Join me for this incredible adventure as we run through the winding trails and steep mountain paths of the West Highland Way in FOUR days!
SUMMARY: The West Highland Way is an iconic trail in Scotland, spanning a distance of 97 miles with 4000m of elevation gain, from Milngavie to Fort William. Some highlights of the route include amazing views of Loch Lomond, a tour of stunning scenery in Glencoe (including the many angles of Buachaille Etive Mòr), a long hard climb on the Devil's Staircase, and beautiful rolling hills all throughout.
We will begin our journey at the official start of the West Highland Way at Milngavie, a small town about 20mins from Glasgow airport. For the purpose of this trip, we have divided the 97-mile route in four stages; we will run the distance of at least a marathon on the first three days.
We will go through forests and riverbanks, rocky terrain and easy trail paths; we’ll cross mountains, hills and the long Roman road beyond the Bridge of Orchy. Our scenery will change each day as we make our way towards the highlands. Each day is different, but equally spectacular. If the weather holds up, we may be treated to some extraordinary views!
The last stage includes an incredibly long downhill section- make sure you master your downhill technique!
Check out the photos below from my recce trip on Easter 2018.
DATES: 18 April - 22 April 2019
DISTANCE: The total distance of the route is 97mi, with approximately 4000m (13, 000 ft) elevation gain.
18 April: Fly into Glasgow, stay for the night.
19 April: Bright and early start for Day 1, Milngavie to Rowardennan (27mi).
20 April: Day 2, Rowardennan to Tyndrum (26mi).
21 April: Day 3, Tyndrum to Kinlochleven (28mi).
22 April: Day 4, Kinlochleven to Fort William (16mi). We'll have our celebration meal in Fort William, transfers back to Glasgow Airport and flight back to London in the evening.
During the day we will stop briefly for lunch for some hot food before carrying on!
PACE: We will aim to run 11:30-12:30 min per mile as our FASTEST average pace (we have a long way to go!), walking the uphills and easy pace on flats and downhills. Note that this is not a race; we will start and finish the run each day, together.
This trip is doable at a walking pace; however, should you decide to separate from the group during the day, you will need to be able to navigate the route yourself.
Luggage + Airport transfers: £60
Organiser's fee: £40
*Important*: Please note that you will need to book your flights, accommodation and luggage transfers yourselves. I will send out recommendations for all of these once you have confirmed your place in the trip.
TRAINING: While we will run this route at an enjoyable pace, do remember that 97mi is a very long way! To enjoy this trip as a trail run, I highly recommend having experienced walking/running at least 30mi/50km in a single day. To avoid any injuries, please ensure you train well before the trip. If you feel unsure, please feel free to reach out to me for a chat!
Keep an eye out on the meet up for long trail runs with the OAC Trail Running Team in the coming months, and do join us for them! :)