Walking Hiking

West Highland Way – 10 Days

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

West Highland Way – 10 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

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

The West Highland Way is immersed with stories of a distant past as you follow this historical route from Milngavie to Fort William, a distance of 153 kilometres/95 miles.

As the trail escorts you along its way from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city (Glasgow) through the Scottish Highlands to Fort William, it takes you along old drover roads on which highlanders herded their cattle and sheep to market in the lowlands. The trail continues on 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 indeed a journey through some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Tour Pricing & Dates

10 Day Tour €912 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€225
Tour Dates April to October
Tour Grade Moderate
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 we will arrange to have you picked up and taken to your first accommodation.
Day 2 / Milngavie to Drymen
This self guided walk is 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 kilometres/12 miles, Ascent: 200 m/600 ft Approximate walking time: 5,5 hours
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 kilometres/14 miles, Ascent: 345 metres/1035 ft Approximate walking time: 6,5 hours
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 kilometres/14 miles, Ascent: 222 metres/666 ft Approximate walking time: 6,5 hours
Day 5 / Inverarnan to Tyndrum
The trail now leaves Loch Lomond on a relatively easy section that takes you north-west along by the base of Ben Glas Mountain, through Glen Folloch and on to Strath Fillan. As you travel along you will cross and re-cross 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 Saint Fillan’s Priory. Distance: 20.5 kilometres/12 miles, Ascent: 200 metres/600 ft Approximate walking time: 6 hours “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 / Tyndrum to Inveroran
An easy section that takes you north out of Tyndrum on an old military road that was constructed around 1750 and along by the West Highland Railway-Line that links Glasgow with Fort William. The views along this section are mainly dominated by two mountains on the right, first Beinn Odhar and then Beinn Dorain. The section may be easy but it is incredibly beautiful. In summer it offers an array of wild flowers and green pastures. Distance: 15 kilometres/9 miles, Ascent: 145 metres/435 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hours
Day 7 / Inveroran to Kingshouse
One of the most remote sections of the trail which follows an old drover’s road that skirts along the western fringe of Rannoch Moor. (I can find no words that can justify my experience on this section of the trail) One has to personally walk it to experience the peace and serenity that it has to offer. Wild red deer, black grouse and sheep roam freely here. Distance: 15 kilometres/9 miles, Ascent: 90 metres/270 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hours
Day 8 / Kingshouse to Kinlochleven
From Kingshouse the trail enters the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and at Altnafeadh the trail climbs steadily over the Devils Staircase. This is an old military road that rises to almost 500 metres/1500 foot at its highest point, before making a long descent into Kinlochleven. You will have glorious mountain views throughout the day. Distance: 15 kilometres/9 miles, Ascent: 250 metres/750 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hours
Day 9 / Kinlochleven to Fort William
The final section of the West Highland Way takes you back onto the old military road with a steady climb out of Kinlochleven through an area of natural woodlands that, every now and then, offers you some splendid views over Loch Leven and back over part of your previous walk. You will pass an old ruined village called Tigh-Na-Sleubhaich and clear evidence of its inhabitants can still be seen to the present day. The final part of the trail takes you down into Glen Nevis where you will have some great views of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. The trail finishes at the visitors centre in Fort William. Distance: 24 kilometres/15 miles, Ascent: 225 metres/675 ft Approximate walking time: 7 hours
Day 10 / Depart
After a hearty Scottish breakfast you can take the train back to Glasgow

Included

  • 9 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