8-daagse wandelvakantie Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way runs 73 miles (117km) following the Great Glen, (or Glen Mor or Glen Albyn). From Fort William on the Atlantic west coast to Inverness on the north sea.

From Loch Linnhe on the Atlantic coast the route follows canal towpaths, loch shore paths and forestry tracks to reach Inverness, capital of the Highlands. This is a relatively easy, low level route providing great views of the Lochs of the Great Glen and fine panoramas of the surrounding Highlands. With good waymarking, most of the walk is straight forward, along canal towpaths, forest tracks, but there are some challenging sections.

Dag 1

Travel to Fort William for your first night's accommodation. 

U overnacht in: Fort William

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Dag 2

Fort William - Gairlochy: Underneath Ben Nevis on the Calendonian Canal, 16 km.
The route starts in Fort William, on the shores of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Views of the mountain and its fearsome North Face cliffs can be seen over much of this section, weather permitting. The route leaves the shores of Loch Linnhe, heading inland past Neptune's Staircase, a series of locks near the strait of the Caledonian canal. From here the route takes the riverside path and canal towpath to highland villages of Gairlochy, at the foot of Loch Lochy.

U overnacht in: Gairlochy

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Dag 3

Gairlochy - South Laggan: The shores of Loch Lochy, 21 km.
This 13 mile section follows the northern bank of Loch Lochy for its entire length. It is characterised by fairly easy walking on forestry tracks, footpaths and minor roads. There are spectacular views over Loch Lochy to the high mountains beyond. 

U overnacht in: Southlaggan

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Dag 4

South Laggan - Fort Augustus, 16 km.
The canal towpath and old railway track bed take the route along the tree clad shores of Loch Oich, a nature reserve resplendent with native woodlands and wild flowers. There are views across the Loch to the ruins of Invergarry Castle, once the seat of the famous MacDonnells clan. Fort Augustus, established by General Wade in 1729, is soon reached. St Benedicts Abbey and cruises on Loch Ness provide diversions here.

U overnacht in: Fort Augustus

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Dag 5

Fort Augustus - Invermoriston, 13 km.
You leave Fort Augustus with a short, steep climb on a minor road which then leads into a forest with stunning views back over Fort Augustus with its abbey and locks.
Today's walk undulates through coniferous forest offering you superb glimpses of Loch Ness through the trees, before zigzagging down to Invermoriston. 

U overnacht in: Invermoriston

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Dag 6

Invermoriston - Drumnadrochit, 22 km.
After a steep climb out of Invermoriston with fine views of Loch Ness, you will walk on steep undualting forest tracks until Grotaig. From here the trail changes to moorland and farmland with views over the Great Glen and onwards to Drumnadrochit, known locally as "Drum." You could take a rest day here to visit the impressive Urquhart Castle and cruise on the mighty Loch Ness. 

U overnacht in: Drumnadrochit

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Dag 7

Drumnadrochit - Inverness, 29 km.
Today will be the most challenging day of all your walks. It is a long and varied day walking on exposed high moorland, farmland and woodland, finishing on the rural paths of Ness Islands before viewing the impressive setting of Inverness Castle, where this walk finishes.

U overnacht in: Inverness

Dag 8

Travel back home after breakfast.
 

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