Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Great Glen Way: 73 miles on foot

The Great Glen Way is a long distance walk that takes you from the East to the West coast of Scotland touching three beautiful Lochs (lakes).
This is the diary of our trail.

Day one:
Difficulty: easy
Fort Williams -  Gairlochy: 11 miles ( + extra)
A long and pleasurable walk on a flat land along the river Lochy.
We stayed at Stronaba in the beautiful Springburn B&B, 4 miles uphill on the right side of the path. The owners were extremely helpful and friendly. Lovely place.

Day two:
Difficulty: easy/medium
Gairlochy - South Laggan: 12,5 miles (+ extra)
First Loch (Lochy) of the trip. Beautiful views. Quiet and unspoilt scenery. Plenty of cows and goats all around!
We stayed in South Laggan at the basic Great Glen Hostel. Bunk beds. No breakfast available and no chance to get it anywhere around.
Nearest pub is a bunk house 1 mile away. Fun place and good ales.

Day three:
Difficulty: easy
South Laggan - Fort Augustus: 10 miles
On the trail you will find the mysterious Invergarry castle on the other side of the Loch and an haunting abandoned house from the 19th century.
We stayed at Bank House an old style B&B managed by a real cheerful Scottish man telling stories about Loch Ness.

Day four:
Difficulty: medium
Fort Augustus - Invermoriston: 9,5 miles
Less miles but a bit uphill. Beautiful wild life. Once you arrive at Invermoriston you have the chance to do fabulous walks around the area. You must see the Thomas Telford bridge, built in 1813, which crosses  the spectacular river Moriston falls.
We stayed at Bracarina House, cosy and comfortable B&B. Great breakfast and foot spa available for your tired feet!
Be aware that the village has one hotel and one newsagent. The hotel's restaurant serves good food (especially game)

Day five:
Difficulty: difficult
Invermoriston - Drumnadrochit : 14,5 miles (+ extra)
The trail at times can can be a bit steep. The last part near Drumnadrochit is characterised by plain fields.
We stayed at Knowle B&B managed by a friendly Dutch couple. Beautiful but about 2 miles away fro the main path.

Day six:
Difficulty: hard
Drumnadrochit - Inverness: 19 miles
It was the longest and hardest distance to cover and we found a blizzard of snow followed by heavy rain all day long (in April)
The only warm oasis of the day was at Abriachan Eco-Campsite & Cafe featuring the extravagant and ultra friendly Rory (...but do not expect luxury). Boring and disappointing sceneries apart for last 5 miles.
We stayed at Bazpackers hostel....devastating experience (dirty sheets, smelly room, really old structure that needs refurbishment and very rude and uncaring receptionist....avoid this place).


Suggestions:
-always bring plenty of water and snacks with you.

2 comments:

  1. Ragazzi ho gia' fatto circolare il vostro blog ad alcune amiche. Ok?
    Baci
    Daniela

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