The Great Glen

From wild Glencoe to the Highland capital

The Great Glen (An Gleann Mor) follows 80 miles of lochs and rivers from Glencoe and Fort William in the south to Inverness in the north. It's a fantastic natural route through the Scottish Highlands, with exceptional scenery and gorgeous forests. You can walk, cycle and canoe the Great Glen Way, or drive along the A82 and explore dozens of waymarked trails as you go.

Along the way, you can find sumptuous old oaks, impressive conifers, classic Scots pines and pretty native woodlands full of bluebells. Just take your pick.

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Glencoe Lochan

Pointed mountains and still waters in Scotland's famous glen.

 

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Glen Righ

Sunsets, squirrels and a gorge full of waterfalls.

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Loch Linnhe

Pull off the road and picnic beside the loch.

 

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Cow Hill

Heilan coos and big views from Fort William's backyard.

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Glen Nevis

Waymarked trails in exciting mountain scenery near Ben Nevis.

 

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North Face

Get a taste for big hills under the menacing cliffs of Ben Nevis.

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Leanachan

Run and walk below the Ben or tackle some world famous bike trails.

 

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Glengarry

Follow the river to a waterfall through tall Scots pines and soothing native woodland.

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Loch Oich

Stop the car. Spread out a picnic and wiggle your toes in the loch.

 

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River Oich

Listen to squirrels foraging for pine cones beside this peaceful river.

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Torr Dhuin

Commanding views over the Caledonian Canal from an Iron Age hill fort.

 

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Allt na Criche

This beautiful burn winds through pine and birch woods above Loch Ness.

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Divach Falls

Oaks, atmosphere and dramatic waterfalls over Urquhart Bay.

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Craigmonie

For big trees, grand views and a rocky crag with Viking associations, start at Drumnadrochit.

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Change House

Picnic in peace amongst hazels, birch and ash on Loch Ness's southern shore.

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Farigaig

Autumn colours, red squirrels and a magical hill loch on the quiet side of Loch Ness.

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Craig Phadrig

St Columba met the King of the Picts at this impressive hilltop fort near Inverness.