Conceived in the 1960’s but finally opened in 1980, the West Highland Way is Scotland’s first official long distance route.
Starting in Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow the West Highland Way follows the edge of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater Loch, and winds through the very heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first National Park.
The West Highland Way then proceeds by Glen Falloch and Strath Fillan then heads across the expanse of Rannoch Moor and over the Devil’s staircase to the finish in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis.
A walk along the West Highland Way is a route of delights, the landscapes and views change daily. Truly a grand walk, the West Highland Way is a great way to discover the vast diversity and appeal of Scotland’s landscapes.
About The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a 96 mile walk of superb variety with the landscape becoming grander by the day. Walk the West Highland Way as part of a guided C-N-Do group and pass through some of the best scenery in the lowlands and highlands of Scotland.
The walk follows paths, tracks and country roads. Average daily distance in a week long trip is about 13 miles, with longest being the 5th day with about 17 miles and the 3rd being the roughest.
Since 1984, of the many, many hundreds of C-N-Do walkers have successfully walked the West Highland Way the age range has been 12 to 83, so it’s well within the scope of most reasonably fit and healthy folk!
Out of Season Scottish Ways
If you like to explore the countryside when it's quieter, then doing so out of season is the way; that adds to the adventure and also to the challenge. Between mid October and Easter you can have the ways and trails pretty much to yourself – they're absolutely great then! Contact us for more details.
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Your walking holiday includes:
- Qualified Walking Group or Mountain Leader
- 7 walking days
- 7 nights Hotel & Guest House accommodation in ensuite 2 person rooms. Single rooms available for £140 per person
- Breakfasts & packed lunches
- Daily transport as required and for baggage
West Highland Way brief itinerary:
Day 1: Meet at Milngavie train station. After a short introduction start the West Highland Way in the heart of town. The first day’s destination is the village of Drymen, about 12mls (20km) away.
Day 2: Now the Way heads through Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. We head from Drymen, through the Garadhban forest, round Conic Hill, and along the shores of Loch Lomond, to Rowardennan, approx. 14mls (23km) with lots of short ups and downs. Today’s highlight - crossing into the Highlands and the views of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill.
Day 3: Walk by the “Bonnie Bonnie Banks” of the eastern shores of Loch Lomond to Inverarnan, about 14mls (24km) with quite a bit of up and down. Woodlands and water are never far away.
Day 4: Head up through Glen Falloch from Inverarnan to Tyndrum, about 13mls (21km) with a long steady pull up in the morning and a few shorter ones later. We pass the half way point of the West Highland Way round about St Fillan’s Kirk.
Day 5: Now for the wonderful wide vistas of Rannoch Moor. Continue from Tyndrum to Kingshouse hotel, app. 17mls (28km) of mainly easy track walking, with some ascents of 100 - 150m.
Day 6: Walk from Kingshouse and the edge of Glencoe, up and over the Devil’s Staircase to Kinlochleven, about 11mls (19km) with well graded ascents. The mountain landscapes just get bigger, wilder and grander.
Day 7: The Way finally heads from Kinlochleven, through the Lairig Mor, over to Glen Nevis and down to the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, about 15mls (24km). Finishing the route by the military road and forest paths with time to stand and absorb the air and scenery, reflect on memories over the walk and time to celebrate!!
Day 8: Depart after breakfast for your onward journey. If staying in Glen Nevis, there is a local bus service into Fort William.
Video from our West Highland Way
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Maps of the area & background reading
To get the most from your C-N-Do Scotland activity you may wish to do some background reading prior to departure.
Books which you may find informative are:
- Rob Roy Macgregor: His Life And Times - WH Murray
- Grade: -
- Price: from £695
- Duration: 8 days
- Accommodation: 7 nights
- Accom type: Hotel/Guest House
- Walking/Exploring: 7 days
- Travel: 1 day
- Group min: 5
- Group max: 8
- Meet: Milngavie Train Station
- Finish: Fort William