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Walking holiday in Scotland on
The West Highland Way
Via Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Bridge of Orchy,
Rannoch Moor, Fort William

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West Highland Way, Scottish Walking Holiday
This self guided Scottish walking holiday in Scotland's West Highlands is through some of Scotland's most historic land and makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The West Highland Way passes through some of Scotland's most stunning landscape, the magical lochs and moors full of wildlife. The highlights along the way are some of the West Highlands most famous. Loch Lomond, a centre for walkers and watersports for generations, is a great place to extend your stay and explore one of Scotland's best loved lochs.

A 9 day itinerary for walking the 95 miles (152 kilometres) of the West Highland Way, a way-marked walking trail. The route can be walked in either direction and for those looking for a longer walking holiday it can be linked to a walking holiday on
The Great Glen Way.

Scottish Walking holiday on the West Highland Way in Scotland Online Booking Available
Suggested Tour Duration:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
95 miles
Min/max daily distance:
9/19 miles
Average Daily distance:
14 miles
Grading:
moderate
Features:
Loch Lomond
Rannoch Moor
Glencoe
Glasgow on self-guided walking holiday on West Highland Way in Scotland
Day 1: Arrive Milngavie
To start your Scottish walking holiday you make your own to Milngavie in Scotland. We can assist with air, coach or train transfers. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The West Highland Way.
Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen      12 miles easy     
The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie at the railway station. Milngavie is a suburb of Glasgow with a range of shops and pubs. Today's walk is an easy one through rolling countryside and farmland. At Dumgoyach Bridge the route joins a disused railway track. At Glengoyne just a little detour from the route there is a distillery to visit.
Start of West Highland Way at Milngavie, Scotland
The view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill on self-guided walking holiday on West Highland Way in Scotland Day 3: Walk Drymen to Rowardennan           14 miles easy    
The West Highland Way from Drymen is another easy hiking day with the only major climb at Conic Hill to 358m. The walking trail follows forest tracks then on to open moorland. The slight detour up to Conic Hill is well worth it as from the summit there are great views over Loch Lomond. This hill also marks the start of the Scottish's Highlands. The walking trail makes its away along the side of Loch Lomond. On the Loch's shore there is a marker commemorating the opening of the West Highland Way in 1980.
Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan           14 miles easy    
The West Highland Way from Rowardennan is another easy hiking day along Loch Lomond. The walking trail follows forest tracks for much of the way; the forestry is slowly being replanted with native broadleaf trees. The views along the Loch are splendid and have inspired walkers to Scotland for years. The route along Loch Lomond passes Rob Roy's Cave, although easily missed. At Ardleish the trail leaves the loch side and climbs to give great views of Loch Lomond and the mountains to the north. You descend to Inverarnan via the footbridge over Ben Glas Burn.
Loch Lomond on West Highland Way walking holiday, Scotland
Tyndrum on West Highland Way walking holiday, Scotland Day 5: Inverarnan to Tyndrum       13 miles easy
Today's walk follows the River Fallochy though Glen Falloch passing several waterfalls and the Falls of Falloch. The West Highland Way passes very close to the village of Crianlarich with a pub and shops. This is approximately the half way point of your walking holiday. Walking on from Crianlarich the hiking trails climbs to give fine views across to Ben More. The town of Tyndrum, a former lead-mining village, has a small selection of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Day 6: Tyndrum to Kingshouse/Glencoe       19 miles moderate
Today's section of The West Highland Way is the longest but proves to be one of the favourite walks. On leaving Tyndrum the trail rejoins the old military road giving great views of the surrounding mountains. The path passes village of The Bridge Of Orchy with its famous hotel and railway station, then on to Rannoch Moor. This section is across Rannoch Moor is remote and gives the walk a taste of the scale of the Scottish Highlands. A cairn marks the highest point on the moor (445m) and affords great views of Glencoe. At Glencoe there is a ski centre, café, shops and hotel.
Rannoch Moor on West Highland Way walking holiday, Scotland
Devil's Staircase on West Highland Way walking holiday, Scotland Day 7: Kingshouse/Glencoe to Kinlochleven       9 miles moderate
Today's walk is short but includes a hike up Devil's Staircase and a long descent. The trail returns to the old military road at Altnafeadh, affording some of the best views of the mountains around Glencoe. The highest point on The West Highland Way is at the top of the Devil's Staircase at 584m and on a clear day Ben Nevis is visible. The trail winds its way down to the town of Kinlochleven with a selection of shops, and bars. There is also a visitor's centre telling the town's short involvement with aluminium smelting.
Day 8: Kinlochleven to Fort William       14 miles moderate    
Today's walk is the most taxing but includes some breathtaking views. The route leads through forestry plantations and open moor land giving fine views of Ben Nevis. The route enters Fort William via Glen Nevis and along the banks of the River Nevis.
Glencoe on West Highland Way walking holiday, Scotland
Optional Day: Extra day in Fort William
The town of Fort William has a large selection shops, pubs, hotels etc and makes a great place to extend your stay with perhaps walk up Ben Nevis or walk The Great Glen Way to Inverness.
Day 9: Leave after breakfast.
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time exploring.
This walking holiday on the West Highland Way in the Scotland operates between April and early October and in either direction.
At Fort William this walking holiday connects with
The Great Glen Way.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the trail you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays on the UK.
Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
What's included
in your Scotland walking holiday
on the West Highland Way:
  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • map of West Highland Way
  • Cicerone's guide to West Highland Way
Cicerone's Guide to West Highland Way
West Highland Way 9 day itinerary:
7 days walking and 8 nights accommodation
£562pp
dbl/twin
£754pp
single occ
£794pp
solo traveller
Book West Highland Way walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Fort William
from £42.50 per person per night
Optional Extras
for your Scotland walking holiday
on the West Highland Way:
  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • extra night in Fort William
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability               Prices per person per night
Drymen Double/Twin Single
Buchanan Arms Hotel £29.00 £55.00
Winnock Hotel £38.00 £68.00
Rowardennan Double/Twin Single
Rowardennan Hotel £12.50 £34.00
Inverarnan Double/Twin Single
Drovers Inn £10.00 £30.00
Bridge of Orchy Double/Twin Single
Bridge of Orchy Hotel £58.00 £120.00
Fort William Double/Twin Single
Alexander Hotel £28.00 £38.00
Ben Nevis Hotel £42.00 £68.00
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By Train to Glasgow (Milngavie) or Fort William
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