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Thistle within hexagonGreat Glen Way

121 km / 75 miles

Highlands
One of the original four officially designated Long Distance Routes in Scotland, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, links the west coast at Fort William, the end of the West Highland Way, with the east coast at Inverness via the Great Glen and Loch Ness. Use is made of forestry tracks, the towpath of the Caledonian Canal and various minor lanes and tracks with very little use made of the main A82.

The updated guide published in 2014 by Rucksack Readers includes two new more scenic route alternative sections to the original main route - Great Glen Way High Route that links from Fort Augustus at a higher level above Loch Ness to rejoin the main route above Alltsigh, and Great Glen Way Invergarry Link Route that traverses along Loch Oich on the western side between Laggan and Aberchalder passing close to Invergarry, while the main route keeps to the east of this Loch. Both variants are more scenic but more demanding and provide alternatives if forestry operations close the main route. They are also shown on the OutdoorHighlands website below. The mapping below shows them by selecting the Show Variants option.


Strider News - December 2017 (Publication Update)

A new Footprint Map is available.  See 'Other Paper Maps' below.


Strider News - August 2017 (Publication Update)

There is a new guide by Jim Manthorpe from Trailblazer Publications, listed below.


Details:

Path Type
Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Waymark
Thistle within hexagon
Attributes
Scotland's Great Trails; Canal; Forest/Woodland; Lake/Reservoir/Loch
Start
NN104742 - Fort William, Highlands
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Finish
NH666452 - Inverness, Highlands
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Open Date
2002

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
Guidebook + Map Flap
Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Great Glen Way: Paperback (Challenge Publications - 2003)
Booklet
Paperback
Big Walks of the North (Summersdale Publishers - 2010)
Hardback
Great Glen Way (Mainstream Publishing Co Ltd - 1997)
Leaflet
Great Glen Cycle Route (Forest Enterprise N Scotland - 1993)
Paperback
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publishers - 2007)

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Maps:

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info.(interactive map help)

Show Connected Path Outlines
Path Highlights
Path Variants
Scotland's Great Trails
Other Paths
Anytime Challenges

Show Accommodation
Hostel Accommodation
Bunk House

 
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
26343541
OS Landranger Active
26343541
OS Explorer
55391392399400415416431
OS Explorer Active
55391392399400415416431
Other Paper Maps:
Stripmap
Great Glen Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2017)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Great Glen Way XT40 (Route Maps) (Harvey Maps - 2011)
Stripmap
Caledonian Canal & the Great Glen (GEOprojects - 2005)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Great Glen Travel)
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Baggage Handling (Great Glen Baggage Transfer)
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Baggage Handling (Sherpa Van Project)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Cruising Holidays (Caledonian Discovery)
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Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (North-West Frontiers Ltd)
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Guided Walking Holidays (Guided Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Wilderness Scotland)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Absolute Escapes Ltd)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Make Tracks Walking Holidays)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Mickledore Travel Ltd)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (C-N-Do Scotland)
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Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Loch Ness Travel Co)
Support Providers
Support Providers
Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Sherpa Expeditions)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Bunk House
< 1 Km
7 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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74 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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121 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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121 Km
Hostel Accommodation
< 1 Km
121 Km
Hostel Accommodation
1 Km
121 Km

Click to show 11 more Accommodations


Connected Paths:


Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File
Great Glen Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 14/07/2016 10:45:12 - Minor adjustments to route
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MemoryMap Route file
Great Glen Way Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 14/07/2016 10:45:12 - Minor adjustments to route
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Tracklogs Route file
Great Glen Way Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 14/07/2016 10:45:13 - Minor adjustments to route
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Route Profile:

121.4 Km (75.4 miles)
2,753 m (9,032 ft) ascent
382 m (1,253 ft)  maximum height