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Self Guided – West Highland Way

  • Trek the 95 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 maps and comprehensive route notes.
  • 8 nights’ accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis in Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Small Hotels and Inns along the route, based on two people sharing a twin or double room
  • Luggage transfer for 1 bag per person for the duration of the trip, meaning you will only have to carry a day rucksack
  • Route notes which include a map and full directions to your accommodation
  • The services of the Wilderness Scotland Team prior to & during your trip

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?

Accommodation

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. Establishments range from small guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to Inns and country hotels. Most 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.

Single Supplement

Clients who request a single room will incur a single room supplement of £225, or £300 with upgraded accommodation.

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 101

4 star 15

3 star 0

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1 star 0

by Amy Zynda 24/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website is well laid out and easy to navigate, it makes what you're getting into with a long distance walk pretty clear.
Trip Comments
We were very happy with our lodgings overall, and several of our rooms were really stunning. We never lacked for good food or beer after a long day's walk. Sadly it rained every day and because of it we missed most of the scenery in Glen Coe and on Rannoch Moor, but we finished under brilliant sunshine. One barman told us we'd had the True Scottish Experience because of all the rain. It was still a beautiful walk and we had a lot of fun.
Accommodation and Food
Our rooms were all quite nice with the rooms at Edencoille and Myrtle Bank being particularly lovely and comfortable. I had emailed the proprietress at Myrtle Bank in advance of our trip to inquire about an earlier breakfast so we could make an early bus to Inverness and not only did she open the breakfast room a few minutes early, she also arranged a car to convey us to the bus station.
Your Guide
The route notes were complete and helpful. We found our lodgings each night with no difficulty.
The Bottom Line
We made use of WiFi at our B&Bs and in various taverns to upload pictures every day of our progress along the Way. I was asked countless times how we managed to put together such a complicated itinerary, and I always provided the website and suggested they have a look!

by Melanie Dumont 20/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very responsive and quick replies with good suggestions.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Every place we stayed was wonderful.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Spectacular in every way!

by Keri Beck 15/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Quick and personal responses.
Trip Comments
Felt like everything ran very smoothly on the trip. All our hotels bookings were fine and Julie was available when we had questions.
Accommodation and Food
The accomodations were as expected. No surprises.
Your Guide
I actually used an app on my phone that was very helpful, so I didn't follow the notes. I might have been a little confused by using just the notes.
The Bottom Line
Absolutely loved the trip!

by David Dumont 15/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
timely and accurate information - everyone was well prepared
Trip Comments
spectacular country and each day was exactly the right length
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
details about each accomodation were good but could have had more detail
The Bottom Line
tremendous experience - expertise of Wilderness Scotland very much appreciated

by Melaina Oak 10/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
We ended up doing the Cow Hill circuit at the end by accident. The cow and thistle way marker confused us. Rereading the notes afterwards, we realized our "error".
The Bottom Line
What a great experience! We are already thinking about which trip to do next. We loved the combination of being on our own without having to arrange our own accommodations and luggage transfers. I was pleasantly surprised that we had some days where it seemed we had the way all to ourselves. What a stunning landscape. Thanks to Wilderness Scotland, it was an easy trip to plan!

by Deborah Cress 03/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
We were happy to have some suggestions about how to split up the days to make the hikes enjoyable and the days manageable. Many people we talked to felt like some of their days were too hard or not planned well.
Accommodation and Food
Most accommodations were well maintained, clean and comfortable. The food was well done, the lunches became very similar and some variety would have been nice. We should have purchased some other food for those days.
Your Guide
Self guided
The Bottom Line
We loved this trip and would recommend it to anyone. We felt like the accommodations that were saved for us by Wilderness Scotland were above and beyond and frequently heard that we had the best rooms and the best inns.

by Kirby Cress 30/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We were impressed first with your response time to our inquiries, second with the professional level of service before the trip, and finally, it was very clear that the end product on the ground was first rate. Just what we wanted. Bravo.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Self-Guided. Notes were just fine.
The Bottom Line
We are delighted to have used Wilderness Scotland. We'll be back.

by Jackie Howells 23/04/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
I have completely fallen in love with scotland. The whole experience of doing the West highland way was truly wonderful
Accommodation and Food
I couldnt fault anything except my guilt at staying in lovely b&b knowing there where people camping and carrying heavy loads especially when it rained
Your Guide
The route notes and maps where excellent. For someone who has no sense of direction and is notorious for getting lost i have to say I managed to do neither. The calvalray wasn't required.
The Bottom Line
Best time ever. Thank you

by Nina Gill 10/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
one thing that was a bit 'dampening' at the end of the day, was that on a few occasions, the accommodations we had were a fair bit out of the way. It's nice to finish a long trek, and just relax, without having to deal with the psychology of travelling that 'last kilometre'; or going up that 'last hill' that you wouldn't have needed to otherwise.. That's all....otherwise, accommodations themselves were fine
Your Guide
our trip was actually self-guided, so the previous question should have a 'not applicable' entry
The Bottom Line

by Paul Davies 09/10/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Beautiful country, amazing walk and fantastic accommodations.
Our holiday came together thanks to the planning and efforts of Wilderness Scotland!
Accommodation and Food
Fantastic accommodations and delicious inspired food throughout our trip!
The hosts of our bed and breakfast accommodations were warm, inviting and helpful!
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
We had a great walk and a wonderful experience throughout all aspects of our trip!
We will definitely book another holiday with Wilderness Scotland!

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 West Highland Way 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 on the West Highland Way, which covers 30km, into two shorter days. Taking this option would add £65 per person to the trip price, or £90 with upgraded accommodation.

Upgraded Accommodation: We can also offer you an upgraded accommodation package along the route. The total cost comes to £795 per person.

Upgraded Accommodation with two 5 star nights: We can also offer you an upgraded accommodation package which includes a night at the luxurious Glencoe House Hotel and Inverlochy Castle Hotel. This brings the total to £1170 per person.

Tour Itinerary – Self Guided West Highland Way

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

Distance 23km

Day 5 – Inverarnan to Tyndrum

You’re 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. When you arrive at your accommodation on this day you’ll have passed the half way point of the West Highland Way. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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 of the West Highland Way in Fort William. (B)

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. (B)

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Duration: 8 night(s)

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Location: West Highlands including Knoydart

Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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Customer Kudos
We made use of WiFi at our B&Bs and in various taverns to upload pictures every day of our progress along the Way. I was asked countless times how we managed to put together such a complicated itinerary, and I always provided the website and suggested they have a look!

Amy Zynda
24/06/2017

5

Spectacular in every way!

Melanie Dumont
20/06/2017

5

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