West Highland Way -Scottish Walking Holiday
West Highland Way -Scottish Walking Holiday
8 Nights Self Guided - 95 Miles
2nd April to 24th September 16
£535 Per Person Based Upon 2 Sharing
The West Highland Way is the most popular walking holiday in Scotland, running south to north along Loch Lomond and on into the Highland Glens and moors.
Day 1 Arrive Milngavie
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen ~ 12 miles
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan ~ 14 miles
Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan ~ 14 miles
Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum ~ 13 miles
Day 6 Tyndrum to Kingshouse ~ 19 miles
Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven ~ 9 miles
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William ~ 14 miles
Day 9 Departure
* Bed and Breakfast accommodation
* Maps and guidebook
* Luggage transfers
* Emergency support
The West Highland Way runs from south to north linking the edge of Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, to the foot of its highest mountain, Ben Nevis, passing along the shores of its largest loch, Loch Lomond. The route takes you through some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer. In this passage from Lowlands to Highlands you will experience contrasts in geology, in flora and fauna and in human land use. Much of the West Highland Way walking route follows historic trails making use of old footpaths and drove roads.
You will normally be staying in a town or village where there is at least one place to buy an evening meal. On the rare occasion that this is not possible, we will book you into an accommodation which provides an evening meal (this is not included in the holiday price). Lunches can usually be bought on route and we can advise you of the days when this is not possible. On these days you can book a packed lunch from your accommodation by letting them know the night before or we can book it for you. These usually cost about £5. Alternatively, most of the towns and villages in which you stay have shops where you can buy items to make up your own packed lunch.
When to Go:
April, May and June are when everything comes to life so it is very green, wild flowers are abundant and blossom abounds. July and August tend to be the warmest months, but it is rarely so warm as to be uncomfortable for walking or cycling. September tends to be one of the most pleasant times in the
countryside and is quieter as most people with children have finished their holidays. By October the days are getting shorter and the weather is much more changeable.
Day 2 Milngavie to Drymen.
The first day's walking on the West Highland Way is through relatively lowland terrain. You are soon passing through the delightful Mugdock Wood which leads you to Craigallian Loch. Beyond Carbeth you walk through rich farmland, pass the Dumgoyach Standing Stones and follow the track of the old Blane Valley Railway. Your route then takes you along the Drumquassle ridge and into the small town of Drymen. ~ 12 miles
Day 3 Drymen to Rowardennan.
From Drymen the walking route leads up into the Garadhban Forest and on to the prominent Conic Hill, from where you descend to the village of Balmaha on the shore of Loch Lomond. For the rest of the day the loch is your companion as you walk north along its east shore. Covering 27 square miles it is the largest body of inland water in Britain. The scenery constantly changes as you pass under the towering slopes of Ben Lomond as you reach the pleasantly situated RowardennanHotel. ~ 14 miles
Day 4 Rowardennan to Inverarnan.
The remainder of the route alongside Loch Lomond is rough walking, especially beyond Inversnaid. Here there is a large hotel and a landing stage for ferries across the loch. Continuing north you reach the end of the loch and enter Glen Falloch before arriving at your accommodation in Inverarnan. ~ 14 miles
Day 5 Inverarnan to Tyndrum.
As it tumbles down Glen Falloch, the river passes through gorges, over cascades and through rapids. You cross the river at Derrydaroch and soon join a grassy track, one of Scotland's old military roads, which passes above the village of Crianlarich. The scenery of the West Highland Way Walk gets more dramatic as you turn up Glen Fillan, the route meandering across the valley and its sides to reach Tyndrum, with its two railway stations. ~ 13 miles
Day 6 Tyndrum to Kingshouse.
From Tyndrum another military road is joined which you will be following on and off all the way to Fort William. You pass under the slopes of Beinn Dorain before arriving at Bridge of Orchy. Crossing the bridge, the path leads you over a shoulder of the hill to Inveroran, with views across pretty Loch Tulla. Beyond here you cross the western edge of Rannoch Moor, a wild and remote part of The Highlands. The scenery is magnificent with peaks surrounding you, reaching a climax towards the end of the day with views of Buachaille Etive Mor, guarding the entrance to the dramatic valley of Glen Coe. ~ 19 miles
Day 7 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven.
Today is relatively short giving you ample opportunity to soak up the scenery through which you are passing. You soon reach Altnafeadh and then climb up the Devil's Staircase. From here it is a gradual descent to Kinlochleven and sea level! ~ 9 miles
Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William (has a railway station).
The last day's walking is initially steep and then more gradual on a good track high above Loch Leven. The route then leads you north away from the old military road and towards Glen Nevis. This last section is different again and you are rewarded with views across the glen to Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis. The path drops down into Glen Nevis and follows it to the finish of the West Highland Way in Fort William. ~ 14 miles
Day 9 Departure.
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