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Rucksack Readers => Great Glen Way, Fort William to Inverness, Scotland => Topic started by: grbree on February 10, 2007, 09:22:00 pm



Title: Accommodation on Great Glen Way
Post by: grbree on February 10, 2007, 09:22:00 pm
This list follows on from The West Highland Way list from G R B.
Tigh Na Claddach (B&B PU&D and lift to pub for evening meal) at Gairlochy. Forest Lodge South Laggan. Next stop was at Fort Augustus where there are a number of pubs and B&Bs.The one we stayed at was not the best as it seemed to cater more for workmen than tourists. Next stop was a fine B & B next to a pub doing good evening meals at Invermoriston called Bracarina House. In Drumnadrochit on the village green The Fiddler is a restaurant/pub with accommodation and is highly recommended but was fully booked at the time.There are a number of B&Bs in the village and a couple of hotels. Our last night was in Cavell House about 200 yards from the end of the Way in Inverness.


Title: Re: Accommodation on Great Glen Way
Post by: bsmyth on February 14, 2007, 10:33:19 am
We walked the GGW in 2006 and our accommodation was as follows:

Fort William - Glenlochy Guest House - comfortable and very adequate.  Can leave car in car park for duration of walk. Close to town centre and start of walk - 10 mins max.

Gairlochy - walked additional 3 miles to Spean Bridge - a nice walk, albeit on the road, passing the Commando Memorial. Stayed at Smiddy House. A bit more expensive but high standard. More pubs in SB than Gairlochy (none!). Given lift back to Gairlochy next day. Owner would possibly pick up from Gairlochy if asked.

South Laggan - Forest Lodge - excellent evening meal in particular.

Invermoriston - Bracarina - possibly the  best accommodation we had all week. Excellent food at Invermoriston Hotel next door - and refreshments!

Drumnadrochit - The Fiddlers - accommodation we had was adequate and the food is great. But try getting a pint in Drumnadrochit at 3.30pm just before the season starts (2nd week in June).

Inverness - we had good accommodation but unfortunately the recently widowered owner was planning to move on.

Enjoy.


Title: Re: Accommodation on Great Glen Way
Post by: RoyHayward on February 20, 2007, 11:39:58 am
As with the above posting, George and I walked the GGW in May 2006. We used one of the accommodation booking services (Easyways) to put together our itinery and baggage transfer.
We stayed at Rhu Mhor Guest House in Fort William (www.rhumhor.co.uk) prior to starting the walk - bit of a climb up to the GH but great views of distant Corpach - left my car there for the duration of the walk. On to Gairlochy (very limited accommodation) and like the last posting walked into Spean Bridge in order to spend time in passing at the Commando Memorial. Stayed at the excellent Distant Hills GH -- just type it into the web search and it'll pop up. Used their car transfer (£1pp) the following morning to get back to Gairlochy. On to South Laggan and 'Forest Lodge' (www.flgh.co.uk) great hospitality but having passed the 'Eagle' ex-Dutch sugar beet barge at Laggan Locks we had booked in there for a superb evening meal. The following night Fort Augustus and the welcoming 'Sonas' (www.nessaccom.co.uk/sonas) - on the road out of Fort Augustus but just past the start of the following day's walk. Then to Invermoriston and the popular 'Bracarina House' next door to the village hotel and tavern. If you arrive early in Invermoriston and have taken all the photos you want of the Invermoriston Falls and surroundings (the defunct water mill is often missed), try the Pig's Nose cafe some 200m or so from the Invermoriston Post Office on the Kyle to Lochalsh road (just round the bend) -- also does evening meals but closes comparatively early. On to Drumnadrochit and 'Tramps' an excellent and very welcoming B&B (www.lochnessbandb.com/tramps) but a liitle further this side of Drumnadrochit than we thought -- still a short stroll into Drumnadrochit and 'Fiddlers' for an excellent evening meal - obviously picked the right night as we hadn't booked (www.fiddledrum.co.uk) - oh yes, we bought the T-shirts. Finally on to Inverness and 'Fairfield Lodge', ( use web search 'Fairfield Lodge, Inverness' ) great hospitality and where George had left his car (having then caught the bus to Fort William) for our return to Fort William. Had a great night in 'Johnny Fox's' to round off an excellent GGW walk.
However, the www.greatglenway.com 'Accommodation & Services Guide' provides a much wider choice of accommodation with the majority of its entries having web sites.
Finally, if anyone uses www.multimap.com for detailed location of places of interest, Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC is not where it's shown in Telford St -- it moved in 1996 and has been replaced by a supermarket !!
Hope you find the above of interest?
Roy.


Title: Re: Accommodation on Great Glen Way
Post by: nevmcgraw on August 20, 2008, 07:59:16 pm
For anyone interested we took a leisurely 7 days and thoroughly enjoyed our experience.  Our accommodation (all providing excellent hospitality) were Guisachan House (Fort William), Riverside Lodge (Spean Bridge; pick-up at Gairlochy), Forest Lodge (South Laggan), Lorien House ( Fort Augustus), Bracarina (Invermoriston), Fiddlers (Drumnadrochit), Clansman Hotel (pick up at Abriachan and then Nessie boat trip), Ryeford Guest House (Inverness).  Had a pint of real ale in the Castle Tavern yards from the end of the GGW in Inverness and then a meal in the local Weatherspoons. Happy days!.......