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Great Glen Way Independent walking holiday

Independent Great Glen Way walking holiday

This is one of C-N-Do’s specially crafted slow travel tours, using public transport and your own energy to get to know Scotland.

With lots of choices for walking, cycling and generally good old fashioned exploring, you will get to know and love the areas and communities you pass through.

Enjoy, and come again or tell your friends. Slow travel - the only way to holiday in Scotland.

About The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way follows the Great Glen fault throughout its length. The scenery is enthralling, the history intriguing, Loch Ness Monster spotting indescribable, and the challenge very achievable; a fine walk with plenty of variety.

Please Note: This tour starts in Fort William and finishes in Inverness.

Holiday Highlights

  • A journey along the Great Glen Fault
  • History and Heritage from modern day to 400 million years ago.
  • Walk the length of Loch Ness.
  • Stunning scenery and an amazing achievement
  • Neptune's Staircase
  • Loch side oak and birch woods
  • The old Military Road along Loch Oich
  • Picturesque Fort Augustus
  • Nessie spotting
  • Inverness the Highland Capital and journey's end.

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Booking Definitions

Solo walker:

1 person per booking in a single room. (Single room supplement included)

2 or more walkers:

Minimum 2 people per booking based 2 sharing. (Single room supplement extra. Please see details for each trip)

Option Price SRS Date  
(Solo walker)
£675 Incl.
(2 or more)
£495 £120

Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Walk to Gairlochy by the Caledonian Canal, 11 miles, 17.5km

Day 2: Walk to Laggan via Loch Lochy, 12 miles, 19km

Day 3: Walk to Fort Augustus and the banks of Loch Ness, 12 miles, 19km

Day 4: Walk to Invermoriston, 8 miles, 13km

Day 5: Walk to Drumnadrochit, 14 miles, 22km

Day 6: Walk to Inverness, 18 miles, 29km (or take a taxi to Abriachan and shorten the walk to 12 miles, 19km.)

Best time to go

The best time to go is just about anytime. Each season has its own special feeling.

March–April: Late snows on the high hills and the clear winter air makes for sparklingly clear landscapes.

May-June: Spring flowers and the first flush of luminous green as the trees burst forth.

July–August: Summer days, birds galore, the start of the heather colours on the hills.

September–October: Autumn tints increasingly form the colour palette, the haunting sounds of deer rutting, and the autumn mists adding to the mystery of the hills.

Superior Option - What's Included

  • 5 nights in 2 person ensuite guest house B&B accommodations.
  • Walking the Great Glen Way over 6 days.
  • Walking maps of the route
  • Holiday Dossier with background information and advice, local attractions and suggestions.
  • Emergency contact in Scotland
  • VAT at the current rate of 20%

Optional extras:

  • Pop out to Mallaig on the Harry Potter train
  • Take a boat trip on Loch Ness
  • Add a day trip to Orkney at the end
  • Have some time in Glasgow or Edinburgh before or after for some City Culture

Not included:

  • Meals not specified above
  • Optional local bus journeys or excursions or entries


  • £495 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
  • £120 single supplement
  • £675 single person booking on their own
Independent Walking Holidays