Great Glen Adventure
The Great Glen, Loch Ness & Inverness
Departs Fort William
380 million years ago a massive fault line cut across Scotland and formed what is now known as The Great Glen. This massive geological tear in the Earth’s crust hosts some of the most impressive and iconic scenery anywhere in the world. From Fort William through Loch Ness you will make your way through 73 miles (117km) of stunning Scottish landscape by foot, canoe, sea kayak and bike.
- Mountain bike along the Caledonian Canal
- Hike through Scotland’s wilderness
- Kayak through monstrous Loch Ness
- Spend the night under the stars camping
- Fully qualified instructor / guide
- Accommodation (shared camp/hostel)
- Mountain bike hire
- Sea kayak hire
- All safety equipment
- Sleeping bag (option to add to your booking)
- Walking boots and warm clothes
- Good level of fitness
- More info on website under 'Active Trip FAQs'
- 3 nights - basic, shared (1 hostel / 2 camping)
- Upgrade to B&B/hotel - On request, subject to availability
Day 1: Fort William to Laggan - Bike and Hike
Departs Fort William at 10am. We meet for an initial kit check. Then we mountain bike to South Laggan past ‘Neptune's Staircase’ to the Caledonian Canal and Loch Lochy. We bike along the towpath before crossing the swing bridge at Gairlochy. Enjoy great views of Loch Arkaig and onto the shore of Loch Lochy with a possible refreshment stop at a pub on a barge! We continue on and hear about the 'Seven Heads Well' on the shore of Loch Oich. Don’t worry, there are hot showers and the tepees are all set up for your arrival, you just need to enjoy the experience of cooking and eating in the great outdoors.
Day 2: Laggan to Fort Augustus - Kayak and Hike
Today we take to the water and canoe from Loch Oich, one of the four main lochs in the Great Glen, all the way to the start of mighty and monstrous Loch Ness! After a day on the water there’s a chance for a well-earned local beer at Morag’s Lodge.
Day 3: Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit - Kayak
A stunning day kayaking the waters of Loch Ness, past the ruins of Urquhart Castle where the monster has been spotted many times. The dark waters of Loch Ness remain cold all year round and come rain or shine this journey is spectacular. If you are lucky enough to be paddling on the Loch when It’s a mill pond then you will enjoy crystal clear reflections of the surrounding mountains.
Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Inverness - Kayak and Hike
We complete the remaining stretch of Loch Ness by canoe and enter Inverness by water, a unique way to view of the capital of the Highlands where our trip comes to an end. You’ll be tired but what an adventure! Arrives in Inverness late afternoon.
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- You will be hill-walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and canoeing so a good level of fitness is required
- Mountain biking will be on tracks and paths and the terrain is fairly low level
- Kayaking will be on open lochs and sections of river
- Walking will be on mountain paths
- The daily activities may change depending on the weather conditions
- A Sleeping bag is required (can be added to your booking if you're travelling without one)
- Sturdy shoes or boots, warm clothes are required
- A full packing list is available under our Active Trip FAQs Section
- All activity equipment is provided
- We sleep under canvas and occasionally use hostels. Full facilities are generally available
- The trip is operated by our partners 'Active Outdoor Pursuits'. You will recieve full instructions for the equipment and will support you for the entirety of your trip. We know the local area, the wildlife and history and are there to answer any questions. The trip is fully facilitated by a back-up vehicle to transport your gear, so no need to carry any equipment and your luggage is transferred between overnight locations. Camping equipment is set up for your arrival each night although participation in camp life is expected.
- We operate a kitty system, payable on arrival. Alternatively you can choose to do your own thing and bring your own food