Great Glen Way Guided Trail

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,249pp

The Great Glen Way follows the magnificent fault-line that makes up the Caledonian Canal. Low-level towpaths and forest trails lead us on a trail from Scotland’s western shores at Fort William, to the eastern city of Inverness. The Great Glen takes us along the banks of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and the famous Loch Ness, with stunning highland scenery. If we choose the High Route above Loch Ness we have truly spectacular views. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic low-lying trail from Fort William to Inverness
  • Splendid Highland scenery, rugged mountains and heather glens
  • Walk beside Loch Ness  
  • Follow the magnificent fault line that makes up the Caledonian Canal

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation

Trip Notes

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Arrival at Alltshellach, leader introduction and evening meal.

 

Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.


Gentle tow paths of the Caledonian Canal lead us from Fort William to Gairlochy, past the impressive Neptune’s Staircase. On a clear day you’ll be treated to fantastic views of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. From Garilochy, forest trails wind along the shore to Achnacarry, where we end today’s walk at the 17th century croft house, now home to the Clan Cameron museum. 14 miles (22.5km) with 850 feet (255m) of ascent

Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.


Following forest tracks we hug the peaceful shores of Loch Lochy en-route to Laggan and the secluded shores of Loch Oich. Enjoy a rest at the end of the day and visit the Eagle Barge, a Dutch canal boat that has now been converted to a bar/restaurant, moored at Laggan Locks. The only floating pub on the canal! 12 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (465m) of ascent.

Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.


Tranquil shores and mixed woodland paths offer us a scenic route to the historic village of Fort Augustus. Our day begins through woodland above the northern shores of Loch Oich, before continuing at a leisurely pace along the tow paths. While away some time watching the boats make their way through the flight of locks in the centre of Fort Augustus. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent

Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.


Some splendid forest trails take you past the River Moriston as it tumbles into the waters of Loch Ness, and on towards Invermoriston. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know, you may get a glimpse of the infamous Loch Ness Monster!  7½ miles (12.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.  (A High Route of similar length but more climb gives spectacular views in fine weather)

Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness - Great Glen Way

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle and just a few steps from Inverness city centre. Dating back to the 1890’s, the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present and a Leisure Club & Spa, including a lovely pool.Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and WiFi.


Above the shores of Loch Ness, and a mix of forest, moorland and farmland walking accompany us as we wind our way to the teashops of Drumnadrochit,  for a little more ‘Nessie’ spotting! If time allows, and if you can drag yourself away, make a visit to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre. 14½ miles (23km) with 2,870 feet (875m) of ascent.

Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness - Great Glen Way

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle and just a few steps from Inverness city centre. Dating back to the 1890’s, the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present and a Leisure Club & Spa, including a lovely pool.Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and WiFi.


 

Our final day’s walk follows highland drove roads through conserved plantations of the ancient Scot’s pine, to the Highland city of Inverness. Whilst this is the most challenging section of the Way, it is straightforward with easy going terrain, and reaches a fitting finale at the imposing Inverness Castle. Any extra effort will be rewarded by spectacularly scenic views all day. 19 miles (30.5km) with 2,050 feet (622m) of ascent

 

Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness - Great Glen Way

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle and just a few steps from Inverness city centre. Dating back to the 1890’s, the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present and a Leisure Club & Spa, including a lovely pool.Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and WiFi.



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Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness - Great Glen Way

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle and just a few steps from Inverness city centre. Dating back to the 1890’s, the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present and a Leisure Club & Spa, including a lovely pool.Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board and WiFi.

Alltshellach - Great Glen Way

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
30 May - 06 Jun
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19 Sep - 26 Sep
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
4

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