View of Loch Ness under cloudy skies from high up on the Great Glen Way, near Drumnadrochit, Scotland.

The Great Glen Way: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit (High Route)

The Great Glen Way: Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

A challenging yet beautiful trail through varied woodland, with superb viewpoints of Loch Ness. The Great Glen Way has something for all ramblers; a lovely route in the Scottish Highlands! 


Walking the Great Glen Way via the high route option has many vantage points, but you do have the choice to join the lower route about halfway along.  

This walk is considered a more testing one but a must while visiting the area as it offers plenty of opportunity for birdwatching and wildlife observing. 

There is pretty scenery throughout, but in particular, the first two thirds of the trail surround you in beautiful green fields and flourishing trees. 

At the end, you will find an assortment of shops and eateries at Drumnadrochit. 


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  • Hiking 
  • Walking 
  • River 
  • Views 
  • Bird watching 
  • Partially paved route 


  1. From the car park in Invermoriston, cross the main road and turn left opposite the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel. Walk along the Skye Road for a short distance, pass the shop and then you’ll come to the craft shop at the end. 
  2. Cross the road and follow the lane just to the left of the shop and head uphill. 
  3. The lane bears left and heads behind the old Manse before steeply ascending in a sequence of zigzags. At the blue marker post, either turn right onto the track or follow a path that cuts a slight corner up to this point. 
  4. To continue on the high route, take the path that leads off to the left uphill through the trees. 
  5. When the path reaches the top edge of the woods, it will run to the right alongside a stone wall. 
  6. At the corner, turn left to continue along the path by the wall. 
  7. You will climb the path before descending a little and then you’ll cross a footbridge. 
  8. Further on, turn left where you meet the track and ascend through scattered trees.  
  9. You will eventually pass The Viewcatcher; a lovely sculpture made of wood and stone. 
  10. Continue on the path through felled trees. It will start to descend into the glen of the Allt Saigh. 
  11. When the path meets a track, turn left and it will soon lead over a bridge. Curve round to the right and continue along until a marked path leads off to the left. 
  12. You will climb uphill through the trees. 
  13. At the top of the forest, the path runs across a rustic bridge over Allt Ruighe Bhacain. It climbs steeply again after this and curves around to the south side of Creag Dhearg. Eventually, it reaches a magnificent viewpoint with a curved stone shelter overlooking Loch Ness. 
  14. The path continues through trees before zigzagging down to a curved stone seat sculpture. You can continue to see stunning views of the loch as you follow the track across the hillside. Note: If you wish to re-join the lower route at this point, you may do so here. 
  15. Follow the track and continue on another path that eventually joins another forestry track. When you reach the bend, follow the narrow path on the left, which soon reaches a gate and then curves back left through the woods. 
  16. You will then cross a stream before following the track through a gate up to the road at Grotaig.  
  17. Turn right here and head on an ‘off-road’ path, on the left side of the narrow road. 
  18. As you follow the road, you’ll come to another section of off-road path that crosses the moorland and is a great place to spot birds of prey, though can be bleak in bad weather. 
  19. If you stick to the road, you’ll pass some houses on the left. The road almost reaches Drumnadrochit. Turn left (signposted) through a gate and follow a track before turning right on a steep path. 
  20. You will approach views of Drumnadrochit and then the path bears right near a horse trail and leads to Clunebeg Lodge. The path then follows the river to the main road. 
  21. Drumnadrochit can be reached by turning left here. 


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