OVERVIEW

Find your own pace on this extended West Highland Way walk. Over 11 days complete Scotland’s most popular long-distance trail. Hike along the shores of Loch Lomond, though the rugged highlands and experience friendly Scottish hospitality and a wee dram after a day on the trails.

Beginning in the lowlands, forest trails lead to the eastern shores of Loch Lomond and across the highland boundary fault line into spectacular mountain landscapes. Venturing northwards, the route makes use of an old drover’s road and ancient military tracks as you cross one of Europe’s last great areas of wilderness, Rannoch Moor to the famous Kingshouse hotel. Known as ‘a sanctuary in the wilderness’, enjoy a local craft brew with views across to Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain. Pass through ancient battle sites where Scottish Clans succumbed to advancing Jacobites and climb the Devil’s staircase to Kinlochleven before ending at the lively, highland town of Fort William.

Highlights

  • Walk Scotland’s popular West Highland Way long distance trail
  • Find your own pace on this easy-going 11 day itinerary
  • Spend the night in the wilderness hotels of Kingshouse and Inveroran
  • Cross from Scotland’s lowlands into the rugged highlands
  • Hike across the barren beauty of Rannoch Moor
  • Walk through Glen Nevis to the foot of UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 1790

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 825

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 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11

DAY 1
Arrive Glasgow / Edinburgh, transfer Milngavie

Just north of Glasgow is the small town of Milngavie, the official start of the West Highland Way. Easily reached by train from Glasgow (20mins) or Edinburgh (90mins), arrive at your leisure ahead of your first day of walking. If you already have plans to be in either city, you can always arrive at Milngavie station in the morning and start walking the same day. We can easily accommodate any pre-walk plans you may have.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Premier Inn Milngavie
A straightforward and simple hotel which sets you for your first day of walking. The hotel is easy to reach from Milngavie train station and within a short walk to the town centre amenities.

DAY 2
Walk to Drymen

Starting at the West Highland Way monument, it’s only a few metres before you are onto the trails of Mugdock Country Park and into the Scottish countryside with views of the Campsie Hills. On the route, you will pass through the Carbeth Hutters community. Originally the Carbeth land was given to homeless soldiers returning from WWI and during WWII families were evacuated here to avoid the devastating German air raids. Nowadays, the huts are occupied by those that just want to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking onto to Drymen, in the evening visit the Clachan Inn, Scotland’s oldest pub (licenced since 1734) for a wee dram.

Walk: 19km
Ascent: 200m
Descent: 170m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Braeside B&B
A few paces from the Clachan Inn, Braeside is always a firm favourite with walkers. Run by Colin, he is always happy to help with anything you may need. Comfortable en-suite rooms, great hospitality and a filling breakfast has made Braeside popular with walkers for many years.

DAY 3
Walk to Balmaha

After leaving Drymen, a straightforward track leads into Garadhban pine forest. As the trees thin, you’ll see your first views of Loch Lomond, the UK’s biggest freshwater lake and boundary between Scotland’s lowlands and highlands. The route climbs to the summit of Conic Hill (361m) which reveals, striking views across the loch and Trossach hills. Descend to your overnight stay in Balmaha, where you can further explore the shoreline or enjoy a local pint in village pub.

Walk: 11.5km
Ascent: 300m
Descent: 350m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oak Tree Inn
On the banks of Loch Lomond is the Oak Tree Inn, the local Fraser family built the Oak Tree Inn using local slate. En-suite rooms are located above the inn, and provide all comforts for a good nights sleep. Downstairs there is a traditional style pub serving British classics, real ales and of course, an extensive selection of whiskies.

DAY 4
Walk to Rowardennan

After leaving Balmaha, continue to walk north along the shores of Loch Lomond. With a relatively short distance today, you can take advantage of the many small beaches along the trail to relax and enjoy your surrounds. For much of the trail, the route undulates through forests, by the water’s edge and alongside country roads to the picture postcard setting of your hotel for the night at Rowardennan.

Walk: 12km
Ascent: 150m
Descent: 150m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rowardennan Hotel
Located on the shores of Loch Lomond, this walkers hotel has incredible views across the water to the western hills and up to Ben Lomond. En-suite rooms are comfortable, with many having views of the loch. Enjoy a drink from the Clansman bar and on a fine evening, enjoy a spot outside in the garden which rolls down to the watersedge.

DAY 5
Walk to Inverarnan

With spectacular views of Ben Lomond to the east and the Arrochar Alps to the west, follow forest trails as you continue north along the shores of Loch Lomond. The trail steadily climbs above the water, before reaching Inversnaid hotel, a perfectly timed coffee stop located next to a thundering waterfall. Beyond the hotel, continue towards the head of the loch, passing the Doune Bothy, a typical stone house, which is a place of refuge for walkers. The day ends at Beinglas Farm, your accommodation for the night.

Walk: 23km
Ascent: 250m
Descent: 250m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Beinglas Farm
Located on the route, Beinglas Farm is surrounded by peaceful countryside and has a cosy bar and dining area where all walkers gather after a day on the trail. All rooms have bathrooms and there is ample room in the grounds to relax with a drink from the bar or simply enjoy the surrounds.

DAY 6
Walk to Tyndrum

Leaving behind Loch Lomond, the trail continues to climb through Glen Falloch to the Crianlarrich crossroads. Marking the halfway point of the West Highland Way, the crossroads are the natural junction of Glen Falloch and grazing pastures of Strathfillan. Walking northwards, venture deep into the rugged highlands as you approach the small settlement of Tyndrum, which translates to ‘house on the ridge’ in Scottish Gaelic.

Walk: 19km
Ascent: 400m
Descent: 180m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tyndrum Lodges
An informal lodge accommodation. The team here are exceptionally friendly and provide an excellent drying room for muddy boots! Rooms are spacious with simple bathrooms. Only a stroll from the nearby shops and cafes, you can also relax in the dining room if you wish.

DAY 7
Walk to Inveroran

The climb out of Tyndrum is accompanied with excellent views of Ben Dorain and Ben Lui. Continuing ever closer to Fort William, you will reach the Bridge of Orchy hotel with a very inviting bar. The route climbs again to an excellent viewpoint over Loch Tulla and on a clear, across to Rannoch Moor and Black Mount. On the walk down to Inveroran, the vast landscapes is a palette of browns, reds and greens and if you’re lucky you might be able to spot Highland stages roaming in the distance.

Walk: 15km
Ascent: 300m
Descent: 320m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Inveroran Hotel
A country house hotel in a spectacular setting. This original 19th century drovers inn has become a firm favourite for West Highland Way walkers. Retaining historical features, the hotel has 9 comfy, en-suite rooms, a typical snug bar, restaurant and owing to its secluded location, a very peaceful night of sleep!

DAY 8
Walk to Kingshouse

Leave the Inveroran Hotel for one of the most dramatic days of walking. Continue to follow the old drovers road around Loch Tulla, which eventually heads onto the old parliamentary road across Rannoch Moor. A vast wilderness of barren beauty, the track gently rises through an almost otherworldly landscape of heather, bog and rocky outcrops, encircled by rugged mountain tops. Over the crest of Rannoch Moor, the easy-going descent, leads into the Glencoe Valley and the warm welcoming sight of Kingshouse Hotel.

Walk: 16km
Ascent: 280m
Descent: 250m
Meals included: Breakfast & 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 sourced 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 9
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 as 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
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 10
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 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
Accommodation: Myrtle Bank Guest House
Overlooking Loch Linnhe 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 a 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 11
Onward Travel

After breakfast, the nearby train station 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 and travels across the impressive 21-arched Glenfinnian viaduct (as used in the Harry Potter films).

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 10 nights accommodation in 3* hotels & guest houses
  • All luggage transfers
  • 10 breakfasts & 1 dinner
  • Maps, guidebook and route summary
  • A night at the famous Kinghouse hotel
  • Flexible itinerary to add or remove days
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk Scotland’s popular West Highland Way long distance trail
  • Spend the night in the wilderness hotels of Kingshouse and Inveroran
  • Walk through Glen Nevis to the foot of UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in 3* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. A real highlight is the Kingshouse Hotel which has been welcoming walkers for decades. 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. For this tour, we would always advise booking as soon have you chosen your travel dates. The hotels on this tour get very busy.

Dining
You will be provided with 10 breakfasts and 1 dinner. 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
If you are travelling with friends and family but would like your own room then just let us know at the time of booking. Single rooms can be booked for an additional payment.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.

So the saying goes in Scotland, 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

Graded moderate with some moderate to challenging days. An active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable. Along with your usual walks, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed. Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to be 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 very well way-marked. You will walk on forest tracks, hill paths, bridleways and across moorland. 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 walk summaries, a map, guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device. The weather in Scotland can change quickly and as such, you should always be prepared.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Milngavie, Glasgow and finishes in Fort William.

To Milngavie
Milngavie is a 20-minute train journey north of Glasgow city. Glasgow Airport has extensive connections to most UK and many international airports. The airport connects through to the central station via the Airport Shuttle bus (journey time around 30mins). From central station you can take a train service to Milngavie.

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

Caledonian Sleeper Train
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 11pm, travel through the night and arrive into Glasgow at around 7.30am 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 11pm 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

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

    $1790

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $825
  • 10 Apr 2021 - 1 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1855

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Find your own pace on this extended West Highland Way walk. Over 11 days complete Scotland’s most popular long-distance trail. Hike along the shores of Loch Lomond, though the rugged highlands and experience friendly Scottish hospitality and a wee dram after a day on the trails.

Beginning in the lowlands, forest trails lead to the eastern shores of Loch Lomond and across the highland boundary fault line into spectacular mountain landscapes. Venturing northwards, the route makes use of an old drover’s road and ancient military tracks as you cross one of Europe’s last great areas of wilderness, Rannoch Moor to the famous Kingshouse hotel. Known as ‘a sanctuary in the wilderness’, enjoy a local craft brew with views across to Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain. Pass through ancient battle sites where Scottish Clans succumbed to advancing Jacobites and climb the Devil’s staircase to Kinlochleven before ending at the lively, highland town of Fort William.

Highlights

  • Walk Scotland’s popular West Highland Way long distance trail
  • Find your own pace on this easy-going 11 day itinerary
  • Spend the night in the wilderness hotels of Kingshouse and Inveroran
  • Cross from Scotland’s lowlands into the rugged highlands
  • Hike across the barren beauty of Rannoch Moor
  • Walk through Glen Nevis to the foot of UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 1790

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 825

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 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11

DAY 1
Arrive Glasgow / Edinburgh, transfer Milngavie

Just north of Glasgow is the small town of Milngavie, the official start of the West Highland Way. Easily reached by train from Glasgow (20mins) or Edinburgh (90mins), arrive at your leisure ahead of your first day of walking. If you already have plans to be in either city, you can always arrive at Milngavie station in the morning and start walking the same day. We can easily accommodate any pre-walk plans you may have.

Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Premier Inn Milngavie
A straightforward and simple hotel which sets you for your first day of walking. The hotel is easy to reach from Milngavie train station and within a short walk to the town centre amenities.

DAY 2
Walk to Drymen

Starting at the West Highland Way monument, it’s only a few metres before you are onto the trails of Mugdock Country Park and into the Scottish countryside with views of the Campsie Hills. On the route, you will pass through the Carbeth Hutters community. Originally the Carbeth land was given to homeless soldiers returning from WWI and during WWII families were evacuated here to avoid the devastating German air raids. Nowadays, the huts are occupied by those that just want to get away from it all and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking onto to Drymen, in the evening visit the Clachan Inn, Scotland’s oldest pub (licenced since 1734) for a wee dram.

Walk: 19km
Ascent: 200m
Descent: 170m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Braeside B&B
A few paces from the Clachan Inn, Braeside is always a firm favourite with walkers. Run by Colin, he is always happy to help with anything you may need. Comfortable en-suite rooms, great hospitality and a filling breakfast has made Braeside popular with walkers for many years.

DAY 3
Walk to Balmaha

After leaving Drymen, a straightforward track leads into Garadhban pine forest. As the trees thin, you’ll see your first views of Loch Lomond, the UK’s biggest freshwater lake and boundary between Scotland’s lowlands and highlands. The route climbs to the summit of Conic Hill (361m) which reveals, striking views across the loch and Trossach hills. Descend to your overnight stay in Balmaha, where you can further explore the shoreline or enjoy a local pint in village pub.

Walk: 11.5km
Ascent: 300m
Descent: 350m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oak Tree Inn
On the banks of Loch Lomond is the Oak Tree Inn, the local Fraser family built the Oak Tree Inn using local slate. En-suite rooms are located above the inn, and provide all comforts for a good nights sleep. Downstairs there is a traditional style pub serving British classics, real ales and of course, an extensive selection of whiskies.

DAY 4
Walk to Rowardennan

After leaving Balmaha, continue to walk north along the shores of Loch Lomond. With a relatively short distance today, you can take advantage of the many small beaches along the trail to relax and enjoy your surrounds. For much of the trail, the route undulates through forests, by the water’s edge and alongside country roads to the picture postcard setting of your hotel for the night at Rowardennan.

Walk: 12km
Ascent: 150m
Descent: 150m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rowardennan Hotel
Located on the shores of Loch Lomond, this walkers hotel has incredible views across the water to the western hills and up to Ben Lomond. En-suite rooms are comfortable, with many having views of the loch. Enjoy a drink from the Clansman bar and on a fine evening, enjoy a spot outside in the garden which rolls down to the watersedge.

DAY 5
Walk to Inverarnan

With spectacular views of Ben Lomond to the east and the Arrochar Alps to the west, follow forest trails as you continue north along the shores of Loch Lomond. The trail steadily climbs above the water, before reaching Inversnaid hotel, a perfectly timed coffee stop located next to a thundering waterfall. Beyond the hotel, continue towards the head of the loch, passing the Doune Bothy, a typical stone house, which is a place of refuge for walkers. The day ends at Beinglas Farm, your accommodation for the night.

Walk: 23km
Ascent: 250m
Descent: 250m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Beinglas Farm
Located on the route, Beinglas Farm is surrounded by peaceful countryside and has a cosy bar and dining area where all walkers gather after a day on the trail. All rooms have bathrooms and there is ample room in the grounds to relax with a drink from the bar or simply enjoy the surrounds.

DAY 6
Walk to Tyndrum

Leaving behind Loch Lomond, the trail continues to climb through Glen Falloch to the Crianlarrich crossroads. Marking the halfway point of the West Highland Way, the crossroads are the natural junction of Glen Falloch and grazing pastures of Strathfillan. Walking northwards, venture deep into the rugged highlands as you approach the small settlement of Tyndrum, which translates to ‘house on the ridge’ in Scottish Gaelic.

Walk: 19km
Ascent: 400m
Descent: 180m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tyndrum Lodges
An informal lodge accommodation. The team here are exceptionally friendly and provide an excellent drying room for muddy boots! Rooms are spacious with simple bathrooms. Only a stroll from the nearby shops and cafes, you can also relax in the dining room if you wish.

DAY 7
Walk to Inveroran

The climb out of Tyndrum is accompanied with excellent views of Ben Dorain and Ben Lui. Continuing ever closer to Fort William, you will reach the Bridge of Orchy hotel with a very inviting bar. The route climbs again to an excellent viewpoint over Loch Tulla and on a clear, across to Rannoch Moor and Black Mount. On the walk down to Inveroran, the vast landscapes is a palette of browns, reds and greens and if you’re lucky you might be able to spot Highland stages roaming in the distance.

Walk: 15km
Ascent: 300m
Descent: 320m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Inveroran Hotel
A country house hotel in a spectacular setting. This original 19th century drovers inn has become a firm favourite for West Highland Way walkers. Retaining historical features, the hotel has 9 comfy, en-suite rooms, a typical snug bar, restaurant and owing to its secluded location, a very peaceful night of sleep!

DAY 8
Walk to Kingshouse

Leave the Inveroran Hotel for one of the most dramatic days of walking. Continue to follow the old drovers road around Loch Tulla, which eventually heads onto the old parliamentary road across Rannoch Moor. A vast wilderness of barren beauty, the track gently rises through an almost otherworldly landscape of heather, bog and rocky outcrops, encircled by rugged mountain tops. Over the crest of Rannoch Moor, the easy-going descent, leads into the Glencoe Valley and the warm welcoming sight of Kingshouse Hotel.

Walk: 16km
Ascent: 280m
Descent: 250m
Meals included: Breakfast & 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 sourced 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 9
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 as 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
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 10
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 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
Accommodation: Myrtle Bank Guest House
Overlooking Loch Linnhe 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 a 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 11
Onward Travel

After breakfast, the nearby train station 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 and travels across the impressive 21-arched Glenfinnian viaduct (as used in the Harry Potter films).

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 10 nights accommodation in 3* hotels & guest houses
  • All luggage transfers
  • 10 breakfasts & 1 dinner
  • Maps, guidebook and route summary
  • A night at the famous Kinghouse hotel
  • Flexible itinerary to add or remove days
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk Scotland’s popular West Highland Way long distance trail
  • Spend the night in the wilderness hotels of Kingshouse and Inveroran
  • Walk through Glen Nevis to the foot of UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in 3* hotels and guest houses. The accommodation on this tour has been chosen for its location. A real highlight is the Kingshouse Hotel which has been welcoming walkers for decades. 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. For this tour, we would always advise booking as soon have you chosen your travel dates. The hotels on this tour get very busy.

Dining
You will be provided with 10 breakfasts and 1 dinner. 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
If you are travelling with friends and family but would like your own room then just let us know at the time of booking. Single rooms can be booked for an additional payment.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from April through to October.

So the saying goes in Scotland, 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

Graded moderate with some moderate to challenging days. An active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable. Along with your usual walks, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed. Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to be 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 very well way-marked. You will walk on forest tracks, hill paths, bridleways and across moorland. 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 walk summaries, a map, guidebook and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device. The weather in Scotland can change quickly and as such, you should always be prepared.

HOW TO GET THERE

This walk starts in Milngavie, Glasgow and finishes in Fort William.

To Milngavie
Milngavie is a 20-minute train journey north of Glasgow city. Glasgow Airport has extensive connections to most UK and many international airports. The airport connects through to the central station via the Airport Shuttle bus (journey time around 30mins). From central station you can take a train service to Milngavie.

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

Caledonian Sleeper Train
A great way to travel from London is by taking the overnight Caledonian Sleeper train. Depending on the day, services depart London Euston around 11pm, travel through the night and arrive into Glasgow at around 7.30am 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 11pm 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.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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

    $1790

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $825
  • 10 Apr 2021 - 1 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1855

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
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