Stage 05: Drumnadrochit to Inverness – Great Glen Way
komoot planned a hike.
September 27, 2019
The final stage provides the biggest challenge of the entire trail and will push your fitness and stamina to the max.
With 19 miles (31 kilometers) of distance and 1,475 feet (450 meters) of climbing to contend with, this stage will be a real test of your mettle. For details on how to split the route, see below.
From Drumnadrochit, you begin with a one mile (one-and-a half kilometer) walk on the pavement next to the A82. Vehicles travel at speeds of up to 60mph (100kph) along this section, so please take care, especially if you have big rucksacks.
It is then a long and grueling ascent through woodland to the tops, where you are afforded spellbinding views over Loch Ness.
As you emerge from the forest, you get a wonderful view of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
The trail then descends to Inverness and takes you through the Ness Islands, a group of small islands connected by Victorian suspension bridges, and along the River Ness to Inverness Castle, where the Great Glen Way ends.
Inverness has a good range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.
Splitting this route evenly is not easy. However, if 19 miles (31 kilometers) is simply too long, your best bet is to end this stage in the village of Abriachan, which is seven miles (11 kilometers) from Drumnadrochit. That would leave 12 miles (19 kilometers) to get to Inverness the following day.
There is accommodation in Abriachan and the surrounding area. Many accommodation providers can arrange pick-ups.
I drove with the car. Had not turned off the tour
October 1, 2019