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Stage 3: Fort Augustus to Fort William — Great Glen Way

Stage 3: Fort Augustus to Fort William — Great Glen Way

Intermediate
04:31
33.5 mi
7.4 mph
1,025 ft
1,050 ft
Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

You will have to dismount and push your bike.

274 yd in total

Includes movable bridges

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3 in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
410 yd
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Scenic path along the Caledonian Canal

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

5.19 mi
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Bridge of Oich

Mountain Biking Highlight

7.90 mi
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Invergarry Castle

Bike Touring Highlight

28.8 mi
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Caledonian Canal

Bike Touring Highlight

29.0 mi
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Neptune's Staircase

Bike Touring Highlight

32.0 mi
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33.5 mi
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Fort William

Bike Touring Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 2.13 mi
Path: 17.7 mi
Cycleway: 5.51 mi
Street: 3.49 mi
Road: 4.38 mi
State Road: 408 yd

Surfaces

Unpaved: 18.8 mi
Compacted Gravel: 1.33 mi
Paved: 7.39 mi
Asphalt: 3.76 mi
Unknown: 2.22 mi

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

May 5, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    The third and final stage of the Great Glen way is the longest, although much flatter than the previous stage. You’ll cover no less than 33.5 miles (53.9 km), although only climbing 1,050 feet (320 m), mostly along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal and then alongside Loch Oich and Loch Lochy, before rejoining the canal to finish in Fort William.

    Start by leaving the shore of Loch Ness in Fort Augustus to continue the south-westerly bearing, picking up the road on the north side of the Caledonian Canal, also National Cycle Route 78. The towpath leads you between the serene waters of Loch Oich and the canal as you continue on, to the gorgeous Bridge of Oich that’s well worth a closer look.

    Here the two waters merge into Loch Oich, the highest point of the Caledonian Canal. After all the flat riding at the start of the stage, there’s a very brief climb up to the water’s edge, where the Great Glen Way follows a singletrack trail to the south-east of the loch. Continue along to the Invergarry Castle viewpoint, where you can look across the water at the ruins of this scheduled monument, and now converted hotel.

    After passing Invergarry train station, you’ll cross the main road to rejoin the Caledonian Canal path, parallel to South Laggan to Laggan Locks where you mean the brilliantly named Loch Lochy. This is the last loch along the Great Glen Way, and you’ll follow a trail very close to the shore along the north-western side of this water. Rejoin the road at Clunes and through Bunarcaig before there’s another singletrack to your left alongside the water to Gairlochy.

    Now this last stretch is another towpath along the Caledonian Canal, with the River Lochy to your left. This part of the Great Glen Way is almost entirely flat, so it’ll be an easy run-in to your end destination of Fort William. You’ll pass through Banavie, Lochyside and Inverlochy first on your way into the town, and you’ll find a good bike shop here too if you need any repairs or spares. A fairly large town for the Highlands with great facilities and onwards travel options, Fort William is a great place to celebrate finishing a challenge like the Great Glen Way.

    • May 6, 2020

  • Stuart

    I would like to say a big thank you for all the time and effort that it must take doing these guides.
    I find them very useful living in the North of Scotland travelling to Gloucestershire area occasionally.

    • June 13, 2020

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Stage 3: Fort Augustus to Fort William — Great Glen Way