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 £280 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

“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
“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
“Everything with your service went smoothly! We had wonderful B&Bs and good service with the hosts as well. Everything worked well. Accommodations were excellent. Our things were smoothly transferred!”
Ms Aaltonen, Finland
“Everything was arranged very well the same as baggage transportation.”
Mr Mostaan, Belgium
“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
“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
“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
“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
"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)