West Highland Way

West Highland Way


Loch Lomond on The West Highland Way

Introduction to the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is the most famous and perhaps best loved long distance walking route in Scotland. It is 96 miles/154km in length and begins in Milngavie (on the edge of Glasgow) and ends in Fort William. It's an incredibly diverse trail which explores some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. From mountains and lochs, to moorland and farmland, the West Highland Way trek really does have it all.

West Highland Way View from Ba Bridge on Rannoch Moor

Highlights of the West Highland Way

  • Walking along the side of Loch Lomond, the biggest loch in Scotland.
  • Crossing the impressive Rannoch Moor to gain views of the Glen Coe mountains
  • Walking to the summit of Conic Hill, for those that choose to.
  • Finishing in the shadow of Scotland’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis.

West Highland Way View of The Glencoe Mountains with a dusting of snow

What's Included with this Holiday

  • Accommodation for 8 nights
  • 7 Days walking
  • A Qualified Mountain Leader
  • A Full Information Pack
  • Luggage transfer
  • Maximum group size of 12
  • Free transport back to Milngavie
  • Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
  • Free pick up and drop off to Milngavie train station

Is the West Highland Way Right For Me?

We have had a great variety of people successfully enjoy The West Highland Way. Our customers have a mix of age ranges and abilities, which is what makes this trail so special. From long distance first timers to very experienced walkers both young and old, this trail has something for everyone. While you don’t need experience you will need a positive mental attitude to help you get to the finish.

West Highland Way Gallery

West Highland Way Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

Each day you will be guided along the West Highland Way trail to your next accommodation. There is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you get to your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Your main luggage will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!

Loch Lomond Viewpoint on The West Highland Way

Day 1: Arrive in Milngavie

This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Milngavie. We will have accommodation arranged for you, so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to Milngavie and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged, just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.

Accommodation in or near Milngavie

Day 2: Walking to Drymen - 12 miles

Today we will be walking to Drymen, it is 12 miles of walking, 420m of ascent therefore it will take us around 6 hours to get there. We will start by walking our way out of the urban area of Milngavie and leaving hectic civilization behind us for the coming journey. We will make our way through the tranquil Mugdock Woods before walking along the west side of Craigallan Loch, a popular spot for local fishermen. For much of the rest of the day we will gain views over the spectacular Campsie Fells before eventually reaching our destination for the evening.

Accommodation in or near Drymen

Day 3: Walking to Rowardennan - 14 miles

Today we will be walking to Rowardennan, which will take us 7 - 9 hours and is 14 miles long with 660m of height gain. Today the highlights include a possible walk up Conic Hill, from the top the islands on Loch Lomond can be seen in a straight line following a fault line. From here we will be walking through the village of Balmaha and will be spending much of the rest of the day following Loch Lomond until we reach Rowardennan. Once there one of your guides will pick you up and will take you on a short drive back to Drymen for a second night.

Accommodation in or near Drymen

Day 4: Walking to Inverarnan - 14 miles

Today will take about 7 – 9 hours to get to Inverarnan and you will have 931m of height gain throughout the day. This is a surprisingly tough section of The West Highland Way, which begins at the foot of the famous Ben Lomond. For the first part of the day you will then be following an undulating forestry track. This gives views to both Loch Lomond and the nearby mountains of the Arrochar Alps, including the distinctive summit of The Cobbler. From Inversnaid the path is rocky with care required in your footing, as you walk in amongst the natural woodland of the Loch Lomond shoreline. The short up-and-downs do add up and there is one final climb after Ardleish before a steady descent to finish at Beinglas campsite.

Accommodation in Crianlarich or Inverarnan

Day 5: Walking to Tyndrum - 12 miles

Today you will be walking to Tyndrum, it is 12 miles away with 490m of ascent throughout the day. This section should take 6 – 8 hours to complete and is on good paths and sections of the Old Military Road. Highlights of today include walking through a path in ancient woodlands and getting a glimpse of the incredible Fall of Falloch. We will follow beautiful rivers and discovering the history of the area. Passing a site of historic battles, where there is a bench commemorating the battle of Dal Righ. It is a day of great variety with some easier walking and you will feel thoroughly inspired by the time we reach Tyndrum.

Accommodation in Crianlarich or Inverarnan

Day 6: Walking to Kingshouse - 20 miles

This is the longest day of The West Highland Way. You will be walking to the famous Kingshouse which is 20 miles of walking and 690m of ascent which will take around 9-12 hours to complete. However, it can easily be the best day of the entire trip. The walking is on very good paths, and you will get views over Loch Tulla and the Black Mountains in the first half of the day. The second half of the day tackles the most famous part of the trail, Rannoch Moor. Rannoch Moor can be one of two things; the most beautiful place you can ever imagine to walk in if you get good weather, or the most wild, exposed and intimidating place if the weather is bad. Either way it is a part of The West Highland Way you will never forget. Rannoch Moor is 50 square miles of peat bog and lochans surrounded by magnificent mountains. We will be walking along the parliamentary road which is excellent underfoot and will allow us to make the most of this incredible area. As this section closes to an end we will be greeted by views of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor as we head into Glen Coe.

Accommodation in or near Kinlochleven

Day 7: Walking to Kinlochleven - 8 miles

Today you will be walking to Kinlochleven, it is 8 miles away, 430m of ascent and it will take around 4 - 5 hours to walk. Today's highlights include the famous ascent of the ominously named "Devil’s Staircase". This takes you to the highest point of The West Highland Way giving views over the Glen Coe Mountains and the Blackwater Reservoir, the longest reservoir in the highlands.

Accommodation in or near Kinlochleven

Day 8: Walking to Fort William - 16 miles

Today you will be walking to Fort William, where you will find the end marker for the route. You will be walking for 7 – 8 hours and cover a distance of 16 miles with 735m of ascent. You will see the famous Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in Scotland and get fantastic views of Glen Nevis too.

Accommodation in or near Fort William

Day 9: Depature/Drive back to Milngavie

Today we will pick you up from your accommodation in Fort William and drive you back to Milngavie. From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.

West Highland Way Route Map



For details of the elevation see the official West Highland Way website

West Highland Way Accommodation Options

We offer our West Highland Way holiday with 3 different accommodation options to suit your needs and budget.

Example of a B&B Room

Bed & Breakfast

The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.

Large Green Tent pitched on a campsite


We provide a camping option for those who wish to get closer to nature. Your first night (your arrival night, in Milngavie), and your last night (the night before your departure, in Fort William) will be in B&B accommodation. But for the rest of the trek you will be camping out in local campsites, giving you the chance to really escape from the modern world. You will need to provide your own tent and camping equipment, which gives you the ability to use a tent that is familiar to you. However, don’t forget that all of this equipment will be moved for you, you will not need to carry any of it. Many people also bring their own stove so they can cook in the evening, but this is entirely optional as all the campsites will be within walking distance to a pub. Although the campsites are remote small campsite they will all have toilet and shower facilities, and some also have drying rooms and washing machines as well.

Tich Na Cheo Twin Room in Kinclochleven

Hotels and 4 Star Bed and Breakfast

If you are looking for some of the highest standard accommodation available along the trail this is the option for you. Most of your accommodation will be in hotels, using 4 star B&Bs only when they are a higher standard than the local hotels. In areas where you finish walking and there is no high quality hotels or 4 star B&Bs (e.g. Kingshouse), you will be driven to a nearby village to make sure you get a consistent standard.

Where You Will Be Staying On The West Highland Way

For all our accommodation options you will usually be staying for 1 night in Milngavie, 2 nights in Drymen, 2 nights in Crianlarich (Tyndrum for the camping option), 2 nights in Kinlochleven and then your final night in Fort William. This gives you the advantage of not having to repack every day while still getting to experience lots of the different villages on the trail. While we cannot guarantee this is where you will be staying each night this is certainly the experience most of our customers receive.

Facilities in Each Overnight Stop

Milngavie – a large town with a supermarket (which has a cash machine) and a number of pubs. It also has a tourist information shop that sells a very small selection of outdoor equipment, useful if you forget something!

Drymen – a small village but has a good selection of places to eat from traditional pubs to hotels including the Clachan Inn, the Drymen Inn and the Winnock Hotel. It also has a small shop where you can get lunch and snacks and also a cash machine.

Crianlarich – a very small village but has a choice of two pubs (Ben More or the Rod and Reel) and also has The Crianlarich Store for snacks and lunches with an ATM for cash.

Kinlochleven – slightly bigger than Drymen or Crianlarich. Kinlochleven has 3 good places to eat; The Tailrace Inn, The Macdonald Hotel or the Highland Getaway. It also has a well-stocked shop for snacks and lunches as well as a larger outdoor clothing store and ice climbing centre called the Ice Factor.

Fort William – a large town, with everything you would expect. It has a great variety of pubs, restaurants and takeaways, as well as a supermarket and a selection of smaller shops. It also has a very large number of outdoor clothing and equipment shops as well as a chemist, gift shops, cafés and banks.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2022 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 9th April 2022 to Sunday 17th April 2022 FULL
Saturday 7th May 2022 to Sunday 15th May 2022 4 spaces left
Saturday 2nd July 2022 to Sunday 10th July 2022 FULL
Saturday 20th August 2022 to Sunday 28th August 2022 4 spaces left
Saturday 17th September 2022 to Sunday 25th September 2022 4 spaces left
2023 Treks
Date of Trek Availability
Saturday 8th April 2023 to Sunday 16th April 2023 Spaces
Saturday 13th May 2023 to Sunday 21st May 2023 Spaces
Saturday 10th June 2023 to Sunday 18th June 2023 Spaces
Saturday 5th August 2023 to Sunday 13th August 2023 Spaces
Saturday 16th September 2023 to Sunday 24th September 2023 Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date


Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1129 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1129.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £35 per night single supplement (£280 in total).

Price for Camping:

The price of this trip is £849 per person.

To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself (on the first and last night) there is a £56 single supplement.

Price for Hotels and 4 Star Bed and Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1349 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £250 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1349.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £40 per night single supplement (£320 in total).

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book West Highland Way Online

Please choose your dates and accommodation options to see the pricing.

Please note we use a secure website for our shopping cart. You will be taken to that site when you press the book now button.

What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.