The Great Glen Way was officially opened on the 30th of April 2002 by H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness.
The route, which spans 79 miles/127km between Fort William and Inverness, can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Glen.
The Great Glen Way suits all levels of walker. For the less experienced it is the perfect introduction to long distance walking, being for the most part low-level and following mainly towpaths and woodland tracks. There are some challenging sections though, and the more experienced may wish to tackle a few Munros or Corbetts within reach from the route.
You can also cycle or travel by boat, canoe or kayak
along the Great Glen. See our Route User page for more information on this.
The route can be travelled in either direction. However, going from Fort William to Inverness you have the prevailing wind behind you and begin with the easier sections of the Way.
See the video here.
See a brief text description of the route here.
To see a break down of the new distances for each stage, revised in January 2011, see our Route Distances Table (pdf, 343kb).
In 2002 when the route opened, the route was measured using a desktop exercise which contained inherent and unavoidable inaccuracies. Since then there have been recurring questions regarding the length of particular sections of the route. There have of course been alterations to the original route, with new sections added and some reduced with the building of new paths since the route opened. This has accounted for some of the new distance. The most accurate measurement device is the trundle wheel, and the Rangers completed the route using this in 2008. In the future, there will be new sections of path taken off the minor roads, so it may lengthen or shorten again as path works are implemented. Please keep an eye on the News page of the website for further updates.
And last but not least, the Great Glen Way now has a blog. Read about the latest happenings from the Rangers and have your say.