Trek the West Highland Way
Josh Macfarlane, January 3, 2011
Type of Trip: Hill Walking
Duration: 7 nights
Departure Dates: For 2011: between 1st April and 21st October
Ability: No technical knowledge is required but a basic level of fitness is needed
Start Point: Milngavie
Finish Point: Fort William
Operated By: Wilderness Scotland
On Day 1 you will be picked up from your accommodation, not included in the tour, and will hike a decent 19km to the village of Drymen. En route expect to see your first of many famous Scottish Lochs. That night you will sleep in a comfortable B&B, which will be the style of accommodation throughout the trip. On Days 2 and 3 you will cover a total o 45 km, much of it spent navigating your way around the banks of Loch Lomond. Day 4 is the first day of properly hiking in the Scottish Highlands and it is a serious 22km to the village of Tyndrum. Be warned that this relatively strenuous hike will be followed by the hardest day’s walking of the trip as Day 5 will require you to climb up past Loch Tulla before keeping your wits about you on the wild Rannoch Moor. The Kinghouse pub will be awaiting you at the end of the day, to reward you with a well deserved drink. Day 6 is only half the distance of Day 5, however, the trail climbs high over the infamous Devil’s Staircase, one of the highest points of the trip, so your stamina will be further tested. That night you will stay in the small village of Kinlochleven. On Day 7 you will hike past the lower regions of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, before reaching Fort William. The following day is the last day of the trip, and it is recommended that you put on some comfortable footwear and explore Fort William before heading home.
Included in the Price
- 7 nights accommodation in B&Bs, Inns or Guest Houses
- Luggage transfer throughout the trip, you only have to carry a day-bag
- Route notes, including maps and directions
- Services of Wilderness Scotland Team, before and during the trip
Getting there Responsibly
The trip starts at Milngavie Station so check train times and get the cheapest fares from thetrainline.com . Book trains back at the end of the trip departing from Fort William.
It is possible to split Day 5 into two shorter days, providing this is requested in advance it can be done for an additional £45-£55 to the total trip price.