West Highland Way

West Highland Way ~ 96 miles (154 km) ~ 7 days walking ~ 8 nights

Are you looking to walk the West Highland Way? The Trail is Scotland’s premier walking route linking the Central Lowlands with the Highlands on a spectacular journey through farmland, beside lochs, across moors, through glens and over mountains. The Way begins about 12 miles from Glasgow Airport, at Milngavie, on the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city. You will pass through Mugdock Country Park, follow the shores of Loch Lomond, past Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, cross Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climb the Devil’s Staircase, descend to Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finish at Gordon Square in Fort William. To walk the West Highland Way is an experience like no other.

 

West Highland Way Tours – Walking The Spectacular Route With Easyways

 

The West Highland Way (WHW) was Scotland’s first long distance route and remains by far the most popular for many reasons. Stretching for 151km from Milngavie to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the route offers a fabulous introduction to the Scottish Highlands and native wildlife.

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ROUTE TERRAIN

Strenuous

ROUTE SIGNPOSTING

Waymarked

NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

Moderate

West Highland Way 

EasyWays Suggested Itinerary

 

Standard Fixed Price – 7 days walk, 8 nights – £650

Days Location
1 Arrive Milngavie
2 Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles / 19 km)
3 Drymen to Rowardennan (14 miles / 22 km)
4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles / 22 km)
5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12.5 miles / 20 km)
6 Tyndrum to Kingshouse (19 miles / 30.5 km)
7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles / 15 km)
8 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22.5 km)
9 Depart Fort William

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Arrive Milngavie walk to Drymen 12ml/19km

An easy walk today on woodland paths, through farmland and on an old railway line following the valleys of the Rivers Blane and Endrick. Pass the villages of Drumgoyne and Gartness and take the opportunity to visit Glengoyne Distillery.

Drymen to Rowardennan 14ml/23km

Return from the village to the Way and follow the trail through forests and on minor roads. The landscape opens up to reveal mighty Ben Lomond and the path climbs over Conic Hill with its fine views of Loch Lomond. Descend to Balmaha village where refreshments are available and continue by the Loch shore to Rowardennan.

Rowardennan to Inverarnan 14ml/23km

Quite a difficult day as you follow the undulating path by the side of Loch Lomond. At Inversnaid the hotel offers hospitality but afterwards be prepared for the rough twisting path with its crags and tree roots. The natural landscape offers a superb compensation and there are lovely views over Glen Falloch.

Inverarnan to Tyndrum 13ml/21km

It is a gentle ascent up Glen Falloch, past the Falls of Falloch to join the old military road built in the 18th century by General Wade. Pass high above Crianlarich before descending to follow the good path through Strathfillan to Tyndrum.

Tyndrum to Kingshouse 19ml/30km

Although the longest day, the walking is initially fairly easy following the old military road from Tyndrum. The views are dominated by the majestic mountains of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain on the way to the hotel at Bridge of Orchy: continue to Inveroran. Keep to the path crossing barren Rannoch Moor with its boggy terrain and small lochans and be well prepared for possible bad weather. The ancient Inn at Kingshouse is a welcome sight.

Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9ml/14km

Leaving Kingshouse, mighty Buachaille Etive Mor dominates the landscape and from there the path climbs out of Glencoe to zig-zag up to the highest point of the route the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ at 550m. The Blackwater Reservoir comes into view and then the path descends to the quiet village of Kinlochleven.

Kinlochleven to Fort William 14ml/23km

The Way climbs steeply out of Kinlochleven and continues over the Lairigmor: cross into Glen Nevis and enjoy magnificent views of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Descend through the Glen to reach the end of the walk on the outskirts of Fort William.

All Routes

5 day walk, 6 nights - £525
Days Location
1 Arrive Milngavie
2 Milngavie to Balmaha (18.5 miles / 30 km)
3 Balmaha to Inverarnan (21.5 miles / 35 km)
4 Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy (21 miles / 34 km)
5 Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven (21 miles / 34 km)
6 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22 km)
7 Depart Fort William

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6 day walk, 7 nights - £575
Days Location
1 Arrive Milngavie
2 Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles / 19 km)
3 Drymen to Rowardennan (14 miles / 22 km)
4 Rowardennan to Crianlarich (20 miles / 32 km)
5 Crianlarich to Inveroran (16 miles / 26 km)
6 Inveroran to Kinlochleven (18 miles / 29 km)
7 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22 km)
8 Depart Fort William

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8 day walk, 9 nights - £695
Days Location
1 Arrive Milngavie
2 Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles / 19 km)
3 Drymen to Rowardennan (14 miles / 22 km)
4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles / 22 km)
5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12.5 miles / 20 km)
6 Tyndrum to Inveroran (9 miles / 15 km)
7 Inveroran to Kingshouse (10 miles / 16 km)
8 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles / 15 km)
9 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22 km)
10 Depart Fort William

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North Section – 5 day walk, 6 nights - £495
Days Location
1 Arrive Inverarnan
2 Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12.5 miles / 20 km)
3 Tyndrum to Inveroran (9 miles / 16 km)
4 Inveroran to Kingshouse (10 miles / 14 km)
5 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles / 15 km)
6 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22.5 km)
7 Depart Fort William

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North Section – 4 day walk, 5 nights - £450
Days Location
1 Arrive Crianlarich
2 Crianlarich to Inveroran (16 miles / 27 km)
3 Inveroran to Kingshouse (10 miles / 16 km)
4 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles / 15 km)
5 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles / 22.5 km)
7 Depart Fort William

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South Section – 4 day walk, 5 nights - £450
Days Location
1 Arrive Milngavie
2 Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles / 19 km)
3 Drymen to Rowardennan (14 miles / 22 km)
4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles / 23 km)
5 Inverarnan to Crianlarich (6.5 miles / 11 km)
6 Depart Crianlarich

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What’s included?

  • Accommodation in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer – maximum 20 kg per bag
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

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