9-day West Highland Way Trek through Scotland

Join UIMLA-certified mountain leader Emma for this 9 day trek of Scotland's West Highland Way! You will experience stunning panoramic vistas of Loch Lomond as you trek through Scotland's impressive highlands, passing through many picturesque villages on the way!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Scotland is known for its rugged natural beauty, and during this 9-day trek we will explore the breathtaking landscapes along the 96 mile (154 km) West Highland Way, one of the best long distance walking routes in the UK.

The trek begins in the town of Milngavie, and, after a week of trekking northward, ends in the town of Fort William.  Along our route, we will enjoy the scenery around Loch Lomand, the largest freshwater lake in Britain, before we explore the majestic Trossachs National Park and trek in the highlands of Scotland.  While the trail starts with gentle rolling hills through woods, farmland, and valley floors, the terrain becomes steeper and rockier as we enter Rannoch Moor, the Devil’s Staircase and, finally, the mountains of Glencoe.  A day-by-day outline of the route is provided below.

This program includes 7 full days of trekking, plus an additional 2 days for arrival and departure.  Due to the length of the program, the distance covered, as well as the challenging nature of the terrain, participants should have a good level of fitness to participate in this trip.  We will stay at hotels and B&Bs along the route, and try to support family-run establishments as much as possible.  We will also eat at local restaurants and pubs, and, of course, stop for a whisky tasting along the way.  You will only need to carry a daypack, as this trip includes luggage support.

Should you wish to stay on in Fort William after this program ends, we can arrange for a variety of different activities in the town considered by many to be the outdoor capital of Scotland.

Book now and we will complete an incredible long distance hike together!  This is an incredible opportunity to experience the stunning terrain and quaint villages of beautiful Scotland!

Check out the other incredible long distance trekking trips I offer: 16 day UK Coast to Coast Trek1 week Alta Via 1 trek in the Dolomites, or 10-day Monte Rosa trekking tour!


Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
 Price includes: Accommodation for 8 nights on a twin-share basis, all breakfasts, guiding services, luggage transfers. Not included: Lunches or evening meals, personal drinks and snacks, travel insurance, extra accommodation or transfers for anyone unable to complete the trip, tips.
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Arrival: Milngavie

    We meet at our hotel in the town outside of Milngavie.  I will hold a briefing at 6pm so we can discuss the details of the upcoming trip and get to know each other.

  • Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen

    From the obelisk of Milngavie, we we head toward Mugdock Country Park.  We pass through farmland before stopping for a whisky tasting at Glengoyne Distillery.  We then head to Drymen and our accommodations for the night.

    Distance: 12 mi (19 km)

    Walking: Approx 6-7 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 3: Drymen to Rowardennan

    Today’s route takes us up the steep Conic Hill, where, if the weather permits, we will have an incredible panorama over Loch Lomond.  From there, we head down to Balmaha and trek in the rolling terrain around the loch.

    Distance: 15 mi (24 km)

    Walking: Approx 8-9 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan

    We tackle tough terrain around Loch Lomond, eventually arriving to a spot where we will have more great views that extend over the loch all the way to the Arrochar Alps.  We continue onto Inversnaid Nature Reserve, eventually reaching Drovers Inn, where we will spend the night.

    Distance: 14 mi (22.5 km)

    Walking: Approx 8 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

     

  • Day 5: Inverarnan to Tyndrum

    Today we are mostly sticking to an old military road, so the terrain is slightly easier.  We enjoy the incredible views of the highlands in front of us and Loch Lomond behind us.  We continue on path, passing rolling hills, until we reach Tyndrum.

    Distance: 12 mi (19 km)

    Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 6: Tyndrum to Kingshouse

    This is the longest day of the trek.  The military road takes us to the Bridge of Orchy.  Then, we ascend to more incredible vistas.  We will cross Rannoch Moor before making our way to the Kings House, constructed in the 17th century.  If the lodging here is not available, we will transfer to a nearby town for the night.

    Distance: 19 mi (30 km)

    Walking: Approx 9-10 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 7: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

    We trek until we reach Altnafeadh, the site of the legendary 1692 Glencoe Massacre.  We then ascend the Devil’s Staircase, reaching the highest point of the trek.  The views over Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, are incredible.  We then descend to the town of Kinlochleven, where we spend the night.

    Distance: 9 mi (14 km)

    Walking: 5-6 hrs

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 8: Kinlochleven to Fort William

    We complete our final climb up Lairigmor (300m), but the ascent is not too steep.  We then descend through the woodlands of Glen Nevis until we reach Fort William, our final destination.

    Accommodation: Hotel/B&B/Guesthouse

  • Day 9: Fort William: Departure

    After a final breakfast together, the program ends.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required
Intermediate
Fitness level required
Fit
Meeting point
We will meet on day 1 in the town of Milngavie, near Glasgow
Accommodation

We will stay in hotels, B&Bs, or guesthouses along our route.

 

About the Guide

 
 

I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.

I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).

Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.

 
 
 

 

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