West Highland Way

West Highland Way

Overview

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 over Conic Hill in the Highlands, giving amazing views over Loch Lomond
  • 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
  • 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 here. If you plan to get the train to Milngavie and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged (between 4-6pm). In the evening you will get a chance to meet the rest of your group, as well as your guides, at a local pub for a welcome evening and briefing.

Accommodation in or near Milngavie

Day 2: Walking to Drymen - 12 miles

This is the first day of walking, where the trip really begins. In the morning you will be met by your guides, who will help you make any car parking arrangements and collect lunch supplies before making your way to the start. Once everyone has made it to the start, the walk will begin. Today we will be walking to Drymen. It is 12 miles of walking (plus 2/3 of a mile into Drymen itself), 250m of ascent, and the day will take us around 6 hours to complete. We will start by walking out of the urban area of Milngavie, leaving hectic town-life behind us for the coming journey. We will make our way through the tranquil woodlands of Mugdock Country Park, before walking along the west side of Craigallan Loch, a popular spot for local fishermen and with a place in walking and climbing history. For much of the rest of the day we will gain views over the Campsie Fells before eventually reaching Drymen for our first stop on the trail.

Accommodation in or near Drymen

Day 3: Walking to Rowardennan - 15 miles

Today we will be walking to Rowardennan, which will take us 7 - 9 hours and is 15 miles long with 640m of height gain. Highlights include the walk up Conic Hill. From the top the islands on Loch Lomond can be seen in a straight line, following the Highland Boundary 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 the wooded shores of Loch Lomond until we reach Rowardennan. Once there one of your trek manager will meet you and you will be transferred back to Drymen for a second night.

Accommodation in or near Drymen

Day 4: Walking to Inverarnan - 14 miles

Today we will pick you up from Drymen and drive you back to Rowardennan, where you finished your walk the day before. Today is 14 miles and should take us about 8 hours. We will accumulate 700m of height gain throughout the day. This is a surprisingly tough section of the walk due to the nature of the trail underfoot. It begins on excellent tracks from the car park at the foot of the famous Ben Lomond. We will then be following an undulating forestry track through the beautiful woods giving views to both Loch Lomond and the nearby mountains of the Arrochar Alps, including the distinctive summit of The Cobbler. Rocks and roots and ups and downs make this a physically demanding day, especially after lunch. Often people find this the toughest section of the whole the trail. As the day draws to an end we will reach Inverarnan, from where you will be driven to your accommodation for the night.

Accommodation in Crianlarich or Inverarnan

Day 5: Walking to Tyndrum - 12 miles

After a tricky day yesterday, today should feel much easier. We will pick you up from your accommodation and drive you back to Inverarnan where we will begin. Today we will be walking to Tyndrum, which is 12 miles away with 490m of ascent throughout the day. This section should take us around 6 hours to complete and is on good paths and sections of the Old Military Road. Highlights of today include walking through ancient woodlands, getting a glimpse of the Falls of Falloch, and passing the halfway mark on the trail. We will be following beautiful rivers and finding out the history of the area, such as at the site of the battle of Dal Righ and the remains of St Fillan's Church. It is a day of great variety, with some easier walking, and you will feel inspired by the prospect of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe tomorrow.

Accommodation in Crianlarich or Inverarnan

Day 6: Walking to Glen Coe - 18 miles

Today is the longest day of your trek. We will be walking to the famous Glen Coe which involves 18 miles of walking and 650m of ascent on this long day. It will take us around 8-9 hours to complete. However, it can easily be the best day of the entire trip. We will be walking for most of the day on very good paths, and we will get glorious views over Loch Tulla and the Black Mount mountains in the first half of the day. However, the second half of the day is when the adventure really begins as we tackle the most famous part of the walk, Rannoch Moor. Rannoch Moor can be one of two things: the most beautiful place you can ever imagine to walk in if we get good weather, or the most wild, exposed and intimidating place if the weather is bad. Either way it is a part of the walk 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 - 10 miles

With our tired legs from the day before, we will have a shorter day to look forward to today. We will be walking to Kinlochleven, which is 10 miles away. There is 430m of ascent and it will take us 5 – 6 hours to complete. Our highlights will include the famous ascent of the ominously named ‘Devil’s Staircase’. It is a 305m climb but once at the top we will get incredible views over the Glen Coe Mountains and the Blackwater Reservoir. It is not as bad as the name suggests and you will be atop the rise before your know it. We will then begin our descent down into the village of Kinlochleven. It is a long descent, but once down we have finished our walking for today and you will be able to walk into your accommodation, which is usually within the village itself.

Accommodation in or near Kinlochleven

Day 8: Walking to Fort William - 15 miles

The last day of our journey! Today we will be walking to Fort William, where we will find the official end of the West Highland Way. We will be walking for 6 – 7 hours and cover a distance of 15 miles and 650m of ascent. We will start by ascending through the woods above Kinlochleven. With the most strenuous part of the day out of the way we will follow the old military road gaining stunning views of the nearby mountains. Today we will see the Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in Scotland, and get fantastic views of Glen Nevis too. Then you will finally walk into Fort William itself, tired but happy in knowledge that you have completed your West Highland Way journey - an achievement not to be underestimated!

Accommodation in or near Fort William

Day 9: Depature/Drive back to Milngavie

Today is departure day and time to say our goodbyes. There is the option of a free transfer back to Milngavie - ideal if you need to return for a car. Otherwise, you can make use of the convenient train and bus links from Fort William directly to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness or Skye.

West Highland Way T-shirts

Having completed the West Highland Way you might want to purchase one of our very own range of souvenir t-shirts. These are all made from organic cotton and come in a range of colours and styles. Head over to our store to have a look.

 

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

Camping

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.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Saturday 6th April 2024 to Sunday 14th April 2024FULL
Saturday 4th May 2024 to Sunday 12th May 20241 space left
Saturday 8th June 2024 to Sunday 16th June 2024FULL - waiting list available
Saturday 6th July 2024 to Sunday 14th July 20243 spaces left
Saturday 10th August 2024 to Sunday 18th August 20244 spaces left
Saturday 28th September 2024 to Sunday 6th October 2024FULL - waiting list available
2025 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Saturday 12th April 2025 to Sunday 20th April 2025Spaces
Saturday 17th May 2025 to Sunday 25th May 2025Spaces
Saturday 31st May 2025 to Sunday 8th June 2025Spaces
Saturday 19th July 2025 to Sunday 27th July 2025Spaces
Saturday 9th August 2025 to Sunday 17th August 2025Spaces
Saturday 27th September 2025 to Sunday 5th October 2025Spaces

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

Pricing

Price for Bed & Breakfast:

The price of this trip is £1329 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 £1329.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £45 per night single supplement (£360 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 £1549 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £300 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 £1549.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £50 per night single supplement (£400 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.