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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 Diana Laursen 08/07/2017

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Disappointed we booked within days of a promotional event (Black Friday I think) & it wasn't extended to us. Not too big of a deal, but we paid in full way before our trip & were still invoiced with several emails. Had to retrace my receipt to show we paid.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Just 2 weren't great. Everything else worked out well.
Your Guide
Self guided
The Bottom Line
Appreciated the thorough itinerary via mail. Liked knowing where laundry facilities were. All B&B hosts were really nice. Overall, great trip

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.

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)

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

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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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