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      West Highland Way

      195 review(s)

      Duration: 8 night(s) From £795

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Location: West Highlands including Knoydart
      Trip Type: Self Guided
      Comfort: Classic

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      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.

      Self Guided Walking Holidays – Your Questions Answered

      PLEASE NOTE: Total daily distances are given for each stage but will vary slightly as you also need to walk to your accommodation each day which will usually add a short distance.

      Extra Nights and Accommodation Upgrades

      You also have the option to choose the following upgrades and extra nights:

      • Upgraded accommodation package – we will reserve the best rooms available along the route – £895 per person
      • Split Day 6 and walk the route over 9 days. The additional charge is £65 per person, £90 per person if using upgraded accommodation
      • Upgraded package plus luxury nights at 5 star Inverlochy Castle and Glencoe House – £1255 per person

      Trip Highlights

      • Trek the 100 miles of the West Highland Way, taking on the challenge of Scotland's most famous long distance trail.
      • You pick the dates that suit you - we make all the arrangements required.
      • We will arrange all accommodation, luggage transfer and provide you with OS maps and comprehensive route notes.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Arrive in Milngavie

      On the first day of the trip you make your own way to Milngavie, on the northern fringes of Glasgow. This is the start point of the trail where you’ll spend the night at your first guesthouse, ready to start hiking tomorrow.

      Day 2 – Milngavie to Drymen

      Starting from Milngavie you hike north along the West Highland Way, passing Craigallian and Carbeth Lochs. You skirt the western flanks of the Campsie Fells – where many a Glasgow mountaineer enjoyed their first outing – before you reach the first night’s accommodation in the village of Drymen at the south-eastern corner of Loch Lomond. Your bags will have been collected from your accommodation while you hike and will be waiting for you in your room when you arrive.

      Distance: 19km/12miles Ascent: 210m/690ft

      Day 3 – Drymen to Rowardennan

      The trail leaves Drymen and passes through Garadhban Forest. Leaving the forest you can choose to climb Conic Hill, 361m in height with great views over Loch Lomond – or a low level alternative path that skirts below the hill. Reaching the eastern banks of Loch Lomond at Balmaha, you follow the shore through forestry until you reach the tranquil setting of Rowardennan, which is nestled at the foot of Ben Lomond.

      Distance: 21km/13miles Ascent: 430m/1,410ft

      Day 4 – Rowardennan to Inverarnan

      This day is considered by many hikers to be the toughest day on the trail. It follows the remote north-eastern shoreline of Loch Lomond, on a rough undulating trail. The path improves as you near your next destination, the tiny settlement of Invernarnan.

      Distance: 23km/14miles Ascent: 475m/1,560ft

      Day 5 – Inverarnan to Tyndrum

      Well into the Highlands now, you are surrounded by rugged mountain peaks. You make your way along Glen Falloch before turning northwards into Strath Fillan. As you approach Tyndrum you are rewarded with wonderful views of Ben Lui rising up in the west.

      Distance: 19km/12miles Ascent: 490m/1,608ft

      Day 6 – Tyndrum to Glencoe*

      This fantastic day begins with a climb out of Tyndrum, with the trail running next to the West Highland Railway line. At the top of the pass the sweeping flanks of Ben Dorain dominate the view. Continuing north you reach Bridge of Orchy and then Inveroran, which makes a good lunch stop. The shapely peaks of the Black Mount now lie to the west while Rannoch Moor stretches into the distance in front of you. Follow the trail across the wild moor, eventually reaching Glencoe and your accommodation at the Kingshouse. A memorable day of trekking!

      Distance: 30km/18.5miles Ascent: 644m/2,110ft

      *Day 6 can be split into 2 shorter days with an extra night’s accommodation – see pricing section.

      Day 7 – Glencoe to Kinlochleven

      This is a shorter day but with the biggest ascent of the route. You hike into Glencoe then climb the trail known as the ‘Devil’s Staircase’. It is steep with some switchbacks the ascent is steady and constant. At the top of the pass at 547m, you get great views of Glencoe and down Loch Leven. Descend on a good trail to the small village of Kinlochleven.

      Distance: 14km/8.5miles Ascent: 430m/1,410ft

      Day 8 – Kinlochleven to Fort William

      The final day sees the trail climb over a final pass – 274m this time. With views across to Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Scotland – the trail descends into Glen Nevis and down to the end of the route in Fort William. You’ve made it! Reward yourself with a good dinner tonight!

      Distance: 24km/15miles Ascent: 475m/1,560ft

      Day 9 – Fort William and Depart

      After a leisurely breakfast, you can put on some comfortable footwear and explore the town of Fort William before starting your journey home. If you travel back to Glasgow on the train along the West Highland Line you’ll have the chance to look out for familiar sights and reflect on a memorable hike through Scotland’s Highlands.

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      At each stage of your trek, we will arrange accommodation for you to stay that night. The accommodations range from small guesthouses, Highland inns, small hotels and bed and breakfast establishments which will be of a 3 or 4-star standard. Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. We do not use accommodations we have not personally visited.

      If you choose the upgraded accommodation option we will reserve the best available accommodation option in each location for you. However, in some areas, accommodation is very limited so the choice is restricted. Where this is the case we will book the best quality room available for you. If you wish to choose upgraded accommodation please call us to book – this is not available online.

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      MEALS
      Accommodation will be reserved on a Bed & Breakfast basis – lunches and evening meals are not included. Local shops sell sandwiches and snacks for the day ahead. Many guesthouses will also be able to provide a packed lunch for you if you ask them the night before. In the evenings, meals can be taken in local restaurants, hotels or bars.

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      Price from: £795
      Duration: 8 night(s)

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      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with the innovative trip design being both a passion and a speciality. In his spare time, Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.

      - Stevie Christie

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.84 out of 5 based on 195 review(s) of Self Guided – West Highland Way

       

      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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      Soamva Duong

      Reviewed on 08/11/2018

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 08/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We hiked the West Highland Way in the first half of October. It was an excellent experience even with the rainy days. The scenery was beautiful and ever changing day to day. We met a lot of interesting fellow hikers along the way that only made the experience that much better. We also ran into some Highland Cows, lots of sheep and even some wild goats. It was such a fun trip that I want to go back and hike some other trails in Scotland.

      CL

      Carolyn Lyman

      Reviewed on 22/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 08/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Top notch outfit to go with! If folks want a smooth trip then they need to choose Wilderness Scotland

      WB

      William Bekemeier

      Reviewed on 22/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: USA
      Trip Date: 23/08/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      We had a great trip. We did a bit of traveling in Scotland on our own before and after the hiking which was great also. But we really enjoyed seeing the West Highlands up close. Loch Lomond was so beautiful!! It is no wonder that songs have been written about it!

      CR

      Carolyn Roberts

      Reviewed on 22/10/2018

      Age: 30 - 40
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 08/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Wilderness Scotland blew my expectations away. With 9 nights accommodation, luggage transfers, and taxi arrangements, I prepared for something to go wrong along the way. However, everything was flawless! The expert planning, help, and tips provided by the company allowed me to fully enjoy my experience hiking the West Highland Way. I have memories that will last me a lifetime and returned home feeling stronger and more capable than when I left. I would absolutely recommend Wilderness Scotland to anyone planning adventure trips in the country - in fact, I already have! Thank you so much for your help in providing me this incredible opportunity. I can't wait to visit Scotland again.

      JF

      Judi Florence

      Reviewed on 08/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 18/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      It was an experience of a lifetime. My husband had never done anything like this before and was lamenting before the trip about how he had let himself be talked into such a thing. He enjoyed it immensely, in spite of the weather conditions and being worried about my injury. We learned things about ourselves and saw a country from a very intimate perspective. We consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to walk the WHW together and would recommend Wilderness Scotland without hesitation.

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Blue Graded Self Guided Holidays 4-6

      Self guided Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. Walking at a good pace you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will be following a trail but should understand how to follow a hiking map with at least basic navigation skills. Daily distances will vary – typically up to 20km but may be longer occasionally, or often on the more challenging trips in the grade. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

      Trail conditions will vary from well laid and maintained sections of gravel track to rough and rocky sections including muddy and wet areas. Short sections may be on tarmac.

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