Great Glen Way

23rd to 31st August 2011

The Great Glen Way stretches for 117km from coast to coast across the Highlands, linking the main centres of Fort William and the regional capital of Inverness. The route follows the major natural fault line of the Great Glen which divides Scotland from coast to coast.

The walk starts from the side of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that opens out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It follows the line of the Caledonian canal for almost all the way, this canal opening out into Loch Lochy, then Loch Oich prior to the much longer Loch Ness. The way departs to the west of Loch Ness shortly after Drumnadrochit and takes a moor and farmland route before finally crossing the Caledonian Canal and the River Ness as the walk enters the City of Inverness. At this point neither the canal or river have more than two miles to run before they enter the sea at the Moray Firth and then onwards to the North Sea.



Day One

Jürgen and Susanne pose by the plinth at Fort William


Details of the route are displayed


Then it's my turn to pose


We soon leave Fort William and walk by the River Lochy


Ben Nevis peeps out of the mist . . .


and we pass a very interesting garden in Caol - spot the gnomes!


Reflections as we meet the Caledonian Canal . . .


then climb Neptune's Staircase, a series of locks


Passing a moored boat on the canal


Here the canal assumes the character of a lazy summer river


Approaching the Moy swing bridge


Day Two

We see Loch Lochy for the first time


Trees provide a lovely foreground to this shot of the Loch


Sunshine? Is this really Scotland?


Climbing through the trees beside Loch Lochy


Pause for a drink and a ciggy


Not far to Laggan Locks


Day Three

Remnants of the old station platform at Laggan


Loch Oich, the second loch we pass


The fine summit of Ben Tee reflected in the waters of Loch Oich


Remnants of an old railway tunnel


Finally Loch Oich in its entirety


Anyone for afternoon tea?


Locks at Fort Augustus


Day Four

Early views over Loch Ness


Striding out!


Just a ripple in Loch Ness, or something else?!


A break for Schnapps!


Telford' original bridge at Invermoriston


The luxurious Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, our destination at the end of the day's walk


Room with a view - no double-glazing here!


Day Five

A day of unrelenting rain, Scotland as we know and love it!


Lovely flowers though


A boggy moor


First view of Drumnadrochit


Day Six

An early definitive sighting of Nessie


Castle Urquart in the distance


A hairpin forest track


Can this really be a café?


Yes and a group of happy walkers from England, Scotland, Germany and Australia enjoy a break


Spot the Aussie!


Day Six

Heads up for the final day


First glimpse of Inverness


Getting nearer


Which way now> A plethora of signposts


The final Schnapps


Angling in the River Ness


Flowerbeds in the War Memorial Gardens, Inverness


Inverness Castle, we made it!


Classic evening view of Inverness


Night falls over the beautiful highland city . . .


as we leave the Castle Tavern, rounding off our holiday with some beers and a fine malt

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