Great Glen Way Long Distance Path Directory

A view from near Gairlochy on the Great Glen Way
A view from near Gairlochy on the Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way is 73 miles long running from Fort William in West Scotland to Inverness in the east. It follows a lowland course, mainly on loch side towpaths and woodland paths. Much of the walk is done alongside the Caledonian Canal (Loch Lochy and Loch Ness) so there is every chance of spotting Nessie on the walk! For the more adventurous there are plenty of opportunities to walk up to the odd Munro or Corbett that are close by to the route. The walk is superb while being short. One of the less challenging long distance paths which would whet the appetite for more gruelling challenges in the future.

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The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Outdoor Highlands Dedicated site providing all one needs when planning the walk.
Great Glen Way Another site dedicated to the walk also providing full services.
Undiscovered Scotland Not as detailed as the others but has lots of links to resources. 
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
None available at present
The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Absolute Escapes A comprehensive dedicated site providing all the service one needs.
Macs Adventure have a full complement of services for the walk to make your walking experience an enjoyable one.
Make Tracks Full range of walking services provided for the Great Glen Way.
Hillwalk Tours specialises in long distance walking services for trails in Ireland and the UK and including the Great Glen Way.
Celtic Trails Full self guided walkers service.
Transcotland Another Scottish company providing a full service for self guided walkers.
Contours Full range of self guided walking services. Very good web site navigation.
CNDO Scotland A Scottish company specialising in independent walking services.
Easyways Accommodation booking service.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
Great Glen  The most complete web listing of accommodation for the walk.
Independent Hostels Guide specialise in independent hostels and bunkhouses on and near the route.
The best personal journals of the walk:
Kathy and Polly the Dog A lovely report of the walk from Kathy and her wonderful four legged companion.
The Pighole Team Congratulations to Neil Scott, Jane Salt, Gordon Darlington, Dave Swarbrook, Dave Mcneaney, Nick Barber, Ken Hodgkinson, Ann Baxter, Alison Bond, Sean Bond and Mike Riley for providing this super report.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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