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Walking the West Highland Way trip highlights
- You challenge yourself by walking Scotland's 96 mile (156 km) West highland Way
- View the beautifully diverse range of scenery as you move from the lowlands of Scotland up to the highlands and the base of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis
- Enjoy the walk along the banks of Loch Lomond as you pass through Scotland's first National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You could possibly even sing, "bye on bonnie banks" as you hike along the Loch shore
- Rannoch Moor, as you hike through one of Europe's last remaining wildernesses you should keep your eyes peeled for Britain's largest land mammal, the majestic Red Deer
- You are able to relax knowing that all your accommodation has been taken care of
- Your feet and back will thank you for the baggage carrying service. We ensure your bags are dropped off at your next nights accommodation
- Route information and maps provided so you can't get lost
- 24 hours, 7 days a week assistance provided
- Your in Scotland, the sightseeing's spectacular, there's a million shades of green, the whisky's delicious, the walks tremendous and the people are friendly
Have a wonderful time hiking Scotland's Premier long distance route
|West Highland Way - Self Guided|
|Distance||97 miles (156 km)|
|Duration||5-10 days Hiking|
Introducing Scotland’s very own West Highland Way
The West Highland Way can best be described as Scotland’s top long distance walk with spectacular scenery at every stage of the trek. 97 Miles (156km) of charming landscape, vast wilderness and breathtaking sightseeing opportunities, coupled with great hiking conditions and the chance to see an enormous amount of Scottish history, culture and wildlife. Take a look at our itineraries for a more detailed description of Scotland’s West Highland Way Hike
Milngavie – Drymen 12 Miles (19 km)
You start your hike on the outskirts of Glasgow in a lovely wee town named Milngavie (pronounced Mull-guy) it doesn't take long before you experience your first glimpse of woodland. As you trek further along the way, you’ll pass Craigallian Loch and Carbeth Loch. Further on you get a beautiful view of the Campsie fells and the chance to visit Glengoyne distillery to try a well deserved whisky. (Short detour needed) Afterwards you reach the boundary of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park when arriving at Drymen.
Drymen – Balmaha 8 Miles (13 km)
From Drymen you continue north through some lovely conifer woodland. when you emerge from the trees you gain your first sight of Loch Lomond walking over the 361m (1184 foot) high Conic hill which boasts to being part of Scotland’s highland boundary fault line, look south and see the beautifully flat lowland’s of Scotland and then look north to see the high topped rugged highlands. After the descent of Conic hill you come to Balmaha, a picturesque village with a rustic little boat yard with heaps of character
Balmaha – Rowardennan 7 Miles (11 km)
The trail leaves Balmaha and starts beautifully with a short walk up Craigie Fort where you’ll witness some lovely views looking out over the islands of Loch Lomond. This short section passes a stunning area of Loch shore and goes through some ancient oak woodland. You may also have a chance at seeing the remains of an old man made island named a Crannog, as long as the water conditions are right. If you’re feeling adventuress and have a spare 5 hours, Rowardennan is the starting point for Ben Lomond. Scotland’s most walked and most southerly Munro (Scottish mountain over 3000ft).
Rowardennan – Inversnaid 7 Miles (11 km)
This section is a beautiful woodland walk that takes you along the Loch shore, passing through native Oak woodland known as Craigrostan woods. The scenery as you look across Loch Lomond to the Western shore is atmospherically stunning, looking across you’ll see “The Cobbler” Ben Arthur which stands at 884m (2900ft) You’ll pass over some small burns (tributaries) before crossing the bridge to Inversnaid and the Arklet falls waterfall beneath.
Inversnaid – Inverarnan 7 Miles (11 km)
This is knowns as the toughest part of the West Highland Way, though at the same time, the most rewarding on completion. It starts by going through an RSPB nature reserve before passing a rocky section which is home to Rob Roy’s cave. There is a very high chance of seeing some wild goats on this stretch, you’ll probably smell them before seeing them. As you get further along you’ll notice the most northerly island on Loch Lomond, Isle I vow which has a small dungeon nestled in the centre from years gone by. It’s now time to wave good bye to Loch Lomond as the path starts to get easier for the walk into Inverarnan.
Inverarnan – Crianlarich 6 Miles (10 km)
Leaving Inverarnan, you continue north for some gentle walking through Glen Falloch and pass its beautiful namesake of a river, river Falloch. The trek gently ascends out onto some lovely open hillside. You’ll come across your first section of old military road here, built between 1752-54 to bring order to the Jacobite rebellion
Crianlarich – Tyndrum 6 Miles (10 km)
This is an historic section of the west highland way. Much of the route is now old drover roads where the cattle farmers used to walk there herd to market in the 17th and 18th century. There are also the ruins of St Fillan’s Priory, a 12th century monastery site built to the memory of the saint. Probably most important of all, you’ll pass Dalrigh, the site where one of Scotland’s favourite sons, King Robert the Bruce is said to have lost a battle here with the MacDougall’s of Lorne.
Tyndrum – Bridge of Orchy 7 Miles (11 km)
As you continue your hike north, you will notice the mountains are more frequented from now on. The lowlands from the start of the West Highland Way are long gone, and in are the rugged mountain terrains of the highlands. The scenery will now be of dramatic Scottish peaks shepherding you along the old military road from either side.
Bridge of Orchy – Inveroran 2 Miles (3 km)
The start of this section of the West Highland Way takes you over the River Orchy and through the a small area of woodland, before taking you out to start the meandering ascent of Mam Carraigh on your way to Inveroran.
Inveroran - Rannoch Moor – Glencoe 10 Miles (16 km)
Pass Inveroran and you’re out into the sightseeing paradise wilderness of Rannoch Moor. From the extreme beauty of Rannoch Moor, continue walking north and the West Highland Way will take you to the equally impressive national scenic area of Glencoe, considered by many as one of the most beautiful places to gaze upon in Scotland.
Glencoe – Kinlochleven 9 Miles (15 km)
Glencoe has some ruggedly spectacular landscape and also has the historically charismatic Kingshouse hotel that should be visited, even if just for a refreshing beverage and break during your hike. You then have the infamous Devils staircase with breathtaking landscape and striking views looking out towards the Blackwater reservoir and the mountain peaks to the North.
Kinlochleven – Fort William 16 miles (24 km)
The final leg of the trek takes you through the great pass of Lairigmor, with humbling mountains on either side. Remarkable sightseeing is one of the joys as you hike through Glen Nevis and encounter the domineering Ben Nevis, as you approach the end of the West Highland way you will walk through some charming woodland and ascend down some pleasant forestry road and in to the heart of Fort William to the finish of your West Highland Way experience