This is the first in a series of posts about the areas that SBT tour in.
The Great Glen (GG) is a geological fault between Fort William and Inverness. At one end of the GG lies Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean and to the other the Moray Firth and the North Sea making it an ideal off road Coast to Coast (C2C).
The original fault was created about 380 million years ago then a mere 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age the fault as we know it was formed.
Traversing the GG way there is 22 miles of man made Caledonian Canal and 38 miles comprising 3 lochs that of Lochy, Oich and Ness. The Caledonian Canal was oened in 1822 almost 49 years after first being proposed.
There are ten hill forts along the GG testifying to it’s strategic importance. Torr Dhuin and Craig Phadrig are the most accessible from the GG Way and are worth visiting if only for the views. Craig Phadrig is thought to date from 350BC and be on the site that eventually became Inverness.
The GG runs through the three main types of habitat water side, woodland and moorland and you can expect to see oystercatchers, heron, kittiwakes and even ospreys. Landward red squirrels, pine marten and red deer.
The GG Way passes through Gairlochy, Laggan locks, Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit.
We shall take a look at some of these settlements as well as Fort William and Inverness in another post.