4 to 10 nights
44 to 96 mls (km)
West Scotland
Moderate to Challenging
Mar to Oct

Dramatic Scenery on Scotland’s Flagship Walking Trail

  • 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 30 ft high Waterfalls of Falloch
  • Through beautiful glens and villages such as Tyndrum, Glencoe, Glen Dochart, Glen Nevis and Strath Fillan
  • Scale the summit of ‘Devil’s Staircase’
📷Loch Lomand from Conic hill Loch Lomand from Conic hill

Hiking The West Highland Way

Old cattle droving and 18th century 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 north 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 and 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.

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

Path Walkthrough

Setting out from Milngavie, 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, distinctive highland scenery dominates - glens with striking mountain views.

There are strenuous sections leaving 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.

"I began walking the West Highland Way regularly in the late 1950s, 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, founder of Celtic Trails

Our West Highland Way Itineraries

  • Milngavie to Fort William
    Distance: 96 miles (154km)
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £830 pp
    Milngavie to Fort William
        7 nights, 6 days
    8 Nights, 7 Days
    from £940 pp
    Milngavie to Fort William
        8 nights, 7 days
    Ref: WHW1
    Grade: Classic
    9 Nights, 8 Days
    from £1045 pp
    Milngavie to Fort William
        9 nights, 8 days
    Ref: WHW2
    Grade: Classic
    10 Nights, 9 Days
    from £1160 pp
    Milngavie to Fort William
        10 nights, 9 days
    Ref: WHW3
    Grade: Classic

    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.

  • Tyndrum to Fort William
    Distance: 44 miles (70.5km)
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £625 pp
    Tyndrum to Fort William
        5 nights, 4 days
    Ref: WHW4
    Grade: Classic
    4 Nights, 3 Days
    from £500 pp
    Tyndrum to Fort William
        4 nights, 3 days
    Ref: WHW5
    Grade: Classic

    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.

  • Milngavie to Tyndrum
    Distance: 53 miles (85km)
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £670 pp
    Milngavie to Tyndrum
        6 nights, 5 days
    Ref: WHW6
    Grade: Classic
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £565 pp
    Milngavie to Tyndrum
        5 nights, 4 days
    Ref: WHW7
    Grade: Classic

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

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&Bs with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path that form a part of our standard package
    • Route planning
    • Walk pack including Trail Guide and mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions and route notes, lunch and dinner information, restaurant recommendations and holiday planning details

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our West Highland Way holidays are available to walk March to 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 midges.


    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.

    The Caledonian Sleeper service between Fort William to London Euston timetable is available below


    Public transport website


    Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    West Highland Way Client Reviews

    4.8/5 based on 71 reviews
    Celtic Trails provided excellent customer service when we needed it. We felt a huge accomplishment when we finish the walk. It was tough but so enjoyable. We met the most amazing people on the trail and there is nothing so magical as walking through the Scottish highlands.
    - May 2024
    You will be in good hands with Celtic Trails
    - May 2024
    Excellent customer service and luggage transfers. The walk contents were great!
    - April 2024
    Celtic Trails provided a great service, well organised and good communication. Looking to walk the 2nd half of the West Highland Way next!
    - April 2024
    I feel fantastic, very relaxed. Thank you!
    - March 2024
    A well organised walking company. Innkeepers along the way also speak well of Celtic Trails which is reassuring.
    - September 2023
    An excellent way to walk overseas if you don't want the hassle of organising accommodations & transfers yourself.
    - August 2023
    Walking with CT is made easy by the responsiveness of the staff. All are professional and courteous.
    - August 2023
    I have already passed on your info to two different friends. I think we got great value for our money and experience, as the knowledge you have, made everything run much smoother.
    - July 2023
    Celtic Trails are a friendly company who can handle special needs requests too.
    - July 2023
    Very smooth, it was wonderful not having to think about or organize the logistics, and it was very clear what information we had to provide, and when. I would absolutely travel with Celtic Trails again in the future. We greatly enjoyed the scenery, the friendliness of the locals, and the warm welcomes at the accommodation. I came back to my home town invigorated and feeling ready to take on daily life challenges. I had heard so much about the West Highland Way and the Scottish Highlands have been calling to me for a long time. This was my introduction to both the country and the Highlands and I'm absolutely blown away.
    - July 2023
    With Celtic Trails, you can focus on your walk, and they will take care of the rest! The beautiful but wild and rugged landscape covered in green of the Highlands was a delight the entire way.
    - June 2023
    Very well organized. The accommodations and hosts were excellent. The contact with Nathan was professional and caring. I appreciate all the extra care everyone showed us. I would recommend hiking Scotland to everyone that loves beautiful countryside. Awesome. Celtic Trails is an excellent tour company to book with.
    - June 2023
    Everything was wonderful and so easy. All we had to do each day was walk. Everyone we met at the accommodations were welcoming and did everything they could to make our stays better. We had such a great trip for our first walking holiday and would absolutely do another one. My fiance proposed on this trip so we both came back incredibly happy and excited. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting.
    - June 2023
    Nathan clearly and quickly communicated with us during the booking process, finding us a cancelled holiday to take over even when there was initially no more space. He was flexible with us skipping the lodging for the first night, and provided lots of helpful info when we asked. Thank you, Nathan!
    - June 2023
    Good standard of accommodation. Fairly priced and very well organized. I was a pleasure to have Nathan assist us with this booking.
    - June 2023
    Celtic Trails reduced the stress of booking all our own accommodations and restaurants. Emergency phone line service was excellent!
    - May 2023
    Celtic Trails are friendly, efficient and very helpful. This holiday had a very positive impact on our health and well-being.
    - May 2023
    Celtic Trails were comprehensive and well organised. Would recommend.
    - May 2023
    Flawless. Everything was turn key from beginning to end. All we really had to do was show up and walk. All of the lodging locations were prepared and ready for us. All of the details regarding where we had dinner arrangements and where we didn't; pre-arranged taxi service at Kingshouse; luggage transfer; and other odds and ends were well described in the walk kit and everything went incredibly smooth. The B and Bs selected were each unique and interesting. The hosts were great! Physically, I'm sure it strengthened everyone in the group. Perhaps more importantly was the opportunity for renewal. We put the world behind us and just immersed ourselves in the beauty of the place. I think we would all agree it really helped us all get refocused and refreshed. The many walkers we met along the way added greatly to the entire experience! Everyone in the group has stressful jobs. Getting away for this length of time was difficult but we all appreciate the beauty natural places can provide and think we all also knew that a commitment of time to complete this walk - in this location - would truly help everyone get the kind of separation from work we were hoping for. Nobody talked work! We only talked about the hike, the views and the people we were meeting. That is unusual for us! We selected this hike in part because a couple of us had been the Highlands previously as a part of tours and recognized this would be an opportunity to hike one of the world's most beautiful places. It would be difficult to pick what I enjoyed most. The views and people we met along the way all contributed to making it a trip of a life-time.
    - April 2023
    Celtic Trails are passionate, professional and deliver a fantastic experience. Much better than other companies. Would recommend.
    - April 2023
    All of our hosts were ready for us, smiling and gracious and everything worked to PERFECTION. It was so easy, efficient and lovely to have our bags waiting for us at each stop. We would, and already have, recommended Celtic Trails to a friend. This was really well-organised - I am completely impressed. Memories forever from this trip with my daughter - THANK YOU!!
    - April 2023
    The WHW is challenging but doable. Riding back to Glasgow we could really see and feel just what we had accomplished. It would be hard to top this trip in terms of wild country, varied landscapes, and amazing views. I highly recommend walking in April with fewer crowds and no midges. As soon as I return home, I start planning my next trip. Celtic Trails takes care of every detail! All you need to do is walk and enjoy the amazing scenery and kind people along the way. I wish I had the opportunity to walk like this every single day. It makes me feel rested, appreciative, and grounded in the present moment.
    - April 2023
    Our experience with Celtic Trails was easy. The baggage transfers made a huge difference in comfort, the hotels were of good quality and all connections came off as indicated. This particular walk was memorable due to Scottish experience - wonderful ho
    - October 2022
    Celtic Trails were excellent: trouble free with quality accommodation. Better than other companies. Would recommend.
    - September 2022
    Celtic Trails are an experiences and flexible organisation that delivers what they promise. We appreciated their swift and accurate responses.
    - September 2022
    Celtic Trails handle it all - just pay and show up! Nothing to worry about, makes the trip stress free. They did everything we expected and it all went well. No complaints. The scenery was spectacular and we met great people.
    - September 2022
    We feel exhausted!! But triumphant!!
    - August 2022
    Celtic Trails is a competent, comprehensive service. All the bookings and services were handled appropriately. A friend recommended the WHW. It took 3 years to do it, due to Covid, but I am so glad we persevered. We enjoyed knowing our lodging and lu
    - August 2022
    Celtic Trails are very responsive. We would recommend.
    - August 2022
    Everything was excellent organized, the walking distance of every day was very good chosen, the accommodations were all very good. We enjoyed the natures, swimming in Loch Lomond, the views, arriving at the different accommodations with their kind hosts, the Scottish breakfast.
    - July 2022
    We recommend Celtic Trails to our friends all the time. You are organised, accessible, quick to respond, and always provide what you have promised.
    - July 2022
    A great experience with Celtic Trails - prompt and thorough responses. Would recommend.
    - June 2022
    Celtic Trails' support and commitment ensured that we had a brilliant holiday. Thank you, Nathan, for acting as my main agent. The West highland Way was a great choice, something different every day - 'the walk that keeps on giving'.
    - June 2022
    Celtic Trails taakes care for you and all your questions and concerns. The staff communicates quick and clear with a personal touch. Our mind felt free, without making any concerns about finding the right path. We enjoyed being in the moment and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
    - June 2022
    We have only walked with Celtic Trails - they provide an excellent service, high end of market accommodation. They take all the stress out of planning. All the information we needed was supplied.
    - May 2022
    Great fresh air, great companionship. Need a bit of that Scottish gut in my life - more people showuld go.
    - May 2022
    Celtic Trails are well organised and the rooms were top notch. We believe, from discussions with others, their booking company was not as professional as Celtic. A tough and challenging walk, but very rewarding. It has refreshed our mental and physical being since Lockdown.
    - May 2022
    Attention to detail was very good. "You couldn't fault them" (my wife talking!). We would recommend.
    - May 2022
    All arrangements were well organised and made the trip a true vacations with no worries.
    - May 2022
    A comprehensive, good quality and value for money service. All hosts were excellent and far exceeded our expectations.
    - April 2022
    Celtic Trails organised everything and took care of the details. Nathan was helpful and very responsive, especially in light of the fact this was our third attempt due to Covid. I enjoy walking and the WHW did not disappoint. Great time in Scotland. Weather was perfect. Accommodation were lovely and good food.
    - April 2022
    Celtic Trails were friendly, professional, easy, supportive and encouraging. Looked forward to this holiday as a goal at the end of a very tough time. Much improved well-being on return and happily exhausted.
    - October 2021
    Celtic Trails are an efficient service with an interesting range of trails on offer. The path was easy to follow and good camaraderie with others on the trail. A wonderful, memorable experience.
    - September 2021
    We were grateful to Celtic Trails for organising our holiday - we would recommend.
    - June 2021
    Ben was very helpful, arranged for us to leave our car all week at one of the B&Bs and he kept us up to date with everything. Everything went really smoothly. Beautiful scenery and we met lots of lovely people along the way. The holiday was fantastic for both physical and mental health. I would recommend Celtic Trails to a friend - very helpful staff, good communication, very comprehensive, detailed itinerary. We didn't have to worry about anything - it was all taken care of. We are going to look at other walks on your website.
    - October 2020
    Celtic Trails coordinated our trip with short notice and was able to provide spectacular accommodations.
    - October 2019
    This is our 2nd time booking with Celtic Trails. very happy. Nathan, our contact, was outstanding. Courteous, helpful, professional. Hiking is good for the soul! It clears the mind and helps to reconnect and take time out for oneself. Scotland is beautiful and so were the folks along the way.
    - October 2019
    Celtic Trails were very helpful and supportive. A walking holiday is just about one of the best things to do - camaraderie, mental health, fitness. Beauty for the soul.
    - October 2019
    Celtic Trails are my preferred company - I would recommend them to a friend. This walk improved my health and well-being. A very relaxing vacation.
    - September 2019
    Absolutely amazing organisation - perfect in every way: So responsive, fast, excellent communication and organisation. Was a pleasure doing business with you. I enjoyed magical scenery, meeting all the wonderful people along the way and super cosy and nice accommodation. I had a superb experience!
    - August 2019
    I loved the whole experience and this was definitely helped by the fantastic organisation of Celtic Trails. I had no worries about anything, except the walking and the weather. Thank you so much - fantastically organised!
    - July 2019
    With Celtic Trails, we were in good hands - they helped us save time in the planning process. It was lovely to be in the fresh air, clean air. A good opportunity to get to know yourself a bit better :-)
    - July 2019
    Nice variety of B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Loved the snacks provided. Scotland is lovely - we plan to return to walk some more. Celtic Trails were through and easy - we would recommend to a friend. I teach in an inner city high school; it was 'relaxing' to be outside and challenge myself mentally and physically to walk to West Highland Way.
    - July 2019
    Celtic Trails are the best way to do a long-distance walk. Walking is a great way to discover the scenery and the people.
    - July 2019
    I would describe Celtic Trails as a fantastic, hassle-free hiking experience. After this holiday, I can't see me doing any other type of holiday at all. A fantastic way to keep active and occupied, whilst seeing and experiencing a new place (and going places inaccessible to motor vehicles).
    - July 2019
    Very informative company.
    - July 2019
    Much better standard of accommodation and better communication than other companies. Easy to book, professional, no hassle, everything taken care of. We will be back in touch soon to book another break.
    - June 2019
    Easy to book, professional, no hassle, everything taken care of. Much better standard of accommodation and better communication than companies we've used previously. We enjoyed everything ... except the rain. Will be in touch soon to book another one.
    - June 2019
    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.
    - April 2019
    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.
    - 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.
    - June 2018
    Celtic Trails didn't just meet our expectations, they exceeded them.
    - May 2018
    "We loved our holiday!!"
    - May 2017
    "I enjoyed the lovely proper cooked in food in pubs. The organisation was great, the accommodation good and I enjoyed meeting people."
    - 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!"
    - June 2014
    "An outstanding trip!"
    - June 2014
    "Thank you, it was awesome! :)"
    - 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."
    - 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."
    - 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."
    - April 2010
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