The West Highland Way is one of the world’s classic long distance walks - a route of 96 miles (155km) north from Milngavie (near Glasgow) to Fort William, a Highland town nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK.
This is a great introduction to long distance hiking (Level: Easy)
The route is spectacular, following the banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and into the breathtaking beauty of Glencoe and the very heart of the Scottish Highlands. The West Highland Way ends close to the foot of Ben Nevis (we then have an option to climb "The Ben" at the end of the trip if desired)
- Join us on one of the World’s most famous long distance walks
- Experience breathtaking scenery as you hike into the heart of the Highlands
The route will be broken down in to 7 easy to manage sections (more detail provided below), giving us plenty of time to enjoy the hike, our surroundings and each others company.
A week hiking in the beautiful Scottish Highlands for £540 (or £490 if booked before 31 December 2016) which includes:
• Return transport from/to London
• Breakfasts and Lunches
• Dinners for the wild camping sections
• Accommodation (A mixture of wild camping [tents provided], hostels and B&Bs)
• Guided hiking by an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader
• Full logistical support
(Ben Nevis can be climbed at the end of the hike for an additional £50 - The route taken will not be the tourist track and will be away from the crowds until we reach the summit!)
Not included in the price:
- Your personal hiking kit
- Dinners and evening drinks for the non-wild camping sections (in local pubs)
This is the first of a series of 3 long distance hikes we are doing this year. Each one getting progressively more difficult.
To join, simply click on the RSVP below, pay the £100 deposit and we will be in contact.
The other two hikes are:
• The Skye Trail, Isle of Skye (Scotland) - Starting on 14th July - Level: Intermediate
• The Bob Graham Round, Lake District - Starting on 5th Aug - Level: Difficult
Detailed route description
Friday 16th June - Meet at a pre-arranged point in London and head to Scotland
Saturday 17th June - Arrive in Milngavie and start the hike to Drymen (12 miles/19km)
We will leave Milngavie and head for the lowlands and the picturesque village of Drymen. Enjoying an easy walk through rolling farmland and perhaps a visit to the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery along the way.
Sunday 18th June: Drymen to Rowardennan (15 miles / 24 km)
This is when we start heading through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and a climb over Conic Hill to the village of Balmaha provides wonderful views over Loch Lomond. It’s then a walk up the Eastern shores of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan.
Monday 19th June: Rowardennan to Inverarnan (14 miles / 22 km)
We continuing along the banks of the Loch, the track rises and falls giving tremendous views of the surrounding water and hills. We then enter Glen Falloch and continue on to Inverarnan where we will reach the legendary Drovers Inn for a well earned drink.
Tuesday 20th June: Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12 miles / 19 km)
We continues up Glen Falloch along old military roads as the great peaks around Crianlarich come into view - enjoying some superb views of Ben More before descending into the village of Tyndrum.
Wednesday 21st June: Tyndrum to Kings House (19 miles / 31 km)
On this fantastic day of hiking, the West Highland Way passes through some of the finest scenery in the Highlands as it climbs up past Loch Tulla then across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Glencoe where we will stay in a remote and historic hotel.
Thursday 22nd June: KingsHouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles / 14 km)
From Kingshouse we follow the old military road to the Devil's Staircase. A climb to the top of this high mountain pass will provide stunning views of the mountains of Glencoe and then descend into the small village of Kinlochleven.
Friday 23rd June: Kinlochleven to Fort William (16 miles / 24 km)
On the final leg of our West Highland Way walk, we continue along an old military road through the hills, before descending into Glen Nevis for our first sight of Ben Nevis. The hike will follow the River Ness for the final couple of miles before ending in the centre of Fort William.
Saturday 24th June: [Optional] Hike to the summit of the highest mountain in The UK - Ben Nevis - avoiding the crowds and along one of the finest ridges in Scotland
For those not opting for the hike up Ben Nevis, this day can be used to relax after a fantastic week of hiking. Explore the historic town of Fort William and enjoy the views over loch Linnhe (one of Scotland's longest sea lochs)
Sunday 25th June: Return to London
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.