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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.

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by Sue McDermott 19/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Enjoyed everything about the trip. Was glad all was taken care of for us!
Accommodation and Food
Each B&B was great! Loved them all for their different styles and perks. Edencoille was beautiful! Loved the hosts at Braeside!
Your Guide
Trip notes were great but we stilll managed to misread them sometime. The directions to Best Foot Forward could use clarification that the street to turn up from the petrol station is almost the same name as the street BEFORE the petrol station. Thus, we turned up the wrong street and went a ways out of the way....
The Bottom Line
Loved that all was taken care of. There were no glitches and all worked out perfectly! We (older folks) could have used a rest day in the middle of the trek but now we know better!! Also, an option for several shorter days (Inverarnan to Crainlarich and then Crainlarich to Tyndrum and then Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy) would have suited us well. All in all, a fantastic trip. Loved the selection of B&Bs. It seemed as if we had the best room in the best accommodation at each location.

by Joseph Rayball 13/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Your phone calls and e-mails were very informative. You answered all our questions. The packet of paperwork arrived in time so we could highlight information and I transferred the route information to daily 3x5 cards that I carried in my back pack for quick reference.
Trip Comments
We like it so much that we are looking and planning for our next adventure with Wilderness Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations are outstanding. Some of our hosts are very warm and friendly and make us feel welcomed and at home. We have discussed a future visit and stay with Braeside. The food is always good and I am now a fan of black pudding and haggis!
Your Guide
Route notes are helpful. We had to figure out some things on our own. You can't get lost in Scotland, there are so many nice people that will steer you straight.
The Bottom Line
We will return for more hiking and exploring in such a safe, welcoming, enchanting country!! We look forward to working with Wilderness Scotland again.

by John Pitcairn 26/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt, friendly, and knowledgable.
Trip Comments
The WHW was our first long-distance hiking experience and exceeded our expectations for the beauty of the landscape and joy of walking in nature.
Accommodation and Food
Very happy overall. All of the accommodations were comfortable and convenient; most were excellent, namely Braeside, Beinglas Farm, Clachaig Inn, Allt-na-Leven, and Myrtle Bank. Restaurants not to be missed: Real Food Cafe (Tyndrum) and, especially, the Lochleven Seafood Cafe.
Your Guide
Route notes were good, though "go to" guide was Charlie Loran's WHW guidebook; his multiple, detailed maps were invaluable.
The Bottom Line
A magical experience in one of our planets most beautiful places made very streamlined and worry-free by Wilderness Scotland's knowledgable staff and excellent logistics.

by Fiona Soller 25/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All went smoothly and was efficiently managed
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The accomodation was great throughout
Your Guide
We were self guided and the walk is very well sign posted
The Bottom Line
Overall a fantastic job. Thank you

by Sebastien Ranger 21/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The food as vegans became a little monotonous.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Karin le Roux 13/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Service was prompt - nothing stands out that needed changing.....
Trip Comments
Our pack, instructions and directions were all good - we had no hitches....
Accommodation and Food
All accommodation was good - perhaps Rose Cottage probably was not as good as the others but still ok.........
Your Guide
no guides used
The Bottom Line
Everything was good to excellent - day 3 and 4 were the best for us - perhaps the last B and B in Fort William was a bit far to walk for the end of the trip - but we were totally happy and satisfied with our overall experience. Thank you!!

by Isabel Breskin 06/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All emails were answered quickly and completely. The tone was also friendly and efficient.
Trip Comments
What an amazing, amazing experience! The West Highland Way is drop-dead gorgeous! And how great to end each walking day with a cold pint, a hot shower, and a comfy bed! We met so many lovely people along the way and all our arrangements came off without a hitch. We've completely fallen in love with Scotland and hope to return soon.
Accommodation and Food
The one place I wasn't so thrilled about was the Nevis Hotel in Fort William. All the other places had real character -- friendly hosts, old buildings, wonderful views, or just a cozy, absolutely-not-a-chain feeling. The Nevis hotel felt very corporate and impersonal. I don't have any specific complaints - we didn't have any problems there at all, and, in fact, would definitely recommend their restaurant - but would just say it lacked the quirky, personal character that we enjoyed so much elsewhere. Other than that, we loved each of stops! The room was HUGE and the breakfast delicious in Milngavie. Scott and Colin were absolutely lovely hosts - we loved chatting with them - in Drymen. Our room was charming in Rowardennan. The room and the restaurant in Beinglas Farm were terrific. The Loch Leven Hotel was great - comfy, quiet room. We loved our hosts, the amazing breakfast they prepared for us, and their wonderful dog in Craiglocheren (I'm sure I don't have that right - but I'm too jet lagged at the moment to fix it!). The B and B at Inlochleven was sooo beautiful - they've paid attention to every detail.
Your Guide
Self-guided route notes were invaluable -- combined with the maps you sent we always knew exactly what to expect on the trail, and found all our accommodation and any services we needed (grocery stores, ATM, etc.) with no problems whatsoever.
The Bottom Line
We will be back!!

by caitlin boruch 04/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Although most of the communication was with my husband, all the responses were quick, informative, encouraging, and very kind!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
I think the smaller B&Bs were more successful in creating a welcoming atmosphere, supplying better food, and had nicer rooms. Places like Callart View, Kilbride Lodge, Berkeley House, and Ashbank, for example, had very sweet staff, nice rooms, and better breakfasts. The larger accommodations might have had some points in its favor at best but had plus and minuses. Rowardennan Hotel, for instance, had a beautiful room but the food was sub par and the hotel staff seemed less than knowledgeable about the area and a bit gruff with the guests. Another example of a larger establishment not being as welcoming was Beinglas Farm; the staff seemed tired of it all, and treated us and the folks camping like a moderate inconvenience. Best Foot Forward, while our room was very large and the breakfast excellent, had mattresses older than me and a loud house with a smell of cigarette smoke. Perhaps I'm too literal but having a name like Best Foot Forward, one should have a quiet night sleep on a good bed without the stench of cigarettes.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback regarding the hotels. I’m surprised about the comment about a smell of cigarettes because you can’t smoke in hotel rooms in Scotland, we’ll follow up with this.
Your Guide
The accompanying book was really helpful, plus the informative dossier was appreciated, but we ended up using an app called Trail Blazer almost exclusively. It was wonderful that we had more information than not enough!
The Bottom Line
Perhaps it would be helpful to mention in the dossier how the last day's hike, from Kinlochleven to Fort William, is a huge disappointment as all the conifer trees have been or are in the process of being cut down. If we had known, we would have been a bit more prepared to see the glaring barrage on the beautiful natural scenes we had loved for the last 7 days, or we could have skipped that day altogether.

by Matthew Rakher 04/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great response time to email questions. Also, very warm and encouraging emails. We never felt like we were pestering you.
Trip Comments
Just beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings.
Accommodation and Food
Some places were better than others. Milngavie had a big room, but the common areas smelled smoky. Ashbank in Drymen was nice, especially the keeper Tommy. However, there was barely enough room for both the bed and our luggage. Great lunches though (best of the trip)! Rowardennan hotel had a great room with a great view, but the hotel staff were not very nice. They didn't have answers to simple questions. I asked where can you pick up or arrange a boat tour of Lock Lomond, and they said they didn't know but I should look online. After searching around the area for the wifi signal, I asked where I could go online, they told me the attached hotel bar. In the bar, the wifi was down. It seems like they could have just told me all of this in the first place and they should have known where I could pick up a boat tour. The Beinglas Farm cabin wasn't very nice. The room/cabin was outdated and we felt more like tolerated campers than guests. It certainly felt like a downgrade compared to other places. Kilbride Lodge was really nice. The owners were great and completed our laundry in no time flat. I also really liked the homemade breakfast at Kilbride. Bridge of Orchy hotel had pretty nice rooms, very modern but with a good view outside. The dinner wasn't great there, but there weren't a lot of options. I did like the bar atmosphere! Callart View was very nice (cute little room with a great view). Very accommodating owners and it was fun to see Glencoe. Great side trip! Highland Getaway in Kinlochleven was a nice place to stay, but the twin beds far across the room from one another wasn't ideal. The staff were helpful and kind. Berkeley house was pretty nice. Norrie was a really nice guy and recommended a great place to eat dinner. We felt very welcome. All in all, great places to stay with easy access and excellent directions. We never had to scour around to find our resting place. Last thing, Kenny the taxi driver was awesome. He was always very accommodating to all of our requests (arriving early, changing destinations, etc). He was also very quick to respond to SMS and was a clear communicator.
Your Guide
The notes were pretty good, especially how to find our B&Bs. The map was decent, but we used a GPS-enabled map called Trailblazer on our smart phone that really helped a lot. Even in areas with no cell service, all we needed was a GPS signal to make sure we were on path. For novices like us, it provided confidence we knew where we were and how far our destinations were. I would recommend this to other guests or beginning hikers (it was only $4 or so).
The Bottom Line
We really had a great time on our trip. Walking for days through beautiful landscapes was an ideal way to spend a vacation. Aside from minor issues with some of the hotel/B&B stays, the only downside was all of the deforestation on the last walk of the trip between Kinlochleven and Fort William. Up to that point, we found it difficult to keep walking in the midst of such picturesque beauty for want of taking more pictures. You really didn't want to take a picture walking through acres of downed forest and it brought our mood down quite a bit. It contrasted so much with what we seen before and it would have been nice to know about it beforehand (we might have skipped that day in retrospect). For us, I think it was less important to complete the Way in its entirety than to enjoy each day's walk in the beautiful countryside.

by Bonny Van 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Loved all the pre-trip info.
Trip Comments
Loved having all the lodging and luggage transfer taken care of. Totally stress free trip!
Accommodation and Food
Every place I stayed in was nice!
Your Guide
No surprises. My only qualm was hat the distances were a little short of the actual.
The Bottom Line

by Robert McCombie 03/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Overall the acommodation was very good, with the accommodation at Allt-na-Leven which was excellent.
Your Guide
We had no trouble following the route instructions.
The Bottom Line
The walk required a somewhat higher level of fitness than we expected but the overall performance of Wilderness Scotland was flawless and was much appreciated.

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!

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

Pre-Trip Service
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

Pre-Trip Service
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

Pre-Trip Service
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

Pre-Trip Service
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.

by Bob Wash 05/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very creative and flexible staff. We had a few timing considerations that the staff helped us work through. Transportation assistance was excellent.
Trip Comments
The accommodations were excellent and a nice mix of inns and B&Bs. The people we met throughout the visit were friendly and helpful with questions, dining suggestions, planning for lunches, etc.
Accommodation and Food
See previous comment.
Your Guide
Route notes were completely adequate and in combination with iPhone GPS we had no issues whatsoever.
The Bottom Line
Wonderful planning support, interesting and fun mix of accomodations, and an overall fantastic first visit to Scotland. We'll be back for more :)

by Pat Apperson 01/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Superb. WS handled every detail with professionalism and sincerity.

by Murray Rankin 20/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We liked Rachael a lot -- when we called from Canada she was polite and helpful. She clarified degrees of difficulty, general needs and the general parameters of the trip.
Trip Comments
The accommodation was superb. We asked to add an additional day and we're pleased that this was accommodated although late in the season. Baggage transfers were 100%. Most take away lunches were great -- except for Craiglarch (sp?). We will recommending Wilderness Scotland to our friends!
Accommodation and Food
See previous answer. Charlie at Crianlarich was wonderful. As was Sophie at our Fort William B and B. They put at at ease and made us feel very welcome.
Your Guide
You should put a summary up front in the notes -- or on the letter sent us -- to remind travellers of key things. For example, at Kingshouse, we failed to note that we had to call the taxi company to take us to Glencoe. Yes it was on the notes but since it was raining etc we didn't look. All went well however, but this might help future travellers.
The Bottom Line
We are so impressed with your company that we are already thinking of coming back for another trip! Happy to provide references if you'd like. Excellent work!

by Nicole Wolf 04/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fast repoonse, friendly and helpful replies
Trip Comments
Highlight: Inveroran Hotel! Great surroundings, excellent food, very friendly staff
Accommodation and Food
Some highs, some lows, overall good
Your Guide
Some warning about the most strenuous part would have been appreciated. We got to have to cancel after the third day, but used internet information on the way and were confident to make it (which was easily the case).
The Bottom Line
Excellent

by Deb White 31/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I was not the one who received the maps and last packet, but I think they said that they wished that they had the, sooner. Everything else seemed just fine.
Trip Comments
It was a fine walk even with the rainy weather.
Accommodation and Food
No complaints!! Everyone was so friendly.
Your Guide
Route notes were fine...we had no trouble finding our way.
The Bottom Line
I'll be back!

by Young-a Kang 30/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Very good information on the way and nice B&Bs. Clean and personal places, nice hosts!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Self- guided, west Highland way
The Bottom Line
We felt safe and well taken care of! And Since you can offer sevral other trails and differens kind of sports, W'll want to go With you again

by Thomas Collins 29/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

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

Pre-Trip Service
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

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

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

by Ann Buchele 06/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

by Ann Buchele 06/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
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

Pre-Trip Service
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 Frances Da Cunha 24/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

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.

by Nancy carr 24/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Even with the time difference (USA to Scotland) response time to our questions was quick. We were not able to do the full West Highland Way but our trip was considerately planned to allow us the maximum benefit of our days. Very well planned!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The biggest disappointment was our accommodation in Kinlochleven--Macdonald House. We upgraded our excursion and did understand that we were perhaps a bit late in making reservations. However, we were not prepared to find dead spiders in old webs when we closed the curtains (read that as there was more than one), 4 different types of light bulbs in the room, a light that did not work in the bathroom and a bed that had just a very thin sheet against the mattress--we could see the mattress pattern through the sheet. Our preference would have been to be in a cabin where at least we could expect some of these issues or to be told in advance that this was not an upgraded lodging.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thanks for your feedback on this. As you mentioned accommodation on the West Highland Way can be limited, especially if you are booking at relatively short notice, but we still do want to make sure the accommodation is of a great standard. I’m sorry this wasn’t the case in this accommodation; we’ll pass this feedback on to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Sounds like you still had a great time so hopefully we can welcome you to Scotland again soon!
Your Guide
The Route notes were sufficient and well detailed.
The Bottom Line
So glad we did this!

by Lea Greenslade 07/04/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip was great for me and my 14 year old son
Trip Comments
All our stops were clean and warm
Accommodation and Food
All accommodation were welcoming and comfortable after a long days walking fav breaside fort william
Your Guide
Route is very well marked notes were great
The Bottom Line
Over all my son and I had a fab time went end of March lucky with weather 5 good days 2 rainy but great

by Carolyn Cousins 22/10/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Despite the 7 hour time change from Canada we had our trip finalized in 3 days. :)
Trip Comments
Every aspect of our booking went off without a hitch which made our trip relaxing and worry free!!
Accommodation and Food
It was the exact comfort level that we expected.
Your Guide
Hiking the West Highland Way is pretty self explanatory and therefore did not have to access our notes that often but it was great to know we had them in the event we needed them. Numerous hikers had the guide West Highland Way by Charlie Loram which I would recommend to future hikers of the trail. It seemed to have a little more detail than our notes.
The Bottom Line
I would highly recommend Wilderness Scotland to others and will definitely use them again on our next hike.

by Neil Moore 06/10/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

by Robert Sedey 28/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
David and Rachel both were very helpful. They answered questions fully and nothing was left to chance. Thanks.
Trip Comments
The yurt was rather enchanting.
Accommodation and Food
All breakfasts were very good. Laundry service was as described, very good where available. The food overall, dinners were excellent. Although not included in our price, we were happily surprised.
Your Guide
Route notes were very good. Our only criticism might be int he difference between a Scottish mile and a real world mile. Somehow the Scottish ones seem longer.
The Bottom Line
A very enjoyable, seamless ecperience. This is our first experience with a planned itinerary. We walked the Camino two years ago and made all our own arrangements. This was certainly easier.

by Diane Nardin 28/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great support, lovely people
Trip Comments
Our trip was just wonderful. All the arrangements were in place as expected. We loved Scotland. I cannot wait to return.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Some of the notes were clearer than others. I remember we were excited to get to Ft. William but had some difficulty with the notes--though it was raining and we were tired, so that probably had something to do with it. But the guest house was great
The Bottom Line
It was a great experience. I highly recommend Wilderness Scotland and would be happy to do it all again. Thank you!

by Melissa Moss 25/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
There was one place that really needed to have some updates and repairs done in and around the property. The water was also brown during our stay. This made it difficult to prepare for the follow day of hiking as we had no water options to fill our bottles and canteens.
Your Guide
Self guided route was fairly easy to follow!
The Bottom Line
This was truly a once in a life time experience. It was beautiful and refreshing from the first day until the last day.

by Elizabeth Moore 24/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The team did an excellent job communicating abd setting up this trip. It was incredibly hassle free which allowed me and my family to truly enjoy the experience.
Accommodation and Food
Most places were really nice. The King's House, while historic, was a bit of a dump.
Your Guide
The route notes were helpful. We did find that the distance each day was a bit inaccurate which isn't a big deal except on the days when you are truly exhausted and an extra unforeseen mile can really knock you down.
The Bottom Line
It was a magical trip. The beauty of the Scottish Highlands can't be explained or portrayed properly in pictures. It truly needs to be seen. Wilderness Scotland made this experience stress free and easy.

by Susannah Jones 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Prompt attention, patience with questions and friendly service. Lovely combination!
Trip Comments
So many highlights! Comfortable and friendly accommodations, and the baggage transfers went off without a hitch.
Accommodation and Food
We are vegetarians so we always encourage more fresh vegetables and fruits options on menus. The Kings' House was in need of some freshening but the staff was wonderful.
Your Guide
We enjoyed our route notes and looked forward each evening to reviewing for the next day.
The Bottom Line
Our experience with Wilderness Scotland was outstanding. We truly had the trip of a lifetime!

by Kirstin Pellom 22/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachael was extremely helpful and responsive with all of our questions. When we couldn't make up our minds about doing a self guided tour versus a group trip, she helped us put together an amazing itinerary that included both!
Trip Comments
We did a self guided 3 day/ 4 night trip along the West Highland Way (Tyndrum-Fort William). The accommodations were fantastic, luggage transfer seamless, and the hike was absolutely perfect. The maps provided were great and very detailed even though the trail was very well marked and easy to follow.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodations were perfect. Good food and lovely people!
Your Guide
Route notes were excellent. We had all of the information we needed and more to complete this 3 day trek.
The Bottom Line
We only had time to do the last half of the West Highland Way, but it was certainly one of the most memorable experiences we will ever have. The scenery is breathtaking and the point to point hiking was very rewarding. We met some lovely people along the way, and would love to come back to do the entire route sometime in the future. Wilderness Scotland made sure we were well prepared and well taken care of along the way.

by Gail Filippini 05/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The trip was seamless. Very well organized.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Pleasant hosts. Breakfasts were hearty. Packed lunches were substantial
Your Guide
Self guided
The Bottom Line
I am a healthy, fit 68 year old woman but, still wondered if I would be able to walk 100 miles in 7 days. I am happy to say that a walking tour is a fabulous to see this beautiful country.

by Maja Gray 04/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The accommodations were great. All-Na-Leven and the Hawthornes especially! And the baggage service was perfect. What a great trip. Having the info in advance was lovely, and the maps and stuff provided were great too.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The one drawback we found was that the packed lunches provided weren't all that useful for hikers: lots of soda and candy instead of fruit and veggies and nuts.
Your Guide
The maps were great!
The Bottom Line
You rock. This was one of the best experiences of my life.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for your comments, we hope you get back to the Highlands to join us for another adventure soon.

by Susan Cross 01/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Responses were timely, information complete, everythng was great!
Trip Comments
Trip was even better than anticipated. Accommodations for the West Highland Way were outstanding - you really listened to what we wanted to do. Knoydart was beyond amazing. Our guide, Dave Picken, went out of his way to share his passion for the wilderness and to offer options for hikers unable to participate in extreme hiking. Dave was a fantastic guide.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Self-Guided West Highland Way - Maps and information excellent and easy to follow.

Knoydart - Dave Picken was wonderful! Would definitely do a trip with him again.
The Bottom Line
Beyond expectations (which were high). Definitely the best way to experience Scotland!

by Elizabeth Death 27/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whenever we emailed or phoned we got an immediate response to all requests. All staff were pleasant and helpful
Trip Comments
The extra 2 nights we requested along the west highland way we're perfectly located and what's more the only day of rain we had on the whole walk was on the second rest day!!!!
Accommodation and Food
Overall the accommodation was good. We couldn't really expect better in the locations we visited and understand that accommodation is limited. The breakfast were generally good but my only suggestion would be for more fresh fruit options.
Your Guide
The trip notes were fabulous and directions to guesthouse ss nd bnbs were great.
The Bottom Line
This was our second adventure with Wilderness Scotland and as with the first trip ( mountain biking in the outer Hebrides) we were impressed with the professionalism and organisation of Wilderness Scotland. The West Highland Way is a very accessible walk and could be organised independently if you wished. However it was a delight to be able to just arrive and have everything done. Baggage transfers were great and bags always ready waiting. Thanks wilderness Scotland.

by Jon Cross 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Can't think of anything that could have been improved
Trip Comments
All accommodations were perfect!
Accommodation and Food
Couldn't have been better
Your Guide
Packet provided was excellent
The Bottom Line
WHW is a crowded track in August but Wilderness Scotland set us up with outstanding accommodations. Everything went flawlessly.

by Sefira Bell-Masterson 08/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The inns and B&B's were well chosen, the trip materials clear and well prepared. The pacing was good. Overall a well curated walk that we could just enjoy knowing that someone else with good knowledge of the area had taken care of the planning!
Accommodation and Food
It would have been great to get a bit more of a preview of what vegetarians could have received/expected food wise. Normally a vegetarian, I chose to eat meat on this trip for fear of not getting enough protein with vegetarian options. Would have been good to have gotten a bit more information about food options generally to help set expectations.
Your Guide
Trip notes were thorough and accurate.
The Bottom Line
Fantastic! I can't stop raving about how fantastic this trip was!

by Bruce Masterson 08/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Julie and Kirsty were great to work with, very responsive and helpful. We had a slight mis-communication on dates as I interpreted the start date of July 28th as our first Hiking day, not the first B&B night. Perhaps a re-wording of the confirmation could make this more obvious but in any event we had a great hike from Milngavie to Ft William!
Trip Comments
The BnB's were all of excellent quality and it was lovely that you saved the best (Edencoille) till last. It was great fun to continue bumping into our breakfast companions all along the trail whom we first met in Milngavie.
Accommodation and Food
All accommodations were at or above our expectations - well done!
Your Guide
Not a fault of the notes but there are a couple of places along the trail where they could have added an extra trail marker - especially in one bog where we and another hiking couple worked together to find the trail as it had disappeared in a sea of rain and mud.
The Bottom Line
My daughter and I had an excellent adventure together and look forward to booking another trip!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE
Hi Bruce, we loved reading your review and were so glad to hear that you and Sefira had such a wonderful time in Scotland. Unfortunately the weather was unseasonably wet during the time you visited which would explain the boggy areas of the path which I can imagine were harder to follow than usual.
Thank you also for your feedback around pre-trip service, we are always striving to improve our customer service and in future we will endeavour to make the pre-trip experience as clear as possible.
We hope you welcome you and your daughter back to Scotland soon!

by Rachel Hatch 16/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
My husband and I always had excellent interactions with staff but had a little trouble/confusion submitting our request and payment information online. Staff were very helpful and accommodating in helping us sort out any issues.
Trip Comments
We hiked the West Highland Way, which was a beautiful and rewarding walk. It was very relaxing to know that our baggage, reservations, and itinerary were taken care of by Wilderness Scotland.
Accommodation and Food
I would have loved some lighter, vegetarian options along the way, but we didn't necessarily expect that would be the case and certainly don't expect Wilderness Scotland to have control over that. For the most part, we stayed in very pleasant B&Bs and inns with very friendly hosts.
Your Guide
We had a self-guided trip and the notes were very thorough and informative. We felt we had good information for each stage of the trip.
The Bottom Line
We booked our trip less than a month before leaving and arrived for peak tourist season. We weren't sure it would work out and were really appreciative that Wilderness Scotland ensured it did!

by Ewan Moir 15/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The quality of the communications was superb. Friendly, helpful, clear and "spoke" of attention to detail.
Trip Comments
Everything was so easy (apart from the walking some days!). Page by page instructions for each day, baggage moved ahead for us, excellent map/book that gave us a flavour for the day ahead. Combined with really good pre-trip planning notes the whole package of organization made sure we had a vacation without concerns. Highly recommend anybody to consider using your company.
Accommodation and Food
Each of the places we stayed in was as described. Two places could see some improvements; Rose Cottage - bath hot tab did not pour so had bath but could not use/TV did not have any signal so had TV but could not use - next time can we stay at the Drovers please. MacDonald hotel Kinlochleven - getting a little tired and in need of some TLC. Highlight, Heather's B&B in Tyndrum - friendly, helpful, took great care of us and the accommodation was lovely.
Your Guide
Route notes were great (as desrcribed earlier) but you did have to use the map notes in combination - finding out if you could stop at a place for lunch, as an example, was in the map notes but not the day notes.
The Bottom Line
Full marks to all. Great organization by people that obviously cared made sure we had a completely trouble free vacation that we very much enjoyed.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We're so glad that you enjoyed your West Highland Way experience. Many thanks for the feedback.

by Georgina Carter 07/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
we preferred the Inn accommodation to small B&B's. Our most disappointing was Tyndrum where it felt a bit like someone's spare room. The Rowardennan Hotel room was excellent and Kingshouse was also fabulous with a lovely room with a view and great atmosphere in the pub in the evening. Overall, the rooms were spacious, neat and clean and we were always made to feel welcome. The recommendation of Glen Almond in Edinburgh was average as the room was very small and we might have preferred something with a bit more atmosphere and maybe more in town but that's just our preference. Otherwise breakfasts were always good particularly in Kinglochleven.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you or your comments they are valuable in improving what we offer.
Your Guide
There were days that didn't match so from about half way it was irrelevant. The map was good and the route itself well marked but the guide provided was not specific enough to our walk and therefore poor. The descriptions of accommodation with direction and detail on the towns was good.
The Bottom Line
The West Highland Way was a wonderful way to see Scotland. Doing it through Wilderness Scotland made it totally hassle and stress free and everything was extremely well organised with no mistakes. We loved meeting fellow walkers in the pub after a long days walk for a pint or a wee dram and felt incredibly welcome at all Inns along the way and in the evening at our places of rest.

by Wayne Acker 06/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very good trip coordination and links/ info for transportation.
Trip Comments
Walking through Rannoch Moor.
Accommodation and Food
Most, but not all trail lunches were good.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Very enjoyable experience. All trip details taken care off. Only disappointment was extensive clear cut on way to Fort William. Charlie, from the Craigbank Guest House in Crainlarich, was an outstanding host.

by 04/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I didn't deal too much with the website or anything, but all communications with staff were fine!
Trip Comments
It was a lovely trip and everything was extremely well organized!
Accommodation and Food
Some of the places were nicer than others, but overall, all of the accommodation was great!
Your Guide
We didn't have a guide!
The Bottom Line
It was a fantastic trip, extremely well-organized, and overall a great experience! Thanks!

by David Weinberger 29/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website is full of good information and easy to navigate. The office team was very helpful, especially with pre trip accomodations.
Trip Comments
The map and book sent to us were great to have on the trip. We loved the trail and scenery and the map and book let us know where we were and what we could expect.
Accommodation and Food
We enjoyed two of the accomodations but the others were simply adequate, nothing special. The provided list of eating establishments was a good guide and led us to decent pub grub. We were disappointed with the bagged lunches as they were not very tasty and were inadequate for the level of activity. We stopped buying them and stocked our own bags.
Your Guide
We were on a self guided tour but the trail was well marked and the material supplied was excellent.
The Bottom Line
Walking the West Highland Way was a wonderful experience. Being self guided allowed us a great deal of solitude and freedom, yet we still met some great people along the way. We loved Scotland and the tasty pints and whiskey. We will definately return.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed your self guided experience, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Highlands soon.

by Grant Shoub 29/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
We did a self-guided walk of the West Highland Way
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland provided top notch service beginning to end, including advice and assistance when my luggage was lost by the airline-a service above and beyond what was expected.

by pam salsberry 20/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Responsive staff.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Question not applicable as we did not use guide services.
The Bottom Line
Terrific

by Sara Moss 18/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very helpful, friendly staff who were eager to assist and make the trip a success!
Trip Comments
Despite unusually rainy weather (even for Scotland!), the trip was gorgeous! With the Wilderness Scotland taking care of all the logistics, we were able to relax and enjoy the scenery!
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
(we didn't have a guide, so couldn't answer previous question)
The Bottom Line
Highly recommend!

by Paul Burns 07/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I had one conversation with the office, and all went great. The web site was clear, thorough and fast.
Trip Comments
We saw some wonderful places and stayed in some wonderful inns.
Accommodation and Food
Drovers Inn was a let down, old and musty. All others were grand, even Lime Tree which double charged us.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank you for letting me know about the double charge at the Lime Tree. We have now spoken with them to make sure you get a full refund. We’ll also pass your comments about the other accommodations on. It sounds like you had a great time on the trip overall though and hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon.
Your Guide
We were self guided, but the information was complete and thorough.
The Bottom Line
It was a great way to experience Scotland.

by Paul Yates 26/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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

by Jim Goold 22/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
All went smoothly. The logistics didn't intrude as all was taken care of without a hitch
Accommodation and Food
The directions to 2 of our B&Bs (Tyndrum and Fort William) could have been clearer and more precise.
Your Guide
Many oldies (like me!) won't have access to GPS unless you supply a unit.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland handled the trip from booking to the walk itself in a very professional but friendly manner. The experience was hassle free and met all of our expectation.

by David Somen 19/05/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Kevin Jhun 30/04/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
High Point = amazing views and the vastness of the nature surrounding the trip.

Low Point = my feet hurt a lot
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I'd say both are good. Some people have a easier time reading written route notes than just looking at GPS.
The Bottom Line
It was amazing and i want to do it again.

by Hugo Jhun 29/04/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Everyone I spoke with was very helpful and prompt with service. The map was invaluable, and the directions to each destination were very helpful.
Trip Comments
The route was much more manageable than we had anticipated, though the very last leg of walking on the street to Fort William was a bit of a letdown, though this is probably unavoidable.
Accommodation and Food
Many of the hosts were very friendly and gracious, and the accommodations were better than expected and were occasionally quite lovely.
Your Guide
We had a GPS on our trip and it did not match up to the map or the route notes, so we suspect that GPS tethered notes might not be as accurate as the written notes.
The Bottom Line
The trip was fantastic, and though the route is somewhat difficult (with a few challenging bits), it is definitely do-able with some preparation and the right shoes.

by Jennifer Jhun 29/04/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I really enjoyed the hospitality and services at the B&Bs in addition to oour luggage being available.
Trip Comments
High point: great views, good food
Low point: the 18.25 mile day. I felt it could have been spread a bit more evenly, but still was a feat to accomplish
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
I would actually prefer the paper map form. We used it a lot to navigate where we were and use it as a reference. Not all B&Bs had wifi or printers for that matter for the unprepared travelor.
The Bottom Line
Overall excellent. The 18 mile trip was a bit rough, but doable (perhaps speaking more to my cardiovascular fitness). The social atmosphere with other hikers and the B&Bs made the journey quite worthwhile.

by Jenna Wecht 20/04/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whatever questions we had were answered promptly and their responses were always friendly and helpful.
Trip Comments
Scotland was absolutely beautiful. The people were friendly, the bed and breakfasts were quaint and comfortable. My mother and I loved the hiking, the scenery, the trail, and the sheep. Everything was so picturesque and lovely.
Accommodation and Food
The towns were quaint and we could always find a pub or restaurant to get dinner. The breakfasts were always delicious, and kept us full and energized until we stopped for lunch.
Your Guide
I preferred the written since we just brought those in our daypacks and took them out when we needed them. Since we were international, we didn't have internet on our walks. Having the routes without having to go on the Internet was perfect.
The Bottom Line
I absolutely loved this trip. Wilderness Scotland made it easy to navigate the West Highland Way, and it was nice having them bring our heavy bags from place to place, and knowing that we had a nice bed and a warm shower was always great at the end of the day. Thank you so much.
TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback, it is great to know you had a wonderful experience on the West Highland Way we hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Scotland soon.

by Brad Jones 29/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Awesome trip,everything went very well.

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
Each night was different but we always felt a warm welcome.
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

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
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
The hike was as advertised and we were not the least disappointed!
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

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Could not be better !!!
Trip Comments
Route your staff sent us on worked out perfect for us seniors !!...
Accommodation and Food
All excellent ..however our group was dissapointed with the gentleman at Edencollie..not at all friendly !!! all the other people we met at the B and B accommodations could not make us all feel more welcome and always around to answer any questions or book a table at their favorite restaurant ..great time ..

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback. We have passed the details of the Edencollie to our ops team who will follow this up for us. We are glad to hear that it didn't spoil your trip in any way.
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

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Exception..Kinlochleven ,Edencoille..the lady of the house was very pleasant however her husband we found to be very rude and grumpy to our group even suggesting we get moving as we took a few pixs outside the house on our departure saying he has other guests coming although it was only 9am !! no thankyou or goodbye from him as he closed the door !!..all other people we met made us feel very welcome and wished us all well as we left again at 9am our usual departure time ..

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you for your feedback about the Edencollie. Your comment has been passed on and will be followed up.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Wonderful trip, very well organised by your team .......Norman Reid

by Richard Dear 13/10/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

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
I think most of them were the best that was available. Edencoille and Myrtle Bank were the standouts. Best foot forward, Bridge of Orchy and Kings house were the dodgy ones
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

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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
I would rate this between good and excellent. Being a large group of 12, I appreciated that it might be tricky to provide the best possible accommodation along the way for such a large number. But we were never disappointed. Each B&B was lovely- we were greeted with open arms, beautifully appointed rooms and excellent food.
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

4Accommodation 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
The food was generally fantastic. Some of our accommodation (specifically Rose Cottage in Inverarnan) had extremely thin walls, which made it a little tough to sleep due to the comings and goings of other guests. Other than that, the accommodations were still extremely comfortable and I would stay at any one of them again.
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

5Accommodation 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
All of the B&B were great
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 Cheryl Decker 17/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We appreciated the maps and clear directions provided
Trip Comments
Very nice communications with us. Wilderness Scotland delivered everything we expected for a wonderful hiking vacation. We especially loved staying at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
Accommodation and Food
We loved the old hotels in Bridge of Orchy and Kings House. Kinlochleven accomodation at Highland Getaway was just ok. We think you could do better for a B&B in Ft William.
Your Guide
We didnt need GPS, everything was clearly marked except for how to get to the trail on the first day in Bridge of Orchy. We took the wet route thru ferns on direction from frontdesk staff. I used a GPS watch so that we knew how far we had traveled and our pace.
The Bottom Line
We would highly recommend Wilderness Scotland to other hikers. Not having to be concerned for our luggage made the hiking a joy!

by Karen Lister 17/09/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation 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
The places were great, but the best were our B&B in Kinlochleven, and the one in Rowardennan coille mhor cottage) and Inveroran Hotel.
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
All of the B&Bs were just fantastic. The Kingshouse Hotel was the only accomodation that wasn't perfect, but even that was fun - it's a joy to see people talking to each other and reading, rather than staring at electronic devices or watching televisions. The Braeside in Drymen was wonderful, as was Braeside Inn in Fort William. Heather at Tigh-na-Fraoch in Tyndrum served us freshly caught rainbow trout for breakfast! Fantastic. Just brilliant.
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

5Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Simone Lerch 08/08/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Staff was really friendly, helpful and knowledgable. They were well-organised and quick to reply.
Trip Comments
Organisation of our self-guided WHW went smoothly. We did not experience any issues with the luggage transport, B&Bs and orienration on the Way. Good work!
Accommodation and Food
B&B standards and quality of food varied. Some were ok, some delicious
Your Guide
We used a German guidebook instead, where we tore out the pages and left them in our pockets. We only used way descriptions for B&Bs in the itineraty.
I wouldn't use GPS on my phone for fear if running out of battery and being unsble to call in an emergency. For people having outdoor GPS devices, it is a good idea, but I don't know how many these are.

Also, I wouldn't like my phone to get wet if I have to pull it out in the rain to check for directions. But it was nice to have an e-back-up as pdf on the phone in case you left directions in the luggage.
The Bottom Line
Great experience and superb planning & organisation. Keep on your good work.

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
Great choice of B&Bs--and food!
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

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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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
We stayed at some lovely places where we were well looked after. Everything was excellent except the B and B at Glencoe, Ghlas Druim. Maureen was not hospitable towards us: we were told rather crossly to get our packed lunch from the shop (which meant going there at 7.30am) - although your info said, like all the other places, that she would provide this; also she told us to find her in her kitchen if we needed anything, but then told me I was "in her private space" when I put my head round the door after knocking on it to no avail.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Lauren Tewksbury 09/07/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
High Points:
1. Edencoille (best place we stayed)
2. Hillview (very comfortable, hostess was very nice).
Low Points:
1. Rhu Mhor, Fort William - Slow, frugal breakfast the next morning. Certainly not enough food for those who are starting out from this end. We spent another night in Fort William (so we could climb Ben Nevis) and there we stayed at Morvich, which was absolutely wonderful.
2. Bridge or Orchy Hotel- I know it's the only game in town, but this place sucked. It's staff didn't care, and at dinner we got to listen to one of them being yelled at by a manager type (no wonder they don't care).
3. Best Foot Forward: Hosts were very nice, but room was crappy.
Your Guide
Please keep the written notes option. I don't like carrying devices on my "wilderness" experiences. (My husband disagrees, and we had both a laptop and an ipad with us, which we lugged the whole way in our daypacks.)
I liked the Rucksack Readers guide, didn't use the topo map. I never use them, but I suppose you're supposed to have them, right? I also (obviously) used the accomodations printout.
GPS doesn't seem necessary - the trail was always easy to follow.
The Bottom Line
I have already recommended Wilderness Scotland to friends.

As far as our trip goes, we did it in 8 days. This was a mistake for us. We should have done it in 6 days. We're from Southern California, and are used to hikes that go up up very steeply (Ben Nevis steepness). The idea of doing 95 miles here in less than 8 days is crazy because of the elevation change, but nothing on the way was difficult for us, and a few of the days ended too soon.

Summary: A lot of the trip planning was based on miles per day, when it should have been miles per day + elevation change per day.

We could have tried to do smaller hikes in addition to the big hike. It was somewhat frustrating to be walking through all of these valleys, looking at these cool peaks, and not knowing how to get up them. Some more side trip options with the guide would have been great. (For example, it might have been fun to bag one of the peaks around Glen Coe.)

by Mary Dietrich 10/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our emails were responded to in a timely manner and our questions were answered promptly and clearly.
Trip Comments
My low point was definitely the last five of nineteen miles before arriving at Kings House. I loved the scenery throughout the trip and found myself continuously looking behind me because of the 360 degree panarama.
Accommodation and Food
The owners of the B & B's were very friendly and helpful. Their breakfasts and packed lunched were delicious!
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
I found the trip to be awesome. It was fun talking with the other hikers along the way and we always knew that we would end the day with a soothing hot shower and our luggage waiting for us.
While the hike itself consisted of long days the scenery along the way was very inspiring.

by Rona Smith 16/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It would have been nice if a copy of the spiral bound "The West Highland Way" with the maps and detailed step by step information could have been made available to both members of our group
Trip Comments
The low point was the weather, but we don't hold Wilderness Scotland personally responsible for that!

The high point was the walk on day 3 - the stretch from Rowardennan to Beinglas farm - stunning scenery and a really enjoyable walk.
Accommodation and Food
Five stars to Colin at the Braeside guest house in Drymen - first class service and a charming host to boot.

Both hotels - Rowardennan and Kingshouse - were rather tired, but we couldn't fault the meals at either.

Both Braeside and Edencoille at Kinglochleven delivered our luggage to our rooms, which after a long day of walking was very welcome. Couldn't the other establishment be encouraged to do the same (particularly Kingshouse as this is at the end of the longest day)?
Your Guide
Personally, I would prefer to have both and I'm sure that there will be some older walkers who would struggle with e-formats.
The Bottom Line
Very well organised. The whole journey was inspirational - it's very difficult to single out one particular moment, but reaching the top of Conic hill with the first sight of Loch Lomond comes pretty high on the list!

by Christine Southern 15/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very detailed information, covered all aspects of the trip. Telephone calls handled professionally and questions answered promptly.
Trip Comments
Low point- too much rain.
High points - Very varied walk. Friendliness of everyone encountered. Daily walk distances spot on.
Accommodation and Food
Day 1- Best Foot Forward, good quite a walk.
Day 2- Braeside, excellent Colin a super host.
Day 3- Rowardennan Hotel, few staff, not welcoming. Day 4- Beinglas Farm, excellent.
Day 5- Tigh na Fraoch, very good, Heather a lovely host. Day 6- Kingshouse Hotel, very tired
accom. Dinner was served in the bar and not the dining room! Day 7- Edencoille, very small fussy room, Elsie lovely, Drew dour Day 8- Rhu Mhor, Ian absent, his poor 80year Mum was in charge, not cosy but large room.
Your Guide
We liked the written route, although with all the rain was difficult at times turning pages etc. Probably would not invest in GPS. We also have a real reminder of everything.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland know their stuff, all information, directions and organisation was exemplorary. I have never seen so much water gushing down the hills or paths, the utter remoteness of the countryside has inspired me to walk further in Scotland.

by Neil Mackenzie 12/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The best part was walking through Glen Coe as we had never visited before and we thought the scenery was spectacular.Also the view from Conic Hill towards Loch Lomond.
Not so enjoyable was the slow progress along the banks of Loch Lomond in the pouring rain along rough terrain. Although it meant we appreciated the finer spells all the more.
Accommodation and Food
One hotel stored our luggage in an outside shed. It would have been nice -particularly after a very wet day to have had our bags waiting in our room.
Ashbank, Tigh na Fraoch and Kingshouse hotel were very welcoming and good places to stay.
Your Guide
We had a Gaiman device just in case - but found that the signal was intermittent on some parts of the walk. I find it easier to look at a map
The Bottom Line
Thoroughly enjoyable and a reasonble level of fitness is required.
Inspirational moments - lookng at he map at the end of the day to see how far we had walked and also the ascent up Devil's staircase.

by Marie-Andree Lamonde 02/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The staff really took the time to answer to all my questions thoroughly even suggesting things I hadn't thought about. They were always quick to respond to my emails even with the time zone difference. Also, they took the time to do some research for us and didn't mind changing a few things along the way to make our trip more appropriate to our needs. The service was impeccable.
Trip Comments
We loved our experience. We thought the highlands were beautiful and that the terrain became more and more breathtaking each day. We only wished there were more pharmacy or chemist offered throughout the trip (or maybe a service of delivery of such things). Thankfully we had half a day in crianlarich and took that time to take a train to Oban to stock up and visit this beautiful city. It was an unexpected trip but very lovely.
Accommodation and Food
I would say that 2-3 of our accommodations were a bit too low rated for us and that that affected our appreciation of those nights. Although the food was very good, I found it was rather difficult to find proper night meals for a gluten intolerant person. However; breakfast at B&Bs always offered me gluten free bread and yummy breakfasts.
Your Guide
Some of the other walkers we came across were using GPS to guide themselves through the trail. We thought that was pretty interesting and also thought maybe we should do the same next time we embark on a week long trek. However, we enjoyed the old fashion maps and guides. My spouse would read the next days route before bed time, memorizing all the important points. We felt like we always knew where we were and where we were going. The only parts that were a bit hard to figure out were getting to some of the B&Bs. Most were clear, but there were maybe 3 that took us a while to figure out.
The Bottom Line
I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends. It was one of the most beautiful trips of our lives. It was a bit hard going in the beginning (from Drymen to Inverarnan) the days were very long. I would recommend to people to do the extra day. But would suggest to take that extra day between those two cities. That is definitely the hardest part of the trail. After that the days were amazing. Despite the long distances, the path was easy going and our days were rather short and we would get to our accommodations with enough time to rest, enjoy a few hours of the afternoon before supper. We loved having half a day in crianlarich and having an afternoon in Oban. That was completely unplanned and it felt wonderful to have a few hours visiting a city in the middle of a week of wilderness. We met some interesting people on the trail and it was nice to finish at Fort William with everyone meeting for supper at the Grog and Gruel. Mostly I loved walking in all that beautiful wilderness. Even though it rained all week, we were so happy to be there (there's no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing.) It was an amazing experience and thank you for all your help in making it happen.

by Katharine Griffiths 25/09/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I was very happy with the prompt replies to emails and the attention to detail given to the trip planning.
Trip Comments
Utterly fantastic. High point was walking across Rannoch Moor. It made 20 miles fly by. Low point was walking through the clear cut forest and sideways rain towards Conic Hill (but it was still great!).
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent everywhere with good variety of choices. We didn't find Rose Cottage to be very friendly or welcoming. Everywhere else was wonderful.
Your Guide
They were wonderful until we left them at the Rowardennon hotel. I like the idea of an e-format but the large map and daily details was a great to have in our packs.
The Bottom Line
It was one of the most memorable hiking experiences to date. The incredible landscapes, amazing people we met and that lone stag on the moor will be forever etched in my memory.

by Astrid Illing 22/09/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
B&B Bramblewood in Drymen was especially nice, also B&B Edencoille in Kinglochleven
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
View from Conic Hill on Loch Lomond, the stopover at Crianlarich pub, the dayhike to kingshouse and kinglochleven

by Joe Andrews 18/09/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Your itinerary information, etc., was very helpful. "The West Highland Way" you sent also was useful, although "West Highland Way" by Charlie Loram had more detailed information and seemed to be the book of choice by almost everyone on the walk. Your staff was very helpful in answering our specific questions, such as whether vegetarian breakfasts would be provided, whether breakfasts could be packed to go if we wanted a very early start on the walk, etc.
Trip Comments
The walking, including the length each day, worked out well for us (ages 62, 58 and 46). Before the trip we were concerned about the 20 mile day, but it was not a problem at all -- the first 7 or so miles to Bridge of Orchy is very easy and very fast, and the walking over the moors also was easy, fast, and beautiful. We were lucky, getting little rain until the last day into Fort William. The most difficult day for my wife Barbara was around Loch Lomond with all the ups, downs, and scrambling, but I loved it. We had an encounter or two with the midges, but in general they were not a problem in this early September walk. (I would not want to do the walk when the midges are out in force.)
Accommodation and Food
Now that we have done the trip, perhaps we could have plotted it ourselves; however, for an introductory trip, Wilderness Scotland picked out overall excellent places to stay. The B and Bs (The Hawthornes; Dalkell Cottages; Glas Druim; and Berkeley House) all exceeded our expectations, all with good accommodations, friendly owners, and hearty breakfasts. The Rowardennan Hotel was OK once we got past a harried receptionist. The Drover's Lodge had the worst beds, but the excellent atmosphere at the Drover's Inn made it a memorable stay. The MacDonald Hotel was the best hotel of the bunch and a very good stop.
Your Guide
See above about "West Highland Way" by Charlie Loram. The written route notes were helpful to us and in my view are a good option perhaps in addition to any GPS format.
The Bottom Line
It was an excellent trip. It was a learning experience on how little we actually need; even with British Airways losing my luggage and not delivering it until 5 days into the trip, I had a wonderful time all in the same set of clothes and running shoes. (Thanks to Travel-lite for its attempt to work with British Airways to get the luggage to me.) There was no one inspirational moment -- it was the whole experience -- the long walks, the pubs, the people you meet on the way, the awesome scenery -- that inspires. The area around Loch Lomond seems magical in the trees, near the lake, while the open views on the moors were wonderful and beautiful. It all was inspirational; instead of heading back to the States, I wanted to keep on walking day after day in Scotland.

by Matthew Ridley 16/09/2013

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5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It nice knowing the names of the accommodation owners in advance - feels more personal
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Some very nice accommodation and some very average - in really your very limited on venues in some locations on the West Highland Way, so appreciate there is a limit to what can be done !
Your Guide
Yo can beat a printed out piece of paper (call me old fashioned)

The electronic ones as well would be good
The Bottom Line

by Brenda Bossenberry 22/08/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
No low points - from the first email to the phone calls to the information package to the hike itself, Wilderness Scotland staff were fabulous in the information they provided and the decisions they made. Thank you!
Accommodation and Food
Loved almost every place I stayed - they were all very different from each other which really added to the overall experience.
Your Guide
Although I am always keen on cutting paper, it was very costly to get 3G/wireless access with my device. Maybe an emailed copy of route that would allow individuals to print or read offline would be a nice accompaniment to GPS capability.
The Bottom Line
Even though I am writing this almost two months after my hike, I still experience a great deal of excitement when I think about every little bit of The West Highland Way. It is impossible to describe to everyone here all that I saw. This was my first long distance hiking experience and you have set the bar very high. The booked accommodations were each special in their own way and knowing my suitcase would be waiting for me at my next stop made my days that much more enjoyable. And of course there is the trail itself - spectacular! Thank you so much for everything.

by Irene Eisler 06/08/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I just really valued the fact, that there was real live people to talk to and that took time out to answer all our "stupid" questions. We felt supported and guided.
Trip Comments
It was fantastic walking the West Highland Way and we would greatly recommend it. Of course we can partly accredit that to the weather, which was ecxeptional for Scotland. Sunny and warm. Relatively few midged :-)
Accommodation and Food
We loved the B&B's on the way. People were so friendly and helpful. A special thanks to Ian and Margaret in Fort William.
But all the hosts were great!
Your Guide
I personally love the maps and would miss them. But then I am a bit oldfashioned, I guess.
The Bottom Line
Loved it! The path along Loch Lomond where the weather permitted us to swim a couple of times. Coming round Conic Hill was fantastic and crossing over the hills at Bridge of Orchy coming up to the top there for a 350 degree view.

by Renee Becking 28/07/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Jo Unda dealt with our plans. She was very efficient and easy to deal with. When I called and she wasn't available I was promptly transferred to someone that was able to help me with no problems.
Trip Comments
The luggage transfer was set up wonderfully. This was so easy and efficient.
Accommodation and Food
We were treated wonderfully in all the places we stayed.
Your Guide
My device didn't always work on route and I actually had a hardware problem with my device to I would have had a bit of a panic. I like the written route notes.
The Bottom Line
The trip was so beautiful! There were parted that I found very challenging however, when you reached part and looked around at all beauty it was all worth it. I also liked how you would meet up with people along the path and chat then move on and then see that familiar face again some other time along the route. This was my first experience with a wilderness vacation and it was FANTASTIC! Thank you!

by Jim Smith 21/06/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Travelite was great but bags did not arrive at Fort William until 5:00 PM. Would have liked them there sooner to shower. No problem; we showered anyway & put dirty clothes back on.
Trip Comments
You bailed me out when I forgot to bring the lodging accommodations the first day, and I called yo to find out. thanks
Accommodation and Food
The Hawthorns: food & room excellent
Rowardennan Hotel: food poor & room average
Drovers Lodge: food & room excellent
Dalkell Cottages: food & room excellent
Ghlas Druim: food & room average but room too small
Edencoille food & room excellent with fantastic service:
Your Guide
The guide was ok but we used another book that had more detailed routes. GPS is a great idea
The Bottom Line
Walking and not having to think about where I'm going

by David Stevenson 12/06/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
No. We used a GPS and received different mileage. It would be helpful if the posts were numbered or some mileage posted somewhere along the trail.
The Bottom Line
We had a terrific hike. We liked stopped at the pubs for lunch on the early part of the walk. The trail was not crowded as we started during the middle of the week. We had fantastic weather. Even the day that rained was fun as we were prepared.

by David Shapiro 01/06/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The color triptik was especially useful, as were your directions to accomodations
Trip Comments
A wonderful walk thru fantastic scenery
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Suggest offering both.
The Bottom Line
It was great to be able to hike thru beautiful country, stop at a pub for lunch & stop at B&Bs overnight. The logistics you arranged all worked out perfectly, which meant we just had to walk & enjoy. Thank you for making this wonderful trip possible.

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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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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Loved that all was taken care of. There were no glitches and all worked out perfectly! We (older folks) could have used a rest day in the middle of the trek but now we know better!! Also, an option for several shorter days (Inverarnan to Crainlarich and then Crainlarich to Tyndrum and then Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy) would have suited us well. All in all, a fantastic trip. Loved the selection of B&Bs. It seemed as if we had the best room in the best accommodation at each location.

Sue McDermott
19/08/2017

5

We will return for more hiking and exploring in such a safe, welcoming, enchanting country!! We look forward to working with Wilderness Scotland again.

Joseph Rayball
13/08/2017

5

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