Tour # 17
Inverness - Fort Williams (The Great Glen)
Approx. total hill climb: 200 meters.
Highest point: The Commando memorial at Spean Bridge 150 meters above
Traffic: Moderate to Busy.
Severity Rating: **
Fun rating: ***
How to get to Inverness: Train from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
and London. Plane from the rest of the world.
Loch Ness and the link to the West Coast is the reasons why you
should to do this trip. The Great Glen itself is medium interesting.
I am not a fan of this cycle trip, but it is a definite must-do cycle
trip and a Scottish classic. Regardless of my personal views. This
cycle trip is best combined with the Aberdeen- Inverness and Fort
Williams - Glasgow cycle trips. Please note that due to using a racer
bike, this guide describe the flat west side (A 82) along Loch Ness.
The Caledonian Channel is the still very much used channel between
Inverness and Fort Williams.
The road (A 82) out of Inverness start with a medium steep climb before
it crosses the Caledonian Channel and goes into a small forest before
it goes down again to Loch Ness. The road along the whole of Loch
Ness is mostly flat. The road follows this famous lake (don't do too
much Nessie spotting) along the steep banks of this lake to a small
bay and Drumnadrochit (shops). The view to Urquart Castle, one of
Scotland's most famous landmarks, is brilliant. The road continues
out of the bay and past Urquart Castle along Loch Ness to another
bay at Invermoriston (shops). The road goes down to Fort Augustus
(shops) and the impressive Caledonian Channel. The road from Fort
Augustus crosses the valley and climb up to a moor on the eastern
side of the Great Glen. It follows this moor for some time before
it drops down to and over Caledonian Channel. The road then follows
this channel for a while before it climbs over a small hill and drop
down to the second lake in the Great Glen; Loch Lochy. Another monster
has been seen in this lake. The road goes over in a moderate to hard
climb towards the Commando Memorial. The view across to Ben Nevis,
Fort Williams and Loch Linnhe is unforgettable. The road drops down
to Spean Bridge (shops) before it continue down the moors and over
the flatlands to Fort William.