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West Highland Way Self-guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walk over half of Scotland's most famous long distance trail from Inverarnan to Fort William.
  • Enjoy camaraderie on the trail as you meet fellow walkers from around the world.
  • Explore the Highland landscape; from the remote Rannoch Moor to the base of Ben Nevis.
  • Stay at the remote Kingshouse Hotel with views onto Buachaille Etive Mor.
  • Make your proud final steps into Fort William, having traversed Scotland’s finest scenery.

Walk the northern portion of Scotland's most famous long distance trail - the West Highland Way. The trail winds it's way through the seemingly infinite highland glens of Western Scotland taking in iconic sights such as Buachaille Etive Mor (Scotland's most photographed mountain), and crossing the vast expanse of the remote Rannoch Moor. Immerse yourself in the landscape and enjoy camaraderie with other walkers along the trail

Discover the spectacular landscape of the Scottish Highland's on the West Highland Way - Scotland's most famous long-distance trail. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever-changing landscape as you undertake the northern portion of the trail from Inerarnan to Fort William. Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy and Inveroran 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 to Kinlochleven via the “Devil’s Staircase”, before reaching Fort William, Scotland’s Outdoor Capital, situated at the head of Loch Linnhe with the slopes of Ben Nevis above.

As the largest operator on the West Highland Way (each year over 2500 people trust us to arrange their walk) we can secure you the best value and quality arrangements, regardless of whether you are walking solo or as a group of 20, and we’re happy to tailor-make a tour to fit your requirements. 99% of our walkers would recommend us to a friend, and you can read over 800 authentic and unbiased West Highland Way customer reviews. So give us a shout today to start planning your own West Highland Way adventure.

For more information on the West Highland Way, you can download our Free online guide, or visit our in-depth West Highland Way information page.

Day 1: Arrive in Inverarnan

Arrive in the little village of Inverarnan on the shores of Loch Lomond. Here there are a few quaint accommodations scattered along the lochside, including the famous Drovers Inn, if you're not overnighting here why not pop in for a dram by the fire in their characterful bar.


Day 2: Inverarnan to Tyndrum

Today you can look forward to some relaxing walking after the ups and downs of the previous stretch. The West Highland Way climbs slowly out of Inverarnan through Glen Falloch towards Crianlarich.
The towering Munros of Ben More and Stob Binnean are a fantastic backdrop to your walk as the Way bypasses Crianlarich. If you need supplies or are staying in Crianlarich, then follow the signs down to this Highland village.


Walk through secluded woodland before making your way back to the valley floor on rolling farmland surrounded by the lofty highland scenery. On reaching Tyndrum, you'll find the iconic Green Welly Stop (with a small outdoor supply shop), the Real Food Cafe and the local pub.


Walk: 11.5 miles / 19 km


Day 3: Tyndrum to Inveroran

Get ready for a great day's walking! The Highland scenery is stunning and now that you are getting into your stride you will love the fast-going on military roads. Follow the valley to Bridge of Orchy, a small hamlet and sometimes used as an overnight stop - the hotel serves delicious meals if you fancy an early lunch. Leave Bridge of Orchy behind and walk towards Loch Tulla and the Black Mount where you'll find the isolated Inveroran Hotel. 


Walk: 9.5 miles / 15 km


Day 4: Inveroran to Kingshouse

Arguably the most beautiful and section of the West Highland Way this stretch of the trail to Kingshouse on the edge of Glencoe leads you over the remote Rannoch Moor.  Follow the military road across Rannoch Moor, once covered by a giant icecap but is today covered in bog. There is no shelter and in bad weather, it can be exposed, whilst in good weather, Rannoch Moor is simply inspiring.


The 17th century Kingshouse Hotel provides great views of Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain, and is a favouite spot of the area's Red Deer.


Walk: 10 miles / 16 km


Day 5: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

From Kingshouse follow a good track north through Glencoe, which giving views of the famous "weeping glen"- site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692.  Pass Buachaille Etive Mor then zig-zag up the "Devil’s Staircase" to the highpoint of the West Highland Way at 548m. Your reward is wonderful views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, before you wind your descent into the small town of Kinlochleven.


Walk: 9 miles / 14 km


Day 6: Kinlochleven to Fort William

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 stone cottages towards Fort William. Follow a trail through the forest in Glen Nevis with views of towering Ben Nevis ahead. The final two miles of the Way follow the Glen Nevis road, bringing you
to the official end of the West Highland Way at the main street of Fort William.


Walk: 15 miles / 24 km


Day 7: Onward travel

After a hearty Scottish breakfast it's time to bring your West Highland Way adventure to an end. We suggest returning to Glasgow, from where it's easy to continue your onward travel internationally. Alternatively, you can easily extend your trip in Scotland from Fort William - simply speak to one of Specialists for inspiration.


Accommodation


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.


Accommodation Upgrade


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.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated 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. You shall have the option to change your dates or we can arrange transfers to and from an alternative overnight accommodation. A transfer supplement will be added in such an instance.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

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.


Meals

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.


Baggage Transfer

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.


Accommodation Partners

Although not exhaustive these are the accommodation providers we use most often.



 

 

 




Beinglas Farm - Inverarnan

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.



 

 

 


 

 

 




Ardlui Hotel - Inverarnan

The Ardlui Hotel is located in the heart of Scotland's first National Park - Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Glenardran House - Crianlarich



Glenardran House - Crianlarich

Phil and Wendy Hines welcome you to Glenardran House a 3 star Visit Scotland approved guesthouse offering bed and breakfast Accommodation in Crianlarich


 

 

 


 

 

 




Crianlarich Hotel - 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 - Tyndrum



Ewich House - Tyndrum

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 - Tyndrum

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Bridge of Orchy Hotel - Bridge of Orchy

The Bridge of Orchy welcome their guests with personalised service, imaginative Scottish cuisine, quietly elegant en suite bedrooms and public rooms, intimate atmosphere.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Inveroran Hotel - Inveroran

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.



 

 

 


 

 

 



Edencoille - Kinlochleven



Edencoille - Kinlochleven

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 




MacDonald Hotel - Kinlochleven

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 Guest House - Fort William



Guisachan Guest House - Fort William

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 - Fort William



Berkeley House - Fort William

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 - Fort William



Myrtle Bank - Fort William

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 - Fort William

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.


 

 

 

Availability

There are a few dates throughout the year when events in the local area will prevent us from being able to book accommodation. The following dates are already full: 


2nd - 4th May 2019: Kinlochleven – Pre 65 Trails


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate overall with individual itineraries varying from easy to moderate through to moderate to strenuous. Daily walking distances vary between 7 - 21 miles. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths. There are ascents and descents involved so a good level of fitness is required.


Navigation

The route is well waymarked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so you should have no problem finding your way on the trail.


Baggage Transfer

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.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes - please note that your devices (watches, phones, GPS units) may give slightly differing distances to our carefully recorded distances and ascents/descents due to varying GPS signal and depending on which accommodations you overnight at.


Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months, lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Start of the walk - Inverarnan

Details of how to get to Glasgow, the closest city with a large transport hub to Inverarnan located approximately half way along the West Highland Way are listed below. If arriving from Glasgow the easiest ways to get to Inverarnan are via rail - hop off the train at the Ardlui Station on the Fort William train which leaves from Glasgow Queen Street Station. From here it's a 5 minute taxi to Inverarnan - we recommend pre-booking a taxi as there's no taxi rank at the station. Alternatively, you can take a Citylink bus from Glasgow city centre's Buchanan Bus Station north to Inverarnan.


By Air


Glasgow International Airport: Located 8 miles west of the city of Glasgow, the airport is served by numerous domestic and international routes. A regular shuttle bus service runs to Glasgow city centre, and there is also a service to/from Fort William.


Prestwick International Airport: Located 30 miles south of Glasgow, Prestwick Airport is served primarily by Ryanair. A train service runs from Prestwick to Glasgow city centre and takes approx. 50 mins. 


Edinburgh International Airport: Located 45 miles east of Glasgow, Edinburgh Airport is served by numerous domestic and international routes. A regular bus service runs to Glasgow city centre and takes approx. 60 mins.


By Rail


Glasgow is well-served by rail from across the UK. Booking in advance secures the best fares. For information on all routes contact National Rail Enquiries.



By Bus


Services from UK destinations are operated by National Express.


Services from Scottish destinations are operated by Scottish Citylink.


How to get back from Fort William

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 (up to 8 departures daily, approx. 3 hours) or Scotrail train (one of the UK's most spectacular journeys, 2-3 departures daily, approx. 4 hours, also available for continued journey to Edinburgh).


Trains and buses also operate north to Inverness and Skye; a great website for public transport planning within Scotland is Traveline Scotland, or give us a shout to discuss extending your stay further. 

Included

  • 6 Overnights in hand-picked B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses including an overnight in Fort William post tour.
  • Breakfasts at each accommodation.
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfer.
  • Detailed information pack and guidebook.
  • GPS tracks and detailed mapping with our Macs Adventure smartphone app.
  • 24/7 telephone support from our offices.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Transport to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks or drinks.
  • Personal equipment.

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Upgrade to hotel standard accommodation throughout
  • Extra night/s along the route
  • Extra night/s in Fort William accommodation (post tour)
  • Taxi transfers due to lack of availability at stage end

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.

How fit do I need to be?

At 57 Miles the northern section of the West Highland Way comprises 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.

How far in advance do I need to book?

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

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.

When is the best time of year?

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.

What are the midges like?

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.

Am I able to take my dog?

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.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

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.

Brilliant, from start to finish

5

From the initial email to the end of the tour Mac's were great. Can't fault them at all. Was reassuring to know that a professional outfit was looking after everything, from accommodation to baggage transfer. Would definitely use again and would recommend anyone looking to book a walking holiday to look no further.

Craig

Musselburgh

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highland beauty

5

The WHW is one of the most beautiful walks ever. I've now done it twice (8 years apart). It is a bit 'busier' than previous, but remains utterly spectacular in it's beauty and scenery. Macs (as usual) set up good accommodations; guidebook/maps/gps/app were good (although way is very well waymarked; you hardly ever need to consult your guidebook or gps); baggage picked up and dropped off without a hitch. The walking, scenery, whiskey, food, and sleep were great!!

alex

canada

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Trip of a lifetime

5

The West Highland Way trip was an adventure that my wife and I had thought about for years. We'd briefly visited Scotland 20+ years ago and always wanted to return. We knew the hike would be a challenge, but knew it'd give us the chance to really experience the beauty of the highlands. The accommodations were fantastic and the luggage service worked beautifully. All we had to do was put the miles behind us.

Bill

Baltimore, Maryland USA

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Cannot recommend Mac's Adventure enough!!

5

This was a trip of a lifetime! Macs Adventure had everything planned for us. All we had to do was follow the trip itinerary. The accommodations were fantastic. We will book with Mac's Adventure in the future!!!

Kate G

Texas

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Highly Recommended Company

5

Excellent in all respects. clear and detailed information, comfortable accomodation and varied, great breakfasts. Best welcomes at Clifton Cottage and Fassfern Guesthouse. Clachaig Inn really beautiful. Very good path and easy to find way. (I was concerned that i would not be able to walk the whole way since there is 50 years difference between my niece and I) I had trained and found the walk not too exhausting. Flexibility in terms of change of arrangements: At first my niece and I were going to walk the 5 days on our own.Trip was paid for. Then her parents wanted to join us half way through. Accomodation was rearranged and had to be re arranged again when her brother decided to come. Small touches: Wonderful account of significant events in Scottish history provided at Clifton Cottage. We had a lot of rain but we managed fine and really appreciated it when the sun came out.!!! Beautiful views and we met great people. So many surprises: ie history signs along the way; enjoyed the variety of Scottish gins and tonic waters!!! Surprised by the wonderful city of Glasgow( Recommended stay). Enjoyed exploring; now one of my favourite cities in the world.

Vere the veteran, & Heidi the high flyer

Western Australia

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Stunning scenery

5

Macs Adventure makes traveling easier by making arrangements and providing detailed directions. the accommodations were all wonderful and pre-travel information very helpful!

Kayzkay

Olympia, Wa

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Recommended

5

The whole trip was very well organised; the accommodation first class; tour information superb. There are two minor points for improvement. (I) The baggage pick-up from Milngavie was between 8:30 and 09:00. The B&B In Drymen did not open until 4:00pm. You will have a long wait unless you are a slow walker. (I) If staying in Ardlui, you need to get a ferry. This only runs every hour (roughly) on the hour. You May have a long wait so it may be advisable to walk around the top of Loch Lomond - if a trail exists! I have walked The WHW before - but in a group. This time being left to get on with it was much better. Also, the guide book they provide you with has very detailed maps. An APP is also provided with online maps. I didn't need it. Recommended.

Highland Lover

Ayrshire

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Logistics and accommodations were great on WHW!

5

We booked the 8 day trip with MACs last minute (1.5 week before the hike) when our schedules opened up. They were able to confirm accommodations within 2 days which was helpful! The app with route work great. All the accommodations were friendly, clean and comfortable. The guide book provided was useful. The trail was great to hike. We loved it!

Andrea

Hamilton, Canada

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Macs tour

5

The trip was overall great, impressively organized. We enjoyed the great accommodations along the route, however the last place was a huge disappointment, the Berkeley House in Fort William. It felt like a cheap place with almost no amenities. It was cold feeling, not at all like the previous places. The bed was inconveniently up against half of the bathroom door. Very disappointing end of the tour. I have attached a photo to demonstrate.

Kate

Vancouver, Canada

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Four Ancients

4

Four of us did the 8 day walk of the WHW. Our ages ranged from 68 to 70 so we were all very happy to complete the walk and still feel great. We had our moments (like the track to the immediate north of Inersnaid Hotel) but had a great time overall chatting and laughing all the way. A few sore muscles but boots did well albeit some minor blistering. It was great to reach our accommodation and have a drink and a lovely hot meal and shower. Totally enjoyable.

GT

Adelaide, Australia

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