(Great Glen Way) Sunset over Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
GREAT GLEN WAY (SELF-GUIDED)   6 stages . 7 nights . Scottish Highlands   Booking

Great Glen Way
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Link two centres in the Scottish Highlands
+ Easy terrain and gentle ascents
+ Expert research and planning for your ideal trek

Latest news May 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

The Great Glen Way runs for 112.5km (70.5 miles) from Fort William to Inverness. It follows the length of the Great Glen, the obvious geological fault in the Scottish Highlands, linking an outdoors town on the West Coast with Scotland's city in the Highlands.

The route sticks to good tracks and paths, often in forests and alongside the Caledonian Canal, but also running across open moorland. As long-distance paths go, the GGW is one of the easier ones. The terrain is simple and the ascent is moderate, so that the main challenge comes in the distance walked. The last stage to Inverness is the hardest of all but a fitting finish to the trek. After days in the countryside, find yourself walking through riverside gardens into a bustling town centre.

This holiday covers the whole route from Fort William to Inverness, missing out nothing. We can also move your baggage between stops, as an extra, to reduce your load. Logistics on the Great Glen Way are quite manageable and you are never too far from civilisation.

Your accommodation along the Great Glen Way is a good mix of guesthouses and B&Bs, with a characterful inn and a comfy small hotel. We love to book our clients into places with warm welcomes and excellent standards.


Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's Great Glen Way self-guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
GGWsg Great Glen Way (Self-guided)
13 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
7 stages
(8 nights)

Please ask 650
Singles 200
80 per dog
Singles 240
80 per dog
6 stages
(7 nights)

Please ask 590
Singles 175
70 per dog
Singles 210
70 per dog
Specialised schedules
5 stages
(6 nights)

Please ask 530
Singles 150
60 per dog
Singles 180
60 per dog
4 stages
(5 nights)

Please ask 470
Singles 125
50 per dog
Singles 150
50 per dog
Baggage transfer 70

Baggage transfer

Our baggage service on the Great Glen Way takes your bag to each night's accommodation. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host or at reception.


We can adjust your GGW in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
The 6-stage Great Glen Way suits many trekkers but the last stage is quite long, 29km to Inverness. Our 7-stage schedule lets us split this. On the other hand, stages can be combined earlier in the trek to make a 5-stage trek possible, or even - at a push - 4 stages.

Combine with the West Highland Way
Fort William is the end of the WHW and the start of the GGW, though the termini are at opposite ends of town! It's popular to combine the two routes, thus trekking from outside Glasgow all the way to Inverness. We'd suggest one day, perhaps more, using Fort William as a base. The train to Mallaig is a highlight and the walk up Ben Nevis can be made from town.

Take a rest day to visit Skye
At Invermoriston, take a rest day and catch the coach to Skye. We can advise on possibilities. The West Coast of Scotland is quite different to the Great Glen: imagine sea lochs, beaches and small islands. Please ask us for our suggestions if you have time to see more of Scotland.

Happy clients

"Everything worked well. Fabulous scenery and of course the brilliant weather helped.

"Everyone was great with the dog. Certainly use this company again."

E, H & B
(Great Glen Way)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Great Glen Way
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: GGWsg
Route: GGW Great Glen Way
(See our background page on the GGW)
(Prefer the West Highland Way?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 6 days' trekking
Start: Fort William in Scotland
End: Inverness in Scotland
Typical walk: 19km, 230m ascent
(Last day 29km, 550m ascent)
Highest altitude: 382m
Grade: Blue3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

Our classic mix of accommodation, per person:

GGWsg 7 stages
GBP 650 (singles 200, dog 80)
Great Glen Way (self-guided)

GGWsg 6 stages
GBP 590 (singles 175, dog 70)
Great Glen Way (self-guided)

GGWsg 5 stages
GBP 530 (singles 150, dog 60)
Great Glen Way (self-guided)

GGWsg 4 stages
GBP 470 (singles 125, dog 50)
Great Glen Way (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Ollie Boyd at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Great Glen Way will be led by:
Ollie Boyd in April

Recces 2019

A typical forest path on the Great Glen Way, here above Loch Ness
GGW forest path (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

7 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (5)
Small hotel (1)
Inn (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards GGW1-6 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
13 May to 15 September 2019
3 May to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

A Highland cow beside the Caledonian Canal near Fort Augustus
A Highland cow (Photo gallery)

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our GGW background page

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