The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way is Scotland's fourth National Long Distance Walking Route. It runs from Fort William at the northern end of the West Highland Way to the City of Inverness along the Great Glen Fault. The route is 73 miles (118 Km) in length following closely the line of the Caledonian Canal.


The Old Fort :
You are standing in the remains of what was a large Garrison Fort, home for a hundred soldiers. The Fort was built by General Mackay in 1690 who named it after King William hence the town’s name.

Nearly 200 years later the Fort was dismantled and the land purchased by the West highland Railway Company who put their railway through the Fort.


The walk starts from the side of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It follows the line of the Caledonian canal for almost all the way, this canal opening out into Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich prior to the much longer Loch Ness. The way departs to the west of Loch Ness shortly after Drumnadrochit and takes a moor and farmland route before finally crossing the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness as the walk enters the City of Inverness. At this point neither the canal or river have more than two miles to run before they enter the sea at the Moray Firth and then onwards to the North Sea.

Although the website refers to Fort William as the start point, the route can be equally well walked and enjoyed starting from Inverness and heading south.

The Great Glen Route / Caledonian Canal was a much used shipping link in the 19th and earlier 20th century allowing trade to avoid the Pentland Firth and the French privateers during the Napoleonic Wars. To learn of the walking route and all the interest along the way click here or use the appropriate navigation buttons below.

A part of the Way is temporarly closed over the winter period due to Timber Harvesting. For fuller details click on "The Walk" button.

If you are planning to walk the route, the website has a directory of accommodation and other service providers. This is also located by clicking on the 'Support' button below.

To simply explore more about the Way click here , or press the 'The Walk' button below.

This website is endorsed by "Scotland's Physical Activity Strategy - Let's Make Scotland More Active"

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