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Self Guided – West Highland Way

  • Trek the 100 miles of the West Highland Way, taking on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous long distance trail
  • Experience changing scenery as you hike from the lowlands of Scotland into the heart of the West Highlands
  • We will arrange all accommodation, luggage transfer and provide you with OS maps and comprehensive route notes.

Blue Graded Self Guided Holidays 4-6

Our Blue graded walking holidays involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Our self-guided walking and hiking holidays feature a wide range of accommodation – very much depending on the remoteness of the region. This includes small hotels, guest houses and traditional B+Bs.

Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality.

Our accommodation partners range from small guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to Inns and country hotels. Many are small, owner-managed establishments where you can be assured of a highly personal service.

Wherever they are available, we will reserve en suite rooms for you. However, these may not be available in the high season, especially if you are booking your holiday at the last minute, so we cannot guarantee that all of your accommodation will be en-suite. We will advise you wherever possible if this is the case.

Our accommodation partners pride themselves in providing locally sourced produce wherever possible and the food during your holiday in Scotland will be one of the highlights.

Clients who request a single room will incur a single room supplement of £200.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

5 star 65

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by Carolyn Cousins 22/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Despite the 7 hour time change from Canada we had our trip finalized in 3 days. :)
Trip Comments
Every aspect of our booking went off without a hitch which made our trip relaxing and worry free!!
Accommodation and Food
It was the exact comfort level that we expected.
Your Guide
Hiking the West Highland Way is pretty self explanatory and therefore did not have to access our notes that often but it was great to know we had them in the event we needed them. Numerous hikers had the guide West Highland Way by Charlie Loram which I would recommend to future hikers of the trail. It seemed to have a little more detail than our notes.
The Bottom Line
I would highly recommend Wilderness Scotland to others and will definitely use them again on our next hike.

by Neil Moore 06/10/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Robert Sedey 28/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
David and Rachel both were very helpful. They answered questions fully and nothing was left to chance. Thanks.
Trip Comments
The yurt was rather enchanting.
Accommodation and Food
All breakfasts were very good. Laundry service was as described, very good where available. The food overall, dinners were excellent. Although not included in our price, we were happily surprised.
Your Guide
Route notes were very good. Our only criticism might be int he difference between a Scottish mile and a real world mile. Somehow the Scottish ones seem longer.
The Bottom Line
A very enjoyable, seamless ecperience. This is our first experience with a planned itinerary. We walked the Camino two years ago and made all our own arrangements. This was certainly easier.

by Diane Nardin 28/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great support, lovely people
Trip Comments
Our trip was just wonderful. All the arrangements were in place as expected. We loved Scotland. I cannot wait to return.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Some of the notes were clearer than others. I remember we were excited to get to Ft. William but had some difficulty with the notes--though it was raining and we were tired, so that probably had something to do with it. But the guest house was great
The Bottom Line
It was a great experience. I highly recommend Wilderness Scotland and would be happy to do it all again. Thank you!

by Melissa Moss 25/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
There was one place that really needed to have some updates and repairs done in and around the property. The water was also brown during our stay. This made it difficult to prepare for the follow day of hiking as we had no water options to fill our bottles and canteens.
Your Guide
Self guided route was fairly easy to follow!
The Bottom Line
This was truly a once in a life time experience. It was beautiful and refreshing from the first day until the last day.

by Elizabeth Moore 24/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
The team did an excellent job communicating abd setting up this trip. It was incredibly hassle free which allowed me and my family to truly enjoy the experience.
Accommodation and Food
Most places were really nice. The King's House, while historic, was a bit of a dump.
Your Guide
The route notes were helpful. We did find that the distance each day was a bit inaccurate which isn't a big deal except on the days when you are truly exhausted and an extra unforeseen mile can really knock you down.
The Bottom Line
It was a magical trip. The beauty of the Scottish Highlands can't be explained or portrayed properly in pictures. It truly needs to be seen. Wilderness Scotland made this experience stress free and easy.

by Susannah Jones 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt attention, patience with questions and friendly service. Lovely combination!
Trip Comments
So many highlights! Comfortable and friendly accommodations, and the baggage transfers went off without a hitch.
Accommodation and Food
We are vegetarians so we always encourage more fresh vegetables and fruits options on menus. The Kings' House was in need of some freshening but the staff was wonderful.
Your Guide
We enjoyed our route notes and looked forward each evening to reviewing for the next day.
The Bottom Line
Our experience with Wilderness Scotland was outstanding. We truly had the trip of a lifetime!

by Kirstin Pellom 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachael was extremely helpful and responsive with all of our questions. When we couldn't make up our minds about doing a self guided tour versus a group trip, she helped us put together an amazing itinerary that included both!
Trip Comments
We did a self guided 3 day/ 4 night trip along the West Highland Way (Tyndrum-Fort William). The accommodations were fantastic, luggage transfer seamless, and the hike was absolutely perfect. The maps provided were great and very detailed even though the trail was very well marked and easy to follow.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodations were perfect. Good food and lovely people!
Your Guide
Route notes were excellent. We had all of the information we needed and more to complete this 3 day trek.
The Bottom Line
We only had time to do the last half of the West Highland Way, but it was certainly one of the most memorable experiences we will ever have. The scenery is breathtaking and the point to point hiking was very rewarding. We met some lovely people along the way, and would love to come back to do the entire route sometime in the future. Wilderness Scotland made sure we were well prepared and well taken care of along the way.

by Gail Filippini 05/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The trip was seamless. Very well organized.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Pleasant hosts. Breakfasts were hearty. Packed lunches were substantial
Your Guide
Self guided
The Bottom Line
I am a healthy, fit 68 year old woman but, still wondered if I would be able to walk 100 miles in 7 days. I am happy to say that a walking tour is a fabulous to see this beautiful country.

by Maja Gray 04/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The accommodations were great. All-Na-Leven and the Hawthornes especially! And the baggage service was perfect. What a great trip. Having the info in advance was lovely, and the maps and stuff provided were great too.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The one drawback we found was that the packed lunches provided weren't all that useful for hikers: lots of soda and candy instead of fruit and veggies and nuts.
Your Guide
The maps were great!
The Bottom Line
You rock. This was one of the best experiences of my life.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for your comments, we hope you get back to the Highlands to join us for another adventure soon.

Trip Details

The West Highland Way is a classic long distance walk, covering 152 kilometres (95 miles) from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Highlands.

The route travels along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, past dramatic Glencoe and onwards to finish at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

The West Highland Way is one of the classic treks of the world and is undertaken by many people of all ages from across the world, making it a fun and social trek. On this self-guided walk we arrange your accommodation each evening and baggage transfer, as well as providing you with detailed route notes and maps so that you get the most out of this wonderful trek.

Additional Nights Accommodation: Some people prefer to split Day 6, which covers 30km, into two shorter days. Do let us know at the time of booking if you would like to do this. Taking this option would add £65 per person to the trip price.

Upgraded Accommodation: We can also offer you an upgraded accommodation package along the route. The additional cost for this brings the total to £795 per person.

Upgraded Accommodation with night at Inverlochy Castle: We can also offer you an upgraded accommodation package which includes a night at the luxurious Inverlochy Castle Hotel. The additional cost for this brings the total to £1035 per person.

Luggage Transfer: One bag per person is included in the trip price, and this bag should be of a reasonable size and weight (maximum weight permitted is 20kg). If you are planning on bringing more than one bag person, please note that the luggage transfer company is entitled to levy an additional charge of £20.00 per bag if necessary, and this will be payable directly to the transfer company. No laptops, tablets, similar items or fragile or breakable objects are to be left in your transported luggage.

If you are seeking a slightly easier route, you may wish to consider the Great Glen Way, which runs from Fort William to Inverness over 73 miles, or even the Speyside Way, which treks through the heart of Scotland’s malt whisky country.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Milngavie

Today you’ll make your own way to Milngavie, on the northern fringes of Glasgow, where you’ll spend the night at your first guesthouse of the trip.

Day 2 – Milngavie (Glasgow) – Drymen

Starting in Milngavie on the northern side of Glasgow, you hike northwards along the West Highland Way, passing Craigallian and Carbeth Lochs before you reach the first night’s accommodation at the village of Drymen

Distance 19km

Day 3 – Drymen to Rowardennan

The trail follows the eastern bank of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and famous lochs, to reach the tranquil setting of Rowardennan, which is located on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Distance 22km

Day 4 – Rowardennan to Inverarnan

This remote section of the trail takes you along the north-eastern section of Loch Lomond, hiking over some rough ground before the trail becomes better as you reach the Inverarnan.

Distance 23km

Day 5 – Inverarnan to Tyndrum

Hiking into the Highlands now, the mountains seem to stretch all the way to the sky as the views open up to reveal some of the stunning vistas found in Strath Fillan.

Distance 22km

Day 6 – Tyndrum to Glencoe

On this fantastic day of hiking, the West Highland Way passes through some of the finest scenery of the Highlands (as well as past some famous old pubs and inns!). It climbs up past Loch Tulla then across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. This is a long day of hiking but the underfoot terrain is pretty good and there is not a lot of height gain so it is achievable for most reasonably fit hikers. The Kingshouse pub at the end of the day’s route is always a great incentive to keep going!

Distance 30km

Please note that some people prefer to split Day 6 into two shorter days. There is an additional cost for this of £65 for the extra night’s accommodation. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to do this and we will book the best available option.

Day 7 – Glencoe to Kinlochleven

One of the most challenging days of the West Highland Way, today’s route sees the trail climb high over the Devil’s Staircase, a high mountain pass, and then descend to the small village of Kinlochleven.

Distance 14km

Day 8 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

The final day sees the trail climb over a lower pass and then, with views of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Scotland – it descends to the end point in Fort William.

Distance 22km

Day 9 – Fort William and depart

After a leisurely breakfast, put on some comfortable footwear and explore the town of Fort William before making your way home, perhaps taking the scenic West Highland Railway back to Glasgow.

For a detailed itinerary and trips information please see our PDF Trip Dossier

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Price from: £695

Duration: 8 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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I would highly recommend Wilderness Scotland to others and will definitely use them again on our next hike.

Carolyn Cousins
22/10/2015

5

Neil Moore
06/10/2015

5

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