Walking Hiking

West Highland Way – 6 Days

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  • West Highland Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Highland Way

West Highland Way – 6 Day – Self Guided Walking Holiday

The West Highland Way is the first official long-distance designated walking trail in Scotland and by far the most famous of all. The West Highland Way was officially opened in 1980.

As you walk the West Highland Way  from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city (Glasgow) through the Scottish Highlands to Tyndrum, it takes you along old drover roads on which highlanders herded their cattle and sheep to market in the lowlands. Your journey takes you along old military roads that were constructed by troops to help control the Jacobite Clans and old coach roads and disused railway roads from more modern times. The West Highland Way is a journey through some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour €577 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€125
Tour Dates April to October
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse, Hotel & B&B
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Glasgow to Milngavie
You have the option to arrive at Glasgow main airport or Prestwick; which is only a short train ride outside of Glasgow. From there you will catch a train to Milngavie where your walking tour of Scotland begins.
Day 2 / Milngavie to Drymen
A perfect introduction to the West Highland Way and the lowlands of the Scottish countryside. The trail follows a series of old railway lines, country tracks and lanes, offering you some superb scenery and your first glimpse of the Scottish Mountains. If you are lucky you may get your first glimpse of some Roe Deer and birds of prey like the Kestrel and Red Kite. Depending on what time of the year you do the tour, this section also offers you an abundance of wild flowers. Distance: 19.5 km/12 miles, Ascent: 200 m/600 ft Approximate walking time: 5,5 hrs
Day 3 / Drymen to Rowardennan
Today’s section is broken down into two parts, the first taking you through Garadhban Forest and across the side of your first hill, “Conic Hill”, which overlooks the small village of Balmaha (a perfect place for a liquid lunch!) and your first glimpse of Scotland’s largest freshwater loch, “Loch Lomond”. From Balmaha the trail takes you along by the shores of Loch Lomond and into Ben Lomond National Memorial Park. Distance: 22.5 km/14 miles, Ascent: 345 m/1035 ft Approximate walking time: 6,5 hrs
Day 4 / Rowardennan to Inverarnan
Almost all of today’s walk sees you travelling along the eastern shores of the loch as it traverses through a mixture of woodlands; under the steep slopes of Ben Lomond. This is probably one of the toughest days of the whole trail, but you will be truly rewarded with spectacular and stunning scenery across the loch and into the high distant mountains. If luck is on your side today you may get a glimpse of the magnificent golden eagle. Since the early 20th century golden eagles in Scotland have recovered, having reached a low point of perhaps as few as 150 pairs. Now there are over 420 pairs and the population is stable. Distance: 22.5 km/14 miles, Ascent: 222 m/666 ft Approximate walking time: 6,5 hrs
Day 5 / Inverarnan to Tyndrum
Your last days walking on the West Highland Way takes you along by Loch Lomond on a relatively easy section that takes you north-west along by the base of Ben Glas Mountain, through Glen Folloch and onto Strath Fillan. As you travel along you will cross and re-crosses the river Folloch which is the main east-west natural divide of the Scottish Highlands. As you pass the village of Crianlarich it is half-way on your days walk but more importantly it is half way to Fort William! Before you get to your destination you will pass what remains of the ruins of St. Fillan’s Priory. Distance: 20.5 km/12 miles, Ascent: 200 m/600 ft Approximate walking time: 6 hrs “All travellers who use this wild and beautiful place will do so in peace if they tread there path lightly.” (An inscription from a plaque as you approach the remains on the priory)
Day 6 / Depart
After a hearty Scottish breakfast you can take the train back to Glasgow

Included

  • 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation which is pre-booked in approved and carefully selected guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • West Highland Way Maps and all route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full backup service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael