In our new series Skyscanner staff reveal their f

first_imgIn our new series, Skyscanner staff reveal their favourite travel destinations. First up, Skyscanner CEO Gareth Williams gives us the lowdown on the Great Glen Way in Scotland. Related10 travel spots for 2012: recommended by Skyscanner staffWondering where to go in 2012?Team Skyscanner to join Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 2009Team Skyscanner to join Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 2009Walking holidays: 10 of the best walking and hiking routes in the UKWant to climb a mountain? Fancy staring down a steep granite ridge or skirting a gritstone cliff? Or perhaps you’d prefer a coastal walk atop brilliant white cliffs or above the crashing surf on a series of tunnels and bridges? The UK has it all – and plenty more besides.… Where?The Great Glen Way – it’s a cracking five-day, 117km walk stretching from Fort William to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It’s do-able for most walkers (including me) so there’s no need for crampons. But be warned – there are still a few steep climbs. The route runs along the shores of Loch Linnhe, Loch Ness, the imaginatively-named Loch Lochy, and the famous Caledonian Canal.Why?For starters, this really is a beautiful part of Scotland. The route takes you through some exquisite scenery, from snow-topped mountains to the sight of a well-stocked bar at the end of a hard day. It’s the perfect introduction to long-distance walking (yes, I did walk the whole way!), giving you a ‘gentle’ workout and a real sense of getting away-from-it-all. The silence and solitude is simply a wonderful way to de-stress.StayThere’s a good choice of accommodation along the way, from campsites to more luxurious stays, in places like Gairlochy and Drumnadrochit. Macs Adventure provides a good itinerary for self-guided tours.Where and what to eat/drinkThe Lime Tree in Fort William is a lovely spot. They’ve got work by local artists for sale and great food. Glengarry Castle Hotel is a magnificent country house hotel set in spectacular surroundings on Loch Oich; an ideal spot to relax with papers and a dram of whisky… or two.Don’t missIf you go at the right time of year, you’ll see thousands of swallows along the route, especially around the bridges. They’ve flown in from Africa and are feeding like crazy – it’s quite a spectacle!Do missGet out of Fort William sharpish, it’s not exactly the prettiest town on the route! Get on the trail as soon as possible to appreciate the surrounding scenery.Top tipsCheck the Midge Forecast and get some Avon skin so soft. Yes, really. Insiders use it as the best midge repellent out there.Also – treat yourself to the option where your overnight bag is taken to the next stop. This set up is well-organised along the trail, and is an inexpensive luxury. It saves you having to lug your gear around, and makes the walking much more enjoyable.10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more