From Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the West Highland Way is 96 miles (154km) of well maintained footpath through varied scenery which gets progressively wilder as you walk northwards. We aim to provide a fully supported (transport, baggage transfer, guiding) sociable, small group experience of the West Highland Way.
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Included in your experience:
The holiday includes 6 nights full board accommodation and 7 full days of guided walking on the West Highland Way. Baggage transfer is included. The trip departs from Edinburgh at 08.30am on the first Sunday of the hiking holiday, with a second pick-up in Glasgow at 10.00, returning around 9pm from Fort William on the final Saturday.
Ground Transportation, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), Baggage transfer
Not included in your experience:
Drinks with meals and at pub stops
Walking boots or shoes
Day1 - 2
Day 1 (Sunday): Milngavie to Drymen - We will depart Edinburgh at 08.30am (Glasgow city centre pick-up 10am) before starting walking the gentle first day through forestry and farmland with a tasting stop at the Glengoyne Distillery before arriving at the village of Drymen.
12m/20km, minimal ascent - 5/6 hours
Day2 - 3
Day 2 (Monday): Drymen to Rowardennan - From Drymen the route takes us through more forestry before the first proper ascent of the week, Conic Hill which has wonderful views of Loch Lomond and then a steep descent to the lochside at Balmaha, from where we follow the shore paths northwards to the hotel at Rowardennan.
14m/22km. 300m/1000ft ascent - 6/7 hours
Day3 - 4
Day 3 (Tuesday): Rowardennan to Inverarnan - A whole day on the wild eastern shore of Loch Lomond before arriving at the Drover’s Inn, one of Scotland’s most atmospheric inns.
14m/22km, minimal ascent, rough path in parts, 6/7 hours
Day4 - 5
Day 4 (Wednesday): Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy - Walking mostly on good tracks through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, we have reached the half way point to Fort William before our final push over to Bridge of Orchy, where we have the increasingly majestic view of Ben Dorain for company. It is our longest section, and the evening meal and drinks at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel will certainly be well-earned!
19 miles/30km, 250m/800ft ascent, good trails, 7/8 hours
Bridge of Orchy
Day5 - 6
Day 5: (Thursday): Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse - We start off with a small wooded ascent where we have excellent views of the Black Mount, Rannoch Moor and Loch Tulla before heading down to the isolated Inveroran Hotel and then the rest of the day is spent on old military road in glorious isolation across Rannoch Moor, the remotest section of the whole Way, ending at the Kingshouse Hotel at the head of Glencoe.
12 miles/18km, 250m/800ft ascent, good trails, 6/7 hours
Day6 - 7
Day 6 (Friday): Kingshouse to Kinlochleven - The highest point of the Way at nearly 600m/2000ft and known as the Devil’s Staircase by the labourers who built the Blackwater Dam in 1909, this section has a fearce reputation but is in fact a pleasant day’s walking with awesome views of the Glencoe Hills and the Mamores, before descending through woodland to the village of Kinlochleven.
6m/10km, 3100ft/966m ascent, track and paths, 6 hrs
Day 7: (Saturday): Kinlochleven to Fort William - Our final days walking starts with a wooded ascent from Kinlochleven, before rejoining more old military road which we follow over to Glen Nevis, hopefully a good view of Ben Nevis and the descent into Fort William, where we finish with a celebratory drink and meal.
15m/24km, 300m/1000ft ascent, good trails, 6/7 hours
We finish off with a meal in Fort William to celebrate before heading back to Edinburgh in the evening.