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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.
  • 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.

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.

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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

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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!

by Jan Gray 04/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation was clean, friendly and easily accessible
Accommodation and Food
Particularly enjoyed B&B in Kinlochleven Allt...
Your Guide
Didn't get lost once!
The Bottom Line
Tremendous trip! Great tour company support. plan your trip for September if possible to avoid the midgies.

by Stephanie Brooks 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
The B&B in Dryman was fantastic- as were most of the other places. The Kingshouse hotel was the only place that was a bit disappointing.
Accommodation and Food
See previous comments!
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Trudy Lary 28/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Well planned
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Denise Cline 28/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The staff were helpful and the information they sent excellent. My only confusion point was around the necessity for having additional medical/evacuation insurance. This took longer to resolve than I would have liked but was resolved to my satisfaction.
Trip Comments
We were very happy with the accommodations. The "fanciness" varied quite a bit but all had charm for one reason or another and all were spotless and more than adequate. We loved feeling like we got to know some of the people who live here as the hosts were often very friendly and interesting. The hike was of course absolutely delightful. I enjoyed the early part through the small villages and farms and the gradual rise into the highlands. We also enjoyed repeated running into other groups along the way that were hiking the route at the same time. That was not something I had anticipated, but it was definitely a highlight.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were, for us, perfect. I enjoyed the variety and the hosts, especially in Drymen at the Braeside. were a delight. All accommodations were spotless, the breakfasts were very good, with plenty of choices and generous servings. Every place we stayed had its own charm.
Your Guide
We took a self-guided tour and found the maps and notes provided to be absolutely excellent. I was grateful for the detail about various amenities at each place we stayed and the detailed directions from the trail to the accommodations. Everything went very smoothly.
The Bottom Line
We loved this trip. The hiking, the opportunity to stay in remote places and interact with the people who live here, all contributed to an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives with happiness. Wilderness Scotland provided all the logistics support to make it a safe and easy experience. We would definitely travel with them again.

by Alex Boyd 15/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Entirely unique way to get the experience of a piece of the Scottish landscape. Challenging and rewarding.
Accommodation and Food
The food everywhere was both excellent and reasonably priced. May be a bit heavy for folks visiting the country who are not doing a 7 day hike, but the quality was consistent. O
Your Guide
There were a couple of areas where there was some confusion on the trail while self guiding, but nothing that caused any real headache. Having the route map helps to keep self guided groups on top of this.
The Bottom Line
Met any expectation I had and exceeded it.

by Colin Boyd 15/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The detailed information packet combined with easy access by phone when my group had specific questions. David's accessibility and flexibility built confidence that we were booking with professionals.
Trip Comments
Unexpectedly stunning beauty and huge vistas. Generally great accommodations (with one exception) and very good food.
Accommodation and Food
Consistently good. Andy at Kilbride Lodge was a high point - great facility and terrific guy. Helped my son out when he was injured. On the other hand our room at Rose Cottage was facing the highway and so loud with truck traffic that sleep was next to impossible.
Your Guide
A combination of the notes and the rucksack reader kept us on track. A few brief mis-steps when leaving a couple of the villages but quickly course corrected.
The Bottom Line
Outstanding - a highlite trip. I will be booking thru Wilderness Scotland when I return in the future.

by Sandy Ross 15/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
The Tour was very well put together and all the legs were manageable distances. The B&B's were all good with the exception of the Kingshouse.
Accommodation and Food
Kingshouse could be better. The Milngavie, Drymen and Fort William locations were great and the owners terrific.
Your Guide
Most of the notes wer very useful in the guide. The rough patch on Day 3 could have been higlighted as a little more vigorous
The Bottom Line
I was very pleased with the trail, the accommodation and the people. Everyone did a great job.

by Elaine Apperson 08/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Smooth communication, excellent materials, very good lodging
Trip Comments
Loved seeing this part of Scotland and so many different terrains while having lovely accommodation. Felt as though it was a true escape.
Accommodation and Food
Whole range of accommodations and good food choices throughout
Your Guide
Sometimes language became confusing. May have been easier in a bullet-point format.
The Bottom Line
This is a true escape and a wonderfully restorative trip across beautiful and varied stretches of terrain. The logistics were never at issue and the hotels/food were varied but all terrific.

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. 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 – 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)

For a detailed itinerary and trips information please see our PDF Trip Dossier

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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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High above Loch Lomond on the West Highland WayThis little house hasThe West Highland Way has well maintained trails and epic views.Sunset on Loch Lomond after the first day on the West Highland WayThe West Highland Way path climbs up above Glencoe village.Giving the feet a welcome soak in the waters of Loch Lomond after a day walking the West Highland WayThe majesty of Glencoe opens out in front of you.Ever varied and interesting paths keep the feet and mind amused on the West Highland Way.Climbing on firm paths with Loch Lomond in the background.Passing Black Mount and Rannoch Moor on the West Highland WayThe West Highland Way winds its way north into the HighlandsWe pass many venerable old Caledonian Pine trees on the West Highland Way, this one’s a favourite.
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Nina Gill
10/10/2016

5

We had a great walk and a wonderful experience throughout all aspects of our trip!
We will definitely book another holiday with Wilderness Scotland!

Paul Davies
09/10/2016

5

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