About the Great Glen Way
The Great Glen Way is a popular long-distance hike in the Scottish Highlands. It follows a naturally flat line between Fort William and Inverness, which was used before as a trade route and to travel between the two cities, but since 2002, also contains a footpath. The Great Glen Way mostly consists of walking and cycling-only footpaths, but also some roads and forest trails. Because the elevation is relatively flat and the elevation gain is minimal, it’s considered a fairly easy thru hike. During the trek, you’ll be walking along multiple lakes, you’ll encounter excellent views of the surrounding hills, and you’ll experience a lot of wildlife. Another popular trail in the vicinity, which ends at Fort William, is the West Highland Way.
Statistics About the Great Glen Way
- Start point: Fort William, Scotland, England
- End point: Inverness, Scotland, England
- Total distance: 73 miles / 118 km
- Total altitude gain/loss: 5820 ft / 1774 m
- Highest point: 1384 ft / 422 m
- Countries crossed: Scotland, United Kingdom (England)
- National parks crossed: Scottish Highlands
- Time to finish: Typically 5-7 days
- Record: 11 hours
- Best time to hike: March – October
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