Discover West Highland Way
Download your Macs West Highland Way Guide
The West Highland Way is right out our backdoor and was the first trail we offered when Macs was founded back in 2003. Our team hikes this trail on a yearly basis and is always a favorite!
The WHW offers everything from cozy loch front accommodations to incredible mountain views to mouthwatering traditional Scottish meals – haggis anyone?
Curious to know more? Download our Macs Guide to the West Highland Way and if that's still not enough or you'd like to speak with one of our experts you can inquire here or give us a call at (720) 487-9898.
Why book your West Highland Way vacation with Macs?
Mountains of knowledge: Since 2003, we’ve organized thousands of self-guided hiking trips on the stunning West Highland Way. Macs HQ is just a few miles from the start of the trail, so the team have hiked it countless times giving us first-hand knowledge and experience of the route, the local communities and all the hidden gems along the trail.
Accommodation: We’ve selected the best and most suitable cozy hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses along the route. We hand-pick properties of the highest quality and friendliest Scottish service.
Luggage transfers: We carry your main bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply hiking and enjoying the culture, food, and scenery this trip has to offer.
Navigation & 24/7 phone support: Self-guided hiking means having the freedom to explore independently at your own pace, along well-waymarked routes, with our 24/7 first-class support there if you need it.
Tried & tested itineraries: We offer 4 tours of different durations which complete the full trail, so you can choose the itinerary best suited to suit you. We also have a shorter version and a Rail & Hike option.
West Highland Way FAQs
Being experts on hiking the West Highland Way, it’s unlikely that there's a question that we’ve not been asked before! We like a challenge though...so please contact us if you have one or some.
In the meantime, check our our blog 'Frequently Asked Questions' which has a wealth of information and questions we've already answered. Top questions include:
Q: When is the best time to walk the West Highland Way?
Q: Should I take my trekking poles?
Q: Should I carry a lot of cash or are there ATMs along the way?
Two Tough Questions
Toughest place name to pronounce - The first stop on the West Highland Way is probably the toughest to pronounce. Milngavie is actually pronounced Mul-guy. Strange eh?! Another one is Drymen (Dri-min). The most ‘-ch’ part of a word is pronounced like you're gently clearing your throat, however a hard -K sound will do, i.e. Lock Lomond, but the gravelly -‘ch’ will make you sound like a local!
Toughest Section - The jury is out on this, but here in the office, we think it’s the section from Rowardennan to Inveroran. The path twists and turns and there are roots, rocks and steps which require a lot of concentration. However, the path leads you along the beautiful ‘bonnie’ banks of Loch Lomond.
As for the rest of the tough questions…call us, our team will be able to assist.
West Highland Way Trail Maintenance
We have teamed up with organizations to support the paths our customers walk on. We're donating $10 for every customer traveling along the West Highland Way in 2023.
These paths are like the lifeblood of our business, and we want to make sure they're here for generations to come.
Learn more about the importance of trail maintenance.