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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

69 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.

5 star 55

4 star 13

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by Susan Cross 01/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Responses were timely, information complete, everythng was great!
Trip Comments
Trip was even better than anticipated. Accommodations for the West Highland Way were outstanding - you really listened to what we wanted to do. Knoydart was beyond amazing. Our guide, Dave Picken, went out of his way to share his passion for the wilderness and to offer options for hikers unable to participate in extreme hiking. Dave was a fantastic guide.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Self-Guided West Highland Way - Maps and information excellent and easy to follow.

Knoydart - Dave Picken was wonderful! Would definitely do a trip with him again.
The Bottom Line
Beyond expectations (which were high). Definitely the best way to experience Scotland!

by Elizabeth Death 27/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whenever we emailed or phoned we got an immediate response to all requests. All staff were pleasant and helpful
Trip Comments
The extra 2 nights we requested along the west highland way we're perfectly located and what's more the only day of rain we had on the whole walk was on the second rest day!!!!
Accommodation and Food
Overall the accommodation was good. We couldn't really expect better in the locations we visited and understand that accommodation is limited. The breakfast were generally good but my only suggestion would be for more fresh fruit options.
Your Guide
The trip notes were fabulous and directions to guesthouse ss nd bnbs were great.
The Bottom Line
This was our second adventure with Wilderness Scotland and as with the first trip ( mountain biking in the outer Hebrides) we were impressed with the professionalism and organisation of Wilderness Scotland. The West Highland Way is a very accessible walk and could be organised independently if you wished. However it was a delight to be able to just arrive and have everything done. Baggage transfers were great and bags always ready waiting. Thanks wilderness Scotland.

by Jon Cross 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Can't think of anything that could have been improved
Trip Comments
All accommodations were perfect!
Accommodation and Food
Couldn't have been better
Your Guide
Packet provided was excellent
The Bottom Line
WHW is a crowded track in August but Wilderness Scotland set us up with outstanding accommodations. Everything went flawlessly.

by Sefira Bell-Masterson 08/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The inns and B&B's were well chosen, the trip materials clear and well prepared. The pacing was good. Overall a well curated walk that we could just enjoy knowing that someone else with good knowledge of the area had taken care of the planning!
Accommodation and Food
It would have been great to get a bit more of a preview of what vegetarians could have received/expected food wise. Normally a vegetarian, I chose to eat meat on this trip for fear of not getting enough protein with vegetarian options. Would have been good to have gotten a bit more information about food options generally to help set expectations.
Your Guide
Trip notes were thorough and accurate.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic! I can't stop raving about how fantastic this trip was!

by Bruce Masterson 08/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Julie and Kirsty were great to work with, very responsive and helpful. We had a slight mis-communication on dates as I interpreted the start date of July 28th as our first Hiking day, not the first B&B night. Perhaps a re-wording of the confirmation could make this more obvious but in any event we had a great hike from Milngavie to Ft William!
Trip Comments
The BnB's were all of excellent quality and it was lovely that you saved the best (Edencoille) till last. It was great fun to continue bumping into our breakfast companions all along the trail whom we first met in Milngavie.
Accommodation and Food
All accommodations were at or above our expectations - well done!
Your Guide
Not a fault of the notes but there are a couple of places along the trail where they could have added an extra trail marker - especially in one bog where we and another hiking couple worked together to find the trail as it had disappeared in a sea of rain and mud.
The Bottom Line
My daughter and I had an excellent adventure together and look forward to booking another trip!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE
Hi Bruce, we loved reading your review and were so glad to hear that you and Sefira had such a wonderful time in Scotland. Unfortunately the weather was unseasonably wet during the time you visited which would explain the boggy areas of the path which I can imagine were harder to follow than usual.
Thank you also for your feedback around pre-trip service, we are always striving to improve our customer service and in future we will endeavour to make the pre-trip experience as clear as possible.
We hope you welcome you and your daughter back to Scotland soon!

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!

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 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 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
Beyond expectations (which were high). Definitely the best way to experience Scotland!

Susan Cross
01/09/2015

5

This was our second adventure with Wilderness Scotland and as with the first trip ( mountain biking in the outer Hebrides) we were impressed with the professionalism and organisation of Wilderness Scotland. The West Highland Way is a very accessible walk and could be organised independently if you wished. However it was a delight to be able to just arrive and have everything done. Baggage transfers were great and bags always ready waiting. Thanks wilderness Scotland.

Elizabeth Death
27/08/2015

5

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