Great Glen Way: The Scottish Valleys in 5 days

  • Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Fort Augustus / Inverness
  • Distance 66 km / 41 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    March - October
  • Price From $739

Overview

This walking route will take you along one of Scotland's most popular and iconic paths, crossing the Highlands amid coastal trails, valleys, mountains and forests.

Tour the Caledonian Canal, which connects the lochs of Oich, Lochy, Dochfour and Ness and get to know the locks at Neptune's Staircase, an impressive engineering work that raised the canal 19 metres and was built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822.

The last destination on this route will be Inverness, a cosmopolitan city with a great range of gastronomy, galleries and charming places such as Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral.

  • Get to know Inverness and Urquhart castles.
  • You will have the option to tour Loch Ness on a cruise.
  • Tour charming villages in the Highlands.
  • The Caledonian Canal with its famous locks will be part of your tour.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    We recommend starting your trip in Inverness, where you can take a taxi to Fort Augustus from the airport or head to the city centre (15 minutes) by bus.

    It is also possible to get from Glasgow to Inverness by taking a bus or taking a charming train journey.

    For your return trip, you can head to Inverness Airport or take a train or bus to Glasgow.

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    The Great Glen Way has a low-medium degree of difficulty, so if you're walking and doing physical activity on a regular basis, you'll be able to walk this route smoothly and easily.

    If you're not currently physically active, we recommend starting walks and cardiovascular exercise frequently, six months before your trip.

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

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