The West Highland Way is the original long-distance walk in Scotland – and still one of the most popular. Despite dozens of newer long-distance walking trails being opened, including the latest the John Muir Way, this grand-daddy 96-mile waymarked trail attracts tens of thousands of people every year. The West Highland Way is traditionally walked over five to seven days, but there are those that go faster or slower or by another form of transport.
Here we bring you five ways to travel the West Highland Way:
Walk it: You do not have to be hugely experienced to walk the West Highland Way. Simply choose your multi-day goal and walk. Many people now choose to stay at well-located B&Bs and hotels overnight instead of carrying the extra load of a tent. Macs Adventure will organise accommodation and transport your luggage for you. Some people go for speed and walk the route in four or five days while others take their time and spread the route from Milngavie to Fort William over 10 days.
Rachael finishes the West Highland Way
Recently nine-year-old Rachael Moseley and her dad Ian walked the WHW route in seven days, before then walking to the summit of Ben Nevis.
Drive and hike: Instead of setting out to walk the West Highland Way in one go, you could walk different sections over separate weekends or days. Access is easy along the route and you could drive to various start points to complete shorter sections of the route every time you had the desire to do so.
Run it: There are two big events that see runners taking on the West Highland Way. The first, the Hoka Highland Fling, takes place this Saturday (April 26, 2014). The non-stop run sets off from the start of the WHW at Milngavie and finishes 53 miles later at Tyndrum. Yes, this sounds like an awful long way to run but there is another, longer event… The West Highland Way Race takes place on June 21, 2014. This is a run along the full length of the WHW route to Fort William. Many runners use the Hoka Highland Fling as a warm-up to the biggie event.
Bike it: The Holy Grail for mountain bikers on the WHW is to complete the route in one day. This might not sound like a big undertaking but there are sections of the route that many riders will find very challenging. See this entertaining blog on Scotland Outdoors magazine website about a rider who completed the WHW in a day and then set out to do it on a single speed bike.
By motorbike: Yes, really! The Scottish Six Days Trial in May includes a section of the West Highland Way from Bridge of Orchy to Fort William. The event takes place in and around the Lochaber area, centred in Fort William. How will you travel the West Highland Way?