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“One day challenge”
Review of Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
Fort William, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“One day challenge”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Rode the Great Glen Way from Inverness to Fort William in a day, against a strong head wind. Took about 9 hours in total, including stops for coffees and lunch. No food outlets between Aberchalder and Banavie, so make sure you have your our supplies. Met several people en-route who thought one day to complete was a bit much, for an average rider 2 to 3 days would be a more comfortable pace, but the route is easily achievable in a day especially if you have the wind behind you and not carrying any luggage.
Believe Nevis Cycles rent bikes at the Fort William end for one way hires. If you want bed and breakfast near the Fort William end, look up Torcastle Bed and Breakfast, just outside Banavie and on the Great Glen Way route.
Look out for the Garden Cafe at Aberchalder (next to the swing bridge), great for lunch or a snack and hot drinks.

Visited August 2012
11 Thank IlonaLinfield
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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209 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“A great Great Glen Way!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

I completed the Great Glen Way in 6 walking days this September (2012) immediately following completing the West Highland Way. The two walks are very different, both wonderful in their own separate ways.
Heading north from Fort William is the usual route of the GGW hikers and that is the way I chose as well. Most of the luggage transport services work that direction as well.
After the rigors of the WHW, the first three or four days of the GGW felt quite easy. The weather was the only factor that proved challenging. Most of those days were on peaceful canal paths that allowed for meditative thoughts as the scenery captured my attention. One could walk for hours without paying attention to each and every footstep and get into a zone of sorts. I enjoyed the contrast, but longed for a bit more of the forest and hills. As one approached the final two days, the route became much more interesting and hilly. As soon as one leaves Invermoriston, the path goes straight up for a long stretch and the day is a great longish one into Drumnidrochit. The final day is long, but joyful one with sharp contrasts all along the way ending with a tremendous finish within the islands dotting and surrounding the beautiful Inverness. This ending was much nicer than the ending of the WHW.
So, decide what you want or do both! I did and it was a defining moment in my life!

Visited September 2012
23 Thank timjstark
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Excellent scenery”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

My opinion is that the GGW is an excellent introduction for anyone considering attempting a trail walk for the first time. If you are relatively fit this should not be too difficult. Easily do-able in a week. Personally, I found this more aesthetic than the West Highland Way. Not as dramatic but just as pleasing on the eye. Stayed in some very nice places and always got something nice to eat at restaurants along the way. I do recommend nipping into the Castle Tavern more or less across from the end of the walk for a celebratory drink. You will get a free certificate and congratulations from the locals. The food is good too.

Visited September 2011
6 Thank 1967Sandra
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Harder than it looks!”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

Just completed the Great Glen Way (June 2012), did it over 6 days, and whilst it was a good walk, and an enjoyable challenge, I didnt rate it as highly as the West Highland Way, which we have done twice in recent years. There are some challenging days on the GGW, with some sustained uphill sections, mainly on the last 2 days, but a lot of walking is on forest tracks with limited views, and become very boring. (although the views of Loch Ness, when they do appear, are fabulous). It didnt help that it was overcast, humid and still, so the midges were out in force! The B and B's were however of the highest standard, consistently good, and the best of any long distance walk we have done.(We stayed at Rhu Mhor in Fort William, Dalcomera in Gairlochy, Forest Lodge at South Laggan, Caledonia House in Fort Augustus, Bracarina House in Invermoriston, and The Benleva Hotel in Drumnadrochit.)
The walk is easy to follow, well signposted, and not at all busy when we did it, so a greater sense of being alone with nature than on the WHW, but I still think that the WHW has the edge. If only the B and B's were as good!

Visited June 2012
9 Thank salandmick
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“bracarina house Invermoriston”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

stayed at Bracarina house while walking the great glen way.Could not have wished for a better overnight stay,from the pre-booked sauna to the lovely welcome from sheila and her home made banana cake,even had a bath in the en-suite,heaven for aches and pains.good filling breakfast with lots of friendly chat with Sheila.If staying ask about her horse before you set of on the next stage of your walk .left next day fully refreshed with a large piece of banana cake .GREAT

Visited June 2012
7 Thank james m
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