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Barge on Glen Way Scotland

Scotland - Great Glen Way Walk & Barge

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June 12-23, 2019

CMC Members: $3385

Non-Members: $3885


Min Deposit: $1150
Registration Deadline: Feb 1, 2019


Trip Itinerary 

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Trip Leader:

Kris Ashton



Trip Description

Adventure awaits from your first taste of Scotland!  A mix of adventure, culture, food, and drink; this trip has something for everyone. Expand your pallet with a food and drink tour in Glasgow and explore the mountains with a hike up the tallest peak in the United Kingdom. Trek along ancient canals and explore the culture and beauty of Scotland.

Your amazing adventure starts in Glasgow, Scotland. You'll spend time touring the city center and enjoying Glasgow through the eye of a foodie. Start at Hutcheson for oysters and bubbly, then 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. Don’t worry about the food, dietary restrictions will be accommodated so that even vegetarians are happy in a land known for its meat. With a full belly, you'll travel up to Fort William.

Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis (4,406’) is next. A free day on the itinerary makes this an optional hike in Fort William. If you'd rather not climb, you can 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.

After passing through Fort William, you’re off to trek the Great Glen Way! The Great Glen Way stretches for 79 miles, from coast to coast, across the Scottish Highlands. It links 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. A higher-level option between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit, available since 2014, offers you 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. The canal 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 you’ll stay on a barge built for the Canal, enjoying chef-prepared meals and local knowledge from our crew. Each morning, you'll rise and pick up on the Great Glen Way where you left off, never having to pack your bags and relocate. 

You'll only have to carry a daypack with your chef-prepared lunches and snacks. Your amazing adventure will end in Inverness, where you'll pop over to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the final Jacobite rebellion in the Highlands. You'll have a wee visit of Clava Cairns, an ancient burial site said to have magical properties and the site that inspired Diana Gabaldon to write "Outlander." Fans will surely recognize those standing stones!


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Activities / Difficulty

  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing 
  • B- and C-level hikes of 8-14 miles
  • Up to 1200' elevation gain on two days



  • Double-occupancy hotel room in cities with twin rooms and en-suite bath
  • Small twin bunk cabins on the barge, with en-suite bath


What’s Included

  • 5 nights' hotel (twin share room)
  • 6 nights' stay on the barge (twin share cabin)
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • 1/2-day food walking tour in Glasgow
  • Whisky tasting at Ben Nevis Distillery
  • All local transportation
  • Luggage transfers as needed
  • Tips for the food tour guide and the barge crew
  • Entrance fee to Culloden Battlefield
  • Medical evacuation and consultation services through Global Rescue (NOTE: this is NOT trip interruption/cancellation/medical insurance)


What’s NOT Included

  • Suggested trip interruption/cancellation/medical insurance
  • 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Round trip airfare to/from Scotland (~$1000)
  • All airport transfers
  • Beverages aside from those served with meals; alcoholic beverages unless indicated
  • Pharmacy/medical costs
  • Activities/sights/attractions while visiting Scotland on your own
  • Souveniers, gifts, etc.
  • Tips for local hotel maids


Pre-Trip Activities

  • Required pre-trip meeting
  • Optional pre-trip hike(s)


Minimum Participant Requirements

  • Passport valid for six months beyond return date of trip
  • 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
  • Ability to climb up and down a small step ladders on the barge
  • Willingness to sleep in a top bunk
  • Willingness to work together with the leader and other participants as a team.


Deposit and Cancellation Policy

  • A non-refundable deposit is required to register for all trips
  • All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to the trip leader
  • Cancellations 90 or more prior to departure: All money paid in will be refunded less the non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellation on Day 30 or more prior to departure:
    • If a qualified, wait-listed, person is available to take a vacated slot and pays all money due, all payments made by the canceling party will be refunded less the nonrefundable deposit
    • If no one is available to take a vacated slot, 50% of paid money will be refunded, less the nonrefundable deposit.
    • Cancellation on Day 29 or fewer days prior to departure: No refund will be made

The Colorado Mountain Club will make every effort to carry out this trip. However, if the trip is cancelled by the CMC, all money collected from participants, including any “non-refundable deposit” shall be returned. Participant will not be reimbursed for any other purchase made for the trip or other expenses that the participant may have paid in association with this trip, which includes equipment purchase, airline cancellation penalties or medical inoculations.


Final Payment

The balance due after deposit is made, is payable by check or credit card and must be made by January 31, 2019.

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