West Highland Way

Walking West Highland Way
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Length: 95 miles (117km)
Start: Milngavie
Finish: Fort William
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
From: £485 p.p.

Walking Holidays the West Highland Way

A walking holiday on the West Highland Way leads you through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found in Scotland.

The West Highland Way is a splendid way-marked route from Milngavie, near Glasgow northwards, past the shores of Loch Lomond, through beautiful sharp landscapes of the Western Highlands to Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

The 95miles (152 km) follows mainly droving and 18C military ‘roads’ that linked the highlands to the lowlands and is challenging in places.

From remote woodland and  farmland between the Kilpatrick Hills and the Campsie Fells, it reaches beautiful shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland ‘s largest loch. The trail climbs, through the wonderful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park , through legendary Rob Roy country and his cave, through Glen Falloch past the dramatic Falls of Falloch to Crianlarich , Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan.

You reach Tyndrum, where Robert the Bruce was defeated in 1306 by the MacDougalls. On to Bridge of Orchy, a collection white buildings and hotel grouped around the isolated Bridge, the start of  your walk across the surreal remote landscape of  Rannoch Moor to the head of atmospheric Glen Coe,

where the memory of the notorious MacDonald Clan clan massacre of 1692 still lie close to the surface beneath your feet.  From under the towering peaks of Meall A’Bhuiridh and Buachaille Etive Mor, the trail scales the ‘Devil’s Staircase’, which offers breathtaking mountain views, before making the descent to sea level at the head of Loch Leven

The final stage of the West Highland Way presents magnificent views down to Loch Leven as it moves across the Lairigmor Pass to Glen Nevis and finally on to Fort William

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s most popular long distance trails.

You may well be accompanied by numbers of fellow West Highland Way-farers  sharing your walking enthusiasm.  For May and June particularly, booking is advised  well in advance ~  as much as a year ahead. The limited accommodation available along the trail is quickly taken at this time of year.

For further information or advice on your holiday walking the West Highland please call or e-mail, our walk team on our contact details below.


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