The West Highland Way is Scotland's first and most popular long distance route.
The 153 km path passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful and dramatic scenery. Starting from the edge of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, the Way soon reaches Loch Lomond's remote and wooden eastern shore before the landscape opens out to the broad glen of Strath Filllan. Stunning mountain scenery surrounds the Way.
♦ Glasgow - Scotland's largest city
♦ Stunning mountain scenery - some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes
♦ Fort William - the capital of the West Highlands
Day 1. Glasgow - Bearsden
Travel to Glasgow on your own – Accommodation in Bearsden (at the start of the walk).
Day 2. Milngavie to Drymen
The day provides a relatively simple start of the Way on footpaths, tracks, lanes and an old railway with no major climbs. An easy day’s walk.
Distance: 19km; Height Range: 80-140 m.
Day 3. Drymen to Rowardennan
This section follows good paths or tracks most of the way. The first major climb is over Conic Hill (358 m) near Balmaha. The lochside route to Rowardennan is twisty and surprisingly undulating, with intermittent good views as you wind through the woods.
Distance: 22.5 km; Height Range: 20-358 m.
Day 4. Rowardennan to Inverarnan
This is by far the roughest section of the Way, particularly north of Inversnaid where the path makes a tortuous route along the side of Loch Lomond with many ups and downs. A full, hard day’s walk, but the scenery is superb.
Distance: 22.5 km; Height Range: 20-100 m.
Day 5. Inverarnan to Tyndrum
Pleasant section through Glen Falloch on good paths. The Way passes Crianlarich to the west and then progresses up Strath Fillan with some moderate ascent and descent, but nothing unduly difficult. Outstanding mountain scenery.
Distance: 21 km; Height Range: 40-300 m.
Day 6. Tyndrum to Glencoe Ski Center
Straightforward section to Bridge of Orchy of glen and low pass walking on good paths and tracks. From Bridge of Orchy to Victoria Bridge is also straightforward with one moderate climb. After Victoria Bridge the route follows the old road (good walking surface) across the western edge of Rannoch Moor, rising to 350m and very exposed in bad weather with no shelter of any kind until White Corries ski area is reached. Magnificent scenery but in poor conditions a tough stage. Glencoe Ski Centre is on the WHW track, the accommodation is in microlodges.
Distance: 28 km; Height Range: 120-350 m.
Day 7. Glencoe Ski Center to Kinlochleven
From Glencoe Ski Center the Way enters the sublime scenery of Glen Coe and at Altnafeadh climbs over the Devil’s Staircase, and old military road, to its highest point at nearly 550m before a long descent into Kinlochleven. The route follows paths and good tracks but, although short, this is still a hard stage in bad weather. The compensation comes in glorious mountain views throughout.
Distance: 16.5 km; Height Range: 250-500-50 m.
Day 8. Kinlochleven to Fort William
The last stage of the Way involves a steady climb from Kinlochleven on a good track over the Lairigmor and another climb through forestry into Glen Nevis, both reaching a hight of nearly 300m and the latter giving fine views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding hills. A final short road stretch leads into Fort William, the northern terminus of the route.
Distance: 23.5 km; Height Range: 50-280 m.
Day 9. Fort William to Glasgow
Public transport from Fort William to Glasgow
Practical information: ►The Microlodges at Glencoe Ski Center offer solid, well insulated, snug and secure accommodation. Please note that you will need your sleeping bag. Check in to your Microlodge from 15:00. Check out in the morning by 10:00. Please note there is not breakfast included at this accommodation but you can buy breakfast at the café that is open from 09:00. You can also buy dinner at the café on your arrival day as it’s open until 20:30. ►If you don't want to overnight at Glencoe Ski Center there are alternatives: accommodation at the hotel in Kingshouse (on the route) in a renovated room (against additional payment) or in a room with bunk beds. Another alternative is 2nd night in Tyndrum (additional payment) and using public transport or a taxi to get on the track ► At some places (f.ex. Rowardennan, Tyndrum, Kinlochleven, Fort William) it is possible with accommodation at hostels at lower price - if you are interested in this option, please, contact us to check the availability and prices.
How to get there: We recommend a flight to Glasgow. From Glasgow Airport, you walk 300 m to Terminal Building and you take bus 500 towards Glasgow and you get off before Dundas Street (more info about this bus here). Walk to Glasgow Queen Street and take the ScotRail train towards Milngavie (more info about ScotRail trains here). You go off at Westerton.
We recommend trip in the period: May to mid September.