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It’s been a pleasure to meet so many guests at the reception desk who are walking The Great Glen Way – it astounds me how many people love to stay active and enjoy the outdoors – alone, in a group or even doing it for charity.  Fort Augustus is part of The Great Glen Way and The Lovat hotel is in a perfect location to rest after your long walk and spend the night and refresh.

I decided to delve a little deeper into the information about The Great Glen Way and at least do part of it myself so I know how it feels!  These facts might be helpful for those who are deciding to walk The Great Glen Way or for those who have already done it – you’re very welcome to share your experience with me and others who want to do it.

The Great Glen Way stretches for 117km from coast to coast across the Highlands, linking the main centres of Fort William and the regional capital of Inverness. The route follows the major natural faultline of the Great Glen which divides Scotland, from coast to coast. Most of the route keeps to lower levels and offers a good introduction to the Highlands and to long distance walking; since 2014 there has also been a higher level option between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit which offers more dramatic views at the cost of a little more effort!  The Way runs along the complete length of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the forests above Loch Ness, as well as along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, an engineering marvel built by Thomas Telford that links these lochs and creates a through route from the western seaboard to the Moray Firth.

Fort Augustus to Invermoriston. This short stage of the Great Glen Way could be combined with the next leg to Drumnadrochit.  The walking mostly follows forest tracks above Loch Ness with some good views over the loch. Note:  if there is timber harvesting please follow diversion signs or take the alternative High Route. (Source Walking Highlands).

You will find a useful walk description and directions from Fort Augustus here.

We have a guide book and maps available at the reception for other walking routes around Fort Augustus.  Please feel free to ask the staff for more information and we’ll help you to choose your escape to nature. We can also organise a packed lunch for your walk so you can explore outdoors without worrying about getting hungry!  Read about packed lunches here – Enjoy a picnic prepared by The Lovat kitchen.

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Post by Linda Dumpe

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