|Track length:||103.7 km|
|Average speed:||4.83 km/h|
|Total ascent:||607 m|
|Total descent:||606 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
The Great Glen Way is a long distance path in Scotland. It follows the Great Glen, running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east, covering 79 miles.
It was opened in 2002 and is one of Scotland's four Long Distance Routes.
Beginning at the Old Fort in Fort William the Great Glen Way skirts the shores of Loch Linnhe to Carpach and the Caledionian CanalThe eight locks of Neptune's Staircase takes the canal to 19.2m above sea level. The route passes various canal features until Loch Lochy with forest tracks taking you along the western shore before re-joining the canal at Laggan Lockshere you will find munros on your route.
Great Glen Way on forest tracks near Loch Laggan
From Laggan Locks the route follows the towpath through Laggan Avenue to the Laggan Swing Bridge. Crossing the A82 it then runs along the eastern shores of Loch Oich, It joins to the canal towpath at Aberchalde to Fort Augustus.
At this point there is an alternative route known as the "Invergarry Link" runs along the western side of Loch Oich, providing access to accommodation and shops
the route climbs away from the canal and up into the forest above Loch Ness.
There are views from the high level forest track which eventually drops into and out by a steep climb. High level forest track leads into the hamlet of Grotaig then alongside the road until a path heads down through Clunebeg Wood to the banks of the River Coiltie and Borlum Bridge.
Then through the village of Drumnadrochit at this point a have a very comfortable stay at the steading Highland Glen Lodge Bed and Breakfast before the last leg of your journey carry on from Drumnadrochit up the steep hill to Abriachan, from here the Great Glen Way follows a forest track giving good views of Loch Ness on the way to Inverness capital of the Highlands with good travel links all over Scotland.
Leaving the road at Blackfold the waymarking indicates forest track at Craig Leach Forest which emerges at a reservoir, the route then runs downhill through the suburbs of Inverness, to the city centre, finishing at Inverness Castle.