The West Highland Way
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.
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.
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
WE'LL TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF YOUR TRIP.
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.
Walks & Mileage Chart:
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.
Price does not include:
Return flights/Train from London to Glasgow
Daily Pack Lunches
Evening Meals or drinks
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:
OUTBOUND Friday 9 May 2014
London Stansted to Glasgow
Dep Fri, 9 May[masked]:45
Arr Fri, 9 May[masked]:00
INBOUND Sunday 18 May 2014
Glasgow to London Stansted
Dep Sun, 18 May[masked]:45
Arr Sun, 18 May[masked]:00
Remember to add checked-in luggage (20kg).
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
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.
Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
For more information:
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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