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West Highland Way

€780 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs.

Scotland’s West Highland Way is one of the classic world-famous long-distance self-guided walking tours. It covers 152 kilometers from the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands. Enjoy hiking through an iconic landscape of imposing mountains, playful rivers, and peaceful lakes. The trail is extremely well-marked and passes by the shores of the famous Loch Lomond, and across the lush Rannoch Moor to finish at the foot of the highest mountain in Britain – Ben Nevis. This trail is rightfully named the finest in Scotland and popular with travelers of all ages from all around the world. Join us on one of the most unforgettable independent walking experiences in Europe!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (6-11) Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights accommodation (en-suite rooms in most cases (depends on the time of booking); breakfast included); Daily door to door baggage transfer of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person; access to detailed route notes in English and GPS tracks through a smartphone navigation app; Emergency telephone support
  • What is not included
    Transfers to Milngavie or from Fort William; Any additional transfers required if unable to walk; Other meals and drinks;Travel insurance; Any entrance fees, admissions or services not specified.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1. Arrival day. Milngavie - Drymen (19km, 5-6hrs, +/-200m )
It is possible to spend an extra night in Milngavie before the tour, however, most travelers prefer to arrive directly from Glasgow. Plan an arrival at around 8:30-9:00 AM in order to start the hike foreseen for the day on time. Milngavie is actually a suburb of Glasgow, just 12km away from the city center. It is easily accessible by bus (from Glasgow City Centre), train (from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Stations, appr. every 15 minutes) and taxi. The trailhead for today’s self-guided walk is at the Milngavie Railway Station where you drop off your luggage and follow the pedestrian shopping street. Follow a path north towards the charming village of Drymen. You will walk through the wonderful rural scenery of the ancient earldom of Lennox.
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Day 2. Drymen - Rowardennan (23km, 6-7hrs, +/- 450m)
After a healthy breakfast, you follow the route out of Drymen ant up Conic Hill's summit (361m). Contemplate the amazing view over the Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest freshwater lake. Whenever you're ready, descent to the small village of Balmaha on the coat of Loch Lomond. A particularly scenic, yet challenging section of the Way begins here with numerous short steep climbs revealing rewarding views of the landscape. Take your time to do some birdwatching and make sure you reward yourself with a nice traditional meal after the hike.
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Day 3. Rowardennan - Inverarnan (22km, 6-7hrs, +/- 480m)
Today’s independent hiking route will follow the well-waymarked trail gradually ascending above Loch Lomond. Enjoy the panoramic views over the water and towards the peaks of the Arrochar Alps as you gain altitude. As you approach Inversnaid, the path will surprise you with a wonderful bridge and a waterfall. Continue past Inversnaid and through the RSPB Inversnaid Nature Reserve. The remaining parts of the walk consist of multiple short ascend and descends until you pass trough Doune Bothy where the path to Inverarnan becomes easier.
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Day 4. Inverarnan - Tyndrum (19km, 5-6hrs, +490m/-200m)
We have foreseen an easy walk for today’s section of the self-guided hiking tour. You will gradually ascend out of Inverarnan towards Crianlarich through Glen Falloch. Enjoy the wonderful views of the high Munros of Ben More and Stob Binnean along the way. Return to the valley through dense forests and enjoy the rural highland landscape as you approachTyndrum.
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Day 5. Tyndrum - Kingshouse (31km, 8-9hrs, +750m/-500m)
A long and particularly rewarding day of hiking awaits you. Enjoy the magnificent Highland landscape as you follow old military roads. Follow your trail to the tiny hamlet of Bridge of Orchy and continue towards Loch Tulla and the Black Mount. What is considered the most beautiful section of the West Highland Way starts here. Follow the convenient military road across Rannoch Moor and savor the breathtaking surroundings. Finally, reach the 17th-century Kingshouse Hotel and gasp in wonder as the unbelievable view towards Buachaille Etive Mor reveals itself.
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Day 6. Kingshouse - Kinlochleven (14km, 4-5hrs, +450m/-200m)
After a healthy breakfast, follow your independent walking trail north towards Glencoe. Continue past Buachaille Etive Mor and climb up the "Devil’s Staircase" until you reach the highest point of the West Highland Way at 548m. Enjoy a spectacular view of Ben Nevis and descend to the charming small town of Kinlochleven.
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Day 7. Kinlochleven - Fort William (24km, 6-7hrs, +/-450m)
We have saved some breathtaking views for desert. A steep ascend to Kinlochleven will bring you to a secluded valley past abandoned stone cottages on your way to Fort William. Follow a forest trail in Glen Nevis with great views of Ben Nevis. Finally, reach the official end of the West Highland Way at the main street of Fort William.
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Day 8. Departure day
Your tour ends after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
780 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures in April and October)
815 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (departures from May to September (incl.)
*This is the most popular long-distance route in the UK. Accommodations are small and get booked well ahead of time. Book early to avoid disappointment. This will also leave us better choice in terms of accommodations, providing en-suite rooms.
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 410 Euro per person
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min group size: 2 pax)
Tips
The tour can start on any day of the week between the beginning of April and mid-October. Although you can spend the previous night in Milngavie, most people would come directly from Glasgow and start the hiking that same day. Milngavie is a suburb of Glasgow, 12km away from the city center. There are regular connections, which you may use to get there: taxi (15min ride, 15-25 GBP), train (from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Stations, appr. every 15 minutes, 20min ride, ticket is appr. 3 GBP; N.B.: on Sundays trains only run from Glasgow Central every 30 minutes but you can change at Partick), bus (a couple of bus services run from Glasgow City Centre to Milngavie, appr. 40min ride, check www.travelinescotland.com for details). You should aim for the Milngavie Railway Station if starting your walk immediately as this is where your baggage is dropped off. The start of the walk, on a pedestrian shopping street, is very well signposted from the railway station. The route is well waymarked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so will easily find your way. One piece of luggage per person is allowed for the daily luggage transfers (20kg).
Arrival: best airports to lands: Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow is well-served by rail from across the UK. Departure: returning from Fort William: If you are returning to Glasgow we suggest the Citylink Bus (up to 8 departures daily, approx. 3 hours) or Scotrail train (one of the UK's most spectacular journeys, 2-3 departures daily, approx. 4 hours, also available for continued journey to Edinburgh).
Accommodation
Our West Highland Way holidays include overnight accommodation in a mixture of country inns, small hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s. We carefully select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We book en suite rooms as standard. If there are no en suite rooms available in an overnight location, we may book a room with shared facilities, but we would always inform you in advance if this was the case. Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.

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