• SELF-GUIDED
  • 6 DAYS
  • Easyto Moderate

OVERVIEW

This version of the Great Glen Way Short Break splits the long 32km day into Inverness from Drum into two days. This is the best way to discover the best of the Great Glen Way and Loch Ness.

At the southern end of Loch Ness sits the historic town of Fort Augustus.  Set on the banks of the 200-year-old Caledonian Canal, the inviting water-side pubs are a great spot to sample local single malt whiskies and watch boats gently make their way through the colossal lock gates. Leaving Fort Augustus, the trail ventures into ancient woodland and up onto heather-clad moors, where red deer roam high on the hillsides. Descend to the waterside town of Drumnadrochit with views of the mystical remains of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax splitting the long walking day into two, walking from Loch Ness to the historic Inverness Castle in 6 days
  • Hike through ancient woodlands and along hillside trails above Loch Ness
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the mythical Loch Ness Monster
  • Spend time in the canalside pubs of Fort Augustus
  • Spot red deer, grouse, ospreys and the elusive golden eagle
  • Stay in family-run bed and breakfasts and old coaching inns which have long welcomed travellers along the Great Glen Way.

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easyto Moderate

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Walk the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Inverness in 5 days
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3* hotels & guest houses
  • The perfect short break to experience walking in the stunning Scottish landscape
  • All luggage transfers
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Maps, comprehensive walk notes and gpx tracks
  • 24/7 telephone support

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

During this tour, you will spend each night in 3* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. Your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in remote settings, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process. For this tour, we would always advise booking as soon you have chosen your travel dates. The hotels on this tour get very busy.

Dining
You will be provided with 4 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with friends and family but would like your own room, just let us know when booking. Single rooms can be booked for an additional payment.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.

So the saying goes in Scotland, always be prepared for a change of weather! Regardless of when you travel, you can experience rainy days with temperatures dipping to 12°C and on the same day, clear skies and sunshine of up to 22°C. In the early and later weeks of the season, it isn’t unusual to see snow on the mountain tops, and you may even experience a frost. May and June are usually the months with the least rainfall, followed by July, August and September. However, what Scotland lacks in warm weather, it truly makes up for it with hospitality.

THE WALKING

Moderate walking. An active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed along with usual walks. Typically, days are generally easy-going underfoot. Distances on this walk range from 13km to 17km in a day. There are some very easy-going sections along canal towpaths, whilst other sections have between 500-700m of ascent, so you should be physically prepared for the change of distances and ascent. The route will have sections of canal tow paths, forest roads, rocky trails and in places, loose terrain underfoot. Trails are very well-defined and are very well waymarked. You will also walk through towns and villages. Although the route is well waymarked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with daily summaries, a map, a guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Fort William and finishes in Inverness.

To Fort William
Fort William does not have an airport. The closest airports are Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

From Glasgow airport, you can catch the shuttle bus to central Glasgow and take a direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street (3hrs 45min journey). If arriving at Edinburgh airport you can take a bus to Edinburgh Haymarket and change for a train to Fort William, travelling via Glasgow Queen Street.
Should be flying in and out of Inverness, bus services connect the airport and Fort William, with a journey time of around 3hrs.

If travelling from London, you can take a domestic flight to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and connect to Fort William via the train.

Caledonian Sleeper Train – to Fort William
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 10 pm, travel through the night and arrive in Fort William around 8.30 am the following day.

Onward Travel From Inverness

The nearby airport has excellent domestic connections across the UK and a limited service into Europe.
Alternatively, the Inverness train has onward connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh (4hrs 30mins).

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases.

If travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper Service, please check Caledonian Sleeper for information.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

DEPARTURE DATES

There are no any departure date available.

sections

Overview

This version of the Great Glen Way Short Break splits the long 32km day into Inverness from Drum into two days. This is the best way to discover the best of the Great Glen Way and Loch Ness.

At the southern end of Loch Ness sits the historic town of Fort Augustus.  Set on the banks of the 200-year-old Caledonian Canal, the inviting water-side pubs are a great spot to sample local single malt whiskies and watch boats gently make their way through the colossal lock gates. Leaving Fort Augustus, the trail ventures into ancient woodland and up onto heather-clad moors, where red deer roam high on the hillsides. Descend to the waterside town of Drumnadrochit with views of the mystical remains of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax splitting the long walking day into two, walking from Loch Ness to the historic Inverness Castle in 6 days
  • Hike through ancient woodlands and along hillside trails above Loch Ness
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the mythical Loch Ness Monster
  • Spend time in the canalside pubs of Fort Augustus
  • Spot red deer, grouse, ospreys and the elusive golden eagle
  • Stay in family-run bed and breakfasts and old coaching inns which have long welcomed travellers along the Great Glen Way.
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • Walk the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Inverness in 5 days
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3* hotels & guest houses
  • The perfect short break to experience walking in the stunning Scottish landscape
  • All luggage transfers
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Maps, comprehensive walk notes and gpx tracks
  • 24/7 telephone support
Accommodation & Dining

During this tour, you will spend each night in 3* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. Your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in remote settings, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process. For this tour, we would always advise booking as soon you have chosen your travel dates. The hotels on this tour get very busy.

Dining
You will be provided with 4 breakfasts. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

Single Rooms
If you are travelling with friends and family but would like your own room, just let us know when booking. Single rooms can be booked for an additional payment.

General Info

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.

So the saying goes in Scotland, always be prepared for a change of weather! Regardless of when you travel, you can experience rainy days with temperatures dipping to 12°C and on the same day, clear skies and sunshine of up to 22°C. In the early and later weeks of the season, it isn’t unusual to see snow on the mountain tops, and you may even experience a frost. May and June are usually the months with the least rainfall, followed by July, August and September. However, what Scotland lacks in warm weather, it truly makes up for it with hospitality.

THE WALKING

Moderate walking. An active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed along with usual walks. Typically, days are generally easy-going underfoot. Distances on this walk range from 13km to 17km in a day. There are some very easy-going sections along canal towpaths, whilst other sections have between 500-700m of ascent, so you should be physically prepared for the change of distances and ascent. The route will have sections of canal tow paths, forest roads, rocky trails and in places, loose terrain underfoot. Trails are very well-defined and are very well waymarked. You will also walk through towns and villages. Although the route is well waymarked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with daily summaries, a map, a guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use them for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Fort William and finishes in Inverness.

To Fort William
Fort William does not have an airport. The closest airports are Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

From Glasgow airport, you can catch the shuttle bus to central Glasgow and take a direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street (3hrs 45min journey). If arriving at Edinburgh airport you can take a bus to Edinburgh Haymarket and change for a train to Fort William, travelling via Glasgow Queen Street.
Should be flying in and out of Inverness, bus services connect the airport and Fort William, with a journey time of around 3hrs.

If travelling from London, you can take a domestic flight to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and connect to Fort William via the train.

Caledonian Sleeper Train – to Fort William
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 10 pm, travel through the night and arrive in Fort William around 8.30 am the following day.

Onward Travel From Inverness

The nearby airport has excellent domestic connections across the UK and a limited service into Europe.
Alternatively, the Inverness train has onward connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh (4hrs 30mins).

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases.

If travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper Service, please check Caledonian Sleeper for information.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

Departure Dates
There are no any departure date available.

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