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Hike the West Highland Way (1 week Trek)

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  • Euston Railway Station

    Euston Road
    NW1 2RT
    London (map)

    51.526603 -0.133028

  • Price: GBP125.00 /per person

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  • The West Highland Way is Scotland’s most popular long distance hike. It is a route which encompasses the best of Scottish scenery throughout as we pass beside spectacular Lochs and smaller lochans, towering mountain summits, cascading streams and wide open moorland.

    We start on the outskirts of Glasgow in the Scottish lowlands and finish at Fort William, the adventure capital of Scotland in the shadow of Ben Nevis.  Unique to our trip is then the chance of climbing Ben Nevis and exploring more of the mountains in Glencoe by extending for three more days. 
    We have also arranged for luggage to be transported each day, so all you need to hike with is a day sack, with food, warm clothes and waterproofs for the day.

    To hike the West Highland Way is an unforgettable experience and the trail starts just outside Glasgow and then you journey through 96 miles of Scotland’s finest scenery to arrive at Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis 7 days later.  The route passes by famous Whisky distilleries, Loch Lomond, the Trossachs National Park with wonderful views across the famous Loch.  We pass through Tyndrum and Inveroran before we cross the wild and remote Rannoch Moor with views down the famous and historic Glencoe.  The last stages of the walk take us to Kinlochleven and then finish at Fort William, known as the Scotlands Outdoor capital on the shores of Loch Linnhe.

    The hiking is not easy, but then it is not especially difficult either as it mostly remains in the Glens rather than climbing over the lofty summits along the route.  Much of the route follows ancient drove roads or old military roads built to help control the Jacobite clansmen and so passes through some of Scotland’s most historic as well as scenic landscape.

    We will be staying in a mixture of hostel, inn and hotel accomodation and travelling in a group of about 14.  The route will be fully guided and we will also be transferring luggage between overnight stays.  Therefore, you just need to carry a day sack with your lunch and the things you need to keep you dry, warm and comfortable each day.

    We have chosen to run this trip during May as its the month when the weather should be turning a little warmer and drier, but is also likely to be too early to be troubled by the voracious Scottish Midge.  We are also running Ben Nevis and explore Glencoe weekend immediately after this week, so it has been timed so you can climb the Britains highest mountain and have more time to explore Scotlands most famous Glen, to get the complete Scottish hiking experience if you wish.  Starting our hike on Friday also means that the trails and accommodation will be less busy avoiding the popular weekend starts on Saturday and Sunday.


    All accommodation is included on a bed and breakfast basis with the exception of when we stay at Kinlochleven, when Kevin & Yen will provide breakfast.

    Evening meals are not included and will be generally taken at the hotel, or hostel we are staying, except for the three nights at Tyndrum, Kinlochleven and Glen Nevis. At Tyndrum and Kinlochleven we will eat at one of the local pubs and on the last night we have booked to eat at the Ben Nevis Inn.  This is a great and atmospheric pub on the footpath to Ben Nevis.  The food is excellent and there is sometimes music and a band.

    Thu 18th May:
    Holiday Inn Hotel at Glasgow airport – Twin room
    (Dinner at the hotel or on the way, depending on arrival time.)

    Fri 19th May:
    Buchanan Arms hotel (dinner at local pub) – Twin room

    Sat 20th May:
    Rowardennan Hostel – Dorm rooms

    Sun 21st May:
    Drovers Inn – Twin room

    Mon 22nd May:
    Tyndrum Inn (dinner at a local pub) – Twin & triple rooms

    Tue 23rd May:
    The Inveroran Inn – Twin & triple rooms

    Wed 24th May:
    Blackwater Hostel (Dinner at a local pub) – Dorm rooms

    Thu 25th May:
    Glen Nevis Hostel (celebratory dinner at the Ben Nevis Inn) – Dorm rooms

    Note: Where we are staying in Dorm rooms in hostels, we have booked our own private small rooms of four or less, and should not be sharing with other groups.


    Fri 19th May: Milngavie to Drymen
    Distance 12.5 miles, height gain 315m.
    The first section is comprised of constantly changing scenery of quiet country lanes to farmland to the trackbed of a disused railway.  It is a gentle and calm introduction to the rigours and dramatic scenery ahead and a chance to ease yourself into the route.

    Sat 20th May: Drymen to Rowardennan
    Distance 15 miles, height gain 610m
    Day 2 gives wonderful views across Loch Lomond as we make our way along the Eastern shore of the Loch.  It is an undulating route with sections that take us up to get better views across the Loch but generally follows the line of the Loch.

    Sun 21st May: Rowardennan to Inveranan
    Distance 14 miles, height gain 931m
    This is one of the highest climbing day of the route but the walking is also of the highest quality thoughout.  The start continues along the lakeshore and is an undulating and rocky path which gives everchanging views across the Loch and surrounding mountains.  On leaving Loch Lomond we enter Glen Falloch and follow the river as it tumbles and falls in a succession of cascades and white water hollows.  This section is a delight as it is ever changing scenery of open moorland and wooded copse of birch, oak and rowan.

    Mon 22nd May: Inveranan to Tyndrum
    Distance 12 miles, height gain 622m
    The route here initially follows the River Fillan as it makes its way along the glen, giving fine river side views and sights of the higher mountains beyond.  There is a fine balcony walk for a while above the Glen before we reach the site of St Fillans priory.

    Tue 23rd May: Tyndrum to The Inveroran Inn

    Distance 10 miles, height gain 300m approx
    This is a relatively short day as the Kingshouse on Rannock Moor is closed for renovation, therefore we have a chance to rest and recover for a much longer day tomorrow.  The initial section from Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy gives some fine views of wide open glens and spectacular mountains.  We then have a moderate climb up through some fine Scottish forest, to a great viewpoint overlooking the Loch and our accommodation at the Inveroran Inn.

    Wed 24th May: The Inveroran Inn to Kinlochleven
    Distance 18 miles, height gain 740m approx
    This is a long but spectacular day, as we leave the Inverorarn Inn and cross the great wilderness that is Rannoch Moor.  The area is a vast stretch of land composed of lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops which makes it a very rugged environment but one which still supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. A wealth of plants, insect, bird and animal life can be seen here ranging from curlews and grouse to roe and red deer.  The hike across the moor is one of the most memorable experiences of the whole trip and we get a chance to experience the true wildness of the Scottish Landscape.  We then cross the head of Glencoe with some of the most majestic and well known of Scotland’s mountains.  The route beyond Glencoe takes us over the Devils Staircase and then its a fairly easy route down into Kinlochleven for our nights stay.

    Thu 25th May: Kinlochleven to Fort William
    Distance 14 miles, height gain 695m
    The final stage of our route takes us on an initial climb to Lairig Mor, a fascinating and secluded Glen, concealed behind the high mountains.  We then swing North as we head towards Glen Nevis in the shadow of Ben Nevis itself, so we should get great views of the mountain as we make our descent into the Glen.  Its then not far before we reach our journeys end at Fort William.

    Costs and Booking

    Note: One last male only place available

    Total cost for the week £625

    To book, RSVP now.  A deposit of £125 will be required to reserve your place.

    Balance is due 12 weeks before the day of departure and should be paid by bank transfer.
    Please quote ‘WH Way’ plus your name

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    Please note that the deposit is non-refundable and your place is not confirmed until we receive full payment.


    - 5 nights hotel/inn & 3 nights hostel accommodation. 
    - 8 x breakfast.
    - Fully guided route, by Kevin Blissett, who is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader.
    - Twin room accommodation in 3 locations, twin or triple rooms in 2 inns,  small dorm rooms in hostels
    - Daily transfer of main luggage

    Does not include:

    - Travel to Glasgow airport for the start.
    - Return travel to Glasgow airport at end of trek.
    - Lunch and dinner


    Thu 18th May:
    Travel to Glasgow airport to arrive evening for overnight stay at Glasgow airport hotel included.
    Accommodation: Holiday Inn Hotel

    Fri 19th May:
    Short Minibus transport arranged from hotel to start of hike at Milngavie.
    Hike from Milngavie to Drymen
    Distance 12.5 miles, height gain 315m.
    Accomodation – Buchanan Arms hotel

    Sat 20th May:
    Hike from Drymen to Rowardennan
    Distance 15 miles, height gain 610m
    Accommodation – Rowardennan Hostel

    Sun 21st May:
    Hike from Rowardennan to Inveranan
    Distance 14 miles, height gain 931m
    Accommodation – Drovers Inn

    Mon 22nd May:
    Hike from Inveranan to Tyndrum
    Distance 12 miles, height gain 622m
    Accommodation – Tyndrum Inn

    Tue 23rd May:
    Hike from Tyndrum to The Inveroran Hotel
    Distance 10 miles, height gain 300m
    Accommodation – Inveroran Hotel

    Wed 24th May:
    Hike from Inverorana to Kinlochleven
    Distance 18 miles, height gain 740m
    Accommodation – Blackwater Hostel

    Thu 25th May:
    Hike from Kinlochleven to Fort William
    Distance 14 miles, height gain 695m
    Accommodation – Glen Nevis Hostel, celebratory dinner at the Ben Nevis Inn.

    Fri 26th May:
    Return travel or transfer to Glencoe for Ben Nevis Hiking Weekend.


    We have planned the start so its possible to travel up on Thursday evening and all meet at the hotel near Glasgow airport.

    We then depart on Friday morning in a minibus for a 25 minute drive to the start of our first days hiking at Milngavie.

    For those returning back at the end of the trek, the best option is to get a Citilink bus to Glasgow to get your flight back.  If enough people are travelling at similar times then it might be cheaper and more convenient to arrange shared taxi transport back to the airport.

    Citilink  Bus for Travel Fort William to Glasgow
    Airport (Approx £24)  – based on the winter timetable (Summer timetable due out in Spring – and will allow perhaps more choice)
    [masked]  earliest flight 1500
    [masked]  earliest flight 1800

    For those who are continuing with us for our Ben Nevis /Glencoe long weekend, we will make our way over to Glencoe (35minutes by car) at our leisure on the Friday morning.  You can either choose to explore Fort William or perhaps you may want to just relax.  For the return from Glencoe to Glasgow airport on Monday 29th May, we finish our hike at approx 1530, so the earliest flight you could book back would be departing 1930.
    If there is sufficient interest, we can organise the transfer back to Glasgow airport, the cost depends on the numbers.

    Reviews of 2016 West Highland Way:

    A great trek to do, lots of varied scenery and interesting places to stay. The distances involved are well within the capabilities of people with reasonable fitness. We had great fun with outstanding weather and a happy group of hikers who have formed new friendships. Although the weather is outside of the organiser’s control, their pre-hike preparation is very professional, the walk leading is great, and they can cook too!!! If you do the WHW, add on the Ben Nevis hike too, it’s a great way to end the trip. Thanks Kevin and Yen – excellent holiday! – Mike

    Excellent. Go, you will have a great time – Geoff

    Having done this trek and the Ben Nevis weekend as a follow on, I’m finding it quite difficult to make a comment because it was such a great experience. Kevin and Yen were great hosts as always, willing to go the extra mile, to make us safe, comfortable and happy. Wonderful group of people on the trip and considering the diversity very little tension, in fact some serious bonding took place.

    Superb scenery, brilliant weather, scottish hospitality and friendliness, great whisky what more could we ask for. Fantastic trip! Having withdrawal symptoms. – D

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