Great Glen Way Trail Running

Great Glen Way Trail Running

A trail running holiday from Fort William to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal.

3 to 6 nights
73 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £370 per person

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About this route

From Fort William to Inverness, the 73-mile (117 km) Great Glen Way follows the Caledonian Canal. Traversing slopes above Loch Oich and the legendary Loch Ness, it also passes Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

The path gives mainly low-level running on well-constructed paths along canals, a historic railway line, forest tracks, loch shores and open moorland.

For those looking for a greater challenge, the high level option from Invermoriston has some steep climbs through wooded hills before re-joining the main route, all set against the dramatic Highlands backdrop.

The Great Glen Way is one for those who want decent running paths and great scenery, without severe gradients. Ease of navigation makes it suitable for both experienced trail runners and newcomers.

© Contours Walking Holidays Great Glen Way Trail Running map
Fort William/Inverness
73 miles (117 km)
27th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Following the course of the Caledonian Canal through spectacular forests.

Running between the impressive castles on the route, including Urquhart Castle and Ardverikie Castle.

Revelling in the sense of achievement as you cross Scotland from coast to coast under your own power.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-GGW1 From Fort William to Inverness 3 nights, 2 days running Demanding / Strenuous£370
R-GGW2 From Fort William to Inverness 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£455
R-GGW3 From Fort William to Inverness 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£560
R-GGW4 From Fort William to Inverness 6 nights, 5 days running Easy / Moderate£640

Great Glen Way Trail Run 3 nights, 2 days running

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Fort William where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Fort William to Invermoriston. 41 miles (66km) / 2904 ft (885 m) ascent

Day 2

Invermoriston to Inverness. 32 miles (51km) / 3947 ft (1203 m) ascent


Depart from Inverness after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to spend a little extra time getting to know the various places along the Great Glen Way, adding an extra night or two into your trail running holiday would give you ample opportunity to explore the marvellous Scottish towns and villages at your own pace.

Many people opt to spend an extra night in Fort William before starting the trail. Dubbed the ?Outdoor Capital of the UK? this town is a major resort in the Highlands, with the Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre being one of its biggest attractions. Those seeking dramatic views can visit Glen Nevis a few minutes from Fort William, while the more ambitious athletes can also have a go at climbing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, with the footpath to the summit starting nearby.

If you fancy somewhere peaceful for an extra night?s stay, you could consider the attractive village of Invermoriston. There are some lovely places of interest to explore here, including St Columba?s Well, Telfords Bridge and the Falls of Invermoriston, which offers excellent scenery for budding photographers. The village has all the usual amenities available to cater for everyone, giving you peace of mind to explore the local area as you wish.

There is also a lot to see and do in Inverness, where you can extend your trail running holiday with an extra night and celebrate the completion of your run. The castle, cathedral, the Inverness Museum and Balnain House, with its fascinating exhibition of Highland music, are all worth a visit if you are interested in the local history. Inverness also boasts plenty of places to shop, including a Victorian Market and a number of art galleries featuring fantastic local artists, as well as a choice of tempting restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy some delicious food and toast your fantastic achievement.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 32 miles (51 km)
Maximum daily distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Code: R-GGW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 27th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Fort William
End of holiday: Inverness

Route Profile

Great Glen Way Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Inverness, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Fort William) and also at the end of the trail (Inverness).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Fort William and from Inverness.

From London - Trains run from London Euston/Kings Cross stations to Fort William. Alternatively, trains run from London Euston/Kings Cross stations to Glasgow, where coaches then run regularly to Fort William.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the coach from Inverness to Fort William.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.