WEST HIGHLAND WAY ROUTE

Self-guided tour/from £680 *subject to availability

 

WEST HIGHLAND WAY ROUTE

Self-guided tour/from £680 *subject to availability

 

Route details

If you like adventure travel. Hiking the West Highland Way is possibly one of the best Travel Experiences in Scotland.

Includes
Accommodations
Local info
Breakfast
Guide and Map
Baggage transport
24/7 emergency contact number

What is the West Highland Way?

The West Highland Way is considered one of Scotland’s most iconic long distance trail.

It has a distance of 154 kilometers (96 miles) from the town of Milngavie (near Glasgow) to Fort William.

The route crosses the Scottish Highlands, crossing the wild Loch Lomond and the Glen Coe Valley.

Are you going to miss it?

Accommodation

Along the West Highland Way you will find all kinds of accommodations, from small hotels, cabins, hobbit houses or Bed and Breakfasts.

 

However, we have selected accommodations for all types of budgets giving the option of:

 

  • Hotel and Bed&Breakfast
  • Small hotels, cabins and shared rooms.

 

In all of them we will be given a warm welcome and a hot meal after our stage.

Meals

Breakfast is included in all accommodations.

In addition, many of them offer food to take away and eat throughout the day. And in all of them there is the possibility to dine.

However, we will inform you in the detailed guide of the route in which places there are stores and markets to buy food and supplies.

Itinerary

Start of The West Highland Way

After dropping off the luggage at the

Milngavie we are about to cross the official starting point of the West Highland Way.

During the first day we will drive through the ancient county of Lennox crossing beautiful parks and farms until we reach the small village of Drymen,

where we will spend our first night.

Don’t forget to stop at Glengoyne Distillery on your way to Drymen.

to taste the “water of life” of Scotland!

Our second day and considered one of the most beautiful, we will leave Drymen towards the village of Balmaha but going up the Conic Hill.

This hill also has breathtaking views of Loch Lomond and its more than 20 islands. Also, this hill is considered the gateway to the highlands as it is where the geological fault that divides the lowlands from the Highlands passes through.

West Highland Way Tour

We will pass through the village of Balmaha and begin our tour of Loch Lomond on the east side.

In addition to awaiting a wild landscape, it is the longest freshwater lake in Great Britain.

A spectacular stage that will take us to our next stop, Rowardennan.

A day of pure adventure on trails along the east side of Loch Lomond to the north.

Rob’s Roy’s secret cave, crossing waterfalls and listening to the flora and fauna of the RSPB reserve will make it one of the favorite (and tough) sites of the entire West Highland Way.

nature tour scotland rob roy cave scotland

After leaving Loch Lomond at Inverarnan, we will travel through the valley and river Falloch to enter and cross a secluded forest at Crianlarich.

Leaving Tyndrum behind, also known as the entrance to GlenCoe, the longest stage of all (but not the hardest) awaits us.

The change of scenery is something that leaves everyone who participates in this route speechless.

Walking along the train tracks and admiring the magnificent Bein Dorain is not to be missed.

Lunch at the magnificent Bridge of Orchy hotel marks the halfway point of the stage.

scotland bridge

After that, a surprise awaits us as far as the landscape is concerned.

Views of Loch Tulla by the military road through Rannoch Moor, a place that seems to be out of this world.

Lonely, wide, once covered by a giant ice sheet and now by a large swamp.

We arrive and rest at the Kingshouse Hotel, which offers stunning views of Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain.

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An impressive stage through Glencoe, where we will reach the highest point of the West Highland Way at 548m.

Our path will climb the Devil’s Stairs and if the weather is good we will be able to see the famous “Glen of Tears” and the site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692.

Last 24 km of our adventure, do not underestimate them, a last day full of ups and downs awaits us.

Starting a steep climb from the village of Kinlochleven we will be taken across a remote valley.

After crossing a forest we will see how Ben Nevis rises to our right. The highest mountain in Great Britain.

The road through the Glen Nevis (valley) will take us to the official end point of the West Highland Way on the main street of Fort William ending our adventure.

ben nevis

where west highland way ends

What's included

  • Lodging for the 7 days of the route
  • Breakfast
  • Inter-route baggage transfer
  • Telephone support 24 h
  • Physical and offline map of the route
  • Mini guide of the route in English
  • Customized local information

Your trip does not include

  • Flights, trains to Milngavie and back from Fort William. If you wish, I can help you to buy train tickets.
  • Lunches, dinners.
  • Transportation between stages if you decide not to complete the stage on foot.

Travel and luggage transfer

How to get to Milngavie:

From Edinburgh or Glasgow:

Bus: CityLink, National express

Train: Scotrail, National Rail

Your luggage

Your luggage (suitcase or backpack up to 20kg per person) will be picked up from your accommodation every day at 09:00 and transferred to the next stage accommodation.

On the first day you will be picked up from Milngavie train station to enjoy a light ride from the beginning.

FAQ

Previous experience and fitness

Previous hiking experience is not required, but the better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the trip.

It is recommended to train daily kilometers before the trip in order to be accustomed to it, to carry water and a good diet.

Suitable for:

  • Families
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Only
  • Over 14 years old

With interests in:

  • Adventure travel
  • Nature Trips
  • Historical trips
  • Wildlife
  • National Parks
  • Whisky

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of miles.

Depending on the stage you will find the terrain easy to moderate. This long-distance walking route is perfect for setting yourself a challenge and at the same time enjoying many of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. A real adventure!

Daily distances range from 11 kilometers to 32 kilometers. It is not a high mountain route, the maximum height difference reached in one stage is 542m (devil’s staircase).

west highland way route

The road is very well signposted, along the route and whenever the road forks you will find this sign that will mark the route:

In any case, you will get a detailed guide and map as well as a 24-hour telephone assistance number for you to contact us whenever you need it.

Previous hiking experience is not required, but the better prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the trip.

It is recommended to train daily kilometers before the trip in order to be accustomed to it, to carry water and a good diet.

We recommend doing the route from March to the end of October.

Generally, May and September are the months with the lowest probability of rainfall. Although in Scotland you never know!

In the summer months, you have to be especially careful with Midges, the Scottish mosquitoes, I leave you here the following Midges Guide so they don’t ruin your vacation.

You can use public transportation or local cabs to get to the next accommodation.

The total route is 154 km, the higher your fitness level, the more you will enjoy the trip.

Each stage lasts between 5 and 9 hours (with breaks).

It is something that can be done quietly, but we recommend training beforehand and being accustomed to the distances.

The key to making the most of this trip is ….. go light.

When transporting your luggage, you will only need to take with you the day’s food and water.

Regarding clothing and footwear: very comfortable footwear, the lighter the better, water resistant and with soles.

Dress in layers: Comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket and pants (You will receive all the tips detailed in the guide).

Don't have enough time to do the whole route?

Fill in the contact form specifying the days you have and we will see different options to make a partial route.

West Highland Way Contact Form

Do you have questions, or do you want to check route availability?

Fill out the form below and I will contact you as soon as possible.

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