Fort William to Gairlochy

This route is a short section of the Caledonia Way (National Route 78) from Fort William to Gairlochy. The route lets you explore the western end of the Great Glen along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, with marvellous views of the north face of Ben Nevis.

This is a shorter section of the much longer Caledonia Way - National Route 78.

Start from the centre of Fort William at the train station. From here you take an off-road path behind the supermarket and continue on quiet streets to a footbridge over the river near Inverlochy Castle. You then follow the cycle lanes along the B8006 and turn left onto a shore path and follow it round Neptune’s Staircase. Please take care when crossing the A830. Here you can see memorable views down to Loch Linnhe as well as taking in Neptune’s Staircase, a photogenic flight of eight locks, which raises vessels to 70 feet above sea level.

Continue on the eastern towpath to cycle easily along to Gairlochy where this section of the canal ends and Loch Lochy begins.

From here if you choose you could continue to Fort Augustus - or Inverness on the remainder of the northern section of the Caledonia Way.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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