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Thistle within hexagonGreat Glen Way

Highland

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.

Two alternative route sections complement the original main route: Great Glen Way High Route links Fort Augustus at a higher level above Loch Ness to rejoin the main route above Alltsigh; and Great Glen Way Invergarry Link 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. The mapping below shows them by selecting the Show Variants option.


Details:

Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Challenging
Canal
Forest/Woodland
Lake/Reservoir/Loch
Start: NN104742 - Fort William, Highland View on StreetMap
Finish: NH666452 - Inverness, Highland View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2002
Web Sites: Scotland's Great Trails Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes SCSupport Ltd - Great Glen Way Great Glen Way - Leaflets & Maps Downloads Great Glen Way Official Site Independent Hostels UK - Great Glen Way Accommodation Annierak - Great Glen Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback Great Glen Way: Fort William to Inverness  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2017 )
Paperback Great Glen Way: Fort William to Inverness Two-Way Trail Guide (Cicerone Walking Guide) (Cicerone Trail Guides)  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Guidebook Great Glen Way : walk or cycle the Great Glen Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2014 )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Paperback Great Glen Way: Paperback  (Challenge Publications  - 2003 )
Booklet Great Glen Way accommodation and services guide  (Highland Council - Great Glen Way Office  - 2016 )
General Interest Book Big Walks of the North  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Guidebook Great Glen Way : a low-level walking route from Fort William to Inverness  (Mainstream Publishing  - 1997 )
Guidebook The Caledonian Canal  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1998 )
External PDF Accommodation and Service Guide  (Highland Council - Great Glen Way Office  - 2016 ) Download
Certificate Certificate of Completion Great Glen Way  (Highland Council - Great Glen Way Office )
E-Book Great Glen Way (Cicerone)  (Amazon Media Group  - 2016 )
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )

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Maps:

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Path Variants
Scotland's Great Trails
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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 26, 34, 35, 41
OS Landranger Active 26, 34, 35, 41
OS Explorer 55, 391, 392, 399, 400, 415, 416, 431
OS Explorer Active 55, 391, 392, 399, 400, 415, 416, 431
Other Paper Maps:
Stripmap
Great Glen Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2017)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Great Glen Way (Harvey Maps - 2017)

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 (Discovery Travel)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (C-N-Do Scotland)
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Baggage Handling (Loch Ness Travel Co)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Sherpa Expeditions)
Support Providers
Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Great British Walks Limited)
Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Piggyback Baggage Transfers)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Connected Paths:


Downloads:

GPX 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

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