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Great Glen Cycleway
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Great Glen Cycleway in 5 days
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Great Glen Cycleway in 5 days

Great Glen Cycleway in 5 days

Cycle from Fort William to Inverness

  • Explore Scotland's Coast to Coast route
  • Cycle thrilling forest single track trails
  • Admire pretty canal and loch-side paths
  • Cycle through the heart of Scotland following the Great Glen Way
  • Enjoy panoramas of Ben Nevis, Lochs and many mountains
  • Discover industrial heritage and clan history
  • Interesting towns with remains of forts and castles
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Start: Fort William           Finish: Inverness

Day 1: Arrive in Fort William
Day 2: Fort William to Invergarry (42 km)
Day 3: Invergarry to Drumnadrochit (48 km)
Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Inverness (39 km)
Day 5: Arrangements end after breakfast

Day 1:    Arrive in Fort William

Make your own way to Fort William. There are traces left of the original fort built to keep the dreaded Highlanders at bay. Today the town is the “Chamonix” of Scotland with a proliferation of outdoor shops, cafes, bookshops and bars. If you have an extra night and you are an experienced hill walker, you could climb Ben Nevis (Scotland's highest mountain), or take a boat trip to “Seal Island” to see the grey seals loitering around.

Day 2:    Fort William to Invergarry (42 km)

Meet your hire bike and once you are familiar with its functions, follow the Great Glen Way markers from the ruins of Fort William. Roll out passing underneath the mass of Ben Nevis and past an even older castle fortress at Inverlochy, which is worth a browse. Afther the loch, join the tow path to the famous Caledonian Canal. Via various natural lochs and man-made canal sections, this runs all the way through Inverness and into the Moray Firth. You shortly ascend gently by the watery escalator of eight locks known as 'Neptune's Staircase'. They bring the boats up or down to or from sea level. You could have a break in South Laggan here, as an old Dutch sailing barge doubles as pub/restaurant nearby on the canal. The bike trail leaves the walking path at this point and heads up into the forest above the loch before you descend through trees into the village of Invergarry which has a castle.

Day 3:    Invergarry to Drumnadrochit (48 km)

After breakfast, tackle your first steep hill on the climb behind Invergarry up through Nursery Woods, with commanding views of Loch Oich wherever there are breaks in the trees. Your cycling route returns to the loch and then undulates on a single track through the woods to cross the beautiful chain-tapered suspension bridge built in 1854. Here you rejoin the Caledonian Canal towpath and the Great Glen walking trail. This pretty and relaxing section gives you time to rest your legs along the towpath to Fort Augustus. Once in Loch Ness, you might fancy the idea of locking up your bike and take a pleasure cruise on the loch to see the famed but normally rare monster. Either way, Fort Augustus is a good place to snack up before ascending back into the forest above the loch on the fire roads. Up and down, you will reach the unusual Scottish village with a green called Drumnadrochit. It has been a long day of cycling, but if you have the time and inclination you can cycle a couple of kms extra to Urqhart Castle, one of the most dramatically situated in Scotland.

Day 4:    Drumnadrochit to Inverness (39 km)

The first part of today's cycling day climbs sharply out of Drumnadrochit away from Loch Ness through forest and up some 370 metres around the flanks of 'Carn na Leitire.' You then descend past Loch Laide to join minor roads and forest tracks deeper into the hills and fields that surround the Great Glen. The route takes you through beautiful remote moorland and wooded countryside then begins the descent into Inverness, along the River Ness. This is an attractive and interesting small city which has a slight frontier feel to it. You will have earned to relax and celebrate completing the Great Glen Cycle route.

Day 5:    Arrangements end after breakfast

Depart Inverness for your onward travel.


The hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this trip along the Great Glen Cycleway are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2 to 4 stars), and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their local knowledge is invaluable. Where possible, we choose locations that add to your experience.

Guisachan Guesthouse (Fort William)
Guisachan Guesthouse (Fort William)

On the outskirts of the town centre. The accommodation is within walking distance of the bus terminal and train station, unless you are heavily laden, in which case you will need to look for a taxi. There is a good choice of establishments in the town for an evening meal.


Invergarry Hotel (Invergarry)
Invergarry Hotel (Invergarry)

Steeped in history and character, this independent & family owned lodge provides excellent Highland hospitality in relaxed surroundings.


Morlea B&B (Drumnadrochit)
Morlea B&B (Drumnadrochit)

Morlea is a traditional Scottish house constructed in stone with spacious rooms dating from the 1800's built in this splendid location for Lady Grant the Lairds wife. To the rear of the house is farmland bisected by the river Enrick on its way to Loch Ness.


The Coo's Guesthouse (Inverness)
The Coo's Guesthouse (Inverness)

 There are nine bedrooms all with en suite, totally renovated and newly furbished, with Smart TV and free WIFI. There is a secured bike shed and their decking area is the perfect spot for relaxing after a day of cycling.



Nearest airports: Glasgow and Inverness

Nearest train stations: Inverness and Glasgow

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 4 nights' accommodation (hotels, inns, guesthouses, and B&Bs)
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Luggage transport between accommodations, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • Digital tracks for a navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller Supplement
  • Bike rental

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