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The Great Glen (An Gleann Mor) follows 80 miles of lochs and rivers from Glencoe and Fort William in the south to Inverness in the north. It's a fantastic natural route through the Scottish Highlands, with exceptional scenery and gorgeous forests. You can walk, cycle and canoe the Great Glen Way, or drive along the A82 and explore dozens of waymarked trails as you go.

Two men and a woman walking along a woodland path with a large loch in the background

Along the way, you can find sumptuous old oaks, impressive conifers, classic Scots pines and pretty native woodlands full of bluebells. Just take your pick. Open our map to explore the whole area.

Forests to visit

Drumnadrochit and North Loch Ness

Two people cycling along a woodland pathBalnain

Peace and quiet away from the beaten track along Loch Ness. The trail here offers a good long spell of peace and quiet amidst the trees.



Man skimming stones on a lochChange House

Picnic in peace amongst hazels, birch and ash on Loch Ness's southern shore.

Change House


Man dwarfed by two trees looking across fields and a loch from a hilltopCraigmonie

For big trees, grand views and a rocky crag with Viking associations, start at Drumnadrochit.



A thick tree trunk with lots of knotted branchesDivach Falls

Oaks, atmosphere and dramatic waterfalls over Urquhart Bay. Watch water tumble 100 feet to the Divach Burn.

Divach Falls


A man, a woman and a dog sitting on a fallen tree in a forestFarigaig

Beautiful colours, red squirrels and a magical hill loch on the quiet side of Loch Ness.




Fort Augustus and South Loch Ness

Man overlooking a tree-lined gorgeAllt na Criche

A beautiful burn winds through pine and birch woods above Loch Ness.

Allt na Criche


Woman and dog on a riverside pathRiver Oich

A good place for spotting squirrels foraging for pinecones or listening to birdsong and the dreamy sound of flowing water.

River Oich


Hilltop view of a wide, forest-covered glenTorr Dhuin

Commanding views over the Caledonian Canal from an Iron Age hill fort.

Torr Dhuin



Invergarry and Loch Oich

View along a woodland path towards a tall waterfallGlengarry

Follow the river to a waterfall through tall Scots pines and soothing native woodland.



A man and woman sitting on a pier overlooking a large lochLoch Oich

Stop the car. Spread out a picnic and wiggle your toes in the loch.

Loch Oich



Fort William

Scottish terrier on a woodland pathGlen Nevis

A beautiful glen with stunning views of Britain’s highest mountain.

Glen Nevis


Family of four throwing stones into a woodland riverLeanachan

Miles of routes snake across the northern side of Ben Nevis, with lots of choices for gentle cycling, walking and running.



View across the tops of autumnal trees towards an imposing Ben NevisNorth Face

Hill walkers and climbers head here for the crags of Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. However, a waymarked trail gives everyone a taste of the wild northern slopes.

North Face