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Self Guided – West Highland Way

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Price from: £645

Duration: 8 night(s)

No. of Travellers:   Date:

Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

64 review(s)
  • 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, however, advise you wherever possible if this is the case.

Our accommodation partners pride themselves in 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 £100.

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.

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by Rachel Hatch 16/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My husband and I always had excellent interactions with staff but had a little trouble/confusion submitting our request and payment information online. Staff were very helpful and accommodating in helping us sort out any issues.
Trip Comments
We hiked the West Highland Way, which was a beautiful and rewarding walk. It was very relaxing to know that our baggage, reservations, and itinerary were taken care of by Wilderness Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
I would have loved some lighter, vegetarian options along the way, but we didn't necessarily expect that would be the case and certainly don't expect Wilderness Scotland to have control over that. For the most part, we stayed in very pleasant B&Bs and inns with very friendly hosts.
Your Guide
We had a self-guided trip and the notes were very thorough and informative. We felt we had good information for each stage of the trip.
The Bottom Line
We booked our trip less than a month before leaving and arrived for peak tourist season. We weren't sure it would work out and were really appreciative that Wilderness Scotland ensured it did!

by Ewan Moir 15/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The quality of the communications was superb. Friendly, helpful, clear and "spoke" of attention to detail.
Trip Comments
Everything was so easy (apart from the walking some days!). Page by page instructions for each day, baggage moved ahead for us, excellent map/book that gave us a flavour for the day ahead. Combined with really good pre-trip planning notes the whole package of organization made sure we had a vacation without concerns. Highly recommend anybody to consider using your company.
Accommodation and Food
Each of the places we stayed in was as described. Two places could see some improvements; Rose Cottage - bath hot tab did not pour so had bath but could not use/TV did not have any signal so had TV but could not use - next time can we stay at the Drovers please. MacDonald hotel Kinlochleven - getting a little tired and in need of some TLC. Highlight, Heather's B&B in Tyndrum - friendly, helpful, took great care of us and the accommodation was lovely.
Your Guide
Route notes were great (as desrcribed earlier) but you did have to use the map notes in combination - finding out if you could stop at a place for lunch, as an example, was in the map notes but not the day notes.
The Bottom Line
Full marks to all. Great organization by people that obviously cared made sure we had a completely trouble free vacation that we very much enjoyed.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We're so glad that you enjoyed your West Highland Way experience. Many thanks for the feedback.

by Georgina Carter 07/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
we preferred the Inn accommodation to small B&B's. Our most disappointing was Tyndrum where it felt a bit like someone's spare room. The Rowardennan Hotel room was excellent and Kingshouse was also fabulous with a lovely room with a view and great atmosphere in the pub in the evening. Overall, the rooms were spacious, neat and clean and we were always made to feel welcome. The recommendation of Glen Almond in Edinburgh was average as the room was very small and we might have preferred something with a bit more atmosphere and maybe more in town but that's just our preference. Otherwise breakfasts were always good particularly in Kinglochleven.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you or your comments they are valuable in improving what we offer.
Your Guide
There were days that didn't match so from about half way it was irrelevant. The map was good and the route itself well marked but the guide provided was not specific enough to our walk and therefore poor. The descriptions of accommodation with direction and detail on the towns was good.
The Bottom Line
The West Highland Way was a wonderful way to see Scotland. Doing it through Wilderness Scotland made it totally hassle and stress free and everything was extremely well organised with no mistakes. We loved meeting fellow walkers in the pub after a long days walk for a pint or a wee dram and felt incredibly welcome at all Inns along the way and in the evening at our places of rest.

by Wayne Acker 06/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very good trip coordination and links/ info for transportation.
Trip Comments
Walking through Rannoch Moor.
Accommodation and Food
Most, but not all trail lunches were good.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Very enjoyable experience. All trip details taken care off. Only disappointment was extensive clear cut on way to Fort William. Charlie, from the Craigbank Guest House in Crainlarich, was an outstanding host.

by Erin Seagren 04/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I didn't deal too much with the website or anything, but all communications with staff were fine!
Trip Comments
It was a lovely trip and everything was extremely well organized!
Accommodation and Food
Some of the places were nicer than others, but overall, all of the accommodation was great!
Your Guide
We didn't have a guide!
The Bottom Line
It was a fantastic trip, extremely well-organized, and overall a great experience! Thanks!

by David Weinberger 29/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website is full of good information and easy to navigate. The office team was very helpful, especially with pre trip accomodations.
Trip Comments
The map and book sent to us were great to have on the trip. We loved the trail and scenery and the map and book let us know where we were and what we could expect.
Accommodation and Food
We enjoyed two of the accomodations but the others were simply adequate, nothing special. The provided list of eating establishments was a good guide and led us to decent pub grub. We were disappointed with the bagged lunches as they were not very tasty and were inadequate for the level of activity. We stopped buying them and stocked our own bags.
Your Guide
We were on a self guided tour but the trail was well marked and the material supplied was excellent.
The Bottom Line
Walking the West Highland Way was a wonderful experience. Being self guided allowed us a great deal of solitude and freedom, yet we still met some great people along the way. We loved Scotland and the tasty pints and whiskey. We will definately return.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed your self guided experience, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Highlands soon.

by Grant Shoub 29/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
We did a self-guided walk of the West Highland Way
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland provided top notch service beginning to end, including advice and assistance when my luggage was lost by the airline-a service above and beyond what was expected.

by pam salsberry 20/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Responsive staff.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Question not applicable as we did not use guide services.
The Bottom Line
Terrific

by Sara Moss 18/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful, friendly staff who were eager to assist and make the trip a success!
Trip Comments
Despite unusually rainy weather (even for Scotland!), the trip was gorgeous! With the Wilderness Scotland taking care of all the logistics, we were able to relax and enjoy the scenery!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
(we didn't have a guide, so couldn't answer previous question)
The Bottom Line
Highly recommend!

by Paul Burns 07/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had one conversation with the office, and all went great. The web site was clear, thorough and fast.
Trip Comments
We saw some wonderful places and stayed in some wonderful inns.
Accommodation and Food
Drovers Inn was a let down, old and musty. All others were grand, even Lime Tree which double charged us.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for letting me know about the double charge at the Lime Tree. We have now spoken with them to make sure you get a full refund. We’ll also pass your comments about the other accommodations on. It sounds like you had a great time on the trip overall though and hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon.
Your Guide
We were self guided, but the information was complete and thorough.
The Bottom Line
It was a great way to experience Scotland.

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 5, 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 £60 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 £745 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 £970 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 achieveable 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 5 into two shorter days. There is an additional cost for this of £60 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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Customer Kudos
We booked our trip less than a month before leaving and arrived for peak tourist season. We weren't sure it would work out and were really appreciative that Wilderness Scotland ensured it did!

Rachel Hatch
16/07/2015

5

Full marks to all. Great organization by people that obviously cared made sure we had a completely trouble free vacation that we very much enjoyed.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We're so glad that you enjoyed your West Highland Way experience. Many thanks for the feedback.

Ewan Moir
15/07/2015

5

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