West Highland & Great Glen Ways Combined
West Highland & Great Glen Ways in 11 Days Walking Code: WHGG12
|Day 1||Travel to Milngavie for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Milngavie to Drymen||12||19|
|Day 3||Drymen to Rowardennan||14||23|
|Day 4||Rowardennan to Crianlarich||20||32|
|Day 5||Crianlarich to Inveroran||16||26|
|Day 6||Inveroran to Kinlochleven||19||31|
|Day 7||Kinlochleven to Fort William||14||23|
|Day 8||Fort William to Gairlochy then transfer to Spean Bridge||10||16|
|Day 9||Transfer back to Gairlochy then walk to South Laggan||13||21|
|Day 10||South Laggan to Invermoriston||18||29|
|Day 11||Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit||14||23|
|Day 12||Drumnadrochit to Inverness||18||29|
|Day 13||Depart from Inverness after breakfast|
Thousands of regular walkers complete the WHW every year – but remember this is a challenging route passing through increasingly remote and mountainous terrain. There are some longer days too. This is a route for experienced walkers.
Terrain: Varied – lowland meadows, foothills, loch sides, remote moorland, and high mountain passes – it has it all!
What’s it like underfoot? The route is generally well maintained but there are sections where the going is rougher, and others where it can get muddy. The side of Loch Lomond is infamous for its difficult tree roots.
How Much Up & Down? Not too much considering where you are! Over 4000m of ascent in total, with climbs of 300 - 500m on most days. The 2 biggest climbs – 500m up the Devils’ Staircase, and 700m out of Kinlochleven, are saved for the final 2 days.
Navigation: Signposting is good and the route follows well defined paths, so no particular difficulties. But there are sections of remote wilderness (Rannoch Moor), and higher mountain terrain (where you may be in the mist on a bad day) so you need to be able to navigate – these aren’t places you want to get lost.
Weather: Some people complete the whole route in fine weather, but most will encounter at least some rain, and possibly hill fog on the higher ground. Early or late in the season hail or snow are possibilities. Good clothing and waterproofs absolutely essential, even if you end up not needing them too often.
The name Crianlarich comes from the Gaelic for low pass. In the 1750s two military roads met here. Crianlarich makes a good location for a “rest day” in order to travel along the picturesque West Highland Train Line to visit Oban – a coastal resort with a difference - the town and its bay are virtually land-locked, giving it a sheltered setting. For memorable views walk up Oban Hill to McCaig's Tower or take a walk to Ganavan Sands and relax on the beach.
Fort William is the capital of the West Highlands, situated at the head of Loch Linnhe. It’s not the prettiest of towns, but there are a good number of shops, and some good outdoor stores to browse around or buy new gear. A lot of people take an extra day here to climb Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain (1344m / 4409ft). It’s a long day, and the weather can be harsh, so make sure you are fit and prepared!