The West Highland Way Trail is Scotland’s premier walking route linking the Central Lowlands with the Highlands on a spectacular journey through farmland, beside lochs, across moors, through glens and over mountains. The Way begins about 12 miles from Glasgow Airport, at Milngavie, on the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city. You will pass through Mugdock Country Park, follow the shores of Loch Lomond, past Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, cross Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climb the Devil’s Staircase, descend to Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finish at Gordon Square in Fort William.
The West Highland Way was Scotland’s first long distance route and remains by far the most popular for many reasons. Stretching for 151km from Milngavie to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the route offers a fabulous introduction to the Scottish Highlands and West Highland Way wildlife.
It offers tremendous variety, beginning in the pastoral landscapes beneath the Campsie Hills, past the serene beauty of Loch Lomond and the foot of Ben Lomond, and on into increasingly rugged and majestic Highlands. It then crosses the vast, awe-inspiring expanse of Rannoch Moor, with a glimpse down Glencoe, before crossing the hills to lovely Loch Leven. The route finally reaches Fort William via beautiful Glen Nevis.
Well-waymarked throughout, the route is within the capabilities of most walkers. It still has enough challenge and ascents to inspire the imagination; one of the toughest parts unexpectedly is the walk up the east side of Loch Lomond, whilst other sections are very exposed.
On reaching Fort William, complete the walk by entering the pedestrianised town centre along the High Street to ensure a pictorial record is made beside the bronze statue of the weary walker resting his feet while seated on the long bench. This spot marks the official journey’s end.
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Located in the valley of the River Allander, Milgavie (pronounced ‘mill-guy’) is internationally recognised as the official starting point of the West Highland Way, Scotland’s first long-distance walking route. The pedestrianised town centre is known locally as ‘Milngavie Precinct’ and has a range of shops and restaurants as well as a local bookshop. Milngavie serves as a dormitory town for Glasgow and nearby Mugdock Country Park offers some good woodland walks. Remains of the town’s beginnings as a pre-nineteenth century village can be found in the Corbie Ha’ Meeting Hall, Cross Keys Pub and Gavin’s Mill Watermill. The town has its own train station which has regular services to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lanark and Motherwell, while buses run to Glasgow and Kirkintilloch which are both just a short drive away. Overnight in Milngavie.
An easy walk today on woodland paths, through farmland and on an old railway line following the valleys of the Rivers Blane and Endrick. Pass the villages of Drumgoyne and Gartness and take the opportunity to visit Glengoyne Distillery.
Return from the village to the Way and follow the trail through forests and on minor roads. The landscape opens up to reveal mighty Ben Lomond and the path climbs over Conic Hill with its fine views of Loch Lomond. Descend to Balmaha village where refreshments are available and continue by the Loch shore to Rowardennan.
Quite a difficult day as you follow the undulating path by the side of Loch Lomond. At Inversnaid the hotel offers hospitality but afterwards be prepared for the rough twisting path with its crags and tree roots. The natural landscape offers a superb compensation and there are lovely views over Glen Falloch.
It is a gentle ascent up Glen Falloch, past the Falls of Falloch to join the old military road built in the 18th century by General Wade. Pass high above Crianlarich before descending to follow the good path through Strathfillan to Tyndrum.
Although the longest day, the walking is initially fairly easy following the old military road from Tyndrum. The views are dominated by the majestic mountains of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain on the way to the hotel at Bridge of Orchy: continue to Inveroran. Keep to the path crossing barren Rannoch Moor with its boggy terrain and small lochans and be well prepared for possible bad weather. The ancient Inn at Kingshouse is a welcome sight.
Leaving Kingshouse, mighty Buachaille Etive Mor dominates the landscape and from there the path climbs out of Glencoe to zig-zag up to the highest point of the route the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ at 550m. The Blackwater Reservoir comes into view and then the path descends to the quiet village of Kinlochleven.
The Way climbs steeply out of Kinlochleven and continues over the Lairigmor: cross into Glen Nevis and enjoy magnificent views of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Descend through the Glen to reach the end of the walk on the outskirts of Fort William.
Congratulations - you have completed the West Highland Way! After breakfast, it is time to set off on your onward journey.
Fixed Price - £545 per person
Single supplement - £160
You can see the Fixed Price stages in the table below, with the additional optional stages in brackets. So you can choose to walk further or shorter distances each day and complete the walk over more or fewer days. You can also choose different types of accommodation, for example bunkhouses or hotels at some stages. You can also stay an extra night at any point on the route. If you don’t require overnight stays at the start and end of the walk, simply let us know at the time of booking. Explain any changes you require in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.
|Stages and Distances (Optional extra stages shown in brackets)|
|12 miles - 19 km|
|6.5 miles - 10.5 km|
|7.5 miles - 12 km|
|14 miles - 22.5 km|
|6.5 miles - 10.5 km|
|6 miles - 10 km|
|7 miles - 11 km|
|(Bridge of Orchy)|
|2 miles - 3.5 km|
|10 miles - 16 km|
|9 miles - 15 km|
|14 miles - 22.5 km|
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