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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

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.

5 star 31

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by Patrice Boucaud 07/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The pre-trip emails and information on travel gear, etc came in a timely fashion and follow-up on questions were the same.
Trip Comments
All of it! From to point to point the change of topography, scenery, trail and sometimes lack thereof made experience that I would not soon - if ever - forget.
Accommodation and Food
Some of the accommodation was better that other, likewise the food. I suppose that is nature of a point to point walk. Kudos to the Hawthorns, the Rowardennan hotel, Clachaig Inn and Edencoille.
Your Guide
Helen Marsden is an exceptional guide. Her knowledge of the area and walk was outstanding. She was keenly aware, observant of and attentive to all members of the walking party which made for an individualized experience. She enjoys guiding and that transferred over to the group. She is quirky in the best way and she helped me to more efficiently use my poles. Two thumbs UP for Helen!
The Bottom Line
This was my third trip with WS and I enjoyed all of the trips. The guides were all experienced and knowledgeable. The accommodations and food were average to excellent, but I that I put down to availability. I keep coming back because of the people and customer/guide service. The people in groups have always been exceptionally amiable and great to be around. Shout out to Keith M., Helen M., and Rachael G.

by Thomas Leander 31/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Actually my wife did all the planning, so she can elaborate further.
Trip Comments
The weather was ideal, we really enjoyed the small group of personalities, and our guide, Helen, was fantastic. I learned so much about the history of Scotland along with the wildlife and landscape of Scotland. The Inns and BnBs were all very nice. The lunches they provided along with breakfast kept us well-nourished. This trip is undoubtedly one of the greatest experiences of my life. Everything was well-organized and I especially enjoyed seeing Glencoe, which I highly recommend becoming part of the normal itinerary of the trip. I understand that we only stayed there because Kingshouse was under repair, but I would have missed possibly the most beautiful area had we not stayed in Glencoe.
Accommodation and Food
I really enjoyed the uniqueness of each BnB/country Inn. The rooms were all nice and clean...some smaller than others...but all were very warm and welcoming. The final hotel in Fort William was especially beautiful with the view of the loch. Plus you were so nice to have them present my wife and I with champagne for our 25th anniversary. I am not sure if the office executed that or Helen, but it was a beautiful touch and much appreciated.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

We were so glad you choose to celebrate your 25th anniversary with us and glad you enjoyed the champagne. It was a gift from the whole team and hopefully made the day just a wee bit more special!
Your Guide
Helen Marsden was the perfect guide. She was informative, organized, efficient, and kept everyone on pace so that the group could stay together. She handled some delicate situations very professionally when we had 3 people that needed to pull-out of the walk for physical reasons. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with Helen, who taught me so much about the history, the culture, the fauna and flora of Scotland. She also shared her personal stories about her life and professions. So it was very pleasant to get to know our guide on a personal level as well.
The Bottom Line
I want to utilize your company again in the future! I may actually try to sign-up for the mountain biking trip that Helen leads.
Thank you so very much for the most memorable trip of my life(and I have had some really wonderful trips in my 52 years).

by Debra Jones 29/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Documents emailed had attachments that would soon become inaccessible. Though everyone was very helpful.
Trip Comments
Great guide. Good lodging.
Accommodation and Food
Overall good. One day shower didn't work and Glencoe hotel not helpdul. Otherwise great.
Your Guide
Helen Marsden terrific. Knowledgeable. Supportive.
The Bottom Line
Very good trip. Thank you to all.

by Cathy Buffini 28/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

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 Ulrike Berg 28/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Due to almost perfect weather conditions the trip was clearly less demanding than I had expected it to be.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Great experience!
(Would like to do the way from Fort William down to Milngavie some time in the future - always like to have a look from the other side :) !)
This was my second trip with Wilderness Scotland – and definitely not my last if I can help it!

by Tim Primmer 27/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Very good guide and good group. Great weather and mix of accommodation. Food overall also good.
Accommodation and Food
Some packed lunches had too many goodies and not enough sandwich. One night B&B (Kinlochleven) was not as good as the other night's accommodation (grumpy host, room smelt, over cooked breakfast).
Your Guide
Very good, well organised, well informed. Made the group work well together.
The Bottom Line
Well organised with everything taken care of.

by Duane McCloud 27/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
There was some communication misunderstanding early in the trip, but this improved.
Accommodation and Food
Most accomodations were excellent given the remote locations. The Tyndrum Inn was a bit disappointing.
Your Guide
Helen did a great job considering the overall situation. She worked with us to make the best of our abilities.
The Bottom Line
Due to the shear overall distance, elevation changes, and lack of any time off, this is a tough trip. You need to be well prepared for it and have the right equipment. This is not a 7 day walk, but 7 days where most are challenging in some way or another.

by Bernard Shaw 10/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very responsive replys
Trip Comments
A challenging trip - met my desire for the most rugged trail I could find
Accommodation and Food
Restaurants very good and packaged lunches very satisfying
Your Guide
excellent people-person, interacts well with all clients, very caring
The Bottom Line
This trip requires a physically healthy hiker with some experience on long hikes.
The trail requires endurance and determination as parts of it is truly rugged and dangerous with many wet days. It is a once-in-a-life-time adventure worth taking.

by Melanie Brintnall 10/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Each email I sent was answered cheerfully within one business day and contained very helpful responses!
Trip Comments
Jen Roberts, our tour guide, did an absolutely phenomenal job leading our group. She had a deep knowledge of the history, flora and fauna, geology, culture, etc. of the area and had great stories to share. The evenings in Dryman and Kinlochleven were particularly great with the accommodations and meals as well.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Paul Schulties 03/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The Website is easy to use.
Trip Comments
Fabulous group of people. The guide assisted with this.
Accommodation and Food
Pretty good accommodation. Beds tended to be too smalI. I understand the availability of good accommodation may be limited on the WHW.
Your Guide
The group blended perfectly and the guide helped with this.
The Bottom Line
Very professional. Well managed with attention to detail.

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4th Sep - 11th Sep 2017
£1,375
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18th Sep - 25th Sep 2017
£1,375
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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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2017 Trip Dates

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4th Sep - 11th Sep 2017
£1,375
Trip Full
18th Sep - 25th Sep 2017
£1,375
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

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Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
18th Jun - 25th Jun 2018
£1,375
10 place(s) left
16th Jul - 23rd Jul 2018
£1,375
10 place(s) left
13th Aug - 20th Aug 2018
£1,375
10 place(s) left
3rd Sep - 10th Sep 2018
£1,375
8 place(s) left
17th Sep - 24th Sep 2018
£1,375
10 place(s) left

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Comfort: Classic

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Customer Kudos
This was my third trip with WS and I enjoyed all of the trips. The guides were all experienced and knowledgeable. The accommodations and food were average to excellent, but I that I put down to availability. I keep coming back because of the people and customer/guide service. The people in groups have always been exceptionally amiable and great to be around. Shout out to Keith M., Helen M., and Rachael G.

Patrice Boucaud
07/08/2017

5

I want to utilize your company again in the future! I may actually try to sign-up for the mountain biking trip that Helen leads.
Thank you so very much for the most memorable trip of my life(and I have had some really wonderful trips in my 52 years).

Thomas Leander
31/07/2017

5

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