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Self Guided – West Highland Way

  • 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 advise you wherever possible if this is the case.

Our accommodation partners pride themselves in providing 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 £200.

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 76

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by Denise Janson 24/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The speed and efficiency of the replies.
Trip Comments
Highlight was the stay at Inverlochy Castle.
Accommodation and Food
The only Accommodation that was a little run down was Drovers Lodge
Your Guide
We especially liked the notes on the amenities of each day. We found it very helpful
The Bottom Line
Excellent experience

by Loren Farese 10/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
It was easy to get our bags from place to place, every place we stayed was great, and scotland was gorgeous.
Accommodation and Food
Mostly all was very good. As a vegetarian I got a little tired of fried cheese and chips, but there were also some real gems. overall really great!
Your Guide
self guided
The Bottom Line
Everything was lovely and great! The experience was easy, never worried about my stuff or getting to the next spot. Maybe would have liked some more food recommendations in little towns, but overall it was great. The way was beautiful and freeing.

by Casey Maskell 07/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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We loved every bit our our experience! The B&B's were above and beyond our expectations. Food was divine. The scenery was amazing! The directions kept on track the whole way. All positives. Thank you giving us an experience of a lifetime!!

by Ann Buchele 07/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Ann Buchele 06/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Ann Buchele 06/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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nothing
Trip Comments
Everything was well organized and the staff was very helpful.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
we did not have a guide
The Bottom Line
This was by far my favorite vacation ever and I am 54 years old with many, many vacations under my belt!

by Nancy Farese 04/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Very warm, easily available from the US, very flexible to accommodate our timing
Trip Comments
We enjoyed every place that we stayed, though they were all entirely different.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were usually very personal and friendly. The truth is after a long day I mainly wanted a good bed and a hot shower, which we found in every single place!
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
It was a wonderful experience, beautiful, challenging, filled with lively conversation from the people we met along the way. Wilderness Scotland made it all so accessible and very easy to have a real true adventure.

by Julia Caldwell 27/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
all good - preferred the Inns with personnel greeting you - most often the Bed and Breakfast spots were preferred
Your Guide
no guide - markings were good and notes were helpful
The Bottom Line
well coordinated and priced

by Frances Da Cunha 24/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Ceri Pemberton 24/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very efficient
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Cold water only at the Drovers Inn --- but whacky atmosphere rather made up for it!
Your Guide
Self guided -- route notes were good.
The Bottom Line
Very 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 6, 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 £65 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 £795 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 £1035 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 6 into two shorter days. There is an additional cost for this of £65 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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Price from: £695

Duration: 8 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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Customer Kudos
Excellent experience

Denise Janson
24/07/2016

5

Everything was lovely and great! The experience was easy, never worried about my stuff or getting to the next spot. Maybe would have liked some more food recommendations in little towns, but overall it was great. The way was beautiful and freeing.

Loren Farese
10/07/2016

5

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