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The West Highland Way
Introduction to The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is the most famous long distance trail in Scotland. It is 96miles/154km in length and begins in Milngavie (on the edge of Glasgow) and ends in Fort William. It is an incredibly diverse trail which explores some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer, from mountains and lochs to moorland and farmland this trek really does have it all.
Highlights of This Trail
- Walking along the side of Loch Lomond, the biggest loch in Scotland.
- Crossing the impressive Rannoch Moor to gain views of the Glen Coe mountains
- Walking to the summit of Conic Hill, for those that choose to.
- Finishing in the shadow of Scotlandís largest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Whatís Included with this Holiday
- Accommodation for 8 nights
- 7 Days walking
- A Qualified Mountain Leader
- A Full Information Pack
- Luggage transfer
- Maximum group size of 12
- Free transport back to Milngavie
- Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
- Free pick up and drop off to Milngavie train station
What to Expect From the Trail
Donít forget to read through our itinerary for a day-by-day plan of the trek, however, we also like to give everyone a real insight to what this trek can offer them. You may have noticed that The West Highland Way often features in lists of the best treks in the world and this is for many reasons. The scenery on the West Highland Way is very diverse, you start on the high street of the town of Milngavie, walk for days along Loch Lomond and view countless mountains along the trail. But this mixture of highland and lowland scenery is only one factor in The West Highland Wayís popularity.
Scotland is a country of great history and culture, which you will experience throughout the route. You will walk past the field of the Battle of Dalrigh, where King Robert I of Scotland (Robert the Bruce) fought against the Clan MacDougall of Argyll. Get views of Blackwater Reservoir, the longest dam in the highlands, construction of which began in 1904 and resulted in the loss of life of a number of the workers building it. You can also experience great highland hospitality, try the local whiskeys and eat excellent local produce. You will experience all this and more while trekking on a mixture of paths. Many are excellent quality tracks, originally old military roads, others are meandering lochside trails where a bit more concentration is needed.
This is just a small selection of the reasons why people from Scotland, the rest of the UK, and all over the world choose to trek The West Highland Way. We have also written a pocket guide, to give you an even greater insight to this special trail, which can be read by clicking here.
Is This Trail Right for Me?
We have had a great variety of people successfully enjoy this trek and we get a massive mix of age ranges and abilities, which is what makes this trail so special. From long distance first timers to very experienced walkers both young and old, this trail has something for everyone. While you donít need experience you will need a positive mental attitude to help you get to the finish.
At a Glance
Start: Milngavie, Scotland
Finish: Fort William, Scotland
Total Length: 96 miles
Number of Days: 9 day trip, 7 days walking
Number of Nights Accommodation: 8
Difficulty Level: 3/5
"I really enjoyed the trip, it was exactly as I expected and wanted Ė everything organised for me and just the walking to concentrate on. Thank you for a great week away." - Rosie T
"Service was excellent, had a superb walking holiday thanks to Scarlet & Ollie" - June H
"It was great, and I would recommend you to anyone who wants to go on a guided walking holiday. Thank you both very much for a great experience." - Jenny H
"This will go down as one of my all time favourite holidays. Thank you for your part of it." - David C
"I was extremely impressed with the professional and organised way the trip was run. In addition, accommodation was generally excellent and overall the trip was very good value. I would definitely recommend the trip." - Ananda R
"It was a great experience for me and I'm so glad I completed it, thanks to Ethan (the guide)" - Alice G
"Highly professional, responsible and friendly guide, plus excellent map which I have not received on any of my previous hiking holidays abroad." - Helen H
"The trip was very well organized without any pressure being put upon the party. Overall price of the trip represented excellent value for money" - Roger M