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Walk the 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

Contours Self-Guided Walking Holidays

Contours provide everything you need to discover the Great Glen Way at your own pace.

The Great Glen Way

  • Cross Scotland from coast to coast through the dramatic Scottish Highlands, tracing the course of the Caledonian Canal.

  • Visit spectacular sites along the way, passing beneath Ben Nevis, wandering the shoreline of famous Loch Ness and exploring historic castles and forts.

  • Hike between welcoming towns and villages over open moorland, along tree-lined towpaths and beneath heather-clad hills.

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Fort William to Inverness
73 miles (117 km)
27th March to 10th October

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
GGW1 From Fort William to Inverness 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£540
GGW2 From Fort William to Inverness 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£630
GGW3 From Fort William to Inverness 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£720

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About Contours Holidays

Contours Walking Holidays organise self-guided walking tours in the UK and Ireland. We arrange everything so that you can walk your chosen route at your own pace. Our holidays are flexible, customisable and suit walkers of all ages and abilities. We also cater for solo travellers, groups, families and walkers with dogs, thanks to our extensive selection of itineraries.

What's Included

Shorter Walks

Not keen on tackling the full Great Glen Way? Then look to our alternative routes on this trail below, or browse the rest of our website. We have a range of over one hundred unique trails, each with their own special charm, so you're sure to find a self-guided walking holiday that suits you.

Routes on this trail

3 nights
22 miles
Moderate / Demanding+
From £280 per person
A wonderful walk along the central section of the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit.Find Out More
6 to 8 nights
73 miles
Moderate+
From £540 per person
A stunning walk from Fort William to Inverness through Scotland's Great Glen.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Great Glen Way

“Thank you, we had a lovely, hassle-free holiday… Everything went smoothly, pick-ups, etc.”
Mrs Cresswell, UK
“Everything was perfectly organised and timed. Thank you very much!”
Mr Gubser, Switzerland
“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
“Excellent holiday.”
Mr Betterton, UK
“Everything was arranged very well the same as baggage transportation.”
Mr Mostaan, Belgium
“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
“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
“Once again your organisation of luggage and booking of accommodation was excellent. I enjoyed the challenge of walking the Great Glen. You do a great job.”
Mrs Catton, UK
“While the weather was challenging at times, the scenery was breathtaking and the path clear.”
Mr Bounds, Australia