West Highland Way

The West Highland Way was the first long distance footpath to be established in Scotland and has gone on to earn its place as one of country’s most iconic routes. The trail begins in Milngavie near Glasgow and for 95 miles unfolds against the breathtaking backdrop of Scotland’s rugged landscapes, finishing in Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

From the off, the West Highland Way guides you through tranquil lowland plains and ancient woodlands as it makes its way onto Conic Hill where you are rewarded with stunning views over Loch Lomond, the largest body of fresh water in Britain. The line of small islands along the loch mark the direction of the Highland Boundary Fault and the start of the Scottish Highlands.

Venturing onward, the West Highland Way propels you into the heart of Rannoch Moor, a vast and wild expanse whose beauty lies in its untamed nature. All eyes are drawn to the magnificent Buachaille Etive Mòr, one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland. Ascending the impressive Devil’s Staircase, you skirt the edge of the iconic Aonach Eagach Ridge, gaining fine views of Glen Coe, and on a clear day, Ben Nevis and the Mamore mountains.

Continuing its grand narrative, the trail descends into the peaceful town of Kinlochleven, before a delightful final stretch through the picturesque Glen Nevis to Fort William.

Celebrated for its challenging terrain and unparalleled beauty, the West Highland Way beckons adventurers from around the world. This remarkable route has become a pilgrimage for those seeking the very essence of Scotland’s wilderness.

Our Holidays

We have a choice of 3 holidays on the West Highland Way. You can walk the whole route from Milngavie to Fort William in anything from 6 to 9 days. If you don’t have time to do the whole route, we have separate 4 day holidays covering the Lowlands and Lochs from Milngavie to Crianlarich and the Highlands from Crianlarich to Fort William.

The West Highland Way connects with the Great Glen Way, which we also offer. Perfect for those who want to walk all the way from Milngavie to Inverness.

Please bear in mind that the distances each day are trail distances only. They do not take into account walking to your accommodation. On some days the accommodation might be on or close to the trail but on other days you may need to walk one or two miles to get to your overnight stop.

Read our article: Preparing to walk the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way

Milngavie to Fort William 95 miles/153 km

We offer 4 itineraries covering the whole route. The 6 day options features days of 19 and 20 miles and should only be attempted if you are a seasoned walker used to long distances. The 7 day option has a 19 mile day also. The 8 and 9 day itineraries are less challenging with the longest days being just 14 miles long.

Code Length Average per day Price range
WH7 6 days walking (7 nights) 16 miles/26 km £800 - £922 Full Info Book
WH8 7 days walking (8 nights) 14 miles/23 km £953 - £1095 Full Info Book
WH9 8 days walking (9 nights) 12 miles/19 km £1080 - £1242 Full Info Book
WH10 9 days walking (10 nights) 11 miles/18 km £1172 - £1355 Full Info Book

West Highland Way - The Lowlands and Lochs

Milngavie to Crianlarich 46 miles/74 km

Dramatic scenery along the banks of Loch Lomond culminating in a 20 mile day between Rowardennan and Crianlarich.

Code Length Average per day Price range
WHL4 3 days walking (4 nights) 15 miles/24 km £545 - £606 Full Info Book

West Highland Way - The Highlands

Crianlarich to Fort William 49 miles/79 km

A memorable walk through the Scottish Highlands, crossing Rannoch Moor and climbing the Devil's Staircase.

Code Length Average per day Price range
WHH4 3 days walking (4 nights) 16 miles/26 km £545 - £606 Full Info Book

Client Feedback

The whole trip was just fantastic, I have recommended it and you to so many people. All we had to think about was the walk each day and what we were going to see. The organisation of it all was faultless and left us to just enjoy it all.

West Highland Way, September 2023
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Westmorland Way, September 2023
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Tour of the Lake District, September 2023
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