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Laggan to Invermoriston

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Follow the Caledonian Canal from South Laggan to Fort Augustus via Loch Oich and Kytra Lock, continuing on to Invermoriston. 

difficult
Distance 29.5 km
8:00 h
213 m
196 m
105 m
20 m

Your day starts at Laggan Bridge; the highpoint of the Caledonian Canal at 106ft above sea level. Begin by following the eastern shore of Loch Oich, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and pristine natural woodlands, which is teeming with bird and wildlife. At the end of Loch Oich at Oich Bridge follow the canal for a few miles until you reach Fort Augustus. This is a lovely section of canal, look out for Kytra Lock, as it is one of the highlights of the walk.

Fort Augustus is a busy little town centred on a series of locks that are always a hive of activity. This is a great spot to have lunch and restock on snacks before continuing the walk in the afternoon. You will be walking in close proximity to Loch Ness, however, this is often blocked from view by the trees. Invermoriston is a lovely wee village that you can explore in the evening of go in search of the waterfalls on the lower section of River Moriston. 

Author’s recommendation

Fort Augustus is the halfway point on this amazing walk, it is also a bustling wee town. Making it a great stop to stock up on the essential snacks, take out some extra cash at an ATM and buy the all important souvenir. There are a number of cafes and restaurants that you will be able to choose from. 

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Update: July 20, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
105 m
Lowest point
20 m

Track types

Asphalt 1.76%Forested/wild trail 60.90%Path 35.12%Road 2.19%
Asphalt
0.5 km
Forested/wild trail
18 km
Path
10.4 km
Road
0.6 km
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Tips and hints

Please see our interactive map for more information on our notable points of interest. 

Loch Oich - This is the smallest of three lochs that are linked by the Caledonian Canal

Invergarry & Fort Augustus Railway Museum - This is run by volunteers so the opening times may vary, please check the website to ensure that it is open when you want to visit. https://www.invergarrystation.org.uk/ 

The Caledonian Canal Centre - Well worth a visit, you are sure to learn all about the history and the future of canals here (they also have a cafe!) https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/destinations/fort-augustus/caledonian-canal-centre/

Start

Laggan (32 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 28585 96314
DD
57.025993, -4.825713
DMS
57°01'33.6"N 4°49'32.6"W
UTM
30V 389176 6321760
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Destination

Invermoriston

Turn-by-turn directions

***Whilst, the Great Glen Way is waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

Leaving Laggan behind you will continue along the Southern Shore of Loch Oich, crossing over the A82 you will see the Laggan Swing Bridge. At Aberchalder you will be able to admire the Oich Bridge!

Follow the canal path, gradually going down and then you will drop down a steep flight of 5 locks as you near Fort Augustus. 

Leaving Fort Augustus, follow the A82 in the direction of Inverness, turn left up a minor road where you will pass a hostel and some B&Bs. Joining a riverside path you will then walk into a varied woodland area, on this section you will have a number of ascents and descents. When you are able to see through the trees you are sure to be able to get some lovely views over Loch Ness. 

Cross a concrete bridge over Portclair Burn, this will be followed by a short climb to another bridge over a waterfall - perfect for a photo opportunity. 

As you are getting ever closer to Invermoriston you will see that the high route joins your track, from here make sure to keep to the old track running below the forest. You will near the end of the track, turn right at the junction and follow the road to the A82, from here you will be able to see the beautiful Moriston Falls. Continue to follow this road to get to Invermoriston. 

 

***Please check your accommodation details for directions to your accommodation.***

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 28585 96314
DD
57.025993, -4.825713
DMS
57°01'33.6"N 4°49'32.6"W
UTM
30V 389176 6321760
w3w 
///deadline.frocks.spindles
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Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
29.5 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
213 m
Descent
196 m
Highest point
105 m
Lowest point
20 m
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