The Great Glen | The Hard Way.

Great Glen Way Stretches from Fort William to Inverness, and Neil and Brett as they take a slightly different route to the standard offering.

The usual route between these two great Highland towns is one best suited to cross or gravel bikes than a full suspension mountain bike. Venture slightly off the route, as Neil Steward and Brett Penfold did and there’s something more vertical to proceedings.

When searching for routes across the breadth Scotland, the mind wanders to the far north, the wild and untamed areas of Scotland. Yet there are also easier, less remote ways to navigate the Highlands, and of them all, The Great Glen Way is perhaps the most famous.

Parts of the Way itself make for superb riding, yet we wondered; could we take the Great Glen Way, add in a few kinks, twists and turns with the help of an OS map and get ourselves into some real terrain?

Former Crankworx Whip Off winner Neil Stewart and Brett Penfold joined us on this journey from the milder climes of Inverness on the east to the rugged, more unpredictable west coast and the town of Fort William and found some terrain that offered up a lot more than just tow paths and double track…

If you want to ride the Great Glen Way, you can check out all the details here. Why not piggy back the trip onto your visit to the Fort William World Cup in June?