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West Highland Way (South) - 3 nights

Scottish Highlands

  • Duration: 3 nights, 3 days' walking
  • Walks and Treks
  • Self Guided
  • Moderate
  • May, June, July, August, September, October

About this Adventure

Walk the southern section of West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum over a long weekend. Starting in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, you’ll experience the magic of this beautiful region, with astounding views from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and excellent walking beneath the majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Take time to savour a wee dram of whisky at the world-famous Drovers Inn and join walkers from all over the world enjoying this inspiring landscape

Quick Facts

  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 days’ walking
  • 53 miles (85km) and 2,430m (7,970ft) of ascent
  • Walk the first half of the West Highland Way from South to North
  • Stand on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond gazing over the beautiful lake

More Information

The mountainous beauty of this classic trail through the Scottish Highlands rivals anywhere in the world. The views are breathtaking and incredibly varied. It’s a wonderful walk which can be completed in six to nine days or in two four day sections. The record for running the trail is an incredible 14 hours, 20 minutes, but we take it at a much more leisurely pace, taking time to savour the beautiful scenery.

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.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveler please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Getting There

By road: Milngavie is located 25 minutes to the North of Glasgow. There is free parking available for the duration of the trip outside the station in Milngavie or in front of the Police Station.

By public transport:
Glasgow is well served by train services from all parts of the UK. From the centre of Glasgow [GLC] there is a regular train service to Milngavie Station [MLN] at the start of the West Highland Way, which takes around 25 minutes. 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 either Glasgow Central Station or Glasgow Queen Street Station to Milngavie Station (25 minutes). Check www.traveline.info for the latest public travel information. 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).

Getting Away

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.

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £45.00 per person 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.

Itinerary

We start this itinerary on any day of the week. A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 - Book into your accommodation in Glasgow

Day 2 - Milngavie to Drymen: Arrive in Milngavie (pronounced ‘Mullguy’). Head to the official starting point of the West Highland Way, a grey granite obelisk which stands proudly in Douglas Street and then follow the signposted route along gentle paths through the Mugdock Country Park Estate to Craigallian Loch, where there are surprising views over the Campsie Fells to the North-East. Glencoyne Distillery makes a good stopping place, where you can pop in for a tour and a ‘wee dram’ of the famous whisky. The route then winds past Gartness and down into the attractive village of Drymen, where you’ll find your luggage waiting for you at your accommodation.
12 miles (20km), 308m (1,010ft) of ascent

Day 3 - Drymen to Rowardennan: After a pleasant walk through the Garadhba Forest, you have a choice as to whether to take the easier route beside the B837 or to walk to the top of Comic Hill, where your efforts are rewarded by truly spectacular views of Loch Lomond and the Highland Fells. Balmaha is the next stop, a touristy village on the shores of Loch Lomond, where there are regular boat trips and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. From here, the route meanders alongside the lake, dipping down to secluded bays and rising up through the native woodland which hugs the shore to the hamlet of Rowardennan.
14 miles (23km), 765m (2,509ft) of ascent

Day 4 - Rowardennan to Inverarnan: Standing on the shore at Rowardennan take a moment to savour the quiet beauty and tranquillity of the loch. The vast lake extends over 23 miles and is dotted with 38 islands, many of which used to be inhabited. To your back towers the majestic Ben Lomond, some 974m above sea level which makes an excellent side trip if you wish to add a free day to your itinerary. The route to Inverarnan takes you along a forest track passing many waterfalls gushing down from the mountain and yields glorious glimpses of the loch through the trees. For the more adventurous, a challenging alternative route hugs the shore, but beware, it is very slow going. At Inversnaid, you enter the RSPB’s nature reserve. This ancient oak woodland is home to a wide array of wildlife including redstarts, red deer and black grouse. You might even encounter a wild goat. The route then climbs away from the loch to Dubh Lochan and down into Glen Falloch, where the scenery changes abruptly to the craggy hillsides and mountain streams of the uplands.
14 miles (22km), 751m (2,463ft) of ascent

The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.

Charity Information

Considering doing this challenge for charity?

Pay a registration fee followed by a minimum fundraising target for your chosen charity. Call us on 01768 371289 for more information.

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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)

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