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Self Guided – West Highland Way

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Price from: £590

Duration: 7 night(s)

No. of Travellers:   Date:

Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

45 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 Brad Jones 29/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation 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
Could offer more assistance in terms of pre and post travel
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
We felt the contact and information was very personalized and specific to our trip.
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.

by Bob Van Dragt 22/10/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Trip Comments
Scenery was exceptional. Red deer bellowing was fun to hear. Maps were great. We were very pleased with our upgraded accommodations at Braeside Guest House, Glengarry House, with exceptional service, room and meals at Bridge of Orchy. B & B - Allt-na-Leven very nice but dinner not available which was no problem with Emma covering for the owners and very helpful. The final stay at the Inverlochy Castle Hotel with dinner was a delux end to our fabulous hike. All of our breakfasts were perfect. Our first night at the Best Foot Forward was least clean with cob webs and dusty corners. Shower was iffy in operating. However hosts were friendly with good breakfast.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The change would be preferred by some, but we personally do not like to rely on electronics for navigation.
The Bottom Line
Nice variety of scenery, from forest to distant views and accommodations as advertised. Most of the time we had the trails to ourselves. The trails were well maintained.

by Cecile Reid 21/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Could not be better !!!
Trip Comments
Route your staff sent us on worked out perfect for us seniors !!...
Accommodation and Food
Could not be better !!!
Your Guide
We enjoyed the written version as we are senior and found the info book easy to follow ..
The Bottom Line
Well done to all the staff we contacted re bookings and bus/train schedules ect ..very helpful ..Big Thanks to All ..Cecile Reid ...Calgary/Canada..

by Norman Reid 19/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

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5The Bottom Line

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Wonderful trip, very well organised by your team .......Norman Reid

by Richard Dear 13/10/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
I would have preferred 10 days with 8 days of walking. A recovery day at Benglis Farm and a second one at Kinlochleven would have been ideal.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
We missed a few key turns, GPS would help also small pictures of important trail junctions
The Bottom Line
For Novices, the option of rest days would make it less like the Bataan Death March

by Glenys Ryan 13/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

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Pre-Trip Service
The service I received from beginning to end was wonderful.
Trip Comments
Each day was a highlight as each turn on the path offered yet another fantastic view. The weather was almost perfect for this time of year. Scotland is so beautiful!
Accommodation and Food
The service I received from beginning to end was wonderful.
Your Guide
The written notes worked very well. Each section of the route was well marked. In saying that, the e-format would be excellent as we had a few hikers in our group that were interested in taking a less challenging route at times. The new format might offer a more clear view of these options.
The Bottom Line
Thank you Wilderness Scotland for your excellent service from beginning to end. Our
group of 12 had the best adventure. We were well informed and prepared due to your detailed information and regular correspondence. Your friendly team was most helpful and supportive throughout.
I will not hesitate to recommend Wilderness Scotland to all of my friends! You're the best!

by Chris Line 26/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

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Pre-Trip Service
Setting up the trip was painless, and we very much appreciated the level of detail that was provided in the trip dossier prior to departure.
Trip Comments
The trip was fantastic. Though we can't give credit to Wilderness Scotland for the abnormally fantastic weather (and low midge count), the trip was well-planned and completely worry-free.
Accommodation and Food
Setting up the trip was painless, and we very much appreciated the level of detail that was provided in the trip dossier prior to departure.
Your Guide
It depends on what kind of information is included with the electronic format. The Rucksack Reader and map that were provided with our dossier were fantastic, and I think an electronic format of the same materials wouldn't be a bad thing for the sake of cutting down on paper waste. However, having our directions described in detail in in terms of landmarks, trail conditions, etc., was extremely helpful and any format change that loses that supplemental information would be much less useful than what we were given.
The Bottom Line
I normally prefer to make my own accommodations on trips rather than relying on a travel company, but I was extremely satisfied with the service provided by Wilderness Scotland, both before and throughout our trip. The accommodations they arranged were comfortable and convenient, and the quality of the information they provided meant we could focus on enjoying the trip rather than worrying about logistics. Thank you for a fantastic trip!

by Nina Sanford 23/09/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

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0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your service was very good and thanks for having all the info
we need waiting for us at our first B&B
Trip Comments
Our high point was hiking in the hills with all of the hearth in bloom.The low point was one day of rain other than that the weather was good
Accommodation and Food
Your service was very good and thanks for having all the info
we need waiting for us at our first B&B
Your Guide
Yes it would be great to get the info on the hand held as we go
The Bottom Line
EXCELLENT and looking forward to dealing with you again.We will be looking to hike in Ireland down the road

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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 £650 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 £875 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 plan on staying longer in the area – either before or after the walk, please let us know at the time of booking and we will be delighted to book accommodation for you. Additional nights in Milngavie and Fort William can be booked at a cost of between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night for B&B.

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. For more relaxed self-guided walking, please see our Highland Escapes.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – 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 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 between £45 – £55 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 6 – 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 7 – 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 8 – 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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Awesome trip,everything went very well.

Brad Jones
29/10/2014

5

Excellent well managed trip

Kevin Piercey
28/10/2014

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