West Highland Way

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This 8 day/7 night walking tour on the West Highland Way long-distance trail traverses 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in arguably the very best scenery to be found in the Scottish Highlands.

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All about the West Highland Way.
  • Sharing a sense of camaraderie with fellow walkers and mountain lovers along this popular route.
  • Wandering along the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch, overlooked by Conic Hill.
  • Spotting the elusive red deer in the open expanses of wild Rannoch Moor.

This 8 day/7 night challenging walking tour follows the West Highland Way long-distance trail traversing 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, and taking in arguably the very best scenery to be found in the Scottish Highlands.

A selection of deep blue lochs, rugged mountains, tranquil woodlands and remote moors provide unforgettable views along the entirety of the walk, supported by a range of welcoming towns and quaint villages brimming with their own individual characters.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Important information
The West Highland Way trail is a very popular trail, especially during the month of May. If you are considering walking the trail during May, please contact us to check availability or book very early to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the Inveroran stop may be replaced with the Bridge of Orchy, approximately 2 miles earlier on the trail, due to limited availability.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
Breakfast each day.
Door to door luggage transfer.
Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a packing list.
Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

What is not included in this tour?

Trail Facts

Total distance: 95 miles (152 km).
Duration: 8 days/7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 12 miles (19km)/20 miles (32km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance of the guidebook and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from March 30 to October 12 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: Milngavie.
Tour Ends: Fort William.
Nearest Available Airport: Glasgow airport.

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Milngavie

    Travel to Milngavie where your first night’s accommodation has been booked.

  2. Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen. 12 miles (19km)

    Today is a good warm up day, as the trail is relatively flat and a nice introduction to the diverse landscapes along the way. Passing smaller lochs and rivers, the views start to open up to reveal the highland landscape as you continue to Drymen and into the Trossachs National Park.

  3. Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan. 14 miles (22.5km)

    Today you get your first taste of epic landscapes as you approach Conic Hill with views over Loch Lomond and it’s chain of islands that mark the highland boundary fault (the threshold between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland). Continuing on to the tiny village of Blmaha, the day ends along the shores of Loch Lomond through ancient oak woodland.

  4. Day 4 Rowardennan to Crianlarich. 20 miles (32km)

    The terrain today is challeging, particularly north of Inversnaid, but the the sense of wilderness and soaring mountains are worth the effort (you may even encounter some wild goats or catch a glimpse of a Golden Eagle!). A highlight of today’s walk is the spectacular waterfall at Inversnaid. The loch narrows as you continue north, you enter a different landscape as you leave the loch and follow the glen along the River Falloch, catching glimpses of the cascades of the Falls of Falloch before reaching Crainlarich.

  5. Day 5 Crianlarich to Inveroran. 16 miles (25.5km)

    Initially following the River Fillan accross the valley floor, at Kirkton Farm you’ll come across the ruins of St Fillan’s Priory and graveyard, before joining the River Cononish into the village of Tyndrum. The terrain changes again as you begin to skirt the steep sides of Beinn Odhar and the Pyramid of Beinn Dorain in view all the way across the floor of the glen until you reach Bridge of Orchy before joining the Old Military Road to Inveroran.

  6. Day 6 Inveroran to Kinlochleven. 18 miles (29km)

    This wild and remote section of the West Highland Way offers one of the last great wildernesses of Europe. Ba Bridge across the moor is a lovely spot for photos, then onwards on a an undulating old military road passing views of of of Scotland’s most photographed mountains, Buachaille Etive Mor. Making your way towards Altnafeadh (close to the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor), you will take a zig-zag climb the the highest point of the West Highland Way (550m) on the so-called ’Devil’s Staircase’. From here, you thankfully meander across the moorland before heading down into Kinlochleven.

  7. Day 7 Kinlochleven to Fort William. 14 miles (22km)

    Today starts with a steep climb out of Kinlochleven, eventually giving you amazing views down over Loch Leven. Lairigmor (the great pass) lies ahead, providing easy walking between steep and grand mountains following the glen as it bends north before heading towards Glen Nevis. Continuing on, Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis comes into view and you are on the home stretch of the West Highland Way. Make your way into Fort William for a photo opp with the bronze statue of a a fellow walker at Gordon Square!

  8. Day 8 Depart from Fort William after breakfast

    Many people take an extra night in Fort William at the end of the trail to climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

    This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

    The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

    Transfers allow your holiday to go ahead when accommodation directly on the route is unavailable. Local taxi operators (or your hosts for the night) will pick you up from a suitable location near the trail and take you to your night’s stay; then, the following morning they’ll drop you back off right where you were picked up so you can continue your walk.

    Since we foot the extra bill for transfers, you can rest assured that we’ll get you on the trail whenever we can.

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected guesthouses, inns and hotels and B&B’s.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:
Singles: Add $62 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $72 per night.

Important information
The West Highland Way trail is a very popular trail, especially during the month of May. If you are considering walking the trail during May, please contact us to check availability or book very early to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the Inveroran stop may be replaced with the Bridge of Orchy, approximately 2 miles earlier on the trail, due to limited availability.

Suggested Extra Options:

Rest days provide the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating little towns along trail. Whether you spend your time exploring the sights and sounds of Scotland or simply rest your weary feet, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

Book an extra night in Rowardennan if you would like to climb Ben Lomond, which provides amazing views of both the Lowlands and the Highlands.

Many people take an extra night in Fort William at the end of the trail to climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard) add $103.00 per person / per night
Extra night in Inveroran add $112.00 per person / per night; in Rowardennan add $121.00 per person / per night.

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Milngavie). Train from Glasgow city center to Milngavie (25 min). Buses run directly from Glasgow airport to Milngavie. Train from London Euston station to Milngavie (5 hours 20 min) connecting via Glasgow Central.

Departure from Fort William. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Fort William). Train from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street station (3 hrs 45 min). Train from Fort William to London Euston (9 hrs 36 min) connecting via Glasgow.

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