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Trail Facts

Total distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31 miles (50 km)
Code: R-GGW2

Grade: Challenging
Season: 27th March - 10th October
Start of holiday: Fort William
End of holiday: Inverness


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Fort William where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Fort William to Fort Augustus. 31 miles (50km)

Day 3: Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit. 23 miles (37km)

Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Inverness. 19 miles (30km)

Day 5: Depart from Inverness after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

If you would like to spend a little extra time getting to know the various places along the Great Glen Way, adding an extra night or two into your trail running holiday would give you ample opportunity to explore the marvellous Scottish towns and villages at your own pace.

Many people opt to spend an extra night in Fort William before starting the trail. Dubbed the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' this town is a major resort in the Highlands, with the Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre being one of its biggest attractions. Those seeking dramatic views can visit Glen Nevis a few minutes from Fort William, while the more ambitious athletes can also have a go at climbing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, with the footpath to the summit starting nearby.

Fort Augustus is a pleasant little village that is also worth exploring. Both the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre and the Clansmen's Centre can be found here, and you could also take a cruise on Loch Ness in the hopes of spotting the legendary monster said to live in the water. The spectacular Urquhart Castle is also nearby for those interested in its history, while the town itself boasts a range of quaint pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. Otherwise Fort Augustus is the perfect place in which to unwind and relax in preparation for the next stretch of the trail.

There is also a lot to see and do in Inverness, where you can extend your trail running holiday with an extra night and celebrate the completion of your run. The castle, cathedral, the Inverness Museum and Balnain House, with its fascinating exhibition of Highland music, are all worth a visit if you are interested in the local history. Inverness also boasts plenty of places to shop, including a Victorian Market and a number of art galleries featuring fantastic local artists, as well as a choice of tempting restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy some delicious food and toast your fantastic achievement.


What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports are Glasgow and Inverness.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Fort William). There is also a railway station at the end of the trail (Inverness).

From London - Infrequent train routes are available between London Euston and Fort William. From Inverness, train routes are available to London Kings Cross Station.

Infrequent buses run between Inverness and Fort William (reduced service on Sundays).

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch the train from Inverness to Fort William. Or you can catch the bus from Inverness to Fort William.

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