From Fort William through Loch Ness you will make your way across 73 miles of stunning Scottish landscape by foot, canoe, sea kayak & bike.
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 seen anywhere in the world. Starting in Fort William, through mysterious Loch Ness and the finishing line in Inverness, you will make your way through 73 miles (117km) of stunning Scottish landscape by foot, canoe, sea kayak and bike. There is no better way to experience Scotland!
We spend 4 days exploring Scotland. We visit Fort William, Inverness, Laggan, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit.
What Is Included...
Fully qualified instructor/guides
3 nights’ accommodation (shared camp/hostel)
Mountain bike hire
Sea kayak / Canoe hire
All safety equipment
Trip starts at 10:00am at Fort William Backpackers, Fort William
Trip ends at 4:00pm at Inverness City Centre, Inverness
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4 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Fort William to Laggan – Mountain Bike
Meet your group in Fort William at 10am for an initial kit check before we start our adventure and head into the wild! Our journey begins on mountain bikes as we travel from ‘Neptune's Staircase’ to South Laggan along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Lochy. Bike along the towpath before crossing the swing bridge at Gairlochy and enjoy the stunning views of Loch Arkaig. A little further on we visit the spectacular Witches Cauldron that is wonderful place for some wild swimming, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit! Don’t worry, there are hot showers and tepees set up for your arrival at our campsite to warm up. In the evening enjoy some great food and local ales at the Eagle Barge Inn and take part in the ‘Great Chilli Challenge’ if you dare. Tonight’s all about good banter and relaxing under the star filled skies with your new mates.
Day 2: Laggan to Fort Augustus – Canadian Canoe
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 Fort Augustus. En route we visit the 'Seven Heads Well' on the shore of Loch Oich, where your Guide will recount the gruesome story of internal strife among one of the largest clans in the Highlands during the 17th century. The Highland town of Fort Augustus situated right at the start of the mighty and monstrous Loch Ness is our home for the night. After a day on the water, there’s a chance for a well-earned local beer at Morag’s Lodge hostel bar. It’s time to chill on a sofa and find out what the Morag’s famous Highland hospitality is all about.
Day 3: Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit - Kayak
Get ready for a stunning day kayaking on the waters of Loch Ness. You can’t imagine a more beautiful loch – this long stretch of mysterious water is surrounded by stunning mountains. We kayak past the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle which appeared in Star Wars -The Force Awakens and where the infamous 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 / Hike
Today we’re back on the water! Tackle the remaining stretch of Loch Ness by kayak or canoe and enter Inverness in style - by the canal or River Ness. Enjoy this unique way to view the capital of the Highlands, and congratulate yourself for getting to the finishing line! You travelled through 73 miles of the most awesome Scottish landscapes and got close to our amazing wildlife. We finish our adventure in Inverness late afternoon. You’ll be tired, but not too tired for some refreshments at the Old Castle Tavern, where we recount the past few days before saying farewell to our trip mates after an epic 4 days.
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Tour starts from:
Fort William Backpackers, Fort William at 10:00am
Tour ends in:
Inverness City Centre, Inverness at 4:00pm
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 2 nights multi-share hostel. 1 night teepee camping..
You can upgrade to upgrade to b&b/hotel (on request only) from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Sleeping bag (option to buy locally)
- Trekking boots and warm clothes
- A reasonable level of fitness
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All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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