How hard is the Great Glen Way?

The Great Glen Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. For the most part the route is low-level and follows mainly canal towpaths, forest tracks and roads. There are some challenging sections though, and the more experienced walker may wish to tackle the Munros or Corbetts which lie within easy reach of the route.

How many days does it take to walk the Great Glen Way?

The Great Glen Way can be walked in 4 – 7 days, staying overnight in the various communities along the way, and suits all levels of walker. For the most part the route is low-level and mainly follows canal towpaths, forest tracks and roads.

Is the Great Glen Way signposted?

The route is well signposted throughout, however, walkers must be vigilant at all times as there are paths and junctions along the way which deviate from the main route.

How long is the Great Glen Way in miles?

79 miles
Stretching 79 miles through some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery, the long-distance walking trail, the Great Glen Way, offers a rewarding challenge. The route starts at the popular outdoors town of Fort William and heads to the finish point at the beautiful and historic Highlands city of Inverness.

Is the Great Glen Way hilly?

The Great Glen Cycle Route runs from Fort William to Inverness. Fort William to Laggan is mostly easy. Much of it is on the Caledonian Canal Towpath and the towpath section is traffic free. Later parts of the route, north of Laggan, are very hilly, with long climbs and steep descents.

Which is better Great Glen Way or West Highland Way?

The West Highland Way is the harder hike of the two. While the Great Glen Way still provides challenges, in my opinion, it is much easier than the West Highland Way. The trail undulates more and the biggest test of the route is mental rather than physical.

Is the Great Glen Way worth it?

The Great Glen Way The scenery for The Great Glen is fantastic, while it is a low level walk, there will be mountains towering over you for most of the walk. You will be walking along the side of three beautiful lochs (Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness) as well as the Caledonian Canal.

Where is the East Highland Way?


East Highland Way
Route map
Length 132 km (82 mi)
Location Scotland
Trailheads Fort William56.8175°N 5.1096°W Aviemore57.2000°N 3.8230°W

Is the Great Glen Way easier than the West Highland Way?

The Great Glen Way benefits from generally easier terrain. Most of the walk is made up of well-maintained paths which are also used by cyclists. There is more road walking than on the West Highland Way (although not so much that it should be a deterrent) and there are also more forest tracks.

How long does East Highland Way take?

The East Highland Way

Stage descriptions Length Time
Fort William to Spean Bridge 19km 4.5 – 5.5 hours
Spean Bridge to Inverlair 16.5km 5.5 – 6.5 hours
Inverlair to Feagour 35km 7.5 – 8.5 hours
Feagour to Laggan 8.5km 2.5 – 3 hours