Scotland's West Highland Way Hike

Scotland's classic long-distance route from Glasgow to Ben Nevis


Trip Details

Location West Scotland
Length 9 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn, B&B
Group size 5-12
Dates Jun 30, 2019 - Jul 8, 2019
Land Cost $3,775.00
Single Supp Cost $500.00

Hiking Trip Summary

We invite you to join us on one of Scotland’s oldest long-distance footpaths, the West Highland Way, offering some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

The West Highland Way (also referred to as just the “Way”), finished in 1980, took almost 20 years to complete. Beginning near Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, and following alongside Britain’s largest body of inland water, Loch Lomond, the Way ends in Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The Scottish Highlands and Lowlands are separated by the Highland Boundary Fault, which runs through the middle of Loch Lomond, creating both a contrast in geology as well as the human history of the two areas. Along this 95-mile walk through Scotland, we will hike through a variety of landscapes, moorland and heath, river valleys and farmland, mountains and woodland.

Traveling on foot is a wonderful way to experience Western Scotland. We’ll stay at old inns, small hotels, and B&Bs. After a hearty Scottish breakfast each day, we will set off to our next destination, either picnicking along the way or enjoying the hospitality of local pubs and restaurants. From village to village, from the central lowlands to the heart of the Highlands, together we will explore this route while, at the same time, enjoying the changing landscape. We will spend two nights in Rowardennan on the shore of Loch Lomond, allowing a day to climb Ben Lomond (3,195′), one of Scotland’s famed Munro peaks. Our trip will end in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts (full Scottish)
  • Six dinners
  • Group pick-up at Glasgow International Airport on Day 1
  • Group drop-off at Glasgow International Airport on Day 9
  • All group transfers on buses and vans as described in the itinerary
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Air fare, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, two dinners, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, etc.).

LUGGAGE

This hike has luggage transfer each day. You will need to carry a small daypack with only the clothing and accessories you will need for the day.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Most evenings will be spent in small towns or villages. For the most part, these are not typical tourist destinations and therefore have limited choices of accommodations. The accommodations on this route are comfortable but not fancy and will run the gamut from small, simple, bed and breakfasts to comfortable country inns and hotels. All reflect the local character and offer a friendly welcome. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or a nearby restaurant or pub. Lunches are picnic style along the trail, with the occasional stop at a pub or tea room.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Glasgow, Scotland. However, there are frequent trains from Edinburgh and Manchester as well, just be sure to allow for extra travel time.

MEETING POINT

The trip will start with a group pick-up at the Glasgow International Airport on Day 1.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end on Day 9 with a group drop-off at the Glasgow International Airport, arriving about 10:30am.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This is a wonderful route for hikers who look forward to challenging walks and hikes, and like the thought of staying in a variety of small hotels, B & B’s and Inns. The Way passes through different geological areas as well as significant historical ones; it is a rewarding way to experience the countryside of Scotland. We are happy to send you a list of past participants who will give you honest insight to their experiences.

For a more detailed itinerary that includes elevation gain, loss and distance, or to register please call.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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