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West Highland Way Cycle – 4 Nights

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West Highland Way Cycle – 4 Nights

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Take on the epic challenge of cycling the popular West Highland Way trail. This 4-day off-road cycling adventure follows forestry and technical singletracks from the shores of loch Lomond, through Rannoch Moor & Glen Coe, before finishing in Fort William. Experience the magic of Scotland’s magnificent Highlands from your bike, savouring views of vast lochs, majestic mountains, tumbling rivers, wild moors and great glens.

 

Quick Facts

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 days’ cycling
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • GPX files
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 96 miles (153km) and 2,872m (9,425ft) of ascent
  • Cycle along the West Highland Way from South to North
  • Admire views of Scotland’s greatest mountains including Ben Nevis
  • Stand on the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond gazing over the beautiful lake

About & Details

The West Highland Way is one of Scotland’s best long-distance paths. Founded in 1980, walkers have been enjoying this magnificent trail for over 40 years. With the recent boom in popularity of mountain biking, more and more riders are savouring its fantastic remote single-track riding; the highlight being the awesome 5-mile descent from the famous ‘Devils Staircase’ into the village of Kinlochleven. The trail ends in the mountain biking mecca of Fort William, which hosts the annual mountain bike world cup championships, and boasts a large network of trails around the town.

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 a proficient bike that is capable riding off road as well as full cycling kit. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guidebook plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • GPX files
  • Expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to and from 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)
  • Bike & bike equipment

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £75 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £120 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £120 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra bag £12.50 per person per day

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

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 traveline.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.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When you receive your itinerary, you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day.  You can also stop for food during along the route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dates and prices

For available dates please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive in Fort William, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Fort William then we will deliver your luggage to the Nevis Centre in Fort William. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Fort William at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

 

Ben Nevis

Sitting majestically at the end of the West Highland Way is Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. If you are of the tireless variety, then you may consider climbing this at the end of your trek. We provide regular guided ascents of Ben Nevis and you could either join an open event or book yourself your own personal guide for the day. Please speak to your event planner should this be of interest.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Milngavie

    Check into your accommodation in Milngavie.

  • Day 2 - Milngavie to Rowardennan

    Arrive in Milngavie (pronounced ‘Mullguy’) and head to the official starting point of the West Highland Way, a grey granite obelisk which stands proudly in Douglas Street. 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.

    Conic Hill is a steep and technical ascent, you’ll have to navigate large rocks and small drainage ditches before reaching the summit to enjoy the awesome views over Loch Lomond. A technical ascent now follows into the village of Balmaha, a touristy village on the shores of Loch Lomond, there are regular boat trips and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. From here, the route meanders alongside the loch, dipping down to secluded bays and rising up through the native woodland which hugs the shore to the hamlet of Rowardennan, and your accommodation for the night.

    42km (26 miles), 678m (2225ft) ascent approximate

  • Day 3 - Rowardennan to Tyndrum

    This section of the West Highland Way trail along the banks of Loch Lomond is not recommended for bikes; the trail is very technical and even for proficient riders, it can be very frustrating, and there can be a lot of pushing required. Unless you fancy the challenge, we recommend you catch the ferry crossing the Loch from Rowardennan, docking in the village of Tarbet. From here you can ride up the A82, before re-joining the trail just after the Drovers Inn.

    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. Riding up Glen Falloch, the trail overlooks the wide river, passing tumbling rapids and sheep pastures to the Falls of Falloch (quite difficult to see from the trail) and onwards to the busy village of Crianlarich – the halfway point of the trail. From the village, you ride up through woodland, where you are treated to good views of two great mountains, Ben More and Stob Binnein. Continue riding along the valley, passing evidence of the area’s lead mining heritage and through glades of native trees to the tiny village of Tyndrum, a traditional stopping place for travellers heading to Oban and Fort William.

    42km (26 miles), 754m (2475ft) ascent approximate

  • Day 4 - Tyndrum to Kinlochleven

    The valley narrows considerably northwards as you ride 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 riding to the top of a small ridge, where you get to enjoy an incredible view over Loch Tulla, Black Mount and Rannoch Moor. Passing Inveroran, the trail ascends Black Mount, an expanse of high moorland and crosses over the beautiful and remote Rannoch Moor. The plateau rises to around 500m (1,650ft) and is surrounded by mountains. The route descends past the Glencoe ski station to the Kingshouse Hotel, perched beneath the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor.

    Ahead lies the highest point of the ride – the Devil’s Staircase. It’s a fairly daunting name reaching an elevation of 1800ft and is a real challenge to cycle all the way to the top. Reaching the summit, you are rewarded with glorious views over the Mamores and Ben Nevis peeping behind. Once you have savoured the views, enjoy an epic 5 miles descent into Kinlochleven and your accommodation for the night.

    45km (28 miles), 906m (2975ft) of ascent approximate

  • Day 5 - Kinlochleven to Fort William

    Leaving the hustle of Kinlochleven, this section has some of the best scenery the Scottish Highlands have to offer. Starting with a steep climb out of the village, admire the wonderful views over Loch Leven as you continue to 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, follow undulating forest tracks beside a cascading mountain stream to a conifer plantation. Ride through Nevis Forest and into Glen Nevis, where you get glimpses of Ben Nevis standing 1344m (4,406ft) above sea level. Continue riding down into the centre of Fort William, ready for a celebratory drink!

    26km (16 miles), 533m (1750ft) approximate

     

Disclaimer

Timings and mileages are approximate. 

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

 

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Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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