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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • 7 day guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights barge
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1790USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: GGB

Trip highlights


  • Absorb the impressive views of majestic mountains and large expanses of open water
  • Discover smaller atmospheric lochs and pretty canal sections along the Great Glen Way
  • Relish in the accomplishment of walking the breadth of Scotland
  • Relax on board your floating hotel in the company of like minded fellow travellers

Scotland's Great Glen Way walking trail stretches 75 miles from Fort William to the capital of the highlands, Inverness. Based on board a comfortable barge at night, this hike and barge cruise offers the opportunity to walk from one coast of Scotland to the other. During the weeklong trip, the barge stops are planned to suit the walking stages, breaking them into manageable day walks of between 10 and 15 miles. Guided along the route by an experienced escort, who will point out places of interest along the way, there is no shortage of highlights. From impressive views of the mystical Loch Ness to glimpses of Scotland's highest peak, Ben Nevis, this relaxed pace walk will immerse you in the Scottish Highlands. In the evening, share stories of your day with like minded travellers and relish in the accomplishment of walking the breadth of Scotland.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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Boarding time is 14:00. After meeting the crew and the other guests, you walk to Clachnaharry Sea Lock, the easternmost point of the canal, to start your coast to coast journey. You will then follow the barge to Dochgarroch where we will stay for the night. Distance: 7 miles/11km; Height gain: 15m/49ft

Meals:  D

The day’s walk begins with a climb up to join the Great Glen Way above Loch Dochfour, before taking you to the weird and wonderful Abriachan Eco-Café for lunch. The afternoon is mostly downhill and gives you your first glimpses of Loch Ness. The barge will pick you up at Drumnadrochit and then cruise to Foyers for the night. Distance: 14.5 miles/23.2km; Height gain: 350m/1148ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The day will start with a breakfast cruise back to Drumnadrochit to continue the walk. From the mooring you head through Drumnadrochit, before ascending, with views over the town and the loch, to your lunch stop at the charming Grotaig Pottery. In the afternoon you will descend through some beautiful pine woodland back to the loch side, where the barge will pick you up at Alltsigh. We will then cruise to Fort Augustus where we will spend the night. Distance: 13 miles/21km; Height gain: 400m/1312ft

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning you will once again cruise during breakfast back to Alltsigh, where the barge will drop you ashore. The morning will take you to Invermoriston for lunch and perhaps some tea and coffee at the local hotel. In the afternoon the path splits in two. The High Route takes you up above the trees for breath-taking views over the Monadhliath Mountains. The Low Route stays below the tree line with viewpoints across Loch Ness. Both routes converge at Fort Augustus, which is where the barge will be waiting. Distance: 13 miles/21km; Height gain: 200m/656ft (High Route: +1 mile/1.6km, +300m/984ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

From Fort Augustus, the walk takes you up a small hill (120m) which commands an awesome view over the full length of Loch Ness. This will be your last view of the loch as the route takes you back down to the canal towpath where you will meet the barge at Cullochy Lock for lunch. The afternoon walk is almost entirely flat as it follows an old railway bed and General Wade’s Military Road along the shores of the picturesque and secluded Loch Oich. The barge will be awaiting your return at the far end of Loch Oich at Laggan Locks. Distance: 11.5 miles/18.5km; Height gain: 140m/460ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk in the morning follows close to the shore of Loch Lochy with some stunning and dramatic views of the Munros to the North and, on a clear day, your first sight of Ben Nevis to the South. After lunch on the shore of the loch, the walk goes inland, past Chia-Aig Falls and Loch Arkaig, and into the Achnacarry Estate, home of the Clan Chief of the Camerons of Loch Eil. You then return to the loch side, passing wonderful native woodland along the shore of the loch, before returning to the barge at Gairlochy. Distance: 14.7 miles/23.5km; Height gain: 140m/460ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The final morning walk follows the canal towpath, passing the only hand wound bridge left in the Great Glen at Moy and takes in fantastic views of Ben Nevis. The walk will finish at Corpach Sea Lock, the most westerly point on the canal and the end of your coast to coast journey! A taxi will then return you to the barge for final goodbyes and departures. Distance: 8 miles/13km; Height gain: -20m/65.5ft

Meals:  B

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Boarding time is 14:00. After meeting the crew and the other guests you will be taken by taxi/minibus to the westernmost point of the canal, at Corpach, to start your first walk of the week. It follows the canal towpath, with excellent views of Ben Nevis, to Gairlochy where the barge will be berthed overnight. Distance: 8 miles/13km; Height gain: <20m/65ft

Meals:  D

From Gairlochy, the walk will take you around Bunarkaig Bay, with great views down Loch Lochy and into the Achnacarry Estate, home of the clan chief of the Camerons of Loch Eil. You will pass the stunning Chia-Aig Falls and return to the side of Loch Lochy for lunch at Clunes. In the afternoon we will walk the remainder of Loch Lochy to Laggan Locks, where the barge will be awaiting our return. Alternatively you could remain on the barge and watch the scenery from the water. Distance: 14.7 miles/23.5km; Height gain: 140m/460ft

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving Laggan, the morning walk takes you up a short section of canal and onto the shores of the beautiful and secluded Loch Oich. Some of the trail will be on the disused Spean Bridge to Fort Augustus railway line, and the rest is on General Wade’s Military Road, Scotland’s first metalled road. This will lead you to Cullochy, where you will join the barge for lunch. A 5 mile (8km) walk makes up the rest of the journey to Fort Augustus. First along a towpath and then up a small hill (120m) which gives fantastic views right up Loch Ness. The descent takes us into Fort Augustus. Distance: 11.5 miles/18.5km; Height gain: 140m/460ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The day’s walk starts with a climb out of Fort Augustus to a viewpoint over the loch. The path then splits in two. The High Route takes you up above the trees for breath-taking views over the Monadhliath Mountains. The Low Route stays below the tree line with viewpoints across Loch Ness. Both routes converge at Invermoriston, where you will have lunch. In the afternoon there is another climb out of Invermoriston before descending to Alltsigh, where the barge will pick you up and take you back to Fort Augustus for the night. Distance: 13 miles/21km; Height gain: 200m/656ft (High Route: +1 mile/1.6km, +300m/984ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

The day will start with a breakfast cruise back to Alltsigh so the walkers can continue their journey. After being dropped at the beach, the morning will be spent climbing through some lovely pine forest to the pottery and café at Grotaig. There you will stop for lunch (and maybe some retail therapy at the pottery!) before heading, via country roads, down into Drumnadrochit. At the far side of town you will be picked up by the barge again and taken across the loch to overnight at Foyers. Distance: 13 miles/21km; Height gain: 400m/1312ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The barge will drop the walkers in the morning. You will then climb one last time, getting your final views of Loch Ness, up to the Abriachan Forest School and Eco-Café, our most eclectic lunch stop of the week. After lunch you will descend through the trees to Dochgarroch to re-join the barge for a wellearned dinner. Distance: 14.5 miles/23.2km; Height gain: 350m/1148ft

Meals:  B,L,D

The final walk of the week takes you from Dochgarroch, along the canal towpath, to Clachnaharry Sea Lock, the end of the canal and the end of your coast to coast journey! Distance: 7 miles/11km; Height gain: 15m/49ft

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks)
  • Breakfast includes porridge, cereal, yoghurt and fresh fruit, followed by toast and a hot cooked option. At lunchtime we have home-made bread, soup and fresh salads. Packed lunches are individually prepared.
  • Dinner consists of a main course with two options, dessert and cheeseboard. Local produce is sourced wherever possible including: fresh fish; Scottish venison and Scottish beef. Haggis, meat or vegetarian is provided as an option on one of the meals.
  • The chef is happy to cater for most dietary needs as long as you advise us on booking.
  • Daily tea and coffee
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a category C+ barge with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis. The compact cabins are configured with split level beds. Single cabins are limited and on a request basis (supplement applies).
  • Boat crew consisting of skipper, chef, walking guide (who accompanies the group on the daily walks) and bosun.

  • Travel to and from the start and end point of the trip
  • Drinks - payable locally
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specified
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend GBP20-25 per person (to be distributed between the leader, captain and crew).
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer

Grading

introductory to moderate  

Introductory to moderate, walking approx 8 miles/ 13 km to 14.7miles/ 23.5km. 3-7 hours The route has many flat sections close to the canal and lochs but also includes some short steep hills and longer hills. There is an option to stay on board should you not want to walk some sections.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
1
begins in Inverness
2
begins in Fort William
DN3
High season is from 30 Apr to 7 Oct D = Departure on board the Fingal of Caledonia, K= Departure on board the Ros Crana
DN4
Important: The cancellation and payment terms and conditions are different for this trip. Please see the detailed trip notes for information.

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Total Priceper person from

$1790USD

Options & Supplements*
  • single supplement - twin ensuite cabin single use - low seasonUSD$150
  • single supplement - twin cabin ensuite single use - high seasonUSD$220
*Prices listed are per person

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