Discover the West Highland Way

Self-guided walking holiday in Scotland

From £ 365.- / 6 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
  • Walker on a path along a steep mountain peak
  • Hiker on the West Highland Way in Scotland around Glencoe
  • Trees along a small lake with mountains in the background

A self-guided walking holiday along the West Highland Way, the most famous walking route in Scotland. This wonderful long distance walking trail starts in the town of Milngavie and takes you north to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

The West Highland Way is one of Scotland's premier walking routes. You'll be walking through a variety of landscapes, from rolling countryside in East Dunbartonshire, to the remote, wide open spaces of Rannoch Moor and the stunning mountain range of Glencoe.

The whole trail is very well signposted, with well-maintained paths and tracks throughout. Accommodation, services and refreshments are also strategically located from start to finish, so you can have a comfortable and relaxing end to a good day's walking.

Accommodation along the West Highland Way

This is a trail walking holiday, so you'll be staying in a variety of accommodations.

Accommodation in Scottish countryside with a large mountain in the background Hotel along the West Highland Way in Scotland B and B in Scotland

Each Hotel and Bed & Breakfast has been hand-picked to ensure you enjoy the most welcoming, comfortable and value-for-money experience on this route. A warm welcome awaits all walkers and hikers, with hotel owners keen to hear stories of the day's adventures. Evening meals and packed lunches for the onward journey are available throughout, however, please note that they are NOT included in the holiday package.

The West Highland Way hosts a variety of accommodation types; from budget stays including hostels, bunkhouses and wigwams to standard and more expensive bed &a,p; breakfasts, guest houses and hotels (please note that some budget accommodation may not include breakfast). Please contact the holiday provider for more information.

This package includes a one night stay in Fort William, however, additional nights at the end of the walk can be arranged to explore the highlands at your leisure, including a climb up Scotland's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Baggage Transfer

Each walker will be allowed one bag, of up to 20 kg in weight (although this may vary between individual providers), which will be transferred by dedicated baggage transfer operators. Your bags will be uplifted and dropped off between each place of accommodation.

Small lakes with streams running into them Loch Tay Kennmore in midday sun with small boats

Extra nights and single supplements

Many walkers decide to take rest days during the walking holiday, whether to give the feet a well-earned break, to do a little sight-seeing or perhaps a bit of 'Munro-bagging'.

  • Additional nights can be arranged from £40 per person per night
  • For solo walkers, a single supplement of £15 per night will be incurred. This is to cover the costs of hotels providing single occupancy for a double or twin room.

Walking the Route

For this trail walking holiday the route is divided in stages. You can choose to do these individually or combine some, making your itinerary longer or shorter. With the shortest itinerary you'd be covering the whole West Highland Way (96 miles / 154 kilometres) in 6 days, and with the longest itinerary it would take you 9 days. You can optionally also build in rest days.

Walkers on a path towards loch Landscape view with green hills and low mountains

Prices and Itineraries

In the table below you'll see an overview of the possibilities:

Walking Days/Nights Avg. Miles Per Day Price per Person
6 16 £365 - £420
7 13.7 £405 - £490
8 12 £455 - £540
9 10.7 £490 - £585

For more information, please contact the provider of this walking holiday

West Highland Way walking holiday itinerary

The whole route is broken up into eleven stages, each between six and fifteen miles (10 to 25 kilometres) long. The stages are as follows:

Lake with small rowing boat in pink evening light Loch with trees under a clear blue sky

Stage 1 - MILNGAVIE TO DRYMEN
The walk starts at the obelisk in the Milngavie town centre and follows the Allander Water through patches of woodland, before heading into Mugdock Country Park and Craigallian Loch. The rolling hills and countryside of the Campsie Fells soon come into view, with the mountains of the Highlands on the distant horizon. The route towards Drymen follows a quaint, hedge lined country lane, before leaving the West Highland Way down into the village of Drymen.

DISTANCE: 12.5 MILES / 19.5 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 140 METRES

Stage 2 - DRYMEN TO BALMAHA
- Back on the West Highland Way after a slight detour into Drymen, the route soon enters the Garadhban Forest, where there are two options for walkers; the first being an easier walk into Milton of Buchanan, where the road is followed into Balmaha, sitting on the banks of the loch. The second option is a more strenuous, but ultimately much more rewarding route, as the climb up Conic Hill gives rise to fabulous views over Loch Lomond.

DISTANCE: 7.5 MILES / 12KM | HIGHEST POINT: 315 METRES

Stage 3 - BALMAHA TO ROWARDENNAN
- From Balmaha, the route starts its 21 mile section along the east side of Loch Lomond, flirting with the water’s edge along much of the way. This is a lovely, low level and relaxed stage as it meanders through pebble beaches, caravan & camping sites and beauty spots throughout. Reaching Rowardennan marks the spot where many walkers choose to climb Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond.

DISTANCE: 7.5 MILES / 12 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 90 METRES

Stage 4 - ROWARDENNAN TO INVERSNAID
- From Rowardennan, the path heads into thick woodland, where the way is quiet, peaceful and remote. There are two options here; the easier being the wide forest track which follows the contours up and down the hill; or the more time consuming, narrow path which skirts over rocks and exposed tree roots long the banks of the loch.

DISTANCE: 7 MILES / 11.2 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 131 METRES

Stage 5 - INVERSNAID - INVERARNAN
- Similar to the low level section on the approach to Inversnaid, the rocky and uneven path continues along the loch, hugging the water’s edge amidst the fabulous and ancient oak forest. The loch becomes noticeably narrower as the path approaches Inverarnan. The forest eventually clears, exposing a more open stretch of countryside, which descends down the hill into the Beinglas Farm Campsite at Inverarnan.

DISTANCE: 6.5 MILES / 10.4 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 103 METRES

Stage 6 - INVERARNAN TO CRIANLARICH
- Soon after leaving Inverarnan, the path runs alongside the picturesque, fast flowing River Falloch before a long stretch on an old military road. The route here closely follows the west highland railway and eventually passes underneath the tracks as the path nears a coniferous forest. The path splits here, with the option of continuing along the West Highland Way towards Tyndrum or taking a half mile detour into Crianlarich.

DISTANCE: 6 miles/10km | HIGHEST POINT: 250 METRES

Stage 7 - CRIANLARICH TO TYNDRUM
- The route continues through the forest, with the path winding and undulating through the contours, albeit not too far from the main road. The path crosses through the road and the River Fillin once or twice en-route to Tyndrum. The views from the valley are wonderful, with an almost 360 degree, panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. A well maintained path follows the River Cononish before reaching Tyndrum.

DISTANCE: 6 MILES / 10 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 335 metres

Stage 8 - TYNDRUM TO BRIDGE OF ORCHY
- From Tyndrum, the route closely follows the railway and the road, although continues to maintain its own unique qualities. By this stage, you are firmly in the Scottish Highlands and the view will be spectacular from here, all the way to Fort William. The path uses an old military road throughout this stage (and continues right across Rannoch Moor). This is also the most exposed section of the route so far with little protection from the elements.

DISTANCE: 7 MILES / 11.2 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 330 METRES

Stage 9 - BRIDGE OF ORCHY TO KINGS HOUSE HOTEL
- One of the more challenging stages of the West Highland Way, the path climbs out of Bridge of Orchy through a coniferous forest, eventually providing lovely views across to Loch Tulla. The path then passes the Inveroran Hotel, before the long stretch across the edge of the wild and eerily remote Rannoch Moor, passed the Glencoe Ski Centre and into the fabulous mountain range of Glencoe and the isolated Kings House Hotel.

DISTANCE: 12 MILES / 19.3 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 450 METRES

Stage 10 - KINGS HOUSE HOTEL TO KINLOCHLEVEN
- This stage of the West Highland Way includes the infamous Devil’s Staircase, the steepest climb of the route, reaching the highest point of the entire 96 mile journey (made easier by the zig zag path up the hill). The views from the top are spectacular. The track away from the staircase towards Kinlochleven signals an escape from the Glencoe Mountains and offers a long descent along excellent tracks all the way into the town.

DISTANCE: 9 MILES / 14.2 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 550 METRES

Stage 11 - KINLOCHLEVEN TO FORT WILLIAM
- The climb out of Kinlochleven is a steep ascent through a beautiful little forest. The view from the top provides fabulous view down to Loch Leven and the village. The old military road then passes through a wide valley on the edge of Mamore mountain range, known as Lairigmor, before turning towards Glen Nevis through a variety of forested areas. The path gradually descends as the way approaches Fort William, with a final stretch along the road into Fort William centre.

DISTANCE: 15 MILES / 24.2 KM | HIGHEST POINT: 330 METRES

Dates and availability

Walkers in the distance on a path on The West Highland Way Landscape of stony mountains and hills

This self-guided walking holiday runs from March to October and can start at any date.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.


Map with the start location of the West Highland Way in Scotland

Holiday type

Trail iconMultiple accommodationsSelf-guided walking holiday
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast

Price

From £ 365.- / 6 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Luggage transport included

Included

Pre-booked Accommodation, Full breakfast each morning, Door to Door Baggage Transfers, Daily Itineraries, Maps & Guidebooks, Info on transport and local services

Not included

All other costs, including Evening meals & packed lunches, Travel to Milngavie, Travel from Fort William, Travel Insurance.

Walking holiday reference

WH-SG-SCWS01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in low to high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking

Best time of the year

March - October


Walking Holiday by:

Walk Across Scotland

Ross Mackey

www.walkacrossscotland.co.uk

Contact details

Languages spoken

English

Getting there

  • Glasgow Airport (6 mi)
  • Edinburgh Airport (38 mi)
  • Milngavie Train station (1 mi)
  • Location map


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