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      Wilderness Walking
      The West Highland Way

      95 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 13th May | 20th May Duration: 7 night(s)

      From £1,545 View Prices & Departures

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      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Location: Multi-Location
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Classic

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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.

      Trip Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – The Journey Begins: West Highland Way Start

      Today you’ll meet your guide at Glasgow Queen Street Station at 8:30am. We’ll take a short train journey to Milngavie, where we’ll drop off our bags, and then we start walking! Although starting close to Glasgow, you are quickly walking through open countryside. This part of the journey follows what was an important route in pre-industrial 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 too. (L, D)

      Walk details: 19 km/ 12 miles | approx. 6 hours

      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.  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)

      Walk details: 21km/ 13 miles | approx. 6 hours

      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. 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)

      Walk details: 23km/ 14 miles | approx. 7 hours

      Day 4 – Into Strathfillan

      We’re in the Highlands now, and 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 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 as we reach our accommodation for tonight. (B, L)

      Walk details: 22km/ 13 miles | approx. 7 hours

      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. Reward yourself with a drink from the bar, while enjoying the amazing views of Buachaille Etive Mor. (B, L)

      Walk details: 30km/ 19 miles | approx. 9 hours

      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 very steady going with a constant gradient all the way. 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)

      Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles | approx. 5-6 hours

      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 where we finally reach the finish line – we’ve done it! After checking into our accommodation and freshening up, we’ll celebrate with drinks and dinner. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 22km/ 13 miles | approx. 7 hours

      Day 8 – Fort William and depart

      After a leisurely breakfast, you are 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. On the way back to Glasgow you can look out for some familiar sights and reflect on a truly fantastic adventure. (B)

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      ACCOMMODATION
      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.

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

      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.

      SINGLE ROOMS
      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £225 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      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.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      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.

      On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

      Trip Dates & Prices

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      13th May - 20th May 2019 13 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      20th May - 27th May 2019 13 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      3rd Jun - 10th Jun 2019 Trip Full UNCONFIRMED £1,545
      16th Jun - 23rd Jun 2019 Trip Full CONFIRMED £1,595
      17th Jun - 24th Jun 2019 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £1,545
      1st Jul - 8th Jul 2019 14 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      15th Jul - 22nd Jul 2019 Trip Full UNCONFIRMED £1,545
      29th Jul - 5th Aug 2019 14 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      12th Aug - 19th Aug 2019 14 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      26th Aug - 2nd Sep 2019 14 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
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      16th Sep - 23rd Sep 2019 14 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,545 Book Now
      30th Sep - 7th Oct 2019 Trip Full UNCONFIRMED £1,545

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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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 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 4.87 out of 5 based on 95 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – The 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.

      CH

      Carol Hofmann

      Reviewed on 28/10/2018

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 03/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Amazing experience! Don't hesitate, just book it!

      JZ

      Julie Zavoral

      Reviewed on 24/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 01/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Loved the scenery and the hiking with the comfort of nice places to stay.

      MM

      Michael Mendenhall

      Reviewed on 19/10/2018

      Age: 30 - 40
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 01/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      JW

      Jennifer Waring

      Reviewed on 15/10/2018

      Age: 40 - 50
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 01/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Overall this was a really great trip. The WHW is a great option for people looking for a trip with slightly longer mileage and time spent walking. It's fascinating to watch the landscape change as you move from the lowlands to the highlands, and once in the highlands the scenery is simply splendid.

      LF

      Lesley Foster

      Reviewed on 14/10/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: Australia
      Trip Date: 01/10/2018
      Trips Taken: 3

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      The WHW is a fabulous walk for people with some experience of rough terrain walking. Wilderness Scotland is a highly professional organisation that provides great support throughout and follows through on their promises. This was my third walk with them and I’m looking forward to many more!

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Blue Graded Walking Holidays

      Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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