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NEW West Highland Way - Scotlands Legendary Long Distance Hike WEEK LONG
This trip is now FULL! To see and connect with other people going on this trip you can also mark your attendance on our Facebook event: Join us on Scotland's most famous and best loved hike (and one of the World's classic long distance trails) - the West Highland Way! This legendary trail takes us on an adventure along 151km of trails crossing mountains, through valleys, following rushing rivers, through moorland and past Loch Lomond leading us to the coastal town of Fort William nestled at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain. This really is an epic voyage across the Scottish Highlands leading to the sea. Trip Highlights: • Complete Scotland's premier long distance trail • Experience the majestic beauty of the largest lake in Great Britain - Loch Lomond as we hike along it's shores • Walk in the footsteps of the legendary folk hero Rob Roy • Enjoy the awe-inspiring views at the top of the famous Devil’s Staircase • Experience the beauty of the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Areas • Admire the highest peak in the UK - Ben Nevis at 1344m as we finish our journey by its base • Have a week long escape from reality and discover the Scottish countryside • Small group limited to 15 hikers with our experienced and trained Mountain Leader Francesca who is well known to the group Below is a brief time-lapse video to give a view of some of the areas we visit: Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on our recce trip Click here to join our Facebook community ( Holiday Description It’s time for Outdooraholics to conquer the north of our island and set foot in the enchanting landscapes of rural Scotland. This long-awaited trip comes to you after carefully tailoring it in our typical enthusiastic and nature-loving way. We are going to spend a week hiking the most famous and inspiring hike in Scotland - the West Highland Way. This path is a rewarding journey through scenic views, misty trails and legendary places. We are dividing our walk into 7 sections for an average of 20 km per day. Starting from the commuter town of Milngavie we will be heading north passing through the lush countryside. We will be walking through rustic landscapes beneath the Campsies, reaching the never-ending Loch Lomond and enjoying its beauty as it leads us to the rugged and picturesque Highlands. Then our path will meander across the scenic Rannoch Moor before climbing hills and admiring their breathtaking views. The route finally reaches Fort William where Britain’s majestic summit Ben Nevis stands in all its glory and we reach a coastline vista from which the Isle of Skye can be seen. Difficulty We will be walking on old military footpaths, drover tracks, through forests, up hills and alongside lochs. There are some big hills and steep, challenging climbs along the way as well and the track is very rough and strewn with rocks and boulders in places. This trip is not suitable for beginners and is only for experienced hikers and an above average level of fitness is required. If in any doubt please contact us before booking. We will be hiking on average 7-9 hours per day with more and less some days. For your convenience there will be a luggage transfer provided between all of the accommodations with 1 bag and 10kg limit. ITINERARY Friday 14th September Friday’s hike: Milngavie to Drymen Distance: 12 miles (approx. 19 km) Ascent: 210m Grading: Beginners/Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 5 to 6 hours of actual hiking From the monument in Milngavie marking the official starting point of the West Highland Way, we will be completing the first section of the famous hike. This hike is a great warm-up for our adventure because of its relatively flat terrain, lush woodlands and beautiful small lakes. In the evening we will arrive in Drymen where we will spend our first night. Saturday 15th September Saturday's hike: Drymen to Rowardennan Distance: 14.5 miles (approx. 23 km) Ascent: 430m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 6 to 7 hours of actual hiking Soon after we leave Drymen behind us, we will reach the scenic Conic Hill which will give us the first taste of the West Highland Way’s breathtaking landscapes. The hill is on the fault line that divides the Highlands from the Lowlands and the change in the scenery is easily noticed. Along the way to Rowardennan we will take in the amazing views of the longest lake in Britain - Loch Lomond and its serene beauty, and some of our hike will follow its shores. Sunday 16th September Sunday's hike: Rowardennan to Inverarnan Distance: 14 miles (approx. 23 km) Ascent: 475m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 6 to 7 hours of actual hiking This is a more challenging part of our route with quite a few ups and downs and uneven terrain. Our path goes through lush forests and offers us great views along the north side of Loch Lomond. We will also get glimpses of the distinctive summit of the Cobbler and later pass near the legendary Rob Roy’s cave where he held his captives. One of the highlights of this part of the walk are the views of the spectacular waterfall at Inversnaid. Monday 17th September Monday’s hike: Inverarnan to Tyndrum Distance: 12 miles (approx. 19 km) Ascent: 490m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 5 to 6 hours of actual hiking After the rugged path the previous day we will now head for a more gentle hike where we will follow our way through Glen Falloch towards Crianlarich. We will pass near the town and continue our hike through secluded woodland before going back down to the valley where we will get a different perspective of the impressive Highland scenery. Tuesday 18th September Tuesday's hike: Tyndrum to Glencoe Mountain Resort Distance: 20 miles (approx. 32 km) Ascent: 690m Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 7 to 8 hours of actual hiking This is our longest section of the hike. Following rivers and passing forests we will be enjoying the majestic Scottish mountains up close until we eventually reach the Bridge of Orchy. The second part of this day’s hike offers an exciting walk on the old military tracks revealing before us one of the most fascinating and wild places of this section - Rannoch Moor which was once covered by a giant icecap and is today covered in a ponds and marshland. We will end the day greeted by one of Scotland’s most photographed mountains - Buachaille Etive Mor and marching into the remarkable Glencoe. Wednesday 19th September Wednesday's hike: Glencoe Mountain Resort to Kinlochleven Distance: 9 miles (approx. 15 km) Ascent: 430m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 4 to 5 hours of actual hiking This is perhaps one of the most dramatic parts of the West Highland Way where we will reach its highest point climbing the famous Devil’s Staircase which will lead us to breathtaking views of the Glencoe mountains and the longest reservoir in the highlands - Blackwater Reservoir. Thursday 20th September Thursday's hike: Kinlochleven - Fort William Distance: 15.5 miles (approx. 25 km) Ascent: 475m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details ( Hiking time: About 6 to 7 hours of actual hiking This is the final part of our walk which begins with a steep climb above Kinlochleven which will reward us with fascinating vistas of Loch Leven and the town behind us. We continue our hike through lush green forest and remote areas passing deserted settlement ruins and eventually entering into the beautiful Glen Nevis. We will end our adventure by facing the majestic Ben Nevis towering before us in all his mystic glory and finally walking into the second largest town of the Highlands - Fort William. Friday 21st September The trip ends after breakfast when you will have time to explore the area and enjoy the satisfaction of completing the most popular walk in the scenic Scotland. Although the organised trip plan is to hike the entire route, in case you would like to shorten the hike or have a rest day you would be welcome to skip one or more of the days and to arrange your own transport i.e. taxi. You can decide this on the trip and this should be possible every day, please bring cash as taxis will not accept any other payment here. Click here for the discussion forum for those planning to extend their trip: Cost and Payment This trip is £690, BUT this is the first time that we are running this trip with guests so whilst it has been fully planned and our hike leader Graham did a recce in 2017, this first run will maybe not be as fully polished as our trips usually are and so for this first 2018 trip only we have reduced the price to reflect this to £645. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page. For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link: Food Breakfast will be provided for each of the hiking days with lunch and dinner provided for 1 day only. You can purchase your own lunch each day of the trip either from local stores or from our accommodation. For dinner options for the rest of the hike we will get a variety of different restaurants and cafés at every stage, some of which are quite famous for their cuisine and remarkable atmosphere. A typical dinner can be had in most places for approximately £6-£12 excluding drinks. Vegetarian food can be catered for, but will be a more limited choice. Some dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegan, nut free cannot be catered for. Accommodation As this is a linear point to point hike, all 7 accommodations are with different providers each night. Due to the nature of this route we do not have choice for most nights and we are staying in 2 Guest house/hotels with the other nights in hostels or glamping pods. Room sizes vary and 1 or 2 nights will include 1 mixed gender room. The price includes: • 7 nights accommodation in a mixture of twin hotel rooms, bunk-bed hostel rooms and lodges. Some of the accommodations may have mix-gender rooms • Breakfast each hiking day (except the first day when you arrive) • 1 packed lunch • Dinner on the second night of the hike in Rowardennan • Hikes by an experienced and trained Hike Leader with an Outdoor First Aid qualification • Luggage transfer between the accommodations in the different stops during the hike (upto 1 bag and 10kg) The price doesn’t include: • Flights • Drinks and personal expenses • Breakfast on the first hiking day • Lunches (except for 1 day) • Dinners each night (except on the second one) where we shall eat out to sample the local foods in various restaurants and get takeaways Suggested flights: The trip starts in Milngavie and ends at the accommodation in Fort William and you are welcome to choose any flights that you wish. We suggest a group flight below which is for guidance only, it is your responsibility to pick the most suitable flight to meet your requirements and also to book your own details correctly and accordingly. You may need to pay more than the prices below if you have checked in baggage and to meet any airline requirements. Outdooraholics cannot take responsibility for any problems or cancellations with your flight although if you are on the recommended flight we will wait for this flight, if it is delayed. There is a shuttle bus at Glasgow Airport which leaves about every 10 minutes and takes you to the city train stations. Trains run alternately from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Stations to Milngavie every 15-30 minutes. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs around £4. Milngavie Station location: G62 8PG For the return there are two options from Fort William to Glasgow - by train or by bus. The journey takes around 3 hours by bus and around 4 by train. Depending on the type of transport, the tickets typically vary between £25-£35 per person. Out: 14th September 2018 EasyJet 8:50am from London Luton (LTN) to Glasgow (GLA) landing at 10:10am Flight: EZY67 Return: 21st September 2018 EasyJet 20:50pm from Glasgow (GLA) to London Luton (LTN) landing at 22:05pm Flight: EZY78 Flights with EasyJet as at 14th August are only £88 return - book soon before they rise! Safety The hikes are led by experienced and trained guides. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here ( Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: Click here to follow us on Facebook ( Click here to receive our monthly newsletter ( © Outdooraholics Ltd 2018 Errors and Omissions Excepted

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London's largest and most active international outdoors group for hiking, walking, travel, day trips, holidays, and outdoor adventures




Who we are

A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 28,000 members, we have now organised over 700 hiking trips including day walks, weekend hiking trips and an increasing range of foreign hiking trips travelling to Europe and beyond for adventure travel holidays.

Between our 3 most senior hike leaders we have over 50 years of experience of leading hikes across the UK as well as an ever increasing range of international trips and tours. We have every corner of the UK covered from Snowdonia in Wales to the Lake District, the great Scottish Highlands and even the far off corners like Cornwall.

Please do take a look at our (over 400) independent group reviews:

We have 47 different day and weekend trips that have all been pre hiked and meticulously planned. We organise all the logistics for our hiking trips so that you can just turn up, walk and have a great time and meet new people while enjoying the great outdoors.

If you enjoy hiking and are based in the UK, Outdooraholics is for you and we look forward to welcoming you to the group!

Who attends our events?

We're mainly in our mid 20s to mid 40s, but age is no barrier as long as you are young at heart and over 18. In fact, one of our hike leaders is 67!

Most of our members generally either live or work in London, although we have people from all over the UK attending and we've had several people visit from abroad for our trips and join us at our destination. After all you don't need to live in London to visit Cornwall, Wales or the Lake District!

We have a lot of international members - either here on work placements or to live and this brings a superb cultural variety and mix of life experiences to the group and helps to make our trips so interesting and diverse.

We get a lot of people who attend their first event on their own and we always go out of our way to make everyone very welcome on our trips. They have proven to be a great way to meet people as well as to see this wonderful island

Can I really turn up alone?

Yes of course - most people do! Please don't be nervous about attending your first event - we have all been in the same boat at some point of turning up at an event alone and knowing nobody. To help introduce people to the group and indeed hiking we have designed 27 different hiking day trips which are a superb way to come and meet the group and we can assure you of a very warm welcome whatever event you choose and there are bound to be others who are attending their first event too. Hiking is a great way of meeting like minded people whilst keeping fit and seeing wonderful places too.

If you are nervous about committing to a weekend trip, please don't be, almost everyone has turned up to an event before without knowing anyone and we all know what it's like. To help new members into the group we run 4 to 6 day trips a month which are an easy and low cost way to try our events.

What hiking trips do we organise?

Day hikes
We organise typically 6 to 8 day hiking trips a month and have 27 tried and tested routes that we use from London. All are pre walked and are picturesque routes that we carefully choose. All trips leave from a central London station and we arrange train tickets, so you can just turn up and enjoy a great day out with us.

Weekend hiking trips
We organise 3 to 6 weekend trips a month to all corners of the UK, showing you the very best that this country has to offer. We typically rent an entire Youth Hostel just for our group and after a great days hiking then either go to a local restaurant or cook at the hostel. We have over 18 different weekend trips and are adding new ones all the time!

We have a professionally trained chef who joins many of our trips and we regularly visit all of the UK's National Parks and designated "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty"

Trips abroad
We offer an ever increasing variety of trips from 3 nights up to a week and will be having a number of new trips added in 2015. Where possible we aim for twin bed rooms and put the meticulous planning into our foreign trips so that you can have a great time and get to see the best of the area that you're visiting. It is a legal requirement (as well as advisable for safety) in many foreign mountainous locations to have an internationally qualified guide and for many of our foreign trips we have a local or native speaking guide.

What else do we organise?


As well as walking trips, we organise several pub socials per year in central London locations as well as discount nights at outdoor stores in central London.

We do focus on the outdoor events more than socials but we can recommend a good social group who do the following events:

Pub crawls, social events, wine tastings, sightseeing, making new friends, dining adventure, new in town drinks, food and cooking related events, exploring London's night life, social drinks, 18s, Go Ape, Treasure Hunts, Go Karting and Paintball

Outdoor activities

We've been offering multi activity weekends for several years and have both offered or will be bringing the following activities to our weekends - some in London and some that we have to travel to:

Sky diving, coasteering, camping, canoeing and hiking weekends, horse riding, paragliding, parachute jumping, pot holing, yoga breaks, fitness weekends, SCUBA, travel, sightseeing, travelling abroad, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, skydiving, cycling, trekking, backpacking, yoga breaks and tours, holiday getaway breaks, travelling, adventure weekends, sailing, coast walking, long distance walking, caving, fitness weekends, hiking abroad, rock climbing, Go Ape, zip wires, navigation training, historic sightseeing, countryside conservation, overseas trips, the 3 (three) peaks challenge, tennis, hiking and abseiling, go karting, exercise and activity weekends for hikers, treasure hunts, paintball, photograpy exhibitions, treasure and scavenger hunts around London, Paint-ball, charity trips and charity adventure nights with Hope for Homes, badminton, squash, recreation weekends, gorge walking, navigation courses, culture trips, community trips, sea kayaking, kayaking along the Thames, via ferrata walks, orienteering, sailing, exercise boot camps, target shooting and clay pigeon shooting, shopping discount evenings at Cotswold Outdoors. Not forgetting of course photography sessions!

Activity weekends

Starting with our first multi activity weekend to the Brecon Beacons nearly 3 years ago, we offer a variety of these weekends where you can try activities such as abseiling, cycling, caving, canoeing, scrambling, kayaking or surfing as well as hiking of course. We're affiliated with two London cheese and wine groups and have even hosted cheese and wine evenings on our weekends!

Where do we visit?

The fun places we visit and travel to on our walking trips in the UK include:
South Downs, North Downs, Devon, Cornwall, The Lake District, Wales - Snowdon, the Gower and the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Moors, the Chilterns, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Surrey Hills, the Cotswolds, Dorset, the Lake District, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, the National 3 Peaks Challenge, the Yorkshire dales and moors and on up to Scotland and Ben Nevis.

We also arrange some super foreign walking trips to hike to destinations such as:
High Atlas mountains, Everest Base Camp, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites, Granada Mountains, Nepal, Goa, Kilimanjaro, Andalucia and as the group grows we will continue to offer many more too!

What trips are we planning for the future?

We are forever expanding our trips and have some wonderful destinations that we will be hiking to in the future.

Within the UK we already visit most of its great national parks, but will be extending our trips to cover all of them:

Brecon Beacons, Norfolk Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Dark Peaks, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

We also visit designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which have included and will include:

Arnside and Silverdale, Chichester Harbour, Chilterns, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs, Dedham Vale, Dorset, East Devon, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Lincolnshire Wolds Malvern Hills, Mendip Hills, Nidderdale, Norfolk Broads andCoast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast and Heathlands, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley Lake District and the breath taking Wye Valley.

We have also hiked many of the national long distance paths including:

Cotswold Way National Trail, Cumbria Coastal Way, Highland Way, East Riding Heritage Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, Herriot Way, Hertfordshire Way, Mendip Ring, North Downs Way National Trail, North-West Coastal Trail, Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, Peak District High Level Route, Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pennine Way National Trail, Snowdonia Round, Solent Way, South Downs Way National Trail, South West Coast Path National Trail, Southern Upland Way, Thames Path National Trail, Wainwrights Way, Wales Coast Path, Wessex Ridgeway Trail, West Highland Way, Westmorland Way, White Peak Way, Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath, Winchcombe Way, Offa's Dyke (near the River Wye and Forest of Dean) and Wye Valley Walk

We also run and are planning a number of trips abroad including: Kilimanjaro, Nepal, hiking to Everest base camp, Tenerife, Croatia, Slovakia, France, Poland, The High Tatras, Russia, The Alps, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), the Dolomites, Morocco and the High Atlas Mountains, Norway, Italy, Iceland, The Fjords, the Pyrenees, Andalucia, The Pyrenees and the Amalfi Coast.

Why do we do it?

Quite simply - we all share a passion for the great outdoors and with all of our trip leaders being born and raised in the UK with a life long love of hiking, we can't wait to show you this great country!

We have so many wonderful experiences on our trips and many people have found a new love of the outdoors, met their partners through Outdooraholics and made what are likely to be lifelong friendships.

Our organisers can't wait to show you this great country and why we all developed such a lifelong love of hiking here all those decades ago

Yoga health and wellness retreats

We offer a range of superb value yoga retreats in the UK, which we call Yogaholics trips. We take your safety and the great reputation of our yoga/hiking trips very seriously and we only ever use professional full time yoga instructors. We also typically have a professional chef to ensure we have wonderful, healthy and revitalising food. We follow the same great formula as with our hiking weekends - great organisation, great home cooked food, pre planned and hiked routes and highly experienced hike leaders and using hostels allows us to do this at a great price too. We look forward to bringing you an even more expanded range of Yogaholics trips as we enter our 4th year of these Yogaholics trips in 2015!

We have created a great range of hostel based yoga trips on this wonderful concept, but if you would like more luxury hiking/yoga trips also run by a professional yoga instructor, we can highly recommend the excellent Yoga Trails:

Why Outdooraholics?

A very good question. There are some superb London based walking groups on Meetup - Backabush are well known for over a decade of organising superb hiking weekends and brought the whole concept of great value hiking trips to Meetup and Trailblazer have been organising an excellent and huge range of days hikes for over 5 years now. Both groups we highly recommend and regularly hear great things about their trips and both have inspired many other groups to offer similar events to theirs. 1000 Foot Hiking club is also highly recommended - run by some inspirational people on a non profit basis with all money raised going to a water aid charity.

Except for Outdooraholics most of the major London hiking groups on Meetup have evolved out of Backabush and Trailblazer and generally run the same format as their trips. Whilst we'd be lying if we said we weren't inspired by the great trips these groups run, we wanted to do something different and new and created Outdooraholics from scratch and we believe giving our trips a quite different flavour. We took a very simple idea as our basis - of organising all of the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don't have to. We advise you what to bring, you turn up and you'll have a great time. All of our trips are run by trip leaders from that particular country so we believe they can show you the country and culture like only a local can. We organise an equal mix of day hikes and weekend trips and put the same detailed planning into both.

We also try to use local tour guides for the majority of our trips so that you can get a proper insight in to the history, culture and country that you're visiting - after all you wouldn't expect to visit Russia for example and be "shown" the country and it's cultures by a British person!

We plan all of our trips in advance including the routes that we take to ensure that we show you the best of an area and also that we know what the risks are on the tracks and indeed that the trails are passable and safe. All of the photos on our trips are taken by one of our hike leaders, from that trip, on the paths that you will actually be hiking so that you can best decide which trips appeal to you. The great outdoors does carry risks which is why we pre walk and plan all of our routes and trips.

We believe we offer the most diverse range of both day hikes and weekend trips available in the UK.

We only offer superb trips and we even have a professional chef who joins us on many of our weekend trips to offer great food, which is much appreciated after a tough days hiking.


Our main hike leader has undertaken both a four day Walk Group Leader ( course accredited by the MLT (Mountain Leader Training) and a six day Mountain Leader ( course (also accredited by the MLT) as well as having a two day outdoor Activity First Aid course and over 20 years of extensive and diverse hiking and leading experience. All of our trips are run by very experienced hikers with Outdoor Activity First Aid qualifications and most of our trip leaders are a minimum of Mountain Leader trained with 2 of our trip leaders having a military background. Sadly the outdoors always presents risks but through our experience, training and careful planning as well as pre planning and walking all of our routes we do our best to minimise those.

Further information

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We sincerely look forward to meeting you at one of our weekend or hiking day trip adventures soon and can ensure a warm welcome from the Outdooraholics team to you

Joining the Team

We are looking for experienced hike leaders (ideally with at least Mountain Leader level training) and whilst we demand a lot from people, working with the largest hiking group in London and one of the largest in Europe brings a lot of advantages too. Safety and enjoyment of people attending our trips is paramount. You don't have to be based in the South East or London as we have a demand for people in all locations. If you share these values, please email us for more details along with a summary of your experience:

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