Great Glen Way
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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 (opened in 2014) above Loch Ness we have truly spectacular views.
Alltshellach, Glen Coe - 4nts
HF Holidays' Country House, Alltshellach, a fine Victorian residence and formerly a bishop’s house, stands amid lawned and wooded grounds that sweep down to the shores of Loch Leven. An imposing background of towering mountains surrounds the loch. The building has a magnificent indoor swimming pool. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryer. It is well equipped with a boot and drying room.
Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness - 3nts
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.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrival at Alltshellach, leader introduction and evening meal.
Day 2: Fort William to Achnacarry
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 900 feet (280m) of ascent
Day 3: Achnacarry to North Laggan
Following forest tracks we hug the peaceful shores of Loch Lochy en-route to Laggan and the secluded shores of Loch Oich. 12 miles (19.5km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent
Day 4: North Laggan to Fort Augustus
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. 11.5 miles (18.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent
Day 5: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston
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! 7.5 miles (12km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent. (A High Route of similar length but more climb gives spectacular views in fine weather)
Day 6: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit
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. 15 miles (24km) with 3,000 feet (920m) of ascent.
Day 7: Drumnadrochit to Inverness
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 2,150 feet (640m) of ascent
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
The nearest station to the first hotel at Alltshellach is at Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach (see below).
At the end of the holiday the final hotel is a short walk from Inverness station, from where there are trains south to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
At the end of your holiday it is more convenient to fly from Inverness Airport. There is a regular bus service between the centre of Inverness and the airport. See www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com
Glasgow to Glen Coe transfer
We offer a coach transfer between Glasgow Buchannan bus station**, Glasgow airport and Alltshellach every Saturday. The transfer is £20 for a single trip, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Holiday Services team on 0208 732 1220.
On arrival days our coach leaves Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station at 4.15pm, or Glasgow airport at 4.45pm. We will arrive at Alltshellach at 7pm which is in time for dinner on your first evening.
** Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 mins walk from Glasgow central station (frequent buses are available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street station.
For those wishing to travel by car, there is car parking available at Alltshellach for the duration of your holiday. You will need to make your own arrangements for the return from Inverness. The best way to return for your car is by bus. For details of bus times and routes visit Traveline – www.traveline.info or phone 0871 200 22 33.
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- 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ Trails leader
- All transport and luggage transfers on walking days
Prices are per person
- Single room: £126 (complete holiday)
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person