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West Highland Way Weekend Challenge

Scottish Highlands

  • Duration: 2nights, 2 days' walking
  • Walks and Treks
  • Self Guided
  • Moderate
  • May, June, July, August, September, October

About this Adventure

Challenge yourself to walk the most iconic section of the West Highland Way. Over two days, enjoy 35 miles of stunning walking through incredible scenery from Inveroran to Fort William in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This section includes the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, the infamous Devil’s Staircase, breath-taking views of the Mamores and Ben Nevis and quiet moments overlooking Loch Linnie

Quick Facts

  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • 2 days’ walking
  • 35 miles (54.5km) and 1,511m (4,956ft) 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

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 traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Getting There

By road: Inveroran is located just off the A82 1½ hours north of Glasgow.

By public transport:
The nearest train station is in Bridge of Orchy (around 10 minutes taxi from Inveroran), which 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 Bridge of Orchy Station [BRO], which takes around 2½ 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 Bridge of Orchy Station (2½ hours).

Alternatively book our transfer direct from Glasgow Airport.
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.

Getting Away

To get back to your car: To return to your car in Inveroran, take the train or bus from Fort William to Bridge of Orchy Station and book a taxi for the 10 minute journey to Inveroran.

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 from Glasgow Airport to Inveroran and from Fort William back to Glasgow Airport - please inquire
  • Transfer back to your car at the end of your walk (for up to 3 passengers) £90

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 - Inveroran: Arrive at your accommodation in Inveroran

Day 2 - Inveroran to Kinlochleven: 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. 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 beneath the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor. You continue to 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. Overnight in Kinlochleven
19 miles (30.5km), 792m (2598ft) of ascent.

Day 3 - 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.

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

  • 2 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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