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Loch Lomond to Loch Ness Independent walking holiday

Independent Loch Lomond to Loch Ness 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 Loch Lomond to Loch Ness route

This 10 day trip, of some 93miles / 150km, combines the easier northern half of the West Highland Way with the flatter southern half of the Great Glen Way. The route between these two iconic lochs is one of superlatives; You’ll see Loch Lomond - the one with the largest surface area in Britain, and Loch Ness – second largest and the one containing the most water; you’ll pass Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK, walk through the Lairig Mor (Big Pass), and if you’re lucky spot Nessie, the rarest water creature in Europe.

Please Note: This tour starts in Glasgow and finishes in Fort Augustus.

Holiday Highlights

  • A journey along some of the best parts of Scotland's most well known long distance paths, 95 miles from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness
  • For those new to Scotland, a fantastic introduction to the walking opportunities we have to offer
  • Stunning scenery and an amazing achievement
  • Loch Lomond and its loch side oak woods
  • The mighty mountains and wide lonely expanses of Rannoch Moor
  • The Devil's staircase and winding descent to Loch Leven
  • Beautiful birch woods and rugged Lairig Mor
  • First views of Ben Nevis
  • Neptune's Staircase and the amazing route of the Caledonian Canal
  • The deep valley of the Great Glen
  • Fort Augustus and journey's end at the shores of Loch Ness

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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)
£1395 Incl.
(2 or more)
£1095 £270

Typical Itinerary

Day 1: Train from Glasgow to Crianlarich.

Day 2: Transfer to Ardlui, ferry across to join West Highland Way and walk to Crianlarich, 11miles, 17.5km

Day 3: Walk to Bridge of Orchy via Strathfillan and Tyndrum, 12 miles, 19km

Day 4: Walk to Kingshouse via Rannoch Moor, 12 miles, 19km.

Day 5: Walk to Kinlochleven via Devil’s staircase, 10 miles, 16km.

Day 6: Walk to Fort William via the Lairig Mor, 14 miles, 22.5km

Day 7: Walk to Gairlochy by the Caledonian Canal, 11 miles, 17.5km

Day 8: Walk to Laggan via Loch Lochy, 13 miles, 21km

Day 9: Walk to Fort Augustus and the banks of Loch Ness, 12 miles, 19km Day 10: Onward journey.

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 and photos. 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

  • 9 nights in 2 person ensuite guest house and hotel - B&B accommodation (9 breakfasts).
  • 8 wonderful walking days each different and inspiring in their own way.
  • Walking options for 6 full days and 3 part days.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Walking maps for the areas visited
  • Walking route suggestions for the areas visited
  • Holiday Dossier with background information and advice, local attractions and suggestions.
  • Emergency contact in Scotland
  • VAT at the current rate of 20%


  • Day 1 train from Glasgow to Crianlarich
  • Day 2 ferry crossing, Ardlui to Ardleish

Optional extras:

  • Additional nights accommodation at beginning or end in Glasgow or Edinburgh for some city culture

Not included:

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


  • £1095 per person based on minimum of 2 people
  • £270 single supplement
  • £1395 individual booking
Independent Walking Holidays