June 20, 2018 to June 27, 2018
|Cost||$998.00 (no single supplement available)|
|Travel Dates||June 20, 2018 to June 27, 2018|
|Description||The Great Glen Way is a 79 mile long path that follows the Great Glen (a narrow valley) between Fort William and Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.
Our daily walks will be of a moderate to strenuous hiking level. The trails are well marked with some rough footpaths and elevation gains and losses so a good level of fitness is required. Although there are no technical hikes or scrambles involved, we will cover between 7 and 19 miles each day. Depending on the described itinerary, you can expect between 4 and 8 hours of walking each day. The actual time spent walking each day will depend on the hiker’s ability, meal breaks and how much time is spent at sites.
Since this trip is designed for fit walkers, we will take the high route of the Great Glen Way as we climb above the forested northern slopes which allow far more expansive views than are gained from the low route. All along the way we will experience breath taking scenery such as rugged mountains, peaceful lochs and beautiful forests. We will trek along Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness (looking for the monster, “Nessie”), which are neatly arranged through the glen. During our six days of walking, we will take time to learn about the long and tempestuous history of clan rivalry as well as visiting remarkable castles and historical sites. We will marvel at the engineering associated with military roads, railway lines and the Caledonian Canal. We should also have time to shop for authentic Scottish souvenirs and enjoy lunches in local pubs and inns.
This trip includes daily luggage transfer so we will have the freedom to walk with just a light daypack. Our nightly accommodations will reflect the Scottish culture and include quaint B&B’s, a night in a mountain hostel and historical hotels.
We will start each day with breakfast at our accommodation. We will usually eat between 7:30 and 8:30 and our meal will consist of an assortment of pastry, ham, sausages, eggs, cheese, butter, jam, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit, vegetables, water, juice, coffee and tea. For lunch, we can shop at a local grocery to buy what we need and then stop along the way for a picnic or visit a local pub along our route.
Our luggage will usually arrive at our lodging around 2:00 and will be in our rooms waiting for us. Each participant is limited to one piece of luggage not weighing more than 38 pounds and one day pack which you will carry each day. There will be an additional fee if you have more than one piece or if weight exceeds 38 pounds. For dinner, we can go out on our own or as a group at a choice of local restaurants.
NOTE: Entry fees to sites will vary depending on participation, so plan on about $50 US as a suggestion.
|Payment Policy||*A Deposit of $400.00 is due with completed and signed forms to register for the trip.
*We must have at least 9 participants registered by 10/01/17 for the trip to proceed.
*The Balance of $598.00 is due by 12/01/17.
|Cancellation Policy||*If registrant cancels prior to 12/1/17, all payments received by ADK minus $100 will be refunded.
*After 12/1/17, refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100 will be refunded.
*There is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit, which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever.
*If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.
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|Trip Insurance||It is very strongly recommended that all participants purchase trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. If you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list (if any), you could forfeit the entire amount you paid for the trip.|
|Daily Itinerary||This is a tentative itinerary. It could change due to weather or other considerations.
Day 1: Wednesday: June 20: Fort William
Plan on arriving at The Guisachan House in Fort William by mid- afternoon. Fort William is a bustling town and very popular among climbers and walkers as it is situated at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak. Our group will meet in the hotel lobby at 5:00pm for orientation and an informational meeting. Following that, we will go to dinner (included) at a local restaurant. Overnight at Guisachan House.
Day 2: Thursday: June 21: Fort William-Gairlochy-Fort William (10 ½ miles, 130 ft. of ascent) Time: 4h, 30m
This is an easy day’s walk, largely along a canal-side track.
Most of the walk is on a long and narrow “island,” flanked on one side by the Caledonian Canal and on the other by the River Lochy. Short detours are possible to Inverlochy Castle built in 1280 or Ben Nevis Distillery. Additional visits could include the interesting little village of Corpach, a stop for lunch at the “Lochy” pub in Banavie. We will then climb uphill along a series of eight canal locks know as Neptune’s Staircase. Continue along the canal towpath as it winds its way through stunning countryside above the River Lochy. Once in Gairlochy we will make a slight climb to a small white lighthouse where there is a fine view along the length of Loch Lochy. In the afternoon we will take a 20 minute transfer by local taxi back to Fort William. Overnight at Guisachan House.
Day 3: Friday: June 22: Fort William (taxi)-Gairlochy-Invergarry (16 ½ miles, 1575 ft. of ascent) Time: 6h, 30m
Today will start with a 20-minute transfer by local taxi back to Gairlochy. A majority of the days walk runs close to the northern shore of Loch Lochy. The slopes rising from the loch are often well wooded or forested with glimpses of water from time to time.
At Achnacarry we can take time to visit the St. Ciaran’s church or the Clan Cameron Museum. Once we cross a bridge at the Kilfinnan Farm we will take a left on the path to the Invergarry Link and stop at the “Well of the Seven Heads” for a lunch or a light snack. Gregor will be our host at this hostel in Invergarry where we will share a bunkroom. Overnight at Saddle Mountain House Hostel.
Day 4: Saturday: June 23: Invergarry-Fort Augustus (8 ¼ miles, 330 ft. of ascent) Time: 3h, 30m
Leaving Invergarry involves a short climb and traverse across a forested slope. Once the main road is reached near the Aberchalder Swing Bridge, it is worth making a short detour to inspect the older, elegant Bridge of Oich. The rest of the day we will follow the level track beside the Caledonian Canal. After walking a length of lochs, we head down into Fort Augustus. Overnight at Lovat B&B.
Day 5: Sunday: June 24: Fort Augustus-Invermoriston (7 ½ miles, 1840 ft. of ascent) Time: 3h, 15m
Today we will take the high-level route of the Great Glen Way as we climb above the forested northern slope of Loch Ness. Six major rivers carry water into Loch Ness, from a part of the Highlands known for high rainfall. This explains why the River Ness flows so powerfully past Inverness. We finish our day in the tiny village of Invermoriston. Overnight at Glenmoriston Arms Hotel.
Day 6: Monday: June 25: Invermoriston-Drumnadrochit (14 miles, 2330 ft. of ascent) Time: 5h, 45m
Today we will opt for the high route to Drumnadrochit where we will hike in the forest, by-passing the hills of Creagnaneun and MeallnaSroine. The slopes of CreagDhearg await us, the highest point on the Great Glen Way. Once reaching the summit, the rest of the trail will feature good views of Loch Ness. Continuing towards Drumnadrochit we may stop in Grotaig for refreshments at the Loch Ness Clay Works pottery and tearoom. We should arrive in Drumnadrochit early enough for you to enjoy this quaint town and possibly visit the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition at the Drumnadrochit Hotel to learn more about the Loch Ness Monster. Overnight at Loch Ness Inn.
￼Day 7: Tuesday: June 26: Drumnadrochit – Inverness (19miles, 1640 ft. of ascent) Time: 8h +
Today we walk our final section for 19 miles on a generally easy path that travels through farmland and forestry with good views of the mountains to the north. The Great Glen Way finishes at a stone monument overlooking the River Ness just beyond Inverness Castle.
As an option, participants, at their own expense, can choose to skip the hike and make their way by bus ($5.00 and about 25 minutes) to Inverness. Once there, you can explore all this beautiful city has to offer.
Regardless of how, and what time, you get to Inverness, we will meet in the lobby of our lovely accommodations at 5:00pm. We will enjoy our celebration dinner as a group (included) at a local restaurant. Overnight at Acorn Guest House.
￼Day 8: Wednesday: June 27: Inverness
After breakfast, depart for home or continued travel.
NOTE: Planned activities are subject to change due to weather; trail conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, at the sole discretion of the Leader. Also, prices and arrangements are subject to change due to circumstances outside the control of the Leader or the ADK.
|Notes||GETTING TO: (passport is required)
By Air: Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness airports are the closest to Fort William and Inverness. For planning purposes, to our hotel in Fort William and from our hotel in Inverness, the websites: www.visitscotland.com or www.travelinescotland.com offer excellent journey planning options.
NOTE: Do not make your flight arrangements until I tell you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to proceed.
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TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND ADK’s CONTROL
|Registration Procedure||Please carefully read the detailed “Trip Description and Itinerary” and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please email me and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S. mail with the deposit. You can pay by check (payable to “ADK”) or complete the Credit Card Authorization form) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
What you should bring: You will be provided a packing list which will include standard walking gear such as sturdy boots or shoes, layered clothing, rain gear and a day pack. NOTE: At the hostel, blankets and pillows will be provided but you might consider bringing a sleeping bag liner.
|Trip Leader||Peter J. Valastro, Jr
259 Bentley Road, Hudson Falls, NY 12839