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INTRODUCTION The Great Glen Way About the Great Glen Way 7 - History of the Great Glen Way 8 How difficult is it? 10 - How long do you need? 12 - When to go 13 PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK Practical information for the walker Route finding 17 - Accommodation 18 - Food and drink 21 Money 23 - Other services 24 - Information for foreign visitors 24 Walking companies 26 - Walking with a dog 28 Other options for the Great Glen Way 28 Budgeting 29 Itineraries Village and town facilities 30 - Which direction? 31 Suggested itineraries 32 - Day and weekend walks 33 Hillwalking side trips 34 What to take Keep your luggage light 34 - How to carry it 34 - Footwear 35 Clothes 36 - Toiletries 37 - First-aid kit 37 - General items 37 Camping gear 38 - Sources of further information 38 - Money 39 Maps 39 - Recommended reading 40 Getting to and from the Great Glen Way National transport 41 - Getting to Britain 42 Local transport 43 - Public transport map 45 PART 2: MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING & OUTDOOR SAFETY Minimum impact walking Economic impact 47 - Environmental impact 48 - Scottish outdoor Access code 50 - Access 51 Outdoor safety Avoidance of hazards 53 - Weather forecasts 54 - Water 54 Blisters 54 - Bites 55 - Hypothermia 56 - Hyperthermia 57 Dealing with an accident 57 PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURE Conserving Scotland's nature Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 59 - The Great Glen Fault 59 Campaigning & conservation organisations 59 PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURE (continued) Flora and fauna Trees 61 - Flowers 65 - Mammals 67 - Reptiles 70 Butterflies 70 - Birds 70 PART 4: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS Using this guide 74 Fort William 76 Fort William to Gairlochy 81 (Lochyside 82 - Caol 82 Corpach 86 - Banavie 87 - Gairlochy 87 - Spean Bridge 90) Gairlochy to junction by Laggan Locks 94 Side trip to the Loch Lochy munros 98 Junction by Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus 101 (Junction by Laggan Locks to Aberchalder via Laggan and Loch Oich 101 Laggan 101 - Junction by Laggan Locks to Aberchalder via Invergarry, Invergarry link route 105 - Invergarry 106 - Aberchalder to Fort Augustus 110 - Fort Augustus 111) Fort Augustus to Invermoriston 116 (High route from Fort Augustus to junction of routes 118 - Low route from Fort Augustus to junction of routes 120 - Junction of routes to Invermoriston 120 Invermoriston 120) Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit 123 Drumnadrochit 131 Drumnadrochit to Inverness 136 Inverness 144 APPENDICES A: Gaelic 151 B: GPS Waypoints 153 C: Taking a dog along the Way 155 D: Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis 157 E: Map key 165 F: Distance charts 166 INDEX 170 OVERVIEW MAPS & PROFILES 177

About the Author

Jim Manthorpe is a wildlife cameraman and writer. He has written and updated dozens of Trailblazer guidebooks over the years, from Ladakh to Canada. But it is the Highlands, where he is based, that he spends most of his time in. He has a particular love for wild places and wildlife and has filmed eagles, otters and orcas for various BBC shows including Springwatch. He is also the author of the Scottish Highlands Hillwalking Guide, South Downs Way, Pembrokeshire Coast Path and Tour du Mont Blanc - all from Trailblazer.


'The perfect companion' - Adventure Travel, July/August 2017; 'A definitive guide to the trail and would recommend it, both for planning your walk but also during it.' Backpack magazine, Summer 2017

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