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Great Glen Way Cycle Trail

Great Glen Cycleway

Cycle the lochs from Coast to Coast across Scotland. Follow the Caledonian Canal, pass Neptune's Staircase via Fort Augustus to Inverness.

Season: 28 March - 12 October 2021
Starting point: Fort William
Finishing point: Inverness
Recommended for extra nights: Fort William, Inverness
Distance: 73 miles / 117km

Great Glen Cycleway Price Guide

Luggage Transfers
  • £55 per bag for the whole route
  • Minimum 1 bag for whole cycle, max 20 kg per bag
  • Luggage transfers paid at checkout
Accommodation Booking
  • 1–4 nights £25 per person
  • 5–12 nights £45 per person
  • 13-15 nights £70 per person
  • 16 + nights £100 per person
  • Accommodation fee & bag transfers paid at checkout
  • You pay the hotels directly as you follow the trail

Stretching for 73 miles the Great Glen Cycle Way takes you from Coast to Coast as you follow the lochs from Fort William to Inverness, Scotland's north-most city and the "capital of the highlands". The route is on a wide variety of trails, from quiet single track roads, through flat canal towpaths, to single track in woodland and includes some serious ascents and descents.

Click the blue buttons above to organise your baggage transfer services and/or accommodation booking.

Cyclists are required to bring their own face mask and hand gel.

Great Glen Cycleway Route Map


Typical Itinerary

Fort William to Invergarry (26 miles/ 42km)

Follow the Great Glen Way markers along the River Ness and Caledonian Canal staying on the towpath until you reach Gairlochy, changing onto singletrack. Turning inland climb steadily above the loch before free wheeling into Invergarry.

Invergarry to Drumnadrochit (30 miles / 48km)

After a heart breakfast, tackle your first steep hill on the climb behind Invergarry. Take a single track through the forest bringing you down to Aberchalder. Rest your legs along the towpath to Fort Augustus. Spotting Loch Ness through the tress descend into Invermoriston before taking the challenging forest path up before zooming down into Drumnadrochit where you can learn more about the Loch Ness Monster!

Drumnadrochit to Inverness (24 miles / 39 km)

The first part of day is mainly through forestry after climbing sharply out of Drumnadrochit. Most of the cycling today is on minor roads as you ride deeper into the hills and fields that surround the Great Glen. The route takes you through beautiful countryside with lovely scenery but is more remote before arriving into Inverness and the "capital of the highlands".


Click the blue buttons at the top of this page to organise your baggage transfer services and/or accommodation booking.

Getting to the area

Rail

Fort William & Inverness are both accessible via Glasgow. Refer to www.nationalrail.co.uk

Bus

From Glasgow or Edinburgh catch the 'CityLink' bus to Fort William and return from Inverness.

Air

Glasglow is the closest major International Airport to Fort William. From the airport you catch the airport bus to Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station from where you take the 'Citylink' bus to Fort William.