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Great Glen Way In Comfort

9 Days & 8 Nights 4.8 Read 23 reviews
  • Stay in award-winning hotels and hike Scotland's iconic Great Glen
  • Sample delicious Scottish fare and enjoy a Highland welcome from your hosts
  • Follow the picture perfect Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness
  • Visit the 13th century ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
  • Delight in stunning views of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis
Our Great Glen Way In Comfort trip delivers a unique and truly memorable visit to Scotland for walkers wishing to experience the Great Glen Way with a touch of style. Stay in hand-selected hotels with first class service, traditional Scottish hospitality and culinary excellence. Starting in Fort William, at the base of Ben Nevis, follow the Caledonian Canal, via Neptune’s Staircase, and past Loch Lochy and Loch Oich to reach Scotland’s most northerly city of Inverness. En route you’ll trace the shores of iconic Loch Ness, pass the 13th century ruins of Urquhart Castle, and stay in charming Highland villages.

What To Expect

If at the end of a great day’s walking you like a touch of style and comfort this is the itinerary for you! Staying in award-winning country hotels and dining on delicious Scottish cuisine is perhaps the best way to discover this iconic Scottish landscape.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys

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Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded easy to moderate overall, with the 7 and 8 day tours graded moderate, due to a couple of longer days. Daily walking distances very between 8 - 20 miles. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths. There are ascents and descents involved, so a good level of fitness will be required. For fitter walkers the High Route will appeal, which affords particularly spectacular views from the Great Glen Way.

The High Route

In Summer 2014, through a £1 million project, the Forestry Commission Scotland created over 10 miles (16km) of waymarked Great Glen ‘High Route’ above Loch Ness. These new options take you above the treeline and offer fantastic views than the traditional route, with some challenging gradients and a new summit at 422m (1385ft) on Creag Dhearg.

Navigation

The route is well way marked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so you will easily manage to find your way.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This tour is available to solo walkers, although a supplement is payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party.  A single supplement is also payable.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. The hotels offer a continental and full cooked breakfast, which should keep you going for hours.

Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your guide book includes details of local pubs and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

Included
  • 8 nights hand-picked 3,4 & 5 star country hotels, inns and restaurants with rooms
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 1 nights dinner in Spean Bridge at a Michelin guide-listed restaurant
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • Transfers on Days 7 and 8 to the start of the walk
  • Transfers to/from hotels when off route
  • Information pack and access to maps and GPX tracks on the Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Travel to Fort William/from Inverness
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Excursions & entrance fees
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after your walk

When To Go

You can start your walk on the Great Glen Way on any day between March and October, subject to availability. The Great Glen Way is very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Inverness and Glasgow Airports are the most convenient. From Inverness Airport catch the bus (2 hours) or arrange a private transfer to Fort William. From Glasgow Airport take the shuttle bus into Glasgow city centre and then the train (4 hours) or bus (3 hours) to Fort William.

By Train: Between 3 and 4 trains run daily from Glasgow to Fort William and the journey takes around 4 hours. Widely regarded as one of the world’s great rail journeys this is a great way to start your trip. Visit Scotrail's website for timetables and tickets.

By Bus: Scottish Citylink operates up to 8 departures per day from Glasgow to Fortwilliam (3 hours) and up to 8 buses per day from Inverness (2 hours) to Fort William. Visit Scottish Citylink's website for timetables and tickets.

By Car: Fort William is 100 miles (approx. 3 hours) north of Glasgow on the A82. Parking (not secure) is available in Fort William. You can sometimes leave your car at the properties we use in Fort William, but please request this at the time of booking.

Private Transfers: We can arrange private transfers from Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh to the start/end of your walk; just ask us for a quote. This is often the smoothest way to begin or conclude your adventure.

Journey Planning: If travelling by public transport the website www.travelinescotland.com has an excellent journey planner.

Getting from the End

Inverness has excellent transport links by road, rail and air to destinations throughout Scotland and the UK. Use the websites listed above for timetables and tickets.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 18kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Fort William and overnight Day 2 Fort William to Gairlochy. Transfer to Spean Bridge 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 3 Gairlochy/Spean Bridge to Laggan 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Laggan to Fort Augustus 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 5 Fort Augustus to Invermoriston 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 7 Walk to Loch Laide, transfer to Drumnadrochit 7 miles / 11 km Day 8 Transfer to Loch Laide and walk to Inverness 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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