The Best Hikes in Britain: Great Glen Way

I’m headed across the pond to Great Britain, and I’d like to do some hiking while I’m there. What are my best best for logging some trail time?

May 15, 2013
Outside Magazine
inverness great glenn way scotland hiking

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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.