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Hiking Tours on the West Highland Way

West Highland Way

  • Wild beauty awaits hiking Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail
  • Welcoming proud Scottish hospitality and whisky in abundance
  • Mysterious rugged Scottish landscapes, ancient glens and heather clad moors
  • Savor the dramatic history with famous castles and cozy lodgings
  • Hike from striking Glasgow to beautiful Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis
  • Pass Loch Lomond, and through Glencoe evoking visions of kilted Highlanders

The West Highland Way is undeniably Scotland's most famous hiking trail, offering a spectacular 96-mile journey through the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Starting near Glasgow, it takes hikers over heather clad moors and past windswept mountains to Fort William. It covers some of the most impressive scenery of western Scotland, with adventurers being treated to mythical lochs, lush glens, and a natural rugged landscape that's captivated generations of travelers over thousands of years.

The West Highland Way was the first tour Macs offered, and since 2003 we've organized self-guided hiking trips for thousands of travelers on the route. The company was founded just a few miles from the start of the trail, and every year members of our team hike it, giving us unique in-depth knowledge and extensive experience on this iconic route.

Our most popular tour is the 8 days West Highland Way, great for fit, first-timers and experienced hikers alike. Or you may choose our Rail & Hike itinerary which takes a romantic train journey and enjoys a ’wee dram’ of whisky in front of a crackling fire at the end of the day.

Download our Macs Guide to the West Highland Way to read about the trail and below you can find the multiple itineraries we offer. Find one you like? Inquire here or on the trip page to learn more and begin booking.

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  • 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.

    Download your Macs West Highland Way Guide
  • 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.

    Why book your West Highland Way vacation with Macs?
  • 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 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?

    West Highland Way FAQs
  • 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.

    Two Tough Questions
  • 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.

    West Highland Way Trail Maintenance

  • West Highland Way, Adventure Your Way

    Countless happy hikers have completed The West Highland Way with Macs since we first operated it back in 2003. It remains a firm favorite with us at Macs and is still one of our most popular trails.

    For a taste of the experience we have put together this short feature about a father and daughter on their West Highland Way adventure.

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  • A View into The West Highland Way

    In this gorgeous video, Ewan - with the backdrop of the world-famous Loch Lomond and sounds of the bagpipes - discusses some of the finer points of hiking The West Highland Way.

    He explains the accommodation, baggage transfers and how hassle free Macs Adventure make your vacation along The West Highland Way.

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  • West Highland Way Video Diary

    Dan from the Macs team hiked the full West Highland Way.

    In Dan's lovely video, he includes stopping points you shouldn’t miss (the distillery being the first!), what’s in his backpack, the red deer he saw and much more.

    Sit back and enjoy this video which gives you a great flavor of what’s in store for you on the West Highland Way.

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