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The Great Glen Way Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan
Each day you will be guided along The Great Glen Way to the next accommodation, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Day 1 - Arrive in Fort William View of Ben Nevis with Rosebay Willow Herbs in front
This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Fort William. We will have accommodation arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to Fort William and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.
Accommodation – in Fort William

Day 2 – Walking to Gairlochy - 11 miles
Today you will be walking to Gairlochy, it is 4-5 hours of walking and 11 miles in length. You will see highlights such as the innovative Neptune’s Staircase, a working canal lock, and Ben Nevis, Scotland's biggest mountain.
Accommodation – in Fort William

Day 3 - Walking to Laggan - 11 miles View over Loch Ness from Fort Augustus
Today you will be walking to Laggan, your next 11 mile section. This will take slightly longer than the day before, around 4.5 to 5.5 hours of walking. You will get to walk along the side of Loch Lochy, said to be the home of Lizzie, the sister of the Loch Ness monster, so keep your eyes peeled!
Accommodation – in Fort Augustus

Day 4 – Walking to Fort Augustus - 11 miles
Today is the gentlest day so far, you will be walking to Fort Augustus. It is 11 miles long, it will take around 4.5 hours and again will be nice and flat. Much of the day will be spent walking along the famous canal and you will walk the length of Loch Oich, one of the most scenic lochs in Scotland. You will also see the ruins of Invergarry Castle before reaching your destination of Fort Augustus.
Accommodation – in Fort Augustus

Day 5 – Invermoriston - 7.5 miles The Great Glen Path next to The Caledonian Canal
Today is the shortest day of the entire trip and so it is a good opportunity to take it easy on the 3.5 – 4 hours of walking. You will be walking to Invermoriston which is just 7.5 miles away. Today's highlight is the views over Loch Ness, the final of the three majestic lochs on the trek and the home of the famous Loch Ness Monster!
Accommodation – in Fort Augustus

Day 6 – Walking to Drumnadrochit - 14.5 miles
Expect it to take around 5-6 hours to get to Drumnadrochit, it is 14.5 miles of walking with 495 meters of ascent, however it is well worth the effort. You will head through pine forests and get views over more of Loch Ness. This area is abundant with wild life and you may spot a bird of prey or a red squirrel.
Accommodation – in Inverness

Day 7 – Walking to Inverness - 19 miles
Inverness Castle at the End Marker of The Great Glen Way This is the last day of walking and it is the hardest, you will be walking for 7- 9 hours, covering 19 miles and 480 meters of ascent before arriving at the finish in Inverness. It will be a day of great variety, walking through forests and farmland and gaining views of the mountains of the Cairngorms as well as more glimpses at Loch Ness. Before reaching the marker at the end of our journey.
Accommodation – in Inverness

Day 8 – Depature/Drive back to Fort William
Today we will pick you up from your accommodation in Inverness and drive you back to Fort William or to a train station if you have arranged this with us beforehand. From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.

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