Great Glen Way

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The Great Glen Way is a long distance path in Scotland.
The Great Glen Way is a 79-mile (129-km) hike between Fort William and Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands. It follows a major geological fault that runs southwest-northeast across the width of Northern Scotland. The walk takes you past the famous Loch Ness, where you can scan the waters for the Loch Ness Monster.
The Great Glen Way has some fairly strenuous sections in which you are walking into or out of the valley, but most sections can be broken into 11-mile (18-km) parts. The complete walk is typically completed in in 4 to 6 days. The official end/starting point of the walk is the Castle at Inverness.
The path is also suitable for cycling - some parts can be rough, so a mountain bike is recommended. It can be cycled in 2 to 3 days.
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There are several guidebooks and maps of the route for purchase, and at least one comprehensive website for the Great Glen Way, but it is possible to walk the route without a map (there are route markers at all key intervals) and without accommodation bookings.
==Get in==
The Great Glen Way can be walked in either direction, but it is generally recommended to start at Fort William, and end at Inverness. This direction means you have the sun and the prevailing wind at your back most of the time. This also gives the flatter southern half as a warm up, ahead of the hillier northern section.
Fort William is on the West Highland Railway, with regular trains to Glasgow, and an overnight sleeper train to London. This railway line is scenic, but it is not fast - it takes about 4 hours from Glasgow, or 5 hours from Edinburgh.
There are also regular buses to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, operated by Citylink. The buses are usually cheaper and faster than the train - about 3 hours from Glasgow.
Inverness is on the Highland Main Line, with trains to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and also a sleeper train to London. There are also regular buses, operated by Citylink, Megabus and National Express.
The walk passes through Gairlochy, Loch Lochy, Laggan, Fort Augustus, Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit. The last three are on the shores of Loch Ness. There are also diversions along the route to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, and several historic castles and museums.
These are suggested stages for each day, they can vary depending on how far you want to walk each day, and where you are staying.

Section 1: Fort William to Gairlochy

The official start is at the old fort, in Fort William. The path passes through Inverlochy, and along the shore of Loch Linnhe to Corpach. Here it joins the Caledonian Canal, then follows the towpath up past Neptune's Staircase, an impressive flight of locks. The way continues next to the canal for 10km, until it reaches a swing bridge at Gairlochy.

Section 2: Gairlochy to Laggan

From the way follows minor roads and paths along the northern side of Loch Lochy, towards Clunes. Here the way joins a forest track for 12km to Laggan.

Section 3: Laggan to Fort Augustus

From Laggan the way follows foresty tracks alongside Loch Oich before rejoining the Caledonian Canal. Here you walk inbetween of River Oich to your left and the Caledonian Canal to your right, passing two more locks before finally reaching Fort Augustus.

Section 4: Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

Section 5: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

Section 6: Drumnadrochit to Inverness



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