Scotland – West Highland Way 9-18 May 2014 - 10 Days.

Scotland

The West Highland Way

http://www.west-highland-way.co.uk/home.asp

Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk the West Highland Way runs 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William. Opened in 1980 as the first official long distance footpath in Scotland the West Highland Way remains the best and most popular long distance walk in Scotland.

West Highland Way (Glencoe and Lochaber) has everything: peak, plateau, precipice, the thinnest of ridges, and green valley, all set between the wildest of the wild moors and a narrow sea-loch.

Join us for our second year West Highland Way (WHW) 10 days/9 nights’ for a truly inspiring experience and totally unforgettable, along Scotland’s first and most popular long distance walk, which includes a visit to Glengoyne Distillery. Also, we will be taking a day off from WHW hiking for a relaxing day trip to Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland. There are lots of activities in Oban including the only dedicated basking shark tours between May - September.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P_nIQYFuUI

West Highland Way (Glencoe and Lochaber) are equal in beauty to anywhere in the world. The Way has become a pilgrimage for mountain lovers keen to travel simply on foot into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. A better introduction to this stunning region could not have been designed and, what is more, you don’t have to wait until the end for the highlights. Right from the start the Way gives walkers a taste of the magic of Scotland’s wild land and within a week you will have walked through some of the most fabulous scenery in Britain with relative ease, safety and comfort.

The Way begins kindly just 20 minutes from the centre of Glasgow, gently undulating through woods and farmland, easing you in to the new demands of long-distance walking. As you stroll along the length of Loch Lomond’s celebrated wooded shore, lowland subtly transforms into Highland and rugged mountain grandeur begins to dominate the scene.

The character of the Way becomes more serious as it climbs across the bleak, remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, skirting the entrance to Glen Coe and climbing of the Devils’s Staircase, the highest point on the trail. This is true hillwalking country and the extra effort is amply repaid by breath-taking mountain views. As you approach Fort William, the end of the Way, Ben Nevis comes into view rising above the conifer forests. 

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Friday - Day 1:
Arrive in Glasgow – sightseeing and/or evening get-together dinner.

Daily Walk Stages
Saturday    - Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen 12 Miles
Sunday      - Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan 14 Miles
Monday      - Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan 13 Miles
Tuesday     - Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum 12 Miles
Wednesday - Day 6 Day Off - Sightseeing trip to Oban
Thursday    - Day 7 Tyndrum to Kingshouse 18 Miles
Friday        - Day 8 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9 Miles
Saturday    - Day 9 Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 Mile

Sunday      - Day 10:
Return to London via Glasgow (sightseeing).

The above agenda is subject to change based upon availability and fitness, and taken into account the opportunities available to explore places of interest along the route.

Packed lunch and evening meals: Packed lunches can be pre-ordered from mosts place that we stay or we will stop at a cafe on route. Evening meals are pre-ordered at each place of stay.

Wednesday - Day 6 : Sightseeing trip to Oban

We have allowed for an extra night in Tyndrum so you we can all enjoy a well deserved rest and take a day off from hiking and travel to Oban for the day. We will be taken on a return journey via minibus to Oban.

This breathtaking area of Scotland contains coastlines, moorlands and mountains which encompass the dramatic beauty of the West Highlands. Explore the cosy, wee villages of Oban.

Take the chance to sample the freshest seafood from the town named as the Scottish Seafood Capital! Walk off your lunch with a stroll over to McCaig's Tower, the magnificent granite folly which has dominated the town's skyline since 1895. Don't be put-off by the long climb to the top! You'll be rewarded by spectacular views across the sea to the Isle of Mull.

For further details see: http://www.oban.org.uk

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WE'LL TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF YOUR TRIP.

Sherpa Services
The beautiful West Highland Way in Scotland is best appreciated when travelling light. To allow you to fully enjoy the walk we'll be using a Scottish Sherpa service company who will provide a reliable baggage delivery service. Collecting and dropping your rucksack safely at convenient stops along the route. The Sherpa Services pick up and drop off luggage at all the main stops along the way including Milngavie, Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Crainlarich, Tyndrum, Inveroran, Kingshouse, Bridge of Orchy, Kinlochleven and Fort William.

This will allow you to travel light and in comfort with just a day-pack for your essential needs and allow you to really appreciate Scotland’s most famous long distance walking route.

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Walks & Mileage Chart:
http://www.meetup.com/Natural-Born-Hikers/files/

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Price Includes:
West Highland Way Guided Walk
Trip to Glengoyne Distillery
Sherpa Services (baggage transfer between stages)
7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast along the WHW
2 x Premier Inn Hotel and breakfast in Glasgow Centre
Day Off - Sightseeing trip to Oban with return train travel
Return coach travel to Glasgow (Saturday)
The opportunity to explore a part of the UK that may be new to you
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.

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Price does not include:
Return flights/Train from London to Glasgow
Daily Pack Lunches
Evening Meals or drinks
Personal insurance
Walking equipment.

Oban - Activities and Meals 

EasyJet return flight ticket is currently £97.98 with checked-in luggage (20kg).

Please book your flight before you RSVP and send me an email with a copy of your flight details to confirm your booking:

email: [masked]

OUTBOUND Friday 9 May 2014
London Stansted to Glasgow
Flight 215
Dep Fri, 9 May[masked]:45
Arr Fri, 9 May[masked]:00

INBOUND Sunday 18 May 2014
Flight 216
Glasgow to London Stansted
Dep Sun, 18 May[masked]:45
Arr Sun, 18 May[masked]:00

Remember to add checked-in luggage (20kg).

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PAYMENT
Scotland West Highland Way – 10 days - £460

Please e-mail me with a copy of your flight details when you RSVP to confirm your booking.

An initial payment of £20 is required when you RSVP, via bank details below:

1st (Deposit) Payment: £20
1st payment due no later than 31st December 2013

2nd (Second Payment): £150.00
2nd payment due no later than 31st January 2014

3rd (Third Payment): £150.00
3rd payment due no later than 28th February 2014

4th (Final Payment): £160.00
4th payment due no later than 31st March 2014

Payments for this trip can be made to the following account:
Account Name: NBH
Sort Code:[masked]
Account Number:[masked]
Reference: WHW 0514 + Your Meetup Name.

After you RSVP yes, an initial £20 deposit payment is needed to secure your booking to be paid no later than 31st December 2013. After each payment date, payments are non-refundable but transferable. The final balance should be paid by 31st March 2014. See above payment details.

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Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:
http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topics1/facts/package.htm

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation http://www.travelwatchdog.com/Travel%20Regs.htm/

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IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

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  • Sandra

    better late than never but added a set of pics, the best one from each day to the mix. Not many but captured my trip to a T.

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Michael.

      These are fantastic. I especially like the one with a guy sitting down with a woollen hat, it could have been a painting.

      1 · June 5, 2014

  • Sara O.

    From the Stunning views and scenery, scrambling, groups we met along the way, ghostly encounters or was it the imagination running wild! Whisky drinking, hobbit homes to sleep in, beautiful sunsets, friendly scottish people, to our wonderful day in Oban and the visit to Kerrera. The MILITARY Road ( i will hunt you down mr Road builder and have a word with you in the next life to let you know how sore my feet were!) which was so so long!! 500 miles (thanks Sandra!!!) Aint no mountain high enough and Sara get your bum up that hill you lazy cow! (my own little tune) are songs that will always remind me of this trip.
    Also my poles feel neglected this week, my boots and feet relieved and i can`t believe i haven`t said trudged at all! Also my love of Haggis grew, my shock at loving neat whisky and Kendal Mint Cake ( it seriously works, thanks Michael!)

    6 · May 24, 2014

    • Michael.

      Sounds like a plan :)

      June 3, 2014

    • Nathan

      Congrats Sara! Pressure's on to keep up the hiking now!

      1 · June 3, 2014

  • Manzur F.

    WHW - Inverarnan to Crianlarich photos are now up - full resolution is here:

    http://www.mf-photography.com/Travel/West-Highland-Way-May-2014/WHW-Inverarnan-To-Crianlarich/

    2 · May 30, 2014

    • Michael.

      The colours in the photos are fantastic :)))

      1 · May 30, 2014

  • Manzur F.

    Sorry for the delay everyone.....just taking it slow to upload photos :) ......Drymen to Balmaha photos are now up :)

    http://www.mf-photography.com/Travel/West-Highland-Way-May-2014/WHW-Drymen-to-Balmaha/

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Manzur F.

      Thank you Klaus. Your photos from the last trip were a good part of my inspiration to do it this time :)

      1 · May 28, 2014

    • Manzur F.

      Thanks Michael. No problem being the photographer on the trips I'm in :)

      May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Michael and everyone in the group for making the trip to Scotland such an amazing trip! Great walk revealing beautiful landscapes -changing every day-, a nice group of people, friendly Scots and delicious food plus completely disconnecting from work and life in London – felt like months of vacation instead of just 10 days! Still benefitting from it :-)

    5 · May 26, 2014

  • JonSea

    Has it been a week since finishing already?? The time spent in Scotland walking the West Highland Way felt like a whole summer, each day rich in experiences and amazement. The mostly gentle and sometimes instant changing of the scenery as the highlands approached was spellbinding at times. Each day ended with a well deserved, even more well anticipated - hearty meal around a table of friends. Aye, the Scottish people are a kind lot once out of the city. The places we stayed were awesome (any future doers make sure to bring earplugs ;) ). I thoroughly look forward to a return to Scotland - it was the home I never knew I had.
    Well done Michael for organizing such an amazing experience for all of us! :)

    3 · May 25, 2014

  • Nathan

    Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable trips I've been on in a long time. From the stunning and at times breathtaking scenery to the fantastic group of people I shared the trip with, there really is nothing I can fault about it. Many many thanks to Michael for making this a trip I'll never forget.

    4 · May 24, 2014

  • Shahzad

    http://thenwilderness.tumblr.com

    need to write one more post , to summarize the trip

    5 · May 21, 2014

  • Sandra

    Brilliant trip from start to finish. It is an absolute must not only for Scotland, a country very close to my heart (you surprised even me with your awesomeness) but for the banter, the people and the walking (blisters ;). Thank you to Michael for organising all and including some surprises in there the for us :p

    Will return back to my work desk, wishfully wanting to back there again. It's been a defining trip........that gave endless time to think.

    Next challenge please..........

    Happy walking folks............

    5 · May 21, 2014

  • Michael.

    Hi everyone, I've uploaded the photos from our WHW hike onto our Facebook page.
    See Facebook link in the left-hand column on the Home page and remember to "LIKE" our Facebook page :)
    Please remember to leave your feedback :)

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely amazing journey through Scotland..From the very beginning Scotland opened its arms to us and invited us in. Gorgeous scenery from start to end, this trip has it all….rolling green hills, pine forests,waterfalls, lochs, baron moors, to jaw dropping, breathtaking mountains. I had high expectations but they were blown out of the water.. I didn't want to come home…I can't quite put into words how it has changed me. Somehow things are different and I feel more clear in what I wish to do now. It's like I know i can achieve way much more than what I am doing currently. A mega big thank you to Michael, my whiskey and dancing buddies and and everyone that was part of my journey. Highly recommend anyone to take on the WHW challenge!!

    6 · May 20, 2014

  • Shahzad

    lovely trip and nice weather along with good company (excluding michael)
    looking forward to pictures

    2 · May 19, 2014

  • Manzur F.

    This was an excellent trip....I have met a group of great people....the highland was stunning! I will try and post the photos soon :) It was great to meet EVERYONE!

    2 · May 18, 2014

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