The Great Glen Ride

This is another Coast to Coast ride, following the Great Glen fault from Fort William in the West, to Inverness in the East. We mostly follow the route of the Great Glen Way long distance trail, with a few excursions for better riding!

looking down loch ness on horsebackWe have three different options for this ride.

5 Day Ride - Southern Side

 

(5 days riding, 4 nights accommodation, full board)

This ride leaves from Inverness and we ride along the Southern side of the glen, on the 'Seven Lochs trail, through the forests overlooking the great glen. We stop for the night at Dores at the head of Loch Ness. From Dores, we take the path through the forests again climbing the Fair Headed Lads pass, for stunning views over Loch Ness to the hills far to the North. We finish for the night at Whitebridge.

Leaving Whitebridge, we take minor roads and tracks with stunning views over the Glen from the Suidhe Chuimein viewpoint, descending to Fort Augustus, then ride on to Auchterawe where we spend the night.

fari headed lads pass horse riding great glen wayDay 3 sees us riding from Fort Augustus to Invergarry, on old hill tracks and through the forest, the following day, we follow the GGW trail past Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to Gairlochy, spending the night in Spean Bridge.

The final day - We either ride through Leanachan forest, below the Aonoch More Ski Slopes, to Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, crossing the river to finish beside Neptunes Staircase, or if the river is high, we ride beside the Caledonian Canal, then through the forest at Glen Loy, before rejoining the canal to finish beside Neptunes Staircase.

Price: 960 GBP

 

looking over loch tarff on horseback4 day ride - Southern Side

(4 days riding, 3 nights accommodation, full board)

This ride leaves from Dores, just outside Inverness at the head of Loch Ness and we ride along the Southern side of the glen, on the 'Seven Lochs trail, through the forests overlooking the great glen. From Dores, we take the path through the forests again climbing the Fair Headed Lads pass, for stunning views over Loch Ness to the hills far to the North. We finish for the night at Whitebridge.

Leaving Whitebridge, we take the south loch ness trail climbing high onto Suide Chuimein for stunning views over the great glen and the Monadliath mountains, then descend to Loch Tarf to join the minor roads to Fort Augustus, then ride on to Auchterawe where we spend the night. From here we follow the GGW trail past Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to Gairlochy, spending the night in Spean Bridge.

The final day - We either ride through Leanachan forest, below the Aonoch More Ski Slopes, to Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, crossing the river to finish beside Neptunes Staircase, or if the river is high, we ride beside the Caledonian Canal, then through the forest at Glen Loy, before rejoining the canal to finish beside Neptunes Staircase.

Price: 810 GBP

*Special price for April 18th ride only of 690 GBP*

Travel

You will need to get to Inverness for the start of this ride and you will be collected from your accommodation and transported to the start of the ride. Inverness has an Airport and good travel links with both bus and train services. The ride will end in Fort William, from where there are good bus and rail links to Inverness and Glasgow for onward transportation.

5 day ride - Northern side

(5 days riding, 4 nights accommodation, full board)

Starting on the West coast, we leave Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, to ride either through Leanachan forest beneath Aonach More, or beside the Caledonian Canal, then into the forests at Glen Loy – the route we take is dependent upon  recent weather conditions and whether it is safe to ford the river or not! Either way, we have great views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries. We spend the night in Spean Bridge. From here, we follow the GGW on twisting paths through pretty birch woods with stunning views along beautiful Loch Lochy before hitting the wider forest tracks for some nice long canters. We finish at Invergarry. From Invergarry we join the old disused railway and military road beside Loch Oich then ride on through the forest with great views down the Great Glen to Invermoriston, where we spend the night.
We continue along the GGW riding high above Loch Ness keeping our eyes open for the Loch Ness Monster! Lovely views over the Monadliath range.  We finish for the night at Drumnadrochit, famous for the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The last day sees us climbing high above Loch Ness again to the highest point on the GGW.  However, not being content with the highest point on the GGW, we leave it temporarily and climb even higher, with stunning, far reaching views all around. Joining an old drove road, through the forests high above Inverness, we finish the ride high on the hill, overlooking the Beauly Firth on the East coast, with beautiful views to the hills beyond.

Price: 960 GBP

highland pony with ben nevis over loch lochy

4 Day Ride - North Side

(4 days riding, 3 nights accommodation, full board)

Route exactly the same as for the 5 day ride, but overnight stops will be at Spean Bridge, Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit. We ride for approximately one hour a day longer on this ride.

Price: 810 GBP

 

 

Travel

You will need to get to Fort William for the start of either of the Northern side GGW rides - there are regular buses from Glasgow and Inverness and a train service from Glasgow. We will collect you for the start of the ride at Fort William. After the ride, you can be transported to Inverness, from where you can return easily to Fort William by bus, or arrange onward transportation from Inverness by bus or train to anywhere else in the UK. Inverness also has an airport.

Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available but cannot be guaranteed at an extra cost of 70 GBP for 4 day rides or 90 GBP for 5 day rides however if you are travelling alone and willing to share a room, we often have other riders doing the same who are happy to keep costs down by sharing with another lone traveller of the same sex and wherever possible we try to match sharers by age etc too.

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or credit/debit card via PayPal below. Please contact us if you require our bank details for transfer. Please email or phone us to check availability on the ride before paying deposits.

Price based on sharing a twin or double room - single rooms may be available but cannot be guaranteed at an extra cost of 140 GBP however if you are travelling alone and willing to share a room, we often have other riders doing the same who are happy to keep costs down by sharing with another lone traveller of the same sex and wherever possible we try to match sharers by age etc too.  

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