OVERVIEW

Experience walking across the most dramatic sections of the West Highland Way, the UK’s most popular long-distance walk. From the remote Bridge of Orchy hotel, venture across one of Europe’s last true expanses of wilderness, Rannoch Moor and ascend into the rugged Scottish Highlands.

Created with a touch of comfort, this tour is more than a walk of immense beauty. Stay in the 4* Bridge of Orchy hotel and the famous, Kingshouse Hotel. Reputed to be Scotland’s oldest inn, spend the evening sampling fine single malts from their ‘Whisky Corner’. Back on the trail, soak up views of Buachaille Etive Mor, one of Scotland’s most photographed Munro peaks and hike the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ to Kinlochleven. Following centuries old military tracks, walk to Fort William and the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Located on the banks of Loch Linnie, round off this shortened version of the West Highland Way with a bowl of local mussels and craft beers.

Highlights

  • Walk through the rugged Scottish Highlands of the West Highland Way
  • Enjoy the warmth of a Highland whisky and Scottish hospitality
  • Sample the Verdejo white wines of Castilla y Leon
  • Cross the barren yet beautiful Rannoch Moor
  • Stay in stylish and historic wilderness hotels
  • Spectacular views across Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis
  • Freshly steamed bowls of Scottish Mussels and craft beers
  • Finish in Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1150

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 415

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
Arrive Bridge of Orchy

In the north of the West Highland Way at the head of Glen Orchy lies a small scattering of houses. Surrounded by rugged highland peaks and pine forests, this remote highland outpost has become a popular stopover for walkers on the West Highland Way. Served by a lone train station, the 4* Bridge of Orchy hotel is the perfect start before heading into the Scottish Highlands.

Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Bridge of Orchy Hotel
A 4* hotel which has become recognised for its hospitality and modern Scottish cooking. Begin by unwinding in the bar over craft beer or local whisky before heading to your en-suite room. Decorated in a traditional style, rooms overlook your stunning, rugged surrounds. In the evening dinner is served in the hotel restaurant, created by the award-winning kitchen team.

DAY 2
Walk to Kingshouse

The day begins with a climb to an excellent viewpoint over Loch Tulla and on a clear day, you’ll enjoy views across to the rugged majesty of Rannoch Moor and Black Mount. Descending to one of Scotland’s most remote hotels, The Inveroran. It is here you’ll join an old Drover’s road to the west of Loch Tulla as you start the approach to the raw beauty of Rannoch Moor. A vast wilderness of bogs, rivers and rocky outcrops, the ancient military track makes for a memorable walk across this unique environment.

Walk: 20km
Ascent: 450m
Descent: 380m
Meals included: Breakfast, Walkers Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Kingshouse Hotel
Beginning as a humble place of refuge for weary travellers during the 1750’s, the Kingshouse Hotel has evolved to become a real highlight of the West Highland Way. A sanctuary in the wilderness, the hotel bar serves locally sources beers and single malts, whilst the restaurant menu is a fusion of Scottish and modern European dining. Cosy and comfortable rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and there is an excellent drying room to cater for the unpredictable Scottish weather.

DAY 3
Walk to Kinlochleven

Although today is the shortest walk, you will reach the highest point of the West Highland Way. Walking from Kingshouse, warm up with a gentle few kilometres. The route heads across the site 1692 ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ where many of the MacDonald Clan of Glencoe were betrayed and brutally killed by the Jacobites for not pledging allegiance with the monarch. From here, you will reach the foot of the Devil’s Staircase and despite the constant gradient, the glorious views are a distraction from the climb. At the high point (548m), the long sweeping descent to Kinlochleven unfolds in front of you.

Walk: 14.5km
Ascent: 350m
Descent: 580m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Allt-na-Leven Guesthouse
Formerly the village stores, husband and wife, Pauline and Wullie have lovingly converted the property into a 4* award winning guest house. Commended for using local produce, Allt-na-Leven prides itself in giving all walkers a warm welcome, large comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast for the long walk to Fort William. Being centrally located means you’re only a few minutes from the pubs and shops of Kinlochleven.

DAY 4
Walk to Fort William

The day begins with a steady climb out of Kinlochleven and into the hidden valley of Lairig Mor. Flanked by the Mamores Mountains, the wide track passes by the ruins of shepherd’s houses, and in such wild surrounds, it’s hard to imagine the hardships of the farming communities which lived here. On reaching Glen Nevis, the route narrows and rolls through pine forests as you see your first views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain (1345m). Finish the day with a descent into Fort William, the end of the West Highland Way.

Walk: 25km
Ascent: 500m
Descent: 500m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Myrtle Bank Guest House
Overlooking Loch Linnie and only a short walk from town, Myrtle Bank is run by Dora and her team. A converted Victorian Villa, en-suite rooms are classically furnished. The property also has extensive gardens, which are personal passion of Dora’s. Known for its friendly atmosphere, this guest house is a great end to some of the finest walking days in Scotland.

DAY 5
Onward Travel

After breakfast, the nearby train makes for easy onward travel. Alternatively, you can continue with a day of walking and head up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain (1345m). For a day off walking, The Jacobite Steam Train is labelled as one of the greatest train journeys of the world.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4*, 3* hotels & guesthouses
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Stay in the famous Highland hotel, Kingshouse
  • Option to upgrade to a 4* spa hotel in Glencoe
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk through the rugged Scottish Highlands of the West Highland Way
  • Enjoy the warmth of a Highland whisky and Scottish hospitality
  • Finish in Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in 3*, 4* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. The hotels in the Bridge of Orchy and Kingshouse have been welcoming walkers for decades and are a real highlight of the tour. Your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in remote settings, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process. Owing to the remote location of some of the hotels, we would always advise booking as soon have you chosen your travel dates.

You will be provided with 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

Single Rooms
The West Highland Way is very busy. We will endeavour to always try and meet your requirements. If you are travelling with family and/or friends and would like single rooms for your party, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.
Always be prepared for a change of weather! Regardless of when you travel you can experience rainy days with temperatures dipping to 12°C and on the same day, clear skies and sunshine of up to 22°C. In the early and latter weeks of the season it isn’t unusual to see snow on the mountain tops and you may even experience a frost. May and June are usually the months with the least rainfall, followed by July, August and September. However, what Scotland lacks in warm weather, it truly makes up for it with hospitality.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as moderate – A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed along with usual walks. Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. The route will have sections of ascending, rocky trails and in places, lose terrain underfoot. Trails are very well-defined and are very well way-marked. You will walk on forest tracks, hill paths, bridleways and across moorland that has well-defined tracks. You will also walk through some towns and villages. Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with daily summaries, a map, guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Bridge of Orchy and finishes in Fort William.

To Bridge of Orchy
Bridge of Orchy is a remote and beautiful settlement. Arrival by train is generally the best way to reach the Bridge of Orchy from either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Services from Glasgow are direct (2hrs 30mins), whereas from Edinburgh you would need to change trains in Glasgow (3hrs 15mins).

If travelling from London, we would suggest taking a domestic flight to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and then catching the train to the Bridge of Orchy.

Caledonian Sleeper Train – London to Scotland
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 9pm, travelling through the night arriving into the Bridge of Orchy at around 8am the following day.

Onward Travel From Fort William
Fort William has great train connections through to Glasgow (4hrs), Edinburgh (5hrs) and London. Travelling to London you can either travel during the day (9hrs, with a change of stations in Glasgow), or return by the Caledonian Sleeper service, departing Fort William at 8pm and arriving the next morning into London Euston at 8am.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases.

If travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper Service, please check Caledonian Sleeper for information.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 10 Apr 2021 - 1 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $430
Overview

OVERVIEW

Experience walking across the most dramatic sections of the West Highland Way, the UK’s most popular long-distance walk. From the remote Bridge of Orchy hotel, venture across one of Europe’s last true expanses of wilderness, Rannoch Moor and ascend into the rugged Scottish Highlands.

Created with a touch of comfort, this tour is more than a walk of immense beauty. Stay in the 4* Bridge of Orchy hotel and the famous, Kingshouse Hotel. Reputed to be Scotland’s oldest inn, spend the evening sampling fine single malts from their ‘Whisky Corner’. Back on the trail, soak up views of Buachaille Etive Mor, one of Scotland’s most photographed Munro peaks and hike the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ to Kinlochleven. Following centuries old military tracks, walk to Fort William and the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Located on the banks of Loch Linnie, round off this shortened version of the West Highland Way with a bowl of local mussels and craft beers.

Highlights

  • Walk through the rugged Scottish Highlands of the West Highland Way
  • Enjoy the warmth of a Highland whisky and Scottish hospitality
  • Sample the Verdejo white wines of Castilla y Leon
  • Cross the barren yet beautiful Rannoch Moor
  • Stay in stylish and historic wilderness hotels
  • Spectacular views across Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis
  • Freshly steamed bowls of Scottish Mussels and craft beers
  • Finish in Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1150

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 415

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
Arrive Bridge of Orchy

In the north of the West Highland Way at the head of Glen Orchy lies a small scattering of houses. Surrounded by rugged highland peaks and pine forests, this remote highland outpost has become a popular stopover for walkers on the West Highland Way. Served by a lone train station, the 4* Bridge of Orchy hotel is the perfect start before heading into the Scottish Highlands.

Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodation: Bridge of Orchy Hotel
A 4* hotel which has become recognised for its hospitality and modern Scottish cooking. Begin by unwinding in the bar over craft beer or local whisky before heading to your en-suite room. Decorated in a traditional style, rooms overlook your stunning, rugged surrounds. In the evening dinner is served in the hotel restaurant, created by the award-winning kitchen team.

DAY 2
Walk to Kingshouse

The day begins with a climb to an excellent viewpoint over Loch Tulla and on a clear day, you’ll enjoy views across to the rugged majesty of Rannoch Moor and Black Mount. Descending to one of Scotland’s most remote hotels, The Inveroran. It is here you’ll join an old Drover’s road to the west of Loch Tulla as you start the approach to the raw beauty of Rannoch Moor. A vast wilderness of bogs, rivers and rocky outcrops, the ancient military track makes for a memorable walk across this unique environment.

Walk: 20km
Ascent: 450m
Descent: 380m
Meals included: Breakfast, Walkers Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Kingshouse Hotel
Beginning as a humble place of refuge for weary travellers during the 1750’s, the Kingshouse Hotel has evolved to become a real highlight of the West Highland Way. A sanctuary in the wilderness, the hotel bar serves locally sources beers and single malts, whilst the restaurant menu is a fusion of Scottish and modern European dining. Cosy and comfortable rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and there is an excellent drying room to cater for the unpredictable Scottish weather.

DAY 3
Walk to Kinlochleven

Although today is the shortest walk, you will reach the highest point of the West Highland Way. Walking from Kingshouse, warm up with a gentle few kilometres. The route heads across the site 1692 ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ where many of the MacDonald Clan of Glencoe were betrayed and brutally killed by the Jacobites for not pledging allegiance with the monarch. From here, you will reach the foot of the Devil’s Staircase and despite the constant gradient, the glorious views are a distraction from the climb. At the high point (548m), the long sweeping descent to Kinlochleven unfolds in front of you.

Walk: 14.5km
Ascent: 350m
Descent: 580m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Allt-na-Leven Guesthouse
Formerly the village stores, husband and wife, Pauline and Wullie have lovingly converted the property into a 4* award winning guest house. Commended for using local produce, Allt-na-Leven prides itself in giving all walkers a warm welcome, large comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast for the long walk to Fort William. Being centrally located means you’re only a few minutes from the pubs and shops of Kinlochleven.

DAY 4
Walk to Fort William

The day begins with a steady climb out of Kinlochleven and into the hidden valley of Lairig Mor. Flanked by the Mamores Mountains, the wide track passes by the ruins of shepherd’s houses, and in such wild surrounds, it’s hard to imagine the hardships of the farming communities which lived here. On reaching Glen Nevis, the route narrows and rolls through pine forests as you see your first views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain (1345m). Finish the day with a descent into Fort William, the end of the West Highland Way.

Walk: 25km
Ascent: 500m
Descent: 500m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Myrtle Bank Guest House
Overlooking Loch Linnie and only a short walk from town, Myrtle Bank is run by Dora and her team. A converted Victorian Villa, en-suite rooms are classically furnished. The property also has extensive gardens, which are personal passion of Dora’s. Known for its friendly atmosphere, this guest house is a great end to some of the finest walking days in Scotland.

DAY 5
Onward Travel

After breakfast, the nearby train makes for easy onward travel. Alternatively, you can continue with a day of walking and head up Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain (1345m). For a day off walking, The Jacobite Steam Train is labelled as one of the greatest train journeys of the world.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4*, 3* hotels & guesthouses
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Stay in the famous Highland hotel, Kingshouse
  • Option to upgrade to a 4* spa hotel in Glencoe
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk through the rugged Scottish Highlands of the West Highland Way
  • Enjoy the warmth of a Highland whisky and Scottish hospitality
  • Finish in Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in 3*, 4* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. The hotels in the Bridge of Orchy and Kingshouse have been welcoming walkers for decades and are a real highlight of the tour. Your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in remote settings, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process. Owing to the remote location of some of the hotels, we would always advise booking as soon have you chosen your travel dates.

You will be provided with 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

Single Rooms
The West Highland Way is very busy. We will endeavour to always try and meet your requirements. If you are travelling with family and/or friends and would like single rooms for your party, we would advise booking as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your rooming preferences.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.
Always be prepared for a change of weather! Regardless of when you travel you can experience rainy days with temperatures dipping to 12°C and on the same day, clear skies and sunshine of up to 22°C. In the early and latter weeks of the season it isn’t unusual to see snow on the mountain tops and you may even experience a frost. May and June are usually the months with the least rainfall, followed by July, August and September. However, what Scotland lacks in warm weather, it truly makes up for it with hospitality.

THE WALKING

We grade this walk as moderate – A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed along with usual walks. Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. The route will have sections of ascending, rocky trails and in places, lose terrain underfoot. Trails are very well-defined and are very well way-marked. You will walk on forest tracks, hill paths, bridleways and across moorland that has well-defined tracks. You will also walk through some towns and villages. Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with daily summaries, a map, guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Bridge of Orchy and finishes in Fort William.

To Bridge of Orchy
Bridge of Orchy is a remote and beautiful settlement. Arrival by train is generally the best way to reach the Bridge of Orchy from either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Services from Glasgow are direct (2hrs 30mins), whereas from Edinburgh you would need to change trains in Glasgow (3hrs 15mins).

If travelling from London, we would suggest taking a domestic flight to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and then catching the train to the Bridge of Orchy.

Caledonian Sleeper Train – London to Scotland
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 9pm, travelling through the night arriving into the Bridge of Orchy at around 8am the following day.

Onward Travel From Fort William
Fort William has great train connections through to Glasgow (4hrs), Edinburgh (5hrs) and London. Travelling to London you can either travel during the day (9hrs, with a change of stations in Glasgow), or return by the Caledonian Sleeper service, departing Fort William at 8pm and arriving the next morning into London Euston at 8am.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases.

If travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper Service, please check Caledonian Sleeper for information.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

Map

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 10 Apr 2020 - 1 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1150

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $415
  • 10 Apr 2021 - 1 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $430

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