An 8 day & 7 night self guided walking holiday across the Isle of Skye…
Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Available: March - October
Discover the spectacular landscape of Scotland’s western highlands on the West Highland Way. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever changing landscape as you journey 96 miles from Milngavie (Glasgow) to Fort William.
Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk the West Highland Way runs 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William. Opened in 1980 as the first official long distance footpath in Scotland the West Highland Way remains the best and most popular long distance walk in Scotland.
After leaving Milngavie, the West Highland Way immediately has that wonderful countryside feeling as you pass through Mugdock Country Park and Dumgoyne Distillery, on route to the small village of Drymen. The route continues to Loch Lomond via Conic Hill, which gives a splendid panorama of Loch Lomond and the Highland Boundary Fault. Next you wander through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to Crianlarich and then Tyndrum. Bridge of Orchy, Inveroran and Loch Tulla punctuate the trail on the way to the Kingshouse Hotel which lies on the remote Rannoch Moor. This really is Scottish Highland Scenery at its best. Your walk continues onto Kinlochleven via the “Devil’s Staircase”, before finally reaching Ben Nevis and Fort William, Scotland’s Outdoor Capital situated at the head of Loch Linnhe.
Macs Adventure offers a wide range of itineraries from 4 to 10 days of walking on a self guided basis. Every self guided West Highland Way holiday we offer features hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses. Each is unique and offers the highest levels of welcome, atmosphere and outstanding local cuisine. We also include daily door to door baggage transfers, a guidebook, a detailed map and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support, should you need it.
Macs Adventure has been operating self guided walking holidays on the West Highland Way since 2003. Based locally, just a few miles from the start of the West Highland Way, our team has walked the West Highland Way more than ten times. So we literally know every step of the way.
Each year over 1000 people trust us to organise their West Highland Way walk and 99% would recommend us to a friend. But don’t just take our word for it, you can read over 300 authentic and unbiased West Highland Way customer reviews below.
As the largest operator on the West Highland Way we can secure you the best value and quality accommodation, baggage transfer and services, regardless of whether you are walking solo or as a group of 20.
We are passionate about delivering outstanding West Highland Way holidays where every last detail is taken care of and every trip we book is unique and tailor-made to your requirements. So give us a shout today to start planning your West Highland Way adventure.
A walking holiday on the West Highland Way offers something for everyone and as a West Highland Way specialist we offer a wide range of itineraries on the Way. Everything from a very leisurely 10 walking days to a short four day break covering the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Our most popular itineraries are WSSWHW2 & WSSWHW3 which cover the whole walk in 7 and 8 walking days respectively. You will find a detailed daily itinerary of each holiday we offer on the right. Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be more than happy to tailor make an itinerary for you.
Night in Milngavie: Our itineraries which start in Milngavie do not include the night before you start walking in Milngavie. So if you are travelling to Glasgow we can book the night before you start walking no problem at all. Just add it as an option in the online booking form or let us know that you wish to add it.
Additional Nights: The western highlands are so spectacular that many of our clients decide to take an extra night along the way to spend some time enjoying the area. You might like to consider adding extra nights at Rowardennan to climb Ben Lomond, Crianlarich/Tyndrum/Bridge of Orchy to walk or catch the train to Oban or Kingshouse for the solitude and scenery. Also adding an extra night in Fort William at the end of your trip is extremely popular as many people like to tackle Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis at the end of their trip.
Fewer Nights: If you plan to travel home on the day you finish the walk and don't need accommodation for the final night we can easily take off the last night and let you know where we will meet you to drop off your luggage when you arrive at the end of the walk.
You will find a full detailed breakdown of each section of the walk below and options available on the right hand panels. Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be more than happy to tailor make an itinerary for you. Please call us for tour options.
If you are not staying in accommodation in Milngavie, you will meet the baggage carriers at the train station at 0830 - 0900. They will collect your bags and whisk them away to your first night's accommodation.
After setting of from Milngavie today’s route runs through the ancient earldom of Lennox between the Campsie fells and Blane water. You follow a series of good paths through beautiful rural scenery to Drymen, a small market town. A definite stop is the Glengoyne Distillery, where a distillery tour is a must along with a complimentary dram to send you on your way. Also en-route is the Beechtree Inn which has a lovely garden and does great food.
Drymen is slightly off the route so refer to your map to ensure that you don’t overshoot the mark.
As you leave Drymen you start to climb towards Conic Hill, which sits astride the Great Divide and separates the highlands and lowlands of Scotland. The climb is fairly steep but on reaching the summit you can enjoy a fantastic view over Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest body of fresh water covering 27sq. miles. You descend a steep path towards Balmaha, which is a small village nestling in a protected bay on the shores of Loch Lomond.
This is a beautiful but deceptively tough section. The path alternates between the loch shore and natural forest and headlands on the banks of Loch Lomond. There are numerous short steep climbs and if you have walked all the way from Drymen you will be very pleased to see Rowardennan. That said the scenery, forest and birdlife is outstanding.
Leaving Rowardennan the way follows forestry roads and gently climbs high up above Loch Lomond giving fantastic views over Loch Lomond and towards the Arrochar Alps. As you close in on Inversnaid the path narrows and becomes more undulating, passing over a spectacular bridge and waterfall as you arrive at Inversnaid Hotel.
Leaving Inversnaid you pass through the RSPB Inversnaid nature reserve and then Rob Roy’s Cave (which is not really worth the detour). The path from Inversnaid to the head of the loch is hard going with numerous ups and downs and a generally rough surface. After leaving the loch side and passing Doune Bothy the path does improve but it is a very long two miles from Ardleish to Inverarnan. If you are staying at Ardlui look out for the sign pointing to the ferry 2 miles before the end of this section. Walk down to the loch shore and call the ferry by raising the ball.
Beinglas Farm marks the end of your day. Leave the way and follow the signs for Inverarnan. The Drovers Inn is world famous and provides the ideal location for your end of day refreshment.
Today provides fantastic relaxing walking after the ups and downs of the previous day. The way climbs slowly out of Inverarnan through Glen Falloch towards Crianlarich. Ben More and Stob Binnean provide a fantastic backdrop and the views back down Loch Lomond are first class. The way bypasses Crianlarich but if you need any supplies or are staying in Crianlarich follow the signs down to town.
After Crianlarich you enjoy a period of secluded woodland walking before making your way back to the valley floor and through farmland surrounded by towering highland scenery. There is a small shop at Strathfillan Farm two miles before Tyndrum if you need some supplies to get you through to the finish of the day.
Get ready for a great days walking. The scenery is great and now that you are getting into your stride you will love the fast going on military roads. Initially you follow the valley to Bridge of Orchy, a small hamlet and sometimes used as an overnight. The Hotel does delicious meals if you fancy and early lunch. There is a steep climb as you leave Bridge of Orchy but you are rewarded with the best views in Scotland (my opinion). A short descent brings you to the isolated Inveroran Hotel.
My favourite section of the West Highland Way, Leaving Inveroran you skirt Loch Tulla and then join the military road across Rannoch Moor, a wonderful, lonely and exposed place that was once covered by a giant icecap and is today covered in bog. There is no shelter and in bad weather it can be exposed. In good weather it is simply inspiring. Kingshouse provides great views of Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain.
From Kingshouse you follow an old military road to Altnafeadh, which gives great views of the famous ‘weeping glen’ and site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. Then you zigzag up the Devil’s Staircase to the highpoint of the Way at 548m, which gives stunning views towards Ben Nevis, given clear weather. From here you wind our way down into the pretty little town of Kinlochleven, the end to a very pleasant day.
The initial sharp climb out of Kinlochleven is worth it for the fantastic views it brings and once over the top you follow a wonderfully remote valley past deserted sheilings towards Fort William. Approximately half way through the day you enter a beautiful area of cultivated forest and follow a narrow winding track until you reach the saddle which brings you into Glen Nevis. Ben Nevis towers ahead and you can clearly see the mountain track which snakes up the southern side of Britain’s highest mountain. At this point you bear left and follow a wide forestry road down to the Ben Nevis visitor centre and then the final two miles are along the Glen Nevis road. This brings you in to the outskirts of Fort William where the route used to end, however now the official end of the Way has been moved along the main street of Fort William where your adventure comes to a close.
The West Highland Way is available from the 22nd March to beginning of October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
PLEASE NOTE: For our 2013 season, the last day to arrive in Fort William is October 6th.
2014 Season: We would like to advise you that May 1st - 5th, is extremely limited due to a very popular motorcyle event held in the highlands.
Please note: Around the dates of the Commonwealth games in
Glasgow (23rd July 2014 – 03rd August 2014), pre-tour
accommodation in and around Glasgow can be restricted in availability and/or
may incur an increase in tour price. Our specialists will be able to answer any
Season start date: March 22, 2014
Season end date to arrive in Fort William: October 4, 2014
Because every West Highland Way holiday we book is unique, availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:
|WSSWHW1||West Highland Way||7 Days & 6 Nights||£415||Book|
|WSSWHW2||West Highland Way||8 days & 7 nights||£455||Book|
|WSSWHW3||West Highland Way||9 Days & 8 Nights||£510||Book|
|WSSWHW4||West Highland Way||10 Days & 9 Nights||£565||Book|
|WSSWHW5||West Highland Way||11 Days & 10 Nights||£650||Book|
|WSSWHW6||West Highland Way||6 Days & 5 Nights||£370||Book|
|WSSWHW7||West Highland Way Highlights||7 Days & 6 Nights||£425||Book|
|WSSWHW8||West Highland Way - The North||7 Days & 6 Nights||£425||Book|
|WSSWHW9||West Highland Way - The South||6 Days & 5 Nights||£370||Book|
|Accommodation||Milngavie Accommodation (Pre-Tour)||Overnight stay in Milngavie on the night prior to the start of the walk. Comfortable lodge accommodation within walking distance of the start and your bags will be collected from the hotel. Car parking can be arranged directly with the hotel.||£75|
|Accommodation||Single Room Supplement||The single room supplement is per person, per night.||£25|
|Accommodation||Glasgow Accommodation (Pre-Tour)||Overnight accommodation in Glasgow on the night prior to the start of your adventure at The Victorian House Hotel (www.thevictorian.co.uk) on Renfrew Street in central Glasgow.||£60|
|Accommodation||Extra Night in Fort William (Post-Tour)||£52|
Our West Highland Way holidays include overnight accommodation in a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star country inns, hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s. The accommodation we use most often is listed below.
We carefully select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.
We book en suite rooms as standard. If there are no en suite rooms available in an overnight location, we may book a room with shared facilities, but we would always inform you in advance if this was the case.
If you would prefer a little extra luxury whilst walking the West Highland Way you can upgrade to our hotel accommodation option. For this option we use a selection of country hotels, luxury bed and breakfasts and country inns of character.
We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking and arrange transfers to and from your overnight accommodation at our expense.
This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a single supplement is payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable.
Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.
Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Although not exhaustive these are the accommodation providers we use most often.
At Braeside, Colin and Scott guarantee a warm friendly welcome and comfortable stay in their modern and clean 3 star accommodation.
You are ensured a warm welcome from Tommy and Mhairi at this lovely guesthouse. Ashbank was once the home of the famous Olympian Eric Liddel who's story was depicted in the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire. The house sits proudly overlooking the village square and the surrounding hills.
Bramblewood is a friendly, family run Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the peaceful village of Drymen.
The Winnock Hotel is an 18th Century Inn where log fires and peaceful, tasteful bedrooms await.
One of the finest and most popular small hotels in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, The Buchanan Arms Hotel & Leisure Club possesses a character and charm which sits peacefully and calmly with the qualities of its surroundings.
Overlooked by the slopes of Conic Hill, this family-owned and managed Inn gives you the perfect base from which to explore the stunning surrounding countryside
Situated on the rugged eastern banks of Loch Lomond in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest the Rowardennan Hotel has breathtaking views of Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and the mountains to the North.
The house commands magnificent views over the loch and islands to Luss on the western shore. The private garden has large elivated timber decked area, with seating from which guests can enjoy the breath taking scenery.
Beinglas is two miles north from the top of Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way beneath the Grey Mares tail waterfall and surrounded by an abundance of Mountains Water falls and Wildlife.
The Drovers Inn provides the perfect stop at the north end of Loch Lomond providing a true and lasting memory of rural Scotland.
The Ardlui Hotel is located in the heart of Scotland's first National Park - Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.
Phil and Wendy Hines welcome you to Glenardran House a 3 star Visit Scotland approved guesthouse offering bed and breakfast Accommodation in Crianlarich
This is an award winning, comfortable and well-appointed 36 bedroom, 3-star hotel set in the lovely village of Crianlarich. All of our hotel options that stop in Tyndrum will be transferred 5 miles down to this lovely establishment.
Ewich House dates from 1811 and is beautifully furnished and decorated throughout, with all the usual amenities you would expect of a modern B&B. All bookings on our WSSWHW3+4 trips we try to acommodate at this highly acclaimed accommodation.
Glengarry House is a friendly and comfortable Guest House situated just outside of Tyndrum. Ellen and Andy provide the warmest of welcomes to their wonderful establishment.
The Bridge of Orchy welcome their guests with personalised service, imaginative Scottish cuisine, quietly elegant en suite bedrooms and public rooms, intimate atmosphere.
The Inveroran Hotel believe that coming to them is a very special experience for everyone. We have done our best to retain the atmosphere of the 19th century inn throughout the modern hotel.
Built in the 17th century, Kings House is believed to be one of Scotland's oldest licensed inns.
Edencoille is a charming small family run 4 Star guest house positioned in an elevated position overlooking Loch Leven, among the dramatic peaks of Glencoe and the Mamore Forest.
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Tigh na Cheo, a beautiful guest house in the village of Kinlochleven, in the west highlands of Scotland.
The MacDonald Hotel is situated at the foot of the Mamore Mountains, at the head of Loch Leven, providing a stunningly beautiful setting, which was selected to open the latest Rob Roy movie.
Guisachan House sits above Fort William overlooking Loch Linnhe and the surrounding hills. Close to the centre of town, Matthew and Edith will make sure that your last night on the West Highland Way is a comfortable and relaxing one.
Berkeley House was constructed in the late 1800's. Following a total refurbishment in 1998, this traditional Scottish Guest House has kept much of the original characteristics, whilst adding many modern facilities.
Myrtle Bank is a warm and pleasant establishment which overlooks Loch Linnie and is just a short stroll from the Town. Dora will welcome you in to her wonderful property which is extremely highly rated by clients.
The Lime Tree Small Hotel, Restaurant and high quality Art Gallery offers you unique accommodation in a convenient location in the centre of Fort William.
Glasgow International Airport
Located 8 miles west of Glasgow is served by routes from around Britain and the world. A regular shuttle service runs to the city centre. Visit their website for details of operators and routes.
Prestwick International Airport
Located 30 miles south of Glasgow, Prestwick is served primarily by Ryanair. A train service runs from Prestwick to Glasgow city centre. Note that this takes approx. 50 minutes so don't cut it too fine. Again their website has details of routes and operators.
Glasgow is served by several operators from throughout Britain. It is important to book as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. For information on all routes contact National Rail Enquires.
Glasgow is served by an excellent motorway network. Long term parking is generally not available in the city centre but unsecure parking is available in Milngavie at the start of the walk. For directions and journey planner visit:
Services from UK destinations are operated by National Express.
Services from Scottish destinations are operated by Scottish Citylink.
Return transfers from Fort William to Glasgow are NOT included in the price of your holiday. If you are returning to Glasgow we suggest the Citylink Bus (4-5 daily/3 hours) or First Scotrail Train (2-3 daily/4 hours)
The journey from Fort William to Glasgow is one of Scotland's most spectacular. Trains take about 4 hours and leave 2 to 3 times daily.
By CoachScottish Citylink operates 4 to 5 services daily to Glasgow and the journey takes about three hours.They also operate services north to Inverness and Skye.
Planning a trip on the West Highland Way can be daunting, especially if this is your first long distance walking holiday. We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.
At 95 Miles the West Highland Way is a fair distance and the higher your level of fitness the more you will enjoy the experience. Most of our itineraries involve between 5 and 10 hours walking daily so you should be comfortable walking on good tracks and paths over undulating terrain for at least 6 to 7 hours. If you currently don’t enjoy that level of fitness regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk is recommended. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the West Highland Way is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. Our info packs have a list of all equipement to bring on your walk.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better and the midges have not yet appeared. Although having walked the way in every summer month I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
Midges are small biting insects (much like north American gnats) which are prevalent in the summer months. They are particularly bad on still, overcast days but do not bother you if you are moving, the wind is blowing, sun is shining, it’s raining, or you are inside so as long as you carry repellent for the odd occasion you may need it they shouldn’t have any impact on your experience.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets and several sections of the way are closed to dogs as they are permissive paths through farm land.
You can use public transport, local taxis or our baggage van may be able to move you to the next overnight stop. Full details are included in your info pack.
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