Self-Guided Scotland's West Highland Way Hike

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


Trip Details

Location West Scotland
Length 12 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn, B&B
Group size 0
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost $0.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

The West Highland Way (also referred to as just the “Way”) took nearly 20 years to build and was finally competed in 1980. Beginning near Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, and following along side Britain’s largest body of inland water, Loch Lomond, and ending 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 human history of the two areas. Along this 95 mile walk through Scotland you 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. You’ll stay at old inns, small hotels, and B&B’s. After a hearty Scottish breakfast each day, you set off to your 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, you will explore this route while at the same time enjoying the changing landscapes. You will spend two nights in Rowardennan on the shore of Loch Lomond allowing a day to climb Ben Lomond (3195 ft), one of Scotland’s “Munros”, a mountain over 3000 feet. The trip will end in Fort Williams at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

This may change depending on final itinerary: travel information and suggestions, maps – 6 Ordnance Survey Maps covering the route; Cicerone Guide – A West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William – 2009 Edition, trail notes, which include additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e.lunches, laundry, water, hotel routines, alternate transportation, etc.), all breakfasts – full Scottish, two dinners – Crianlarich and Inveroran, luggage transport each day, all accommodations with private baths when available.

NOT INCLUDED

This may vary depending on your final confirmed itinerary: air fare, lunches, transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trip, transfers between inns or individual excursions, 9 dinners, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, extra charges due to changes in itinerary, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, medical expenses, evacuation costs, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.). Allow roughly $400 – $500 in additional costs.

LUGGAGE

This hike has luggage transfer each day. You will need to carry a small day pack with only the clothing and accessories you will need for the day. Details about luggage transfer will be in the final information.

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 though 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. Please note: Most nights include rooms with private baths, however there are two or three nights with shared bathrooms. 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, from where you easily travel to Milngavie by train or taxi. However, there are frequent trains from Edinburgh and Manchester as well, just be sure to allow for extra travel time.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This hike is perfect for strong hikers and strong walkers used to fairly long distances on varied terrain; for hikers looking to explore Scotland on foot and up close; for those who enjoy a variety of accommodations, from simple B&B’s to nicer hotels. 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.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

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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