The Great Glen itself is a large geological fault that slices through the Scottish Highlands. This path traces the fault for 79 miles, from Fort William to Inverness, following canals and the shores of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness and passing below some of the country’s highest peaks. It’s not the wildest hike in Britain—the fault is a natural draw for both road and boat transport—but it’s a good bet for less-experienced long-distance hikers. Trekkers looking for a challenge can detour off the path to summit a mountain or three—after all, this is Scotland, and you have a right to roam.
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