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Rucksack Readers => Great Glen Way, Fort William to Inverness, Scotland => Topic started by: TomAMoore on February 17, 2009, 02:17:12 pm

Title: Which Way on the Great Glen Way?
Post by: TomAMoore on February 17, 2009, 02:17:12 pm
Most of the descriptions I have read about walking the Great Glen describe going from Ft William to Inverness. What about walking the other way? It would seem to me that it would be nicer to finish in Ft William instead of Inverness. Am I off base?

Thanks in advance


Title: Re: Which Way on the Great Glen Way?
Post by: bsmyth on February 19, 2009, 11:53:27 am
Hi again Tom.

My friend and I walked this one too, three years ago and enjoyed it. We walked Fort William to Inverness, the logic being that the prevailing wind would normally be behind you and the easier sections are at the beginning. I am sure the views will be equally as good walking north to south.
There is good advice about accommodation en route elsewhere on the forum. If you do walk it I am sure you will enjoy it whichever direction you walk.

Title: Re: Which Way on the Great Glen Way?
Post by: sandrahal on February 20, 2009, 10:15:48 am
Hi Tom
Having walked the GGW in both directions, I'd be inclined to vote in favour of the north-south option - starting in Inverness and finishing in Fort William. 

The direction of the wind isn't much of an issue;  it's certainly not unknown for north-westerlies and north-easterlies to prevail for several days.  But starting in Inverness means that you're walking towards the mountains and the best scenery of the walk (and it's a scenic walk throughout), not to mention finishing at the foot of Ben Nevis. Although the view of the Great Glen from the finish at Inverness Castle is quite inspirational, it can't quite compare with the shore of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of The Ben.

The first day out of Inverness is quite challenging, but if you're reasonably fit and not carrying a huge pack, it should be OK.  It's worth adding a bit of local news (I live in Drumnadrochit): a good part of the previously overbearing pine plantation between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus is being cleared at this very moment, which should vastly improve that section.  Please don't hesitate to toss in more questions as and when they crop up.
Best wishes

Title: Re: Which Way on the Great Glen Way?
Post by: TomAMoore on February 23, 2009, 04:07:36 pm
I posted this one on the General section, but am repeating it here.

Which do you think is better for scenic, easier walking: the Great Glen or Borders Abbey Way?  My lovely and talented wife pointed out that if we finish in Inverness, we can hop on a plane or ferry and visit Orkney (Highland Park Distillery).