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Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way

A walk through Scotland's Great Glen along the impressive Caledonian Canal.

3 to 8 nights
22-73 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £290 per person

About the trail

Take in Scotland’s finest scenery on a long-distance walking holiday through the Highlands, past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and along the shore of Loch Ness.

The Great Glen Way National Trail follows the route of the Caledonian Canal, which links the enormous lochs of the Great Glen all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea. Open moorland, tree-lined towpaths, and towering, heather-clad hills are staple views, alongside castles and forts that have witnessed some of the most bloody scenes of Scotland’s turbulent history.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Customer reviews from the Great Glen Way

“I would just like to say, on behalf of myself and the 2 friends I walked with, thank you for organising our accommodation and baggage transfer for our Great Glen walk. The accommodation was all very good, the transport of baggage went to schedule and the driver who picked us up in the middle of nowhere was on time and very helpful. The staff in your office kept us informed of the changes that were made to our plans. You even organised the weather, which was quite good, considering that south of the border they had torrential rain! We have done several long-distance walks and always organised our own accommodation and baggage transfer. Your company certainly made this all so easy and it was great that we were able to talk to the hosts at our accommodation beforehand. The directions we had for finding the accommodation were also good. Thank you.”
Mrs Thursfield, UK
“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
“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
“I had a lovely holiday walking the Great Glen! Days 3 and 4 along Loch Ness were spectacular! I truly appreciate the quick service, the directions to my B&BS nightly, and the luggage transfers. Truly an incredible experience I won’t forget thanks to all of you!”
Miss Reimann, USA
“Everything was perfect, some hard parts (especially for my Achilles tendons) but worth every penny.”
Mr Jurkovic, Slovakia
“Nice places to stay, fine weather, beautiful nature.”
Mr Petersen, Denmark
“In addition to the focus on accommodation, my walking companion and I were immensely impressed by the service, enthusiasm and organisational skills of Contours staff. Everything went really smoothly and we had a great holiday.”
Ms Williams, UK
“Contours, thank you for a wonderful holiday.”
Mr Windle, UK
“In rating the B&B accommodations... they were uniformly splendid and accommodated the tastes of all six of us from the US, aged 14 to 76.”
Mr Collins, USA
"Glenfinnan Viaduct" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019)
"Fairy Trail" by Lubo Jurkovic (2019)
"After Gairlochy Locks" by Paula Aaltonen (2019)
"Outside Fort William" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Outside Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Looking Back to Urquart Castle" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Looking Back to Ben Nevis" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"Between South Laggan and Fort Augustus" by Kim Dudley (2019)
"View across Loch Ness" by Mary Jane Haemig (2019)
"Loch Lochy near Clunes" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Walking Companion" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Corpach" by Jo McDonough (2018)
"Loch Ness" by Hilary Donahue (2017)