The Great Glen Way is one of Scotland’s’ easy long-distance walks. Just 79 miles long it can be walked comfortably in a week. This super straight walking holiday in Scotland, from Fort William to Inverness is a blissful walking holiday alongside Lochs and the Caledonian Canal towpaths. The Great Glen Way begins where the West Highland Way ends – at Fort William – and follows the Great Glen fault line, passing Loch Linnhe, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Ness. Most beneficial are the beautiful mountain views. You don’t have to climb to appreciate them!
The Glen is one of Scotland’s most significant landscape features. The fault line and glacial trough separate the North-West Highlands and the Grampian Mountains. A natural route along the Great Glen Way is fabulous for long distance walkers. Whether experienced, or not - as your first try this makes for a fabulous walking holiday. The canal sections on the southern part of the Great Glen make for easy walking. Forestry tracks, disused railway lines and Drovers road will take in views of Loch shores, hills, moors and beautiful Caledonian forests.
Wildlife enthusiast may see pretty Red Squirrels, Golden Eagles and Ospreys soaring in the skies. Whilst nature lovers won’t be disappointed at the array of wild flowers and mammals to be seen. Red deer and Roe deer are common sights.
Most walkers take 6 – 7 days to complete this path, so if you have extra days you could tag the West Highland Way onto your holiday! This walking holiday is available from late March till early October.
The Great Glen Way has four elongated lochs to marvel at. The most famous is Loch Ness, home to the mythical Loch Ness monster. Lochs Oich, Lochy & Linnhe are less renowned, though no less attractive. All four lochs are linked by the Caledonian Canal (a magnificent piece of engineering design, by Scottish civil engineer ‘Thomas Telford’). As you walk along the canal which was opened in 1822, marvel at the remarkable feat. Over the course of 500 yards the canal rises 70 feet through a ladder of 8 lock gates. This is called ‘Neptune’s staircase’.
The south-western end of the Great Glen is dominated by Fort William. A large town in the Highland region. Ben Nevis dominates the scenery here. Britain’s highest peak at 1345m above sea level.
Fort William was named after William III, also known as ‘William of Orange’. Inverlochy Castle is an excellent example of 13th century castle building and has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries.
Spean Bridge is a village on the Great Glen Way. Home to the Spean Bridge Commando Memorial, a tall bronze statue, by Scott Sutherland. In WW2, commando tactics formulated here in the woods and glens were the origin of our special forces.
Fort Augusts is one of those places walkers like to rest. This is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Glen Way. Fort Augustus is where the Caledonian Canal meets the famous Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the monster!! Here you will also see the Abbey built in 1876. Until recently a community of Benedictine monks lived here.
The Walking Holiday Company is offering lots of new walks in Scotland now. Other super walks are The West Highland Way, The Arran Coastal Way, The John Muir Way, plus others. Just check out our Walking Holidays in Scotland link.
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