The West Highland Way

Distance: 96 Miles / 154 Km Season: April to Mid October
Start: Milngavie Min Group Size: 1
Finish: Fort William Difficulty Rating: 3


The West Highland Way is arguably the most famous walking route in Scotland.  Steeped in history, this wonderful long distance path takes you north, from the bustling commuter town of Milngavie (pronounced mul-guy), to the Highland tourist hub of Fort William, nestled in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (1,345 metres).

From the rolling East Dunbartonshire countryside and the waterside paths of Loch Lomond, to the remote, wide open spaces of Rannoch Moor and the stunning mountain range of Glencoe; the variety of landscapes along the way makes this one of Scotland’s premier walking routes.

The route is very well signposted, with well-maintained paths and tracks throughout.  Accommodation, services and refreshments are also strategically located from start to finish, providing opportunities for a comfortable and relaxing end to a tough day’s walking.

Please contact us at any time for informal advice about this walk. We are always happy to help.

A truly great trail winds into the essence of a place, so when assembling this list of the world’s great hikes we kept an eye on more than the footpath. We looked for walks that travel deeper into a location’s history and culture. Sure, there’s outdoor adventure on each of these 20 hikes, but the trails also tell a rich story. So here they are, the holy grails of trails across the world. - Doug Schnitzspahn
— National Geographic

West Highland Way - Suggested Itinerary (8 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Milngavie Only 20 mins from Glasgow
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles, 19 k) Mainly through hill farmland
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan (14 m, 23k) Partly through farmland, then alongside Loch Lomond to the foot of Ben Lomond
Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles, 23k) Nearly all day alongside Loch Lomond
Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum (13 miles, 21k) Through Glen Falloch and past Ben More
Day 6 Tyndrum to Kingshouse ** (19 miles, 30k) Across the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor to an old drovers inn **
Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles, 15k) A climb over the Devil's Staircase near the head of Glencoe
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William (14 miles, 23k) Over another high pass to the foot of Ben Nevis
Day 9 Depart Fort William Good train and bus connections to Glasgow or the West Highlands

**For 2018, the Kingshouse Hotel & Bunkhouse will be closed for refurbishment.  Our suggested alternative itinerary will therefore change to include a shorter day to Inveroran on Day 6 (9 miles/14.5km) and a longer day to Kinlochleven on Day 7 (19 miles/30km).  Alternatively, you can choose to stick to the above itinerary, where we will organise a transfer to a B&B in Glencoe Village**

Price for this itinerary
From £550 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)

As with all our walks, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. If you would like to walk shorter or longer distances each day, have a fixed timetable, or would like to stay at other overnight stops, just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements.

The West Highland Way is very popular, and booking late can sometimes make it difficult to get the best accommodation. The busiest months are May-August, but accommodation can be tight at all times. Please book as early as possible. Contact us any time for advice on when to book.

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What's Included

  • Accommodation each night in selected B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels (including Milngavie and Fort William)

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Door to door luggage transfer each day

  • Map & Guidebook (Cicerone)

  • Information pack detailing everything you will need for your walk

What's not Included

  • Evening meals and packed lunches (all readily available at each stop)

  • Transport to Milngavie and from Fort William

  • Holiday and cancellation insurance (we strongly recommended that you arrange your own cover)