Great Glen Way

Guided Trail

Code: XYLDW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Hard
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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 leisurely walk from Scotland’s western shores at Fort William, to the east and the highland city of Inverness. The Great Glen takes us along the banks of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and the ever-famous Loch Ness, with many an opportunity to admire the stunning highland scenery surrounding you.

Holiday Highlights

  • Traverse the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness, on this scenic low-lying trail
  • Soak up the splendid Highland scenery, rugged mountains and heather quilted glens
  • Walk alongside Britain’s highest mountain, greatest geological fault, and most famous loch; keeping your eyes peeled for the Loch Ness Monster!

What's included

  • 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

Accommodation

Your accommodation for the first four nights of the trail is at HF Holidays' Country House at Glen Coe, Alltshellach. The second half of your stay will be in Inverness, at the Inverness Palace Hotel. Our accommodation has been specially selected for their character, quality, warm welcome and friendly service.

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 Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel offers a warm welcome after a day’s walking. All rooms are spacious and en-suite. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, if you want to burn off any extra energy, or just relax after your day’s walking. The hotel is centrally located, and overlooks the river, with fantastic views of the castle.

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.

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Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

All walking days involve coach or taxi transport between the walking route and your accommodation and this is included in your holiday price

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 (22.4km) with 833 feet (254m) of ascent

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. 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 1,565 feet (477m) of ascent

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 and pay a visit to the Caledonian Canal heritage centre. 11.9 miles (19km) with 1,407 feet (429m) of ascent

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!  7.4 miles (11.9km) with 1,411 feet (430m) of ascent.  (A High Route of similar length but more climb gives spectacular views in fine weather)

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. 14.5 miles (23.2km) with 2,870 feet (875m) of ascent.

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. 19.1 miles (30.6km) with 2,041feet (622m) of ascent

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

Inverlochy Castle, western end of the Great Glen
Although now a ruin this was one of the most important castles in Scottish history and has been the backdrop for some major historical events.

Neptune’s Staircase, just north of Loch Linnhe
Neptune’s Staircase is the longest staircase lock in the entire UK. It comprises of 8 locks, which lifts boats 64 feet and is quite a spectacle.

Clan Cameron museum, Achnacarry
The museum traces the history of the Clan. Also on display are artefacts, photographs and information about the Commandos, who trained at Achnacarry during the Second World War.

Inverness Castle
The castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness. The red sand stone structure was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. It is built on the site of an 11th century defensive structure. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. The castle itself is not open to the public but the grounds are.

Travel

Rail: As this holiday starts and finishes at two different points, travelling by train may be the most convenient method of travel. The nearest rail station to Alltshellach is at Fort William, but most guests take a train to Glasgow, and then continue their journey to Alltshellach using our Coach transfer.  For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950.  For National Rail enquires from overseas call +44 (0)20 7278 5240

Coach Transfer to Alltshellach

Each Saturday we operate a coach transfer from Glasgow to Alltshellach.  There are limited places so booking is essential – please call our Holiday Services team on 0208 732 1220 or email holidayservices@hfholidays.co.uk

The charge is £15 for a single trip; Depart Glasgow Buchanan Street bus station* at 1615 or Glasgow International Airport at 1645. *Buchanan Street bus station is about 15 minutes walk from Glasgow Central station (frequent buses available) or 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station.

Air: If you are travelling from overseas or the South of England there are frequent flights to Glasgow International Airport.  On Saturdays you can join our coach transfer to Alltshellach.

Car: For those wishing to travel by car, there is car parking available at Alltshellach for the duration of your holiday.  However please note 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.

Holiday Finish

The last three nights are spent in Inverness.  For your return journey there is a railway station in Inverness and also an airport

Reviews

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16 Jun 2016, 8:52 a.m.

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Although we were a small group HF still allocated a guide and allowed the holiday to go ahead, we were very impressed by this and by their organisational skills.

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The weather was brilliant and we saw the Great Glen at its best. The guide was very knowledgeable about trees, birds and flowers and loved the outdoors. The Great Glen is beautiful and the scenery stunning. It has whetted our appetite to see more of the Highlands.
22 Sep 2015, 5:44 p.m.

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Organisation of Glasgow transfer was dreadful. I had to chase info afterI had booked well in advance and then I wasn't on the coach driver's list. I understand that the majority of people in the transfer coach were not on the list.

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Enjoyed the new higher route. I would have preferred to split the last day into two, but I managed it OK.
Thank you for your feedback - our apologies if this was a mix up on the transfer - we will check and improve this.

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
HF Holidays
22 Sep 2015, 3:35 p.m.

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I e-mailed a complaint about Alltshellach (quality of accommodation and quality of food) : I am expecting an answer.

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The trail itself was quite nice, with very good leadership. However, I complain about the quality of Alltshellach accommodation and food.
22 May 2015, 4:50 p.m.

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Everything I want in a holiday.

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Plenty of variety
19 Oct 2014, 8:26 p.m.

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Good accommodation and food. Helpful staff.

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Enjoyed the walk. Good company and a good leader.
12 Oct 2014, 11:51 a.m.

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Well organised Holidays
9 Oct 2014, 2:02 p.m.

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As always I felt really looked after by HF, which as a carer is so important fore me when I go awqay.

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Even the weather was on our side. A great walk.
18 May 2014, 8:55 p.m.

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Good service throughout

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Excellent leader - Anne Jago - but transport problem from the Inverness taxi firm who failed to pick on first day of travel to Inverness Hotel.
15 May 2014, 3:17 p.m.

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Quality and reliability was very good. The walking leader was perfect. It was a pleasure to have her for guiding.
15 May 2014, 6:48 a.m.

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as good as ever

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excellent walking

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
10 Jun 2017 XYLDW - Great Glen Way 7 £1,029.00 £1,004.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now
9 Sep 2017 XYLDW - Great Glen Way 7 £1,029.00 £1,004.00 Special Early Booking offer £25 off pp - ends 3 October Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £168 (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: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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