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Scotland’s Great Glen Way, Walk, & Barge

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May 16-26, 2018

CMC Members: $3860
Non-Members: $4290


Trip Overview


Explore Glasgow

After arriving and gathering for our evening get-together, we'll grab a good night's rest in a 3-star hotel. We'll spend a day enjoying Glasgow through the eye of a foodie, starting at Glasgow Central station at Alstons to taste a beef dish followed by a stop at Hutcheson for oysters and bubbly. Then we'll head to Babbity Bowsters for a single malt whisky with haggis, neeps and tatties. The last two stops include a Scottish beer or glass of wine with Scottish cheese board at the Tron, and cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert served at The Corinthian. No worries, we'll accommodate food restrictions so that vegetarians are happy too. With full bellies, we'll train to Fort William. 


Explore Fort William

On our two days in Fort William we'll take on Scotland's tallest mountain (optional, 4,406’), Ben Nevis. Or, if you'd rather not climb, explore Fort William on your own. Perhaps you'll hop on the Hogwarts train (Jacobite) made famous by the Harry Potter series, visit a local castle, or just meander through town enjoy a relaxing Scottish day. 


Trek the Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way stretches for 117km (79 miles) from coast to coast across the Highlands, linking the main centers of Fort William and the regional capital of Inverness. The route follows the major natural fault line 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; 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 lengths 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. 

Starting at the end of the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way provides a natural continuation of a longer journey through the Highlands. For those who have already walked the West Highland Way, this trek offers a continuation of that experience. 

Each night we'll stay on a barge built for the Canal, enjoying chef-cooked meals and local knowledge from the 6-person crew. Each morning, we'll rise and pick up on the Great Glen Way where we left off, never having to pack our bags and relocate. We'll only need to carry a day pack with our chef-packed lunches and snacks.


1 night in a Glasgow 3-star hotel, 2 nights in Fort William, 1 night in Inverness, and 6 nights on the barge

Type of Activity level

Urban walking and B- and C-level hikes over mostly flat terrain with a small elevation gain of about 400 meters toward the end of the trek. For two days (first and last) hikes are 6-7 miles, and for five days hikes are 10-15 miles. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406’) high; the Mountain Track (aka Pony track/tourist path) is around 16km (start to finish). 

Pre-trip Activities and Requirements

Ability to walk comfortably in urban settings for several hours. Ability to complete B- and C-level hikes over a variety of terrain including rocky, muddy, wet, and dirt conditions. All walkers must be able to climb up and down a small step ladder on the barge and be willing to sleep in a top bunk. (see



Trip Leaders: Chris Englert and Kris Ashton


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