The Great Glen offers a large fishing region for Brown Trout, Sea Trout, Pike and Eel. Unfortunately, it is not permitted to fish for Salmon or use Salmon fishing equipment along the cruising area. The fishing season runs from March through to the end of September.
For more detailed information about fishing in this area, there is a comprehensive guide available:- "Fishing Scotland, A Guide to Game Fishing" (by James Coutts). www.fishing-scotland.co.uk or ask in your bookstore (ISBN 1 900417 12 X).
You may buy or hire Fishing tackle, etc in Inverness town centre at "J. Graham & Co", 37 Castle Street, Tel. 01463 233178. Live bait is usually available there in the summer.
Scotland is very popular for golfing. In fact there are about 500 golf courses around Scotland offering wonderful arenas for this famous sport. Most provide equipment hire, visitor facilities and catering. There are three golf courses on your cruising route through the Great Glen:
Inverness - Torvean Golf Club - Tel: 01463 255651
Fort Augustus - Fort Augustus Golf Club - Tel: 01320 366660
Fort William - Fort William Golf Club - Tel: 01397 704464
More detailed information on courses, events etc. available at www.golfhighland.com
Why not enjoy some of the spectacular views over Loch Ness & the Great Glen on horse back? Some of the best pony trekking in Scotland is available in the Glen. Horses and ponies to suit novices and also those who are more experienced. It is advisable to pre-book.
Highland Riding Centre Borlum Farm
Drumnadrochit, Tel: 01456 450220
Adventure Sports & Family Activities
Based at Fort Augustus Activities: Archery, Air Rifle and Tomahawks & Knife throwing, Canoeing and Kayaking. These activities take all place in the stunning grounds of the Highland Club at the Fort Augustus Abbey.
Other activities: Abseiling at Aberchalder, near the canal in the Loch Oich area. This is also the meeting spot for going down the River Oich in rafts or travel by a taxi to the River Garry to our most extreme river for a White-water Rafting experience. Follow the link above and contact Monsteractivities for more details.
The Great Glen is an ideal place for walking and cycling. Take it easy and enjoy the tranquillity on one of the forest shore walks along the cruising route.
Walking and Cycling
The Great Glen Way runs for some 70 miles between Fort William and Inverness and offers superb walking for everyone, as most of it takes you along canal towpaths and forest tracks. For those who are looking for a sporting challenge, there are some peaks to climb around the Great Glen, including Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis near Fort William - great for hill walkers and mountain bikers; also Ben Tee near Loch Lochy and Meall Fuar-mhonaidh near Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness.
There is also the Great Glen Cycle Route, which shares various sections of the Great Glen Way. Maps may be available from the Forestry Commission on 01463 232811. For more information visit the following websites:
www.greatglenway.com or www.greatglenway.fsnet.co.uk
The lock keepers were all so friendly. The whole holiday was great. Will recommend it to everyone.