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Wilderness Walking – The West Highland Way

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?

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by Nancy Giallombardo 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Well organized; information provided was helpful
Accommodation and Food
The food was very good; with eating in pubs and small inns, you were able to experience Scottish meals. Accommodations for the most part were good; some beautiful inns/pubs. After a long day of hiking, a warm place, good food and hot water were always welcome. Kings House which will be undergoing updating, needs it.
Your Guide
Duncan was exceptional and very knowledgeable about Scotland and the hike. He gave us detailed descriptions of what we would experience each day which was very helpful. He has a keen sense of people and personalities and interacts well with each member of the group. He is a true gem!
The Bottom Line
It was a great experience and a wonderful way to capture this beautiful land.

by Bryan Ralph 03/10/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Astra Kennedy 29/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

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5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
Duncan, you were awesome! I couldn't have done it without you!
The Bottom Line
The trip was great. We had to forego our original walk on day 6 because of the weather but an alternate walk was provided for those who still wanted to get a walk in. Two of us stayed behind to rest our feet but we were more than happy to do so. Duncan was amazing and created an atmosphere of comradery amongst the group. Scotland is a beautiful country.

by Dale Whittaker 29/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Perhaps be more clear about the importance of shoe fit.
Trip Comments
Duncan was special and excellent. Accommodations and provisions were very adequate.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Trustworthy, excellent descriptions of just the right amount of the upcoming track, fun, and inclusive.
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by Jane McNaughton 26/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Duncan Greene is the best!
The Bottom Line
The West Highland Way is strenuous and anyone planning to make the trek should be in top physical condition. Scotland is a beautiful country and the trek is an excellent way to see it!

by Karen McQuarrie 22/09/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Anna Sande 30/08/2016

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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You were responsive but I found the website a bit annoying - your checkout (i.e. payment location) I found evasive.

Perhaps descriptions of 'walks' are too glowing (although I overheard some others in our party talking about very realistic videos they watched - I missed those!)
Trip Comments
Much was excellent! Scotland is a gem.
Our guide very good in every way.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation very good - interesting variety, comfortable, well-positioned.
Your Guide
Our guide was sensitive and thoughtful - a lover of his country.
The Bottom Line
Without this trip I would not have felt so close to Scotland.

by Douglas Lennox 29/08/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The shopping list of items needed for the hike, as well as the instructional videos available on gear were helpful, but as it turned, unduly pessimistic, and generic. The weather we had for our trip was excellent. I appreciate how lucky we were, and that one should always plan for the worst possible conditions, but in retrospect, there are things I could have done to better plan for the best possible conditions as well. Also, a shopping list that is geared to all possible hikes might not consider specific features of the West Highland Way hike.

For example, I could have brought some lighter trail shoes to swap out with my heavier Scarpa hiking boots on days that a heavy boot was not required. By chance, I had brought a swimming suit and goggles which made for a delightful swim in Loch Lomond mid-hike. I am sure however that some of my compatriots would also have enjoyed a swim as well.
Trip Comments
It was a really good group of people on the trip. I am very grateful to Liam and to Rupert for the job they did.
Accommodation and Food
I enjoyed all of the accommodations, King's Road most of all.
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
I do expect to plan future trips with Wilderness Scotland. On this trip, I came on my own. On future trips, I hope to bring my wife. She did not accompany me on this trip because of a knee injury. It would be helpful, for future trips, to have information about hikes and activities that accommodates spouses of different physical abilities. For example, I like a vigorous hike or kayak. My wife would be able to complete gentler hikes, but would need alternative activities on some trips.

by Jill Geisler 04/08/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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There was some confusion about my bill. The system wouldn't let me log into my account so I had to exchange a few emails. The response from Wilderness was fine.
Trip Comments
The weather was perfect! I even got the half day of rain which I wanted. No injuries, no losses, no complaining on all of our parts.
Accommodation and Food
Better than good, but not quite excellent. There were a couple of pretty cramped rooms.
Your Guide
Liam was clearly aware of all of us all the time, but he presented as casual about things such as stopping places, being at the head of the line, rate etc.
The Bottom Line
One thing I loved is that I could position myself so that I was walking alone for as much time as I wanted. I love solitary walking. I loved being out in the "wild" but having someone do all the planning. My trip to Scotland was just the right combination of outdoors and back country, and city. The scenery was spectacular.

by Wendy Bingham 31/07/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Website sort of difficult to navigate and open correct windows.
Trip Comments
Not overdone, good attitude, good guide
Accommodation and Food
Last night in fort wm was world class,
Thank goodness for cider !
Carrot cake along the trail amazing
Your Guide
Liam the best in all ways. Went the extra mile
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by Dan Kleemola 29/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
The hiking experience and scenery were amazing
Accommodation and Food
Food was good. Some accommodation had not had updates or improvements a quite some time. Some were a bit cramped for space
Your Guide
very relaxed. kept us updated about potential safety issues or difficult sections of the hike
The Bottom Line
Fantastic. I'm looking at other trips offered on your website

by Lin Jones 07/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The highlight would be the moments that we appreciate the beauty of wildness, or at the end of the days, taking off boots!
Accommodation and Food
The food are great. A couple of accommodations are ok that could be better. But I understand the limitations.
Your Guide
Pete Long is a great guy and guide. He is considerate, thoughtful, kind, helpful, and very knowledgeable.
The Bottom Line
It was a great experience hiking 96 miles on WHW. Wilderness Scotland did a great job to provide that experience. I will certainly use its services again for more walks in the future.

by Tamara Johnson 07/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website was very informational and the email we received a couple of weeks before the trip was helpful.
Trip Comments
Our guide Pete was great! He was really good at initiating interesting conversations at dinner. He also took the time to teach us things about the culture or area along the way. Unfortunately, we had to get off the trail for a couple of days and he went out of his way to help us get to the next destination and help us get back on the trail.
Accommodation and Food
I honestly enjoyed every bed and breakfast we stayed in all for different reasons. The one that I think was over the top was Edencoille.
Your Guide
Pete was fantastic! He had great stories and he did a great job at trying to accommodate every body in the group.
The Bottom Line
Best trip of my life and I can't say enough about the great service provided by Wilderness Scotland!

by JoAnn Morley 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Easy to book. Detailed pre trip information including essential kit etc.
Trip Comments
Great guide!!! Wonderful co-walkers. Beautiful scenery and lucky with the weather
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation and food varied. Everything was adequate and sometimes excellent.
Your Guide
Duncan was an excellent guide and made every effort to make sure that all walkers were comfortable. Gave good advice on food and hydration and was generally a nice person
The Bottom Line
Fabulous trip with rich and varied scenery. Nothing too difficult, just nicely challenging.

by Patricia Dunlop 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
Thanks to Kirsty who went out of her way to help.
Trip Comments
This was a stunning journey with excellent weather and beautiful vistas around every turn. The WHW is truly a classic Scottish highland wilderness walk. I was impressed by the standard of the trail itself, which I understand has been improved greatly in the past couple of years.

Thanks for "afternoon tea" at Auchtertyre (3 miles before Tyndrum) - this is a definite must!! It is good to have an afternoon break on the shorter days, if timings permit.

We all found that the only wearisome (and endless) two miles of the whole trip are the last two along the main road into Fort William after leaving Glen Nevis. I would recommend a comfort stop and even an ice cream at the Ben Nevis visitor centre before striking out for the finishing line!

We understand that it was your first guided WHW, and this opens it up to single women travellers in particular, so thanks for that!
Accommodation and Food
All the guest houses were friendly and very well run. Eden Coille in Kinlochleven provided overwhelming hospitality! The lowest standards were at Tyndrum Hotel, where lack of attention to detail turned a reasonable hotel into a poor one.

I was very glad to go from Kings House Hotel to Glencoe to stay in the Ghlas Druim guest house on the fifth night. This gave us views of the whole of Glencoe (twice), sight of the Loch, and an excellent meal in the Glencoe Inn nearby.

The meals on the first and last night were excellent, in particular at the Lime Tree in Fort William, which is ideal for the final evening.
Your Guide
Thank you to Pete, who guided us confidently, involved all of the group in shaping the experience, was sensitive to our different abilities, shared his expert knowledge and administered first aid expertly when Allen needed it.

He is definitely a "kindly curmudgeon" and I liked his open, quiet and straightforward approach.
The Bottom Line
I have every confidence in the high standards of Wilderness Scotland and have had two excellent holidays with them so far.

by Matthias Juenemann 31/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Allen Copus 31/08/2015

3Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Basic information covered. Trip documents should have included the Charlie Loram West Highland Way book and a map. These items were not available to me prior to the trip. Would have been helpful as the communication was lacking.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Thanks so much for your feedback. The information that was sent to you prior to the start of the trip should have covered everything you needed to know, I’m sorry if you felt like there was something lacking there. We don’t include maps with any of our scheduled trips as these are fully guided and we take care of everything for you. However if you do have any questions about the trip or would like recommendations for maps/books so you can follow along with the trip then just drop us a line and we can help. It sounds like you had a great trip anyway so hopefully we can welcome you back to the Highlands soon!
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The BNBs were top notch and the food was delicious.
Your Guide
Pete was very insightful, persistent, calm in the face of adversity, compassionate. confident. He was a strong leader.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland is a good hiking company for those who need guides.

by Marsha Skidmore 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The Dossier and Equipment list were spot on. All instructions were very clear.
Trip Comments
I loved every minute of the hike! The highlands were breathtaking and the accommodations were very comfortable.
Accommodation and Food
Some accommodations were better than others, but overall I felt safe and comfortable.
Your Guide
Pete was the perfect guide. He shares just the right amount of pertinent and interesting information about the highlands. And he has the most delightful sense of humor.
The Bottom Line
this is a wonderful trip and I'm so glad I went with Wilderness Scotland. WS showed attentiveness to detail and took their responsibility seriously. We had an injured hiker who was in excellent hands with Pete. Pete's connection to WS for info assistance went smoothly and everyone was able to move on smoothly.

by Eve Young 24/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
After booking I wanted to change from shared accommodation to single, you sorted all of this even though it must have been a pain to have to reorganise 7 b&bs, thank you!
Trip Comments
Beautiful scenery, all the accommodation was great. Lovely idea having a welcome meal at the start and a goodbye meal at the end and then our fabulous guide organised us all to eat together each night which was lovely
Accommodation and Food
They were all very good, I did think the b&bs tended to be better than the hotels, particularly the Tyndrum Inn is looking a bit tired. The edencoile b&b, Hawthornden and the one in Glencoe, I forget its name but run by someone called John, were particularly good
Your Guide
Pete was just brilliant! Lovely guy, funny, knowledgeable, experienced. I loved his tendency to start walks with a poem. Kept the whole group together and happy, I am now proud to have heard the orange for a head joke! Also great when things don't go to plan, we had a member fall dislocating a finger and needing stitches. Pete dealt with this calmly and efficiently, managing what could have been a tricky situation expertly. He really is an asset to you and we were thrilled to have him as our guide.
The Bottom Line
Brilliant trip, I didn't want to come home, was very tempted just to keep on walking! Came home and immediately started looking for my next adventure!

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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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£1,375
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£1,375
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4th Sep - 11th Sep 2017
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Comfort: Classic

Difficulty: 6

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It was a great experience and a wonderful way to capture this beautiful land.

Nancy Giallombardo
03/10/2016

5

Bryan Ralph
03/10/2016

5

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