The Great Glen Way – A Hiking Spotlight

November 3, 2017 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY November 3, 2017

The Great Glen Way is a long-distance hiking route beginning in Fort William and ending in Inverness. It is typically walked from south the north. The West Highland Way ends in Fort William meaning it is very possible to hike them back-to-back. The Great Glen Way provides fantastic immersion into Scottish scenery and culture. Below we detail some of the worthwhile stop-offs along the way.

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The Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train will be very familiar to Harry Potter fans as the Hogwarts Express. The scenery seen on the train in the movies is taken from the West Highland Railway line – the route taken by the Jacobite Steam Train.

The 135km round-trip takes you passed the highest mountain in Britain, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain and the deepest seawater loch in Europe. These are Ben Nevis, Loch Morar and Loch Nevis respectively.

It is possible to take a trip on this magical train and witness the majesty of Scotland’s countryside from inside the carriages that Harry and his friends sat in on their way to Hogwarts.

The Jacobite Steam Train on the West Highland Way

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis stands at 1,344 metres at the beginning of the Great Glen Way. It is Britain’s highest mountain.

An ruins of an observatory lies at its summit. This was staffed between 1883 and 1904 and was used to collect important weather data.

On the north face of Ben Nevis are 700-metre high cliffs, making it a prime location for rock-climbers.

There is a route up Ben Nevis that is popular with hillwalkers. Those attempting the climb should be in good physical shape and have excellent navigational skills as the weather ca change quite quickly up the mountain.

Ben Nevis on the West Highland Way

The West Highland Museum

The West Highland Museum tells the story of the people that lived in the West Highlands.

It documents everything from political warfare to the effect on the area that tourism has had. One of its most renowned collection is that of the Jacobite cause and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The West Highland Museum is at the beginning of the Great Glen Way, in Fort William.

Among the collections on display are military and archaeology exhibitions too.

West Highland Museum at the start of the Great Glen Way

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle rests on the banks of Loch Ness, providing a perfect strategic lookout point for both enemies and the Loch Ness Monster.

The castle was under the control of many different people during its history, and witnessed several bloody battles.

The medieval fortress was an important location in the Scots’ struggle for independence.

A new visitor centre demonstrates the history of the place and details the families who held this castle.

Urquhart Castle along the Great Glen Way

Inverness Museum

Natural history, geology and archaeology exhibits from the Highlands are housed in the Inverness Museum. These show how this area is connected with the rest of the world.

It allows you to explore the types of wildlife that live here while also give you a taste of art from the Highlands.

You can discover history from the Jacobite rising and have a look at authentic Highland weapons and musical instruments such as the bagpipes.

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