West Highland Way (North) - 4 nights
- Duration: 4 nights, 4 days' walking
- Walks and Treks
- Self Guided
- May, June, July, August, September, October
About this Adventure
Walk the northern section of West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William over a long weekend. This section offers the very best walking in Scotland traversing the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, ascending the infamous Devil’s Staircase with views of the Mamores and arriving in the heart of the Highlands in Fort William with the great Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest mountain) towering overhead. The trail has a wonderful mix of landscapes, breathtaking views and plenty to keep your interest. Each day brings something new and exciting resulting in a very rewarding walk
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- 4 days’ walking
- 42 miles (68km) and 6,173m (1,882ft) of ascent
- Walk the north section of the West Highland Way from South to North
- Admire views of Scotland’s greatest mountains including Ben Nevis
- Experience the wild beauty of Rannoch Moor
- Walk into Fort William having proudly completed your challenge
The West Highland Way was Scotland’s first designated long distance trail, but it took nearly 20 years for it to be officially opened from its original conception in the 1960s. It is usually walked from the South to the North, starting in the outskirts of Glasgow and heading past Loch Lomond, the desolate but beautiful Rannoch Moor and the Devils Steps to the finish point in Fort William, in the heart of the Highlands. As you walk, you find the scenery becoming more and more dramatic, culminating in views of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain.
The whole route is well signposted on well-maintained paths, with much of the trail on ancient roads. There’s even a section which follows an old Drover’s road. For the majority of the walk, you’re never very far from a settlement, but some of the wilder sections, particularly over Rannoch Moor and the Devil’s Staircase can feel quite remote.
By road: Tyndrum is located on the A82 1½ hours north of Glasgow. There is a public car park located next to the village shop in the centre of Tyndrum.
By public transport: Tyndrum is well served by train services from all parts of the UK. From the centre of Glasgow there is a regular train service on the West Highland Line to Upper Tyndrum Station [UTY], which takes around 2 hours. Check travelline.info for the latest public transport information.
By air: The nearest airport is Glasgow International [GLA], from where you can take one of the regular airport shuttles into the centre of Glasgow (20 minutes). From here, take a train from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Tyndrum Station (2 hours). There are also excellent public transport links from Edinburgh Airport (EDI]. Take the AIR coach direct from the airport to Buchannan Street Bus Station in the centre of Glasgow (1 hour) and then there is a short walk from the bus station to Queen Street Station, where you catch the train to Milngavie (25 minutes).
To get back to your car: To return to your car in Milngavie, take the train or bus from Fort William to Glasgow Queen Street and change for a train to Milngavie Station. The journey takes approximately 4 hours.
By road:Fort William is located on the A82 on the banks of Loch Linnhe 2½ hours north of Glasgow.
By public transport: There is a public bus or train service from Fort William Station to Glasgow which takes around 3½ hours.
By air: Return to Glasgow via bus or train and take either the airport shuttle to Glasgow Airport or the AIR bus to Edinburgh Airport.
- Solo traveller supplement £35.00 per person per night
- Odd number group supplement £30 per group per night
- Extra night prior to the start (single room) £95 per person
- Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
- Transfer back to your car at the end of your walk (for up to 3 passengers) £175
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
We start this itinerary on any day of the week. A typical itinerary looks like this:
Day 1 - Check into your accommodation in or around Tyndrum
Day 2 - Tyndrum to Inveroran: Arrive in Tyndrum and join the trail at its half way point. The valley narrows considerably northwards as you walk beneath great majestic mountains with views straight ahead of one particularly impressively shaped mountain, Beinn Dorain. The railway is a companion to Bridge of Orchy, where you leave the valley and enjoy a lovely walk up to the top of a small ridge. Here you get incredible views over Loch Tulla, Black Mount and Rannoch Moor (tomorrow’s walk). Then, there is a short descent down to Inveroran and your accommodation for the night.
9 miles (15km), 371m (1,217ft) of ascent
Day 3 - Inveroran to Kingshouse: A superb day’s walking awaits you today, as you head up and over the beautiful and remote Rannoch Moor. This wild expanse is designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and has inspired many authors and poets. Dotted with innumerable lochans (small boggy pools), the plateau rises to around 500m (1,650ft) and is surrounded by mountains. Leaving Inveroran, the trail ascends Black Mount, an expanse of high moorland and crosses over Rannoch Moor, climbing to 445m (1,460ft). Be prepared on this section of the route. It is a good clear route across the moor, but the weather can change rapidly and it’s not the place to get caught out. The route then descends gently past the Glencoe ski station and down to the Kingshouse Hotel, perched beneath the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor.
10 miles (16km), 334m (1,096ft) of ascent
Day 4 - Kingshouse to Kinlochleven: Today’s walk includes the highest point on the walk – the top of the Devil’s Staircase. It is a daunting name, but the reality is actually a fairly straight forward walk up to 548m (1,800ft). Your efforts are rewarded with glorious views over the Mamores and Ben Nevis peeping behind. It’s then a gentle descent down to Kinlochleven at sea level across the rugged mountainside amidst stunning Highland scenery.
9 miles (14km), 458m (1,502km) of ascent
Day 5 - Kinlochleven to Fort William: Leaving the hustle of Kinlochleven, our final day’s walk has a mix of regret that the walk is nearly over and anticipation to reach the end. It’s a tough, but rewarding day to finish with some of the best scenery the Scottish Highlands have to offer. Starting with a steep ascent out of Kinlochleven, the trail levels off ascending gently with wonderful views over Loch Leven as you climb up to the top of the Lairigmor Pass. To your right are the Mamores, a ridge of mountains approximately 15km in length and rising steeply on the far side of the loch is the Aonach Eagach, one of the most challenging ridges in Great Britain. After the pass, it’s a gentle walk down beside a cascading mountain stream to a conifer plantation. The final leg takes you through Nevis Forest and into Glen Nevis, where you get glimpses of Ben Nevis standing 1344m (4,406ft) above sea level, with a final push into the centre of Fort William,
15 miles (24km), 719m (2,358ft) of ascent
The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.
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- 4 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
- Luggage transfers each walking day
- Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
- Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
- Professional event organisation
- Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
- Lunches and evening meals
- Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
- Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)