself to have Contours Walking Holidays set up on the Great Glen Way! Great job Contours! We love you guys!”
Mr Richards, USA
“A very special and memorable trip for my Son and I. Very well managed, professional and very responsive and accommodating to change requests. I used Contours when walking the West Highland Way in 2004 and the same level of professionalism was evident in my latest trip. Would highly recommend them. Probably would not consider anyone else.”
Mr Connell, Australia
“Thank you, we had a lovely, hassle-free holiday… Everything went smoothly, pick-ups, etc.”
Mrs Cresswell, UK
“Excellent holiday.”
Mr Betterton, UK
“Contours, thank you for a wonderful holiday.”
Mr Windle, UK
“Everything was perfectly organised and timed. Thank you very much!”
Mr Gubser, Switzerland
“It was an amazing walk and an enjoyable time with all the hosts we met during the walk. We don't have enough words - especially in English - to explain how much we liked it.”
Mr Moreno, Spain
"Glenfinnan Viaduct" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019) "Glenfinnan Viaduct" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019)
"Fairy Trail" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019) "Fairy Trail" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019)
"After Gairlochy Locks" by Paula Aaltonen (2019) "After Gairlochy Locks" by Paula Aaltonen (2019)
"Outside Fort William" by Kim Dudley (2019) "Outside Fort William" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Outside Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019) "Outside Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Looking Back to Urquart Castle" by Kim Dudley (2019) "Looking Back to Urquart Castle" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Looking Back to Ben Nevis" by Kim Dudley (2019) "Looking Back to Ben Nevis" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Between South Laggan and Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019) "Between South Laggan and Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"View across Loch Ness" by Mary Jane Haemig (2019) "View across Loch Ness" by Mary Jane Haemig (2019)
"Loch Lochy near Clunes" by Jo McDonough (2018) "Loch Lochy near Clunes" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Walking Companion" by Jo McDonough (2018) "Walking Companion" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Corpach" by Jo McDonough (2018) "Corpach" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Loch Ness" by Hilary Donahue (2017) "Loch Ness" by Hilary Donahue (2017)