Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way
- Vessel: Steady
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Fort William - 17 August 2019, 15:00
- Disembark: Inverness - 23 August 2019, 10:00
Embark on a hike and sail along the Caledonian Canal, cross country from Fort William to Inverness.
The Great Glen Way is a beautiful valley walk stretching 72 miles through Scotland, from Fort William via Loch Ness to Inverness. On this voyage, you’ll be combining walking with sailing, as you complete sections of the hike each day and come aboard in the evenings to sail a little further down the canal and admire the mountains from the sea.
The tour starts in Corpach, a small village north of Fort William. You’ll get views of Ben Nevis on the way – Britain’s highest mountain, whose name translates roughly to ‘Poison Hill’ – and for good reason. You’ll celebrate the beginning of your holiday onboard with a stunning home-cooked meal and good wine, and you’ll get the chance to meet your fellow travellers. Be sure to bunk down for the night early as tomorrow will be a big day hiking.
Meandering through forest footpaths, and emerging on the towpath along the Caledonian Canal, you’ll be walking a small section, passing by serene lochs and hopefully spotting some amazing wildlife on your journey. For the less experienced walker, it is lengthy and you’re bound to feel tired by the end of the day, but it’s an ideal introduction to long-distance hiking as it doesn’t have too many ups and downs! The walking isn’t guided (we’re busy sailing the boat along the canal to meet you later) but the navigation isn’t a challenge, as most of the walk is signposted.
On day 2, hike to Gairlochy.
On day 3, after a hearty breakfast to fuel you up, you’ll have the option to take a slightly longer hike from Gairlochy to Laggan, punctuated by the stunning views of Loch Lochy, Scotland’s 3rd deepest loch. Hike to Laggan.
On day 4, you’ll walk from Laggan to Fort Augustus, admiring the wild shores of Loch Oich and passing through gentle woodland paths on mostly flat ground. It’s under 10 miles, so you should have more chance to relax on the boat in the later afternoon.
On day 5, you’ll get to explore the castle in the afternoon, after Steady sets sail down the loch to Fort Augustus. Help out on the boat as little or as much as you like – get stuck in or relax with a book – it’s your holiday after all! Steady will anchor for the night with a view of Urquhart Castle.
On day 6, hike to Inverness. The crew will bring you to the shores of of Loch Ness in the dinghy. After your day hiking, meet the ship in Muirtown Marina, bringing you aboard for a hearty, well-earned meal.
Day 7 sees your departure after a continental breakfast – keep in touch with those amazing friends you’ll have made over your time away; you might even come back and do it all again next year.
Whilst hiking is a part of this voyage that many people love, there is always the option to stay on board and sail with the crew if you don’t fancy it.
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Staysail Ketch
Join Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer aboard their 1993 Dutch ketch as they sail the seas of Scandinavia and Scotland.
Since she was built, Steady has been used as a charter vessel, so is fully kitted out with her guests comfort in mind. She sleeps eight people in four comfortable twin cabins, with two bathrooms and a spacious living area below deck.
There’s plenty of room on deck too to take in the surrounding views and if the weather should turn, Steady has Musto sailing suits available for her guests.
Mariëlle & Jan-Willem also make full use of the well-equipped kitchen, making varied meals for all the guests on board – these are all included in the price of your voyage. For seven-day voyages, you will also be able to enjoy one meal ashore, and longer voyages (ten and twelve-day) there will be two dinners ashore – (these meals ashore are not included in the price of your voyage)
Onboard Steady, most guests like to lend a hand with the sailing of this eye-catching vessel, and Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are excellent teachers if you do want to get involved. They will cater for all abilities, so if you’d rather sit back and relax with a book, then that’s fine too!
Steady’s voyages explore the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and St Kilda; an area of unspoilt wilderness and breathtaking beauty in the Western Isles of Scotland. Her trips give you access to the most captivating and remote hidden secrets of this incredible and beautiful place. As you cruise through this stunning marine landscape you will likely be lucky enough to experience close encounters with rare wildlife and have time to soak up the unique and fascinating history and culture of the Hebrides and St Kilda.
Watch this short video of Steady sailing around Oban.
- Are all meals included in the price?
Yes - all meals (except the one or two meals that you may have ashore) are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soft/Hot Drinks) Please note that Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are Dutch, however they are fluent in English too.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are four cosy twin bunk bed cabins. (Please remember that you're on a boat!)
- How many bathrooms/showers does she have?
Steady has 2 toilets and 2 showers.
- Is there WIFI aboard?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore.
- Are there Life Jackets provided?
- Are there Waterproofs available?
Yes, Steady has Musto sailing suits available if needed.
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a love for adventure.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure we recommend you take seasick tablets 24hours before you board.
From: Fort William