Best of the West
For Groups of 8 or More*
With Make Tracks, your group can combine the best sections of Scotland's most popular long distance path, the West Highland Way with guided ascents of three of the best Munros in the country.
All you need to do is get to Glasgow or Edinburgh, then we will whisk you to your first Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond. You'll be there less than two hours from arriving at the airport or train station.
*The holiday is geared towards groups of 8 or more people. We can still arrange this tour for smaller groups, but prices would go up to take account of the extra cost per head for guiding services.
As with all our walks, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. For example, if you do not need a guide for the climbing days, we can arrange the trip without guiding services. Just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements.
Being Guided up the Buchaille
Best of the West - Itinerary (8 Nights)
|Day 1||Arrival||Arrive Glasgow or Edinburgh. Transfer by coach or minibus to your Hotel at Rowardennan, on the banks of Loch Lomond, and nestling at the foot of Scotland's most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond.|
|Day 2||Climb Ben Lomond||After a traditional Scottish breakfast, your guide will lead you direct from the Hotel on the climb of Ben Lomond (3,195 feet, 974 metres). The guide will choose the best route up and down to suit your party. From the summit, there are huge views south to the central lowlands, and north along the entire length of Loch Lomond, and range after range of the beckoning highland mountains.|
|Day 3||Rowardennan to Inverarnan||Most of the day is spent on a self-guided walk along one of the best stages of the West Highland Way. Starting at the Hotel, you walk from Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles, 23k), where you should have time to stop at the famous Drovers Inn for a few late afternoon refreshements. After that, your coach or minibus will arrive with your luggage, and transfer your group to your next Hotel in Glencoe in time for your evening meal.|
|Day 4||The Devil's Staircase||Another self-guided day on the West Highland Way. After breakfast, your coach or minibus will take you on the 10 minute drive through Glencoe to the start of the walk over the Devil's Staircase (9 miles, 15k) to Kinlochleven. You should have plenty of time to enjoy a couple of hours in the village before you are collected and taken back to your Hotel in Glencoe.|
|Day 5||Free Day||Free Day in Glencoe - Relax in this magnificent setting. Plenty of options - visit the local folk museum and the site of the famous Glencoe Massacre, try one of the many local walks (we can advise you on the best ones), take a bus trip to Oban, the nearby fishing port and stopping off point for the Western Isles - or just relax around the Hotel for a well earned rest.|
|Day 6||Climb Buchaille Etive Mhor||Meet your guide again at breakfast - then a short transfer through Glencoe to the Buchaille Etive Mhor (the big shepherd of Glen Etive). This is one of the best known peaks in Scotland, but although it looks forbidding, there is a relatively easy route to the summit. Once on the summit (3,350 feet, 1,021 metres), enjoy fantastic views over Rannoch Moor to the south, and across the Mamores to mighty Ben Nevis in the north. After your walk, you'll be driven back to enjoy an evening meal, and your last night at the Hotel in Glencoe.|
|Day 7||Kinlochleven to Fort William||A self-guided walk on the final section of the West Highland Way. After breakfast, you will be transferred the short distance to Kinlochleven. From there you have a fine day's walk through the mountains (14 miles, 23k), before reaching Fort William, right at the foot of Ben Nevis. Your accommodation in Fort William will be at selected guest houses at the east end of the town, close to the end of the West Highland Way and the start of the climb of Ben Nevis. We will recommend and book evening meals at one of the several good restaurants in Fort William.|
|Day 8||Climb Ben Nevis||You and your guide will be transferred the short distance to the start of the climb of Ben Nevis. As you are starting from near sea level, you will be ascending almost the whole height of the mountain (4,409 feet, 1,344 metres). A long, but exhilarating day should give you a great sense of achievement at the end of your trip.|
|Day 9||Depart||We will transfer you by coach or minibus from your accommmodation to Glasgow or Edinburgh.|
Price for this itinerary
For larger groups, its always best to book well in advance. The busiest month of the year is May, so book well ahead if you can.
- Hotel Accommodation for 2 nights at Rowardennan and 4 nights at Glencoe
- Guest House accommodation for 2 nights at Fort W illiam
- Cooked breakfast each morning
- Packed Lunch for every day walking or climbing
- Evening meals at Rowardennan and Glencoe
- An experienced and qualified guide for the three days of climbing
- Transfers by coach or minibus from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Rowardennan, and from Fort William to Glasgow or Edinburgh
- Transfer by coach or minibus from Inverarnan to Glencoe (Day 3)
- Your luggage moved between Rowardennan, Glencoe and Fort William
What's not Included
- Transport to Glasgow or Edinburgh at the start; and from Glasgow / Edinburgh at the finish
- Evening meals at Fort William (but we will recommend restaurants, and book tables on request)
- Holiday and Cancellation Insurance (recommended that you arrange your own cover)