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.
The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing.
Evening meals and lunches
You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with 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 and also supplementing that at stops en-route.
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.
If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.
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).
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.
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.
Need a guide?
If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.
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.
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.
Dates and prices
For available dates please see the ‘build your trip’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.
- 9 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 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 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)
- Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)
- Single room supplement $50 per person per night (subject to availability)
- Solo traveller supplement $50 per person per night
- Odd number group supplement $50 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
- Extra night prior to the start (single room) $150 per person
- Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) $110 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (single room) $150 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) $110 per person
- Extra bag $20 per person per day
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
Trip Extension - Edinburgh
Take the opportunity to explore more of Scotland by visiting the brooding and beautiful Edinburgh, a city that inspires thanks to its world class culture, fascinating history, and stunning architecture. The best way to see the Scottish capital is on foot, climbing the steep steps through the Old Town or strolling down the wide boulevards of the stunning Georgian New Town.
Don’t miss Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock. Take a guided tour or explore the vast grounds at your own pace. If ghosts are more your thing why not book the Dark Side walking tour and uncover the darker side of Edinburgh.
For those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy, shopping opportunities are endless along the famous Princes Street and the Royal Mile. If you need a rest and like a tipple, why not visit one of the city’s cosy pubs, lively bars or the ever popular whisky bars.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a “wee dram” of fine Scottish whisky. The attraction offers a range of tour experiences that will suit first timers and whisky lovers alike.
This historic and vibrant city is on most travellers’ bucket lists and it’s not hard to see why!
Should you want us to arrange this trip or provide a guided service please call us to discuss further.