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 £330 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

“Everything was perfect, some hard parts (especially for my Achilles tendons) but worth every penny.”
Mr Jurkovic, Slovakia
“While the weather was challenging at times, the scenery was breathtaking and the path clear.”
Mr Bounds, Australia
“A fine walk which we were glad we had done from North to South. This was our sixth trip with Contours as a group and on the whole we were pleased with your standard of service once again.”
Mr McDonough, UK
“Nice places to stay, fine weather, beautiful nature.”
Mrs Petersen, Denmark
“Every aspect of this holiday was absolutely perfect. There were changes made to arrangements and accommodation which were carried out by yourselves without any problems whatsoever. Communication between us was 100% covered and couldn't have been any better. We could not find fault with any aspect of our trip and would like to thank every member of your team involved.”
Mrs Bradshaw, UK
“This is the first time I have used a company to arrange our walking holiday. I was a bit worried that the accommodation wouldn't be as good as when I have arranged it myself but I was pleasantly surprised.”
Ms Fiona Day, UK
“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
“All the B&Bs were just great, with warm welcoming, excellent facilities and services rendered. Transfer of luggage perfect. Holiday pack provided excellent.”
Mr Mathiot, Switzerland
“Another good walk. I enjoyed my stay in Scotland despite the weather (just one sunny day) I always tell others that I use yourselves and tell them home much I'm impressed with the holidays that you have sorted in the past. My next Contours holiday is The John Muir Way next May. This holiday had to be postponed in May 2020 and May 2021due to lockdowns! I will shortly be booking some more holidays for next year. I am keen to do some more of the Welsh Coastline.”
Mr Duthoit, UK
"Loch Lochy near St Ciaran's Church" by Fiona Walton (2021)
"Swimming in the Caledonian Canal" by Fiona Walton (2021)
"Eating Cake at Abriachan Eco Cafe" by Fiona Walton (2021)
"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)