West Highland Way Trek

West Highland Way Trek

  • Scotland's most popular long distance route

  • Spectacular landscape of highlands and lochs

  • Trek to the foot of Ben Nevis

  • Take in the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Outstanding fully-qualified expert guides

  • Stay in charming traditional hotels, inns and B&Bs

  • Eat in authentic local pubs and restaurants

  • Luggage support throughout

West Highland Way Trek: Overview

The 96 mile (154km) West Highland Way is deservedly one of the most popular long distance walking paths in Britain, linking Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, and Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of Scotland. Passing through some spectacular scenery, the West Highland Way will take you to Loch Lomond and into the Trossachs National Park, past tranquil lochs and into the heart of the Highlands.

 

The Way starts off gently, crossing valley floors, and undulates through woods and farmland along the shores of Loch Lomond. After Tyndrum, the terrain opens up and becomes more challenging as we head across the remote Rannoch Moor, tackle the Devil's Staircase and cross the mountains of Glencoe, to finish in Fort William, at the foot of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. We also make sure we have the opportunity to stop en-route for some whisky tasting! We always choose a high standard of family-run hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts, and we include luggage delivery along the whole route.  

Extend your stay in Fort William

A very popular option is to extend the trip in Fort William. It's widely known as the Outdoor Capital of Scotland, and there's a whole host of activities to try. Why not climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain at 1344m ? You're fit and used to hiking by now, so it's a great time to give it a go! We can arrange a guide, or you can try a self-guided hike. Or you might want to rest your legs, and take the Nevis Range cable car (the UK's only gondola) for some amazing views across the slopes of Aonach Mor.

AT A GLANCE

 

8 nights

7 days' trekking

Luggage delivery

Group size 4-10

 

Price: Contact us

 

Join: Milngavie

End: Fort William

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels and B&Bs

 

 

DIFFICULTY GRADING

7

Challenging

West Highland Way Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Milngavie

We usually stay in Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, so that we can begin our day on foot without needing to take any transfers. We normally hold a briefing in the hotel at 6pm so that you can meet the leader and find out more about the trip.

 

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Day 2 - Trek from Milngavie to Drymen

We begin our trip at the official starting point for the West Highland Way; the granite obelisk in Milngavie (pronounced Mull-guy). It doesn't take long to leave the town centre and enter Mugdock Country Park, through rural farmland on good quality paths. We definitely recommend a stop at Glengoyne Distillery - our first chance to take a tour and enjoy a wee dram of whisky! We then take a short detour from the route in order to stay in good accommodation in Drymen.

 

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 6-7 hours

Distance: 19km (12 miles)

 

Day 3 - Trek from Drymen to Rowardennan

Today we rejoin the route and begin the steep climb up Conic Hill. It is well worth the effort, as on a clear day the views over Loch Lomond are absolutely stunning. Loch Lomond is the largest body of freshwater in Britain. We then descend to Balmaha, and follow a woodland path along the banks of Loch Lomond - this section is deceptively tough, as it's a fairly long day and the path is most definitely not flat, as one might expect from a loch-side trail!

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8 hours

Distance: 24km (15 miles)

 

Day 4 - Trek from Rowardennan to Inverarnan

Our journey along Loch Lomond continues, and the terrain is fairly hard-going at first, but we are well-rewarded with great views over the loch and to the distant peaks of the Arrochar Alps. We enter the Inversnaid Nature Reserve (an RSPB site), then pass close to Rob Roy's cave. We'll pay a visit to the world-famous Drovers Inn, with a fantastic selection of beers and whiskies and an interesting collection of stuffed animals and birds.

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8 hours

Distance: 22.5km (14 miles)

Day 5 - Trek from Inverarnan to Tyndrum

Much of today is spent on an old military road so the going is slightly easier than we've been used to over the last couple of days. We are now approaching the Highlands, with the mountains of Ben More and Stob Binnean providing a marvellous view before us - and as we climb higher above the loch once more, the views behind us to Loch Lomond just get better and better. The remainder of the day continues with undulating terrain, but on good quality paths and tracks, until we reach Tyndrum.

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hours

Distance: 19km (12 miles)

Day 6 - Trek from Tyndrum to Kingshouse

We have an early start this morning as today is the longest day of the trip. We follow the old military road all the way to Bridge of Orchy, from where a steep climb takes us up to some of the most wonderful scenery in Scotland. Next we cross Rannoch Moor, one of the wildest and most exposed moors in Britain, before descending to the 17th Century Kings House. The hotel at Kingshouse is being renovated during the 2018 season, so we will transfer to either Glencoe or Kinlochleven for the night.

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 9-10 hours

Distance: 30km (19 miles)

 

Day 7 - Trek from Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

In the morning we will transfer back to Kingshouse to resume our walk. Another military road takes us to Altnafeadh, from where we can see the site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. Next we tackle the Devil's staircase; the highest point on the West Highland Way, with a gorgeous view of Ben Nevis. From here we wind our way down to the idyllic village of Kinlochleven.

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 5-6 hours

Distance: 14km (9 miles)

Day 8 - Trek from Kinlochleven to Fort William

We still have one more high point left on our final day, so we begin our day with a climb up to the Lairigmor (330m), but the gradient is not steep. Surrounded by high mountains on both sides, the views are stunning. Our final leg into Fort William descends through the forests of Glen Nevis, with Ben Nevis visible through the breaks in the trees. Our final 2 kilometres are along the Glen Nevis road.

Accommodation: B&B/Guest House/Hotel

Luggage access

 

Day 9 - Departure day

Our trip finishes after breakfast.

Included

  • 8 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis

  • All breakfasts

  • Luggage delivery every day

  • Transfers between Kingshouse and Glencoe/Kinlochleven as per itinerary

  • Fully qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

Not Included

  • Lunches & evening meals

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Extra accommodation / transfers for anyone unable to complete the itinerary

  • Tips

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