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Wilderness Walking – The West Highland Way

  • Take on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous and one of the world’s greatest long distance trails – the West Highland Way.
  • Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.
  • With the knowledge and experience of an expert guide, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as the flora and fauna along the route.
  • 7 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and small hotels.
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Luggage transfer for 1 bag per person for the duration of the trip, meaning you will only have to carry a day rucksack while walking.
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide throughout.
  • Train tickets from Glasgow Queen Street to Milngavie.

Blue Graded Walking Holidays

Our Blue grade walking trips 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?

This is a point to point itinerary where we walk to a new accommodation each day. The accommodation on this trip is graded as Classic and we handpick the best available accommodation along the route, which ranges from small guesthouses, Highland inns, small hotels and bed and breakfast establishments.

Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Wherever available, we will reserve en suite rooms for you however on this trip it is not always possible due to limited accommodation options.

As accommodation is in short supply on this route however, please note that some establishments will be better than others.

Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on the first and last night.

Most meals are included in the price of this holiday. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes, and by not including the cost of all meals in the holiday price, you will have the opportunity to sample the full range of their delicious menus as you wish.

Single Supplement

There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. It may be possible to book a single room, provided one is available. Please request this at the time of booking and we will let you know if one is available. If a single room is required the supplement is £275 per person.

Wherever available, we will reserve en suite rooms for you. Please note however that on the West Highland Way this is not always possible due to the limited accommodation options, so on some nights you will have private facilities instead.

Customer Kudos

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by Cathy Buffini 28/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

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Pre-Trip Service
Clear, easy to navigate
Trip Comments
Helen was very informative and knowledgeable. A great balance of friendly, fun and firm when needed.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was quite modest (2 star? on several occassions) - for the not inconsiderable price of the package (West Highland Way). Breakfast was always good despite bedroom facilities. I believe dinner (e.g., £15.00) every night should have been included. Surprised we paid for all but two meals in the evening - again given the price we paid.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Thank so much for your feedback, accommodation on the West Highland Way is limited but we do only use accommodations that are 3 star or more. I know a few of the accommodations you stayed in were 4 star guest houses so I am surprised you didn't like them. The accommodations are usually in older, traditional buildings so the rooms can be smaller than modern hotels but I am glad you enjoyed breakfast. Dinner is not included every night to give you a bit more freedom and allow you to choose one course or 3 courses depending on how you are feeling.
Your Guide
Helen Marsden was a central part of the great safety we felt and the overall experience and fun we had. Thank you. Cathy.
The Bottom Line
Wonderful. Great way to experience Scotland's mountains for the first time.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip overall and hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

by Margaret Houtzaager 29/09/2016

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Trip Comments
The Highland Way didn't disappoint. The stages were of good length and built gradually to the longest day so fitness had increased by then. Loch Lomond and the Moor were so beautiful.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Duncan was an fabulous guide for many reasons. First,y at the end of each day he provided an overview of the next day highlighting any potentially difficult parts, giving accurate walk times, and detailing breaks. Secondly he gave us an overview of the map each morning. Thirdly he had great interpersonal skills and made a point if connecting with each person multiple times a day. Thirdly it was clear that our safety was his top priority. Making a difficult decision to cancel the climb over the Devils staircase was obviously hard for him but the weather was scary. He then provided and alternative walk for the day once we were bused to our next stop. I can't speak highly enough if his professional conduct and would love to do another trip with him.
The Bottom Line
The Highland Way was a great walking experience. Daily walking distances were very do-able and accomodation on the way was very comfortable. Our guide, Duncan, was awesome. Overall a fabulous walking trip.

by Yvonne Yan 22/09/2016

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by William Bernhard 15/09/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good and prompt response time. Although it took a while to tell us about our guide, Duncan Greene.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
A good value that did exceed our expectations.
Your Guide
Duncan was excellent across the board. Our safety and health was #1, our enjoyment and fun were #2.
The Bottom Line
I truly enjoyed the Scottish countryside and the pace, rhythm and tempo of the walks. The trip had a well structured, consistent day to day pattern to it which I really liked.

by Angus Rodger 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was perfectly okay, neither bad nor especially good. Elsie's B&B in Kinlochleven stood out as super. The opening and closing dinners were also really good.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thank you so much for your feedback. We try to book the best accommodations we can but are sometimes limited by what’s available on the West Highland Way. It sounds like you did have a great time on the trip however so hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon!
Your Guide
Excellent service from Duncan - thank you.
The Bottom Line
A really enjoyable trip. Fresh air, exercise, great company and magnificent scenery. Thanks very much.

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2018 Trip Dates

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18th Jun - 25th Jun 2018
£1,495
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16th Jul - 23rd Jul 2018
£1,495
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13th Aug - 20th Aug 2018
£1,495
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3rd Sep - 10th Sep 2018
£1,495
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17th Sep - 24th Sep 2018
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Trip Details

The West Highland Way is a classic long distance trek, covering over 95 miles (150km) from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands.

Joining a West Highland Way guided walking holiday allows you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as identifying the flora and fauna along the route.

The route travels along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, past dramatic Glencoe and over the high pass of the Devil’s Staircase before finishing in Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Each evening you’ll arrive at our hand-picked accommodation where your luggage will be waiting for you, allowing you to travel light. All you’ll need to think about on this classic trek is putting one foot in front of the other and immersing yourself in the spectacular scenery of one of the world’s greatest long distance treks. You can do it faster but we prefer to slow things down and appreciate the West Highland Way over 7 days. 

Tour Itinerary – The West Highland Way

Day 1 – The Journey Begins: West Highland Way Start

Today you’ll meet your guide at Glasgow Queen Street Station at 8:30am. You’ll take a short train journey to the West Highland Way start at Milngavie, where we’ll drop off our bags, and then we start walking the West Highland Way! Although starting out close to Glasgow you are quickly walking through wild land. This part of the journey follows what was an important route in prehistoric times and your guide will help you spot some standing stones from the late Stone Age. We’ll arrive at the accommodation tonight in time to settle in before enjoying a welcome dinner – and possibly a dram of the local Glengoyne whisky as a way to toast the start of the trip. (L, D)

Distance 19km

Day 2 – Walking to Loch Lomond

The trail leaves Drymen and passes through Garadhban Forest. Leaving the forest, we’ll take a detour to climb Conic Hill – though just 361m  high, it offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond. This area is resplendent with yellow gorse and there is a rich variety of bird life that your guide will be able to help you identify. Reaching the eastern banks of Loch Lomond at Balmaha, we follow the shore through forest until you reach the tranquil setting of Rowardennan, which is nestled at the foot of Ben Lomond. (B, L)

Distance 21km

Day 3 – The Wild Shoreline of Loch Lomond

Starting out with views of Ben Lomond – which translates as Beacon Hill – this is a challenging stage but the combination of differing terrain, scenery and views make it very rewarding. This was an area frequented by Rob Roy McGregor and as you walk in his footsteps, your guide can keep you entertained with stories of his frequent mischief! Rougher terrain means that the going is slower but it’s wonderful to be in such wild country. The trail improves towards the end of the day as we near our next destination, the tiny settlement of Invernarnan. (B, L)

Distance 23km

Day 4 – Into Strathfillan

We’re in the Highlands now and today we pass the halfway point of the West Highland Way, where the mountains seem to stretch all the way to the sky. Indeed, the local mountains are known as the ‘Arrochar Alps’. Our day begins with a walk through Glen Falloch before we turn northwards into Strath Fillan. The landscape gets wilder and your guide will point out the some of the hardier plants that grow in this area and talk about how they were used by the clansmen and women in the past. As we approach Tyndrum, we are rewarded with wonderful views of Ben Lui rising up in the west. (B, L)

Distance 22km

Day 5 – North 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 a pass, the sweeping flanks of Ben Dorain dominate the view. A short detour will take us to a carved stone seat said to contain the sword of Robert the Bruce. Continuing north, we reach the tiny settlement of 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 the wilds of Rannoch Moor stretches into the distance in front of you. Following the trail across this wild moor, we eventually reach Glencoe and our accommodation at the historic Kingshouse Hotel. A long but memorable day of trekking! Reward yourself with a drink from the bar, while enjoying the amazing views of Buachaille Etive Mor. (B, L)

Distance 30km

Day 6 – The Devil’s Staircase

This is a shorter day but with the biggest ascent of the route. Leaving the Kingshouse, we walk into Glencoe then climb the trail known as the ‘Devil’s Staircase’. It is steep with some switchbacks but no scrambling is involved. At the top of the pass at 547m, we are rewarded with wonderful views of Glencoe and Loch Leven. Your guide will able to point out the individual peaks in this sea of mountains you are looking at and perhaps tell the tale of The Massacre of Glencoe. Descending into the next valley, we follow a good trail to our next stop, the small village of Kinlochleven. (B, L)

Distance 14km

Day 7 – Trail’s End

The day starts with a steep climb to wake us up after breakfast! We cross a pass at 274m, taking in views across to Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Scotland. After crossing the pass, the hard work of the day is done and we walk past old sheilings (summer dwellings for shepherds) with views over Lochan Lunn Da-Bhr. Your guide may share the story of the mythical bull that makes this area home and terrorises the crofter’s cattle! The trail then descends into beautiful Glen Nevis and then into Fort William itself – we’ve done it and completed the iconic 95 mile West Highland Way! After checking into our accommodation and freshening up, we’ll celebrate with drinks and dinner – we deserve it! (B, L, D)

Distance 22km

Day 8 – Fort William and depart

After a leisurely breakfast, your free to make your way home at a suitable time – most people will take the scenic West Highland Railway back to Glasgow, which has several departures daily. (B)

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2018 Trip Dates

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Availability
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18th Jun - 25th Jun 2018
£1,495
7 place(s) left
16th Jul - 23rd Jul 2018
£1,495
10 place(s) left
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2018
£1,495
8 place(s) left
3rd Sep - 10th Sep 2018
£1,495
6 place(s) left
17th Sep - 24th Sep 2018
£1,495
10 place(s) left

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Duration: 7 night(s)

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Comfort: Classic

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Wonderful. Great way to experience Scotland's mountains for the first time.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip overall and hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon.

Cathy Buffini
28/07/2017

4

The Highland Way was a great walking experience. Daily walking distances were very do-able and accomodation on the way was very comfortable. Our guide, Duncan, was awesome. Overall a fabulous walking trip.

Margaret Houtzaager
29/09/2016

4

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