The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way runs through the heart of Inverness-shire, along the mighty diagonal slice through the land that is the Great Glen.  It is one of those routes which the feet long to tread, and mine have, on much of it – but a complete traverse in one go is yet to come.

Though in the midst of the Highlands, the Great Glen Way is modest on climbs, because it follows the glen, by the shores of the lochs and the rivers which join them, and runs on the towpath of the Caledonian Canal.  Nevertheless, it does head for the hills in places, into the enchanted forests that climb up the sides of the glen above the lochs.

Above the loch

The Route

The route begins in Fort William, by the shore of Loch Lochy, and from there runs north-east to Inverness.

Route map


  • Ordnance Survey Explorer (1:25 000) [detail to follow]