Stage 01: Fort William to Gairlochy – Great Glen Way
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September 27, 2019
You begin this epic journey along the Great Glen in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
From Fort William, the trail passes the Jacobite Steam Train station, made famous in the Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express, and onto Inverlochy Castle, which was founded in the 13th century.
It is then leisurely walking for the rest of the stage along the Caledonian Canal, which was constructed in the early nineteenth century to connect the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach.
Along the canal, just past Banavie, you find Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight locks built between 1803 and 1822. The feat of engineering raises the canal by 62 feet (19 meters) over a quarter of a mile (400 meters) and is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.
This stage finishes in Gairlochy, at the southern edge of Loch Lochy. Gairlochy has limited accommodation and many hikers opt to stay in Spean Bridge, which is four miles (six kilometers) away. Some accommodation providers will arrange a pick up by car.