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Experiencing the whole of the Great Glen requires quite a bit of travel. The road from Fort William northwest to Mallaig (A830), though narrow and winding, is one of the classic routes of Scottish touring and is popularly known as the Road to the Isles. Similarly, the road from Fort William northeast to Inverness (A82) is a vital coast-to-coast link. If you are heading to Mallaig, you'll definitely want to venture over to the Isle of Skye or perhaps to the Small Isles.
Speyside and Loch Ness. Speyside is best known for its whisky distilleries, and those who enjoy a good dram often follow the Whiskey Trail. A visit to Loch Ness is on most itineraries, but you will then want to see places more wild and dramatic than Scotland's most famous loch. There are long, walkable beaches at Nairn, and Findhorn. Inverness, a small city, is an excellent base for exploring the area, though it's not a prime attraction by itself.
Toward the Small Isles. An area known for larger-than-life figures both old (the Bonnie Prince) and new (Harry Potter), the Road to the Isles gives you classic views across water to rocky islands perched on blue seas. Base yourself at Fort William so that you can take in the spectacular scenery of Glencoe and Glen Nevis and also get a glimpse of the western seaboard toward Mallaig.
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