Running from Fort William in the south-west to Inverness in the north-east, the Great Glen cuts the Highlands in two. Follow one of the suggested itineraries in this leaflet and discover its dark and mysterious past while taking in its awe-inspiring beauty.
A dramatic geological fault line, the glen is over 62 miles long and has long been a key route for travellers, including St Columbus. A string of lochs linked by the Caledonian Canal, the Great Glen Way is a spectacular route for walkers and cyclists alike, and the A82 runs its length.
Mountaineer or not, enjoy the breathtaking views offered by the Nevis Range. Britain’s only mountain gondola will transport you up the slopes of Aonach Mòr, with the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, serving as a spectacular backdrop.
Or if you prefer to remain on lower ground, the glen’s series of lochs – including the famous Loch Ness – offer equally stunning scenery. What’s more, you can step back in time and experience Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle fought on British soil – a pivotal battle in Scotland’s history.
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