The Great Glen way by bike

The Great Glen Way by bike

From £649
7 days Active biking holiday

The most famous Scottish lakeside bikeway.

A magnificent cycling journey from Fort William, at the foot of Scotland's highest peaks, to the North Sea at Inverness. The bikeway mainly uses routes, paths and towpaths without any great technical difficulties, and which are perfectly adapted to cycling. You'll discover the variety of Scottish landscapes as you go from lake to lake, including the famous Loch Ness.

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An easy way to discover Scotland

A relatively easy mountain bike circuit, with short stages and few technical difficulties.

Easy access

Easy access by train from Glasgow (or Edinburgh) and back.

Wilderness and diversity

Wild routes and trails amidst hills, peatlands, lakes, forests, typical Scottish landscapes.

Mountain bike rental included

The rental of a mountain bike is included in the price, with the possibility of renting an electric mountain bike.

Trip Itinerary

Check out our itinerary idea, don't forget we can customize this trip ! We can’t wait to show you around !

Day 1 - GLASGOW - FORT WILLIAM
Accommodation: bed & breakfast. Lunch according to your own arrangements. Transfer: Three to four hours. Arrival at Glasgow airport, then train or bus to Fort William, a pleasant seaside town located at the foot of Ben Nevis (1345 m), the highest peak in Scotland.
Day 2 - FORT WILLIAM - INVERGARRY
After getting the bikes, departure for the first stage of the “Great Glen Way”, between Fort William and Invergarry. Smooth start along the shores of Loch Linnhe and then the Caledonian Canal, which connects the various lakes and provides a navigable link between the Scottish Sea and the North Sea. You can’t miss the Neptune Staircase: eight staircase locks that raise boats about 20 m above sea level. Then, you’ll follow the banks of Loch Lochy. Alternating passages in the heart of a beautiful forest and portions offering superb views of the mountains. Arrival in Invergarry and its castle.
Day 3 - INVERGARRY - INVERMORISTON
Today, off to Invermoriston via Fort Augustus. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Glen Way. Once again, a nice stretch along the Caledonian Canal and its locks, then you’ll follow the banks of Loch Oich, amidst wild coasts and beautiful forests. Finally, you’ll get to discover the famous Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for Nessie! Possible stop on the way at Fort Augustus, which is well worth a short visit (especially the Clansman Centre, which will take you back to the 17th century to discover the life of the clans).
Day 4 - INVERMORISTON - DRUMNADROCHIT
A nice stage to Drumnadrochit. You have two choices today. Either you go along Loch Ness by a mainly forested route. Or you can opt for a slightly more difficult variant by climbing higher with the reward of enjoying magnificent panoramas of the lake and the mountains. On arrival, we recommend a visit to the ruins of Urquhart Castle, which bear witness to epic battles.
Day 5 - DRUMNADROCHIT - INVERNESS
This last stage allows you to reach Inverness, which marks the end of your crossing. You will ride amidst farms, pastures and forests, with beautiful views of Loch Ness and the mountains to the north. A small detour will allow you to visit an Iron Age house. On arrival, return of the bikes and visit Inverness. Possibility to make an additional bike loop along the Ness River and the Caledonian Canal (11 km, 50 m elevation gain). An interesting loop along the water, starting from Inverness.
Day 6 - INVERNESS - GLASGOW OR EDINBURGH
Possibility to stay a while in Inverness before taking the train to Glasgow or Edinburgh. In Inverness, we suggest the Culloden Museum, which allows you to discover the history of the Battle of Culloden in 1745 between the Jacobites and the Government by exhibiting both the Jacobites’ and the Government’s version. Or for whisky lovers, visit the Glen Ord distillery.
Day 7 - GLASGOW OR EDINBURGH
End your stay in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, two beautiful cities with a rich cultural heritage, where you can also take two short walks:

– In Edinburgh: Arthur’s Seat (5 km, 250 m elevation gain) In the heart of the city, the rocky peak of Arthur’s Seat is a magnificent viewpoint over the city and allows a pleasant stopover away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

– In Glasgow: Glasgow Necropolis (4 km, 50m elevation gain) The Glasgow Necropolis is one of the most important cemeteries in Europe. It is a fascinating place to visit and also offers beautiful views.

– In Edinburgh, we recommend the following visits: The National Trust of Scotland Museum, the Botanical Gardens, St Gilles Cathedral, the Castle…

-And in Glasgow: the modern art gallery, the Kelvingrove museum, the cathedral, the botanical garden, the lighthouse…

Day 8 - Return flight and end of your adventure
This is the end of your Scottish adventure. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


N.B. : The program is given for information only. The stages can be modified on site for meteorological, security, organizational, flight schedule or any unexpected event reasons. In these difficult times, the local guide will do their utmost to mitigate the effects of these events beyond our control.

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Our “from” price is based on mid-season prices and for a group of 8 people.

Youth Hostel
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£ 649/person
B&B
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£ 749/person
4 star hotel
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£ 1049/person

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“Awesome cycling route along the famous Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. The weather was dry the whole trip and everything was perfectly organised. Thank you to Maria and all the team!”
Vivienne (Netherlands)
August 2019
“We had such a great time. Everything went over smoothly and our guide was very knowledgeable. I would recommend them to anyone. They really exceeded my expectations. I know I'll be back for sure! Thanks Tom”
Nicolas Sateau
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