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Self Guided – West Highland Way

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Price from: £575

Duration: 7 night(s)

No. of Travellers:   Date:

Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

37 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 Chris Line 26/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
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

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Don't forget to check out www.wildernessireland.com for our trips over in Ireland.

by Karen Lister 17/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful and friendly on the phone and great to be able to personalise the trip a little.
Trip Comments
The Scottish scenery, the walking the nice b and bs
Accommodation and Food
Very helpful and friendly on the phone and great to be able to personalise the trip a little.
Your Guide
We used copies of the written notes on our smartphone, and found the text useful, a GPS format would be interesting but not enough in its own.
The Bottom Line
The company provided perfect service.
The walk was good but we found the route to be a little less remote than expected, we were overtaking people and bumping into people a little too often for our taste of wilderness and were surprised to be so close to main road so often. The last two days were the best as a little more in the open.

by Scott Phillips 16/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very friendly, very helpful staff. They were timely and complete in all email and telephone responses.
Trip Comments
The 18+ hike from Tyndrum to Kingshouse over Rannoch Moor brought tears to my eyes. We stood on the Way, looked out at the beauty of the Moor, and breathed in the fresh air and delicious silence. I wish I were there right now!
Accommodation and Food
Very friendly, very helpful staff. They were timely and complete in all email and telephone responses.
Your Guide
No, don't! We studied our route notes the night before and went to enjoy the scenery, the exercise and the fresh air. No electronic screens! One thing I could have done for myself before the trip was learn a bit more about Scottish history - I observed the markers and famous landmarks along the way without knowing how the commemorations fit into a bigger picture of the country's past. But that's my work, not WS's!
The Bottom Line
Even with the horrible blisters I got on one toe of one foot, I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. We had a terrific time and would like to thank you guys for planning our fantastic trip.

by Alice Andenmatten 27/08/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Laurie Couturier 26/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
GPS format would not necessarily help but a more precise map would be greatly appreciated.
The Bottom Line
Again, a more precise map would have been highly appreciated.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you so much for your feedback Laurie, it’s always great to hear how people found the trip and I’m glad you had a good time. I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with some of the accommodation; we know how important it is to come home to a nice place after a long day so we’ll certainly pass those comments on to the accommodation.
As you know for this trip we provide you with the official West Highland Way book that includes two different maps. This information has seemed to work really well in the past but we’d love to hear where you had problems and what we could do to make the route clearer?
I’m glad you enjoyed the trip overall and had a great time walking The West Highland Way!

by Lutz Koepnick 07/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everything worked out perfectly which means a great deal for this kind of trip. Its complicated logistics as much as the fact that exhausted bodies do not like to meet situations that aren't as anticipated. We were extremely impressed by how all this was set up and executed!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Everything worked out perfectly which means a great deal for this kind of trip. Its complicated logistics as much as the fact that exhausted bodies do not like to meet situations that aren't as anticipated. We were extremely impressed by how all this was set up and executed!
Your Guide
The written format was actually quite perfect. No need to make it electronic
The Bottom Line
The organization was flawless and absolutely reliable. The overall experience simply fantastic.

by JC Henry 28/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Good Idea
The Bottom Line
Only issue had was our luggage in Ft William was not delivered until 5:30pm.
It rained most of the day and we had to wait in our wet clothes for a couple of hours

by Margaret Hobbs 21/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The only low point was being let down by the transfer taxi at Glencoe. Thanks for your help in getting another taxi arranged.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Lis Poulsen 16/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Any further questions regarding to our trip was very quick and friendly answered
Trip Comments
The most spectacular part of the trip was from Crianlarich to Fort William.
The most disappointed and uncomfortable part was along the river Loch Lomond where it didn´t have anything with walking to do but instead climbing,
Accommodation and Food
Any further questions regarding to our trip was very quick and friendly answered
Your Guide
Very easy to see where you had to walk
The Bottom Line
I would highly recommend this trip because of its beautifulness and as a good way to accelerate energy and fitness

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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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!

Chris Line
26/09/2014

5

EXCELLENT and looking forward to dealing with you again.We will be looking to hike in Ireland down the road

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Don't forget to check out www.wildernessireland.com for our trips over in Ireland.

Nina Sanford
23/09/2014

5

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