The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a 96 mile (154 km) long distance route and was Scotland’s first long distance trail.

The route starts at Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, from the shores of Scotland’s largest Loch to the foot of its highest mountain.The route initially passes through lowland farmland and woodland before a climb over Conic Hill, with its amazing views across the highland scenery before following the shores of Loch Lomond to reach the village of Inverarnan. The route continues through Glen Falloch with its spectacular waterfall to reach the half way point at Crainlarich.The route continues to cross the wild expanse of Rannoch Moor to the Kingshouse Hotel at the head of Glencoe, before climbing the “Devils Staircase” and a descent to Kinlochleven. The final stage takes you through the Lairigmor pass to Glen Nevis and to reach Fort William.The scenery and views along the route are some of Scotland’s finest and in fact this is the most popular trail in Scotland attracting visitors from around the world to enjoy this amazing adventure.The route is extremely popular and attracts around 17,000 walkers a year with accommodation often selling out many months in advance. We therefore recommend you book as early as possible to secure your accommodation and to avoid disappointment.

Highlights

  • Walking along the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest Loch.
  • Strolling along admiring the amazing mountain views and scenery.
  • Watching the wildlife along the route, including red deer on Rannoch Moor.
  • Sharing your experience with others along the trail.

Route Facts

Start: Milngavie
Finish: Fort William
Total Distance: 96 miles (154 km)
Season 08th April to 15th October

Itineraries

 
WHW1 West Highland Way – 6 days / 7 nights £635.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Milngavie    
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles (19 km)
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 4 Rowardennan to Crianlarich 20 miles (32 km)
Day 5 Crianlarich to Inveroran 16 miles (26 km)
Day 6 Inveroran to Kinlochleven 19 miles (31 km)  
Day 7 Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 miles (22km)
Day 8 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
WHW2 West Highland Way – 7 days / 8 nights £680.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Milngavie    
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles (19 km)
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum 13 miles (21 km)
Day 6 Tyndrum to Kingshouse 19 miles (31 km)  
Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven  9 miles (15 km)
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 miles (22km)
Day 9 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
WHW3 West Highland Way – 8 days / 9 nights £765.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Milngavie    
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles (19 km)
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum 13 miles (21 km)
Day 6 Tyndrum to Inveroran 10 miles (16 km)  
Day 7 Inveroran to Kingshouse 10 miles (16 km)
Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven  9 miles (15 km)
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 miles (22 km)
Day 7 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
WHW4 West Highland Way – 9 days / 10 nights £850.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Milngavie    
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles (19 km)
Day 3 Drymen to Balmaha   7 miles (11 km)
Day 4 Balmaha to Rowardennan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 5 Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14 miles (22 km)
Day 6 Inverarnan to Tyndrum 13 miles (21 km)
Day 7 Tyndrum to Inveroran 10 miles (16 km)  
Day 8 Inveroran to Kingshouse 10 miles (16 km)
Day 9 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven  9 miles (15 km)
Day 10 Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 miles (22km)
Day 11 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
Supplements / Options
       
  Extra Night (Standard) £48.00 per person / per night
Extra Night (Rowardennan) £58.00 per person / per night
Extra Night ( Bridge of Orchy)  £58.00 per person / per night
Extra Night (Inveroran) £55.00 per person / per night
Extra Night (Kingshouse) £55.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night
 
 

Travel

We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi’s (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Getting to Milngavie

By Air – The closest airport is Glasgow, having frequent connecting bus / rail connections with Glasgow and Milngavie.

By Train – The nearest mainline rail station is Milngavie (0 miles) served by frequent services from Glasgow. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information. 

By Bus – There is a regular bus service to Milngavie from Glasgow, for rail / coach connections.

Returning from Fort William

By Air – The closest airport is Glasgow, having frequent connecting bus / rail connections with Fort William.

By Train – The nearest station is Fort William (0 miles), for direct services to Glasgow. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

By Bus – There is a coach service from Fort William to Glasgow for connecting services, for timetable and information visit www.traveline.info 

Map

Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.

Insurance

It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.

Navigation

The route is clearly marked. However there are some remote and isolated sections and these can be difficult during periods of bad weather or poor visibility. Therefore good navigation skills are essential for undertaking this route.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as challenging, with sections of rugged terrain with many height gains and losses. In addition some sections contain remote and isolated sections.

Equipment

You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B’s in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.

Meals

All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.

Included

What’s Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B’
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.