A classic Scottish coast-to-coast.

Ride the Great Glen Way

Route description

The Great Glen Way is a long distance path running 73 miles from Fort William on the west coast to Inverness on the east. The Great Glen is a series of glens filled by lochs which are linked by the Caledonian Canal. Depending on the route and pace chosen, this classic coast to coast trip can be a challenge to experienced mountain bikers, or just offer many scenic miles of enjoyable cycling.

Tackling the Great Glen from west coast to east coast is the most popular choice as you have the prevailing wind behind you and start with the easier sections of the route. The route is waymarked and often follows the Caledonian Canal towpath. There are however some steeper forest road and path sections where the route climbs high above the banks of Loch Ness for spectacular views. Our high quality mountain bikes are strongly recommended for these sections their powerful brakes and wide range of gears. For smoother, easier pedalling on our comfort touring bikes we would recommend deviating from the GGW and following the east side of Loch Ness from Fort Augustus.

Most people complete the GGW over three days, with overnight stops in the villages of Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit.

2024 Great Glen Hire prices per bike

Hardtail mountain bike - Trek Marlin
1 day £40
2 day £75
3 day £100
>3 days +£30 per day
Fast/drop bar touring bike - Trek Domane
1 day £40
2 day £75
3 day £100
>3 days +£35 per day

Plus: add one way bike collection at £45 per bike

What's included in the hire price? We supply a helmet, pump, tool kit and a lock. You can get a rack and pannier bags added for £20 per bike.

Starting and Finishing

Our hire shop is based in Inverlochy, Fort William, right on the Great Glen Way itself, a few hundred metres from the official start. Our bike drop off location in Inverness is at the premises of our hire partner, Ticket To Ride Bike Hire. They are right on the Way in Inverness, a few hundred metres from the official route end at Inverness Castle. Luggage can be delivered to Ticket To Ride or your Inverness accommodation at £30 per bag.

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