The Great Glen

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 Loch Ness, The Great Glen, Scotland   (Mike H/Shutterstock)

Loch Ness, The Great Glen, Scotland (Mike H/Shutterstock)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Great Glen?

It's Britain's most significant geographical feature, visible from space and home to the Loch Ness Monster. Just some of things you can do in the Great Glen that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Walk, cycle or canoe coast-to-coast via four connected lochs running from Inverness to Banavie along the 62-mile Great Glen Fault
  • One of the great canoe trips and the only water-based Great Trail
  • Can be done quickly and on the cheap too - the bus journey from Inverness to Fort William shows off most of the best bits

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.


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Walk, cycle or canoe coast-to-coast via four connected lochs running from Inverness to Banavie along the 62-mile Great Glen Fault. But there’s nothing wrong with the stunning scenery of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour and the Caledonian Canal. One of the great canoe trips and the only water-based Great Trail. Can be done quickly and on the cheap too - the bus journey from Inverness to Fort William shows off most of the best bits.

 Loch Lochy, one of four lochs making up the Great Glen  (John A Cameron/Shutterstock)

Loch Lochy, one of four lochs making up the Great Glen (John A Cameron/Shutterstock)

The essential journey is either a walk or canoe the entire length - the Great Glen Way is Scotland's only great trail that also has a water-based version.

Loch Lochy is surely the most excellently named loch.
— George Mahood

Getting To The Great Glen, Maps & Guides

Getting there: Start at Fort William or Inverness, and finish at the other.

Travel times from where you are: See the Great Glen on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Rough Guide to the Highlands & Islands or theLonely Planet Guide to the Highlands & Islands.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands or Visit Scotland.

Tourist board: Visit Scotland.


Even More Great Glen Adventure Inspiration

 The Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy, in the Great Glen, Scotland  (John A Cameron/Shutterstock)

The Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy, in the Great Glen, Scotland (John A Cameron/Shutterstock)


What Next?

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Britain's Best Outdoorsy Bits... Mapped!

Liking what you see, but fancy keeping it old school with an actual paper map? Our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map features all of Britain's best outdoorsy bits (including the Top 50), plus some enjoyably random and vaguely useful stuff too. Available either as a 2-sided fold-out map or a framed wall map (office furniture and fake plants not included).