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Self Guided – West Highland Way

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Price from: £645

Duration: 8 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

54 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.

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by Paul Yates 26/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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by Jim Goold 22/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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Trip Comments
All went smoothly. The logistics didn't intrude as all was taken care of without a hitch
Accommodation and Food
The directions to 2 of our B&Bs (Tyndrum and Fort William) could have been clearer and more precise.
Your Guide
Many oldies (like me!) won't have access to GPS unless you supply a unit.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland handled the trip from booking to the walk itself in a very professional but friendly manner. The experience was hassle free and met all of our expectation.

by David Somen 19/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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by Kevin Jhun 30/04/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

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Trip Comments
High Point = amazing views and the vastness of the nature surrounding the trip.

Low Point = my feet hurt a lot
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I'd say both are good. Some people have a easier time reading written route notes than just looking at GPS.
The Bottom Line
It was amazing and i want to do it again.

by Hugo Jhun 29/04/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

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Pre-Trip Service
Everyone I spoke with was very helpful and prompt with service. The map was invaluable, and the directions to each destination were very helpful.
Trip Comments
The route was much more manageable than we had anticipated, though the very last leg of walking on the street to Fort William was a bit of a letdown, though this is probably unavoidable.
Accommodation and Food
Many of the hosts were very friendly and gracious, and the accommodations were better than expected and were occasionally quite lovely.
Your Guide
We had a GPS on our trip and it did not match up to the map or the route notes, so we suspect that GPS tethered notes might not be as accurate as the written notes.
The Bottom Line
The trip was fantastic, and though the route is somewhat difficult (with a few challenging bits), it is definitely do-able with some preparation and the right shoes.

by Jennifer Jhun 29/04/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

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I really enjoyed the hospitality and services at the B&Bs in addition to oour luggage being available.
Trip Comments
High point: great views, good food
Low point: the 18.25 mile day. I felt it could have been spread a bit more evenly, but still was a feat to accomplish
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I would actually prefer the paper map form. We used it a lot to navigate where we were and use it as a reference. Not all B&Bs had wifi or printers for that matter for the unprepared travelor.
The Bottom Line
Overall excellent. The 18 mile trip was a bit rough, but doable (perhaps speaking more to my cardiovascular fitness). The social atmosphere with other hikers and the B&Bs made the journey quite worthwhile.

by Jenna Wecht 20/04/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whatever questions we had were answered promptly and their responses were always friendly and helpful.
Trip Comments
Scotland was absolutely beautiful. The people were friendly, the bed and breakfasts were quaint and comfortable. My mother and I loved the hiking, the scenery, the trail, and the sheep. Everything was so picturesque and lovely.
Accommodation and Food
The towns were quaint and we could always find a pub or restaurant to get dinner. The breakfasts were always delicious, and kept us full and energized until we stopped for lunch.
Your Guide
I preferred the written since we just brought those in our daypacks and took them out when we needed them. Since we were international, we didn't have internet on our walks. Having the routes without having to go on the Internet was perfect.
The Bottom Line
I absolutely loved this trip. Wilderness Scotland made it easy to navigate the West Highland Way, and it was nice having them bring our heavy bags from place to place, and knowing that we had a nice bed and a warm shower was always great at the end of the day. Thank you so much.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback, it is great to know you had a wonderful experience on the West Highland Way we hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Scotland soon.

by Brad Jones 29/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Awesome trip,everything went very well.

by Kevin Piercey 28/10/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Could offer more assistance in terms of pre and post travel
Trip Comments
Unfortunately weather was a huge issue but luggage transfers and trip materials were excellent
Accommodation and Food
Food was good but some of the accommodations were less than great.
would prefer to pay more and stay in nicer places when available
Your Guide
Like the written notes
The Bottom Line
Excellent well managed trip

by Connie Jones 27/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We felt the contact and information was very personalized and specific to our trip.
Trip Comments
We loved rolling into a luxurious place to stay each night, finding our luggage waiting for us.
Accommodation and Food
Each night was different but we always felt a warm welcome.
Your Guide
Great except when it might not work. We liked the written notes!
The Bottom Line
The trip was organized and well planned. Every detail was addressed in advance which made the trip relaxed and enjoyable.

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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Paul Yates
26/05/2015

5

Wilderness Scotland handled the trip from booking to the walk itself in a very professional but friendly manner. The experience was hassle free and met all of our expectation.

Jim Goold
22/05/2015

5

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