Dramatic Scenery on Scotland’s Flagship Walking Trail

Walking the West Highland Way will take you through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found in Scotland – a once in a lifetime experience and an absolute must for the walking enthusiast.

Highlights
  • Through remote woodland and farmland between the Kilpatrick Hills
  • Across the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond – Scotland’s largest loch
  • Walk through Trossachs National Park and visit the Rob Roy's Cave
  • Past the dramatic 30ft high Waterfalls of Falloch
  • Through beautiful glens and villages such as Tyndrum, Glencoe, Glen Dochart, Glen Nevis and Strath Fillan
  • Lairig Mor’s ‘great pass' - through the central Cairngorms
  • Scale the summit of ‘Devil’s Staircase’
  • 4 to 10 nights
  • 44 to 96 mls (view km)
  • Milngavie, West Scotland
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Mar to Oct
  • £345

Please book early to secure availability.
Please be aware that West Highland Way accommodation gets booked up very early in the season, particularity for Spring start dates. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Hiking The West Highland Way

Loch Lomand from Conic hillOld cattle droving and 18C military ‘roads’ that once linked the highlands to the lowlands are the make up of a route that can prove challenging in places but also one of the most rewarding in Europe.

An advantage that comes with being Scotland's most popular long-distance trail is that the route is well waymarked. Beginning at the town of Milngavie, just northward of Glasgow, you then trace an outline along the shores of Loch Lomond, where you are met by the striking features of the Western Highlands. The journey ends at Fort William, but the rewards are magnificent; here, you are met with Britain's highest mountain - Ben Nevis.

Walking the West Highland Way, you'll find that many of the hotels along this route originated from old droving inns and have been in operation for centuries. These places have an old and curious lineage, and references to these longstanding lodgings have cropped up in the travel anecdotes of many famous writers including Wordsworth and Dr. Johnson.

"I began walking the West Highland Way regularly, in the late 1950’s, only it wasn’t the West Highland Way then; it was my route from home to school, 5 miles each way, there and back. Little could I imagine the WHW would be today one of the most popular walking trails in Europe."

Angus Cunningham, Celtic Trails founder

Path Walkthrough

Walking holiday map of the the West Highland Way
Our linear West Highland Way walking holiday route takes you from Milngavie to Fort William.

Setting out from Milngavie, walking The West Highland Way begins life as a pleasant pastoral route through the lowland's county lanes. Once you get to Conic Hill the scenery begins to evolve, and scaling the hill you're greeted with your first sight of Loch Lomond on the descent. From here the trail becomes more rugged and demanding as you walk lochside into Rowardennan and Crianlarich. From then on, its distinctive highland scenery - glens with striking mountain views. There are strenuous sections out of Glencoe and on to Rannoch moor before arriving at Kinlochleven. Descending through Nevis forest, Ben Nevis comes into view where the trail ends at Fort William.

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Our West Highland Way Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Milngavie to Fort William

Length: 96 miles/ 154 km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Code
Duration
From
WHW1
8 Nights / 7 Days
£635 pp

Milngavie to Fort William

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: WHW1
From: £635 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Milngavie
Day 2:Milngavie to Drymen12 miles/19km
Day 3:Drymen to Rowardennan14 miles/22.5km
Day 4:Rowardennan to Inverarnan14 miles/22.5km
Day 5:Inverarnan to Tyndrum12 miles/19.5km
Day 6:Tyndrum to Inveroran9 miles/14.5km
Day 7:Inveroran to Kinlochleven19 miles/30.5km
Day 8:Kinlochleven to Fort William16 miles/24km
Day 9:Depart Fort William

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Milngavie on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Fort William on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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WHW2
9 Nights / 8 Days
£725 pp

Milngavie to Fort William

9 Nights / 8 Days
Holiday Code: WHW2
From: £725 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Milngavie
Day 2:Milngavie to Drymen12 miles/19km
Day 3:Drymen to Rowardennan14 miles/22.5km
Day 4:Rowardennan to Inverarnan14 miles/22.5km
Day 5:Inverarnan to Tyndrum12 miles/29.5km
Day 6:Tyndrum to Inveroran9 miles/14.5km
Day 7:Inveroran to Kingshouse10 miles/16km
Day 8:Kingshouse to Kinlochleven9 miles/14.5km
Day 9:Kinlochleven to Fort William16 miles/24km
Day 10:Depart Fort William

Itinerary Information: 9 nights accommodation with 8 walking days. Arrive in Milngavie on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Fort William on morning of day 10.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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WHW3
10 Nights / 9 Days
£795 pp

Milngavie to Fort William

10 Nights / 9 Days
Holiday Code: WHW3
From: £795 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Milngavie
Day 2:Milngavie to Drymen12 miles/19.2km
Day 3:Drymen to Balmaha7 miles/11.25km
Day 4:Balmaha to Rowardennan7 miles/11.25km
Day 5:Rowardennan to Inverarnan14 miles/22.5km
Day 6:Inverarnan to Tyndrum12 miles/19.5km
Day 7:Tyndrum to Inveroran9 miles/14.5km
Day 8:Inveroran to Kingshouse10 miles/16km
Day 9:Kingshouse to Kinlochleven9 miles/14.5km
Day 10:Kinlochleven to Fort William16 miles/24km
Day 11:Depart Fort William

Itinerary Information: 10 nights accommodation with 9 walking days. Arrive in Milngavie on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Fort William on morning of day 11.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Tyndrum to Fort William

Length: 44 miles/ 70.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Code
Duration
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WHW5
4 Nights / 3 Days
£345 pp

Tyndrum to Fort William

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: WHW5
From: £345 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Tyndrum
Day 2:Tyndrum to Inveroran9 miles/14.5km
Day 3:Inveroran to Kinlochleven19 miles/30.5km
Day 4:Kinlochleven to Fort William16 miles/24km
Day 5:Depart Fort William

Itinerary Information: 4 nights accommodation with 3 walking days. Arrive in Tyndrum on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Fort William on morning of day 5.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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WHW4
5 Nights / 4 Days
£455 pp

Tyndrum to Fort William

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: WHW4
From: £455 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Tyndrum
Day 2:Tyndrum to Inveroran9 miles/14.5km
Day 3:Inveroran to Kingshouse10 miles/16km
Day 4:Kingshouse to Kinlochleven9 miles/14.5km
Day 5:Kinlochleven to Fort William16 miles/24km
Day 6:Depart Fort William

Itinerary Information: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Tyndrum on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Fort William on morning of day 6.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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If you’d prefer a shorter or larger timescale, please give us a call on 01291 689774 and we will try our best to accommodate you.

  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • High standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 18kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £35 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £ per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £45 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Recommended location for a rest day is Fort William, ideally located to climb Ben Nevis.

  • Getting There

    By Rail: Railway stations are located in Milngavie and Fort William.

    Trains to Glasgow operate on a regular basis at both stations, there is also a train to Edinburgh Waverley at Milngavie - twice hourly on weekdays.

    There is also a sleeper service out of Fort William to London Euston at approximately 1700 hours each afternoon.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk            

    Public transport website

    http://travelinescotland.com/welcome.do        

  • Best Time to Travel

    This walk can be taken between March - October, walking The West Highland Way in winter conditions is not advised. Late spring is a good time to walk, you should be able to avoid the crowds as well as the dreaded midges.

    Average Temperature in Fort William                                                     Average Sunshine at Fort William                                                Average Rainfall in Fort William

Client Reviews of Our West Highland Way

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5; read a selection of 12 reviews below.

We love Celtic Trails! We have recommended you to many friends - excellent accommodations and very good attention to detail. We used another company to walk the coast to coast in 2017 and their service fell well short of yours. We highly recommend the West Highland Way - not too challenging, but breathtakingly beautiful.

5 out of 5

April 2019

Celtic Trails didn't just meet our expectations, they exceeded them.

5 out of 5

May 2018

We chose Celtic Trails because they were more locally based and had a very thorough website. We most enjoyed the trail variety, the scenery, exploring rural and remote parts of Scotland and the lovely, local people.

5 out of 5

September 2018

We would choose to travel with you again. We liked the luggage transfers and the quality of the accommodations. The best thing about a long-distance walking holidays is the scenery, the sense of achievement and the fresh air.

5 out of 5

June 2018

"We loved our holiday!!"

4.8 out of 5

May 2017

"I enjoyed the lovely proper cooked in food in pubs. The organisation was great, the accommodation good and I enjoyed meeting people."

4.8 out of 5

April 2015

"Overall I had an amazing time! I walked from end to end & met so many interesting people on the way. At the end of every day I appreciated the warm hospitality and the clean comfortable rooms to spend the night.' 'Thanks so much for organising this holiday for me. It is unforgettable!"

4.8 out of 5

June 2014

"An outstanding trip!"

5 out of 5

June 2014

"Thank you, it was awesome! :)"

5 out of 5

June 2011

"Thank you Nathan for a very well organised walk and for the literature about it. It really was a great experience and everything (apart from the weather) went like clockwork. The one good thing about the weather was that there were not midges, and it was dry crossing Rannoch Moor."

4.8 out of 5

June 2011

"IT WAS PERFECT. Just magnificent, magical and atmospheric. The accommodation was excellent, all was totally smooth and though the weather was kind, it was really good to know Celtic Trails were there if things hadn't gone so smoothly."

5 out of 5

May 2010

"Lovely to arrive at the day to find we were expected and our bags had arrived. We were pleased with the accommodation and we thank you for helping us with our requests. We found everyone most welcoming and met some lovely like-minded people along the 'way'. Thank you."

4.7 out of 5

April 2010

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