This walk is available from April through to October.
So the saying goes in Scotland, always be prepared for a change of weather! Regardless of when you travel, you can experience rainy days with temperatures dipping to 12°C and on the same day, clear skies and sunshine of up to 22°C. In the early and later weeks of the season, it isn’t unusual to see snow on the mountain tops and you may even experience a frost. May and June are usually the months with the least rainfall, followed by July, August and September. However, what Scotland lacks in warm weather, it truly makes up for it with hospitality.
Easy to moderate with 2 moderate days of walking. An active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed along with usual walks. Typically, days are generally easy-going underfoot. Distances on this walk range from 13km to 30km in a day and is very varied. There are some very easy-going days along canal tow paths, whilst several of the days will have between 500-700m of ascent, so you should be physical prepared for a change of terrain mid-way through the walk. The route will have sections of canal tow paths, forest roads, rocky trails and in places, lose terrain underfoot. Trails are very well-defined and are very well waymarked. You will also walk through towns and villages. Although the route is well waymarked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with daily summaries, a map, a guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device.
HOW TO GET THERE
This walk starts in Fort William and finishes in Inverness.
To Fort William
Fort William does not have an airport. The closest airports are Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
From Glasgow airport, you can catch the shuttle bus to central Glasgow and take a direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street (3hrs 45min journey). If arriving at Edinburgh airport you can take a bus to Edinburgh Haymarket and change for a train to Fort William, travelling via Glasgow Queen Street.
Should be flying in and out of Inverness, bus services connect the airport and Fort William, with a journey time of around 3hrs.
If travelling from London, you can take a domestic flight to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and connect to Fort William via the train.
Caledonian Sleeper Train
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 10 pm, travel through the night and arrive in Inverness around 8.30 am the following day.
Onward Travel From Inverness
The nearby airport has excellent domestic connections across the UK and a limited-service into Europe.
Alternatively, the Inverness train has onward connections to Glasgow and Edinburgh (4hrs 30mins).
For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases.
If travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper Service, please check Caledonian Sleeper for information.
Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.