West Highland Way

154 km, 8 days
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A spectacular walk on Scottish trails

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Nations: Scotland
Budget for sleeping: € 250
Km traveled: 154

An 8-day walk through the pristine nature typical of the Scottish regions, passing through places with a magical and unique air. A route of medium-high difficulty that allows you to enjoy unique views far from civilization, while remaining quite easily passable.

 

A crazy itinerary in the wilds of Scotland. Unique landscapes and incredible emotions! I am really happy to have walked it.

@Mike

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West Highland Way

Day 1

Milngavie to Drymen

19 Km | 4/6 hours | + 103 m, – 107 m

This is the first stage of the walk and is mostly level, allowing this experience to begin without too much effort. The trail begins in the center of Milngavie, at the appropriate stone obelisk with the trail logo, and ends in the village of Drymen, located within the “Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.”

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Day 2

Drymen to Rowardennan

22,5 Km | 4/6 hours| + 233 m, – 300 m

The trail from Drymen begins by diverging from the A811 road and heading toward Conic Hill, from which there will be epic and spectacular views of the surrounding area. You will also be able to see Loch Lomond and the islets it is dotted with. At this point we head to the town of Balmaha, where it will be possible to rest and find food and water. Now continue walking following the lakeshore and passing through three campsites (Cashel, Milarrochy and Sallochy), until you reach Rowardenann.

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Day 3

Rowardennan to Inverarnan

22,5 Km | 4/6 hours | + 180 m, – 170 m

On this stage we will enter the northernmost part of Loch Lomond, where the lake reaches a depth of more than 180m. In the area north of Inversnaid, the terrain becomes more complicated for walkers to manage and requires more attention. On this section of the trail you might encounter wild goats and some fantastic birds, also worth mentioning are the beautiful waterfalls present at Inversnaid.

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Day 4

Inverarnan to Tyndrum

19,3 Km | 6/8 hours | + 340 m, – 150 m

During this day you will move from the typical Loch Lomond landscape to more mountainous scenery. It follows the Falloch River, managing to catch a glimpse of Falloch Falls before the halfway point of the stage, where the town of Crianlarich stands, from which, however, the original West Highland Way trail would not pass, but which can be reached by trave a very short detour. It then continues over the hills, which initially follow the Fillan River through the valley floor. It will then pass by Kirkton Farm, where there are ruins, and then finally head to the town of Tyndrum.

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Day 5

Tyndrum to Inveroran

14,5 Km | 4/6 hours| + 190 m, – 240 m

Before you leave Tyndrum you must remember that there will be no more places to buy food or goods until Kinlochleven, so it is good to buy everything you need for two days and gear up! Shortly after leaving Tyndrum you will find yourself on the flanks of Beinn Odhar mountain and overlooking the pyramid-shaped mountain called Beinn Dorain. From here on the trail the relief will diminish and the valley will flatten out, descending gently to the railway station. After the Orchy Bridge the trail rejoins the old military road; now it climbs slightly arriving at a point with a splendid view and finally arriving at Inveroran

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Day 6

Inveroran to Kingshouse

16 Km | 4/6 hours | + 250 m, – 150 m

On this stage you will cross one of the richest stretches of unspoiled nature on the entire route and in Europe in general. We start by slowly ascending to Rannoch Moor, where about halfway up the stage is the Rannoch Moor Bridge, which offers a splendid view of the surrounding areas. Depending on the weather conditions this stage could be really pleasant, or quite challenging, just given the presence of such unspoiled nature and vegetation. We then continue to Kingshouse, the destination of this stage.

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Day 7

Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

14,5 Km | 3/4 hours | + 260 m, – 480 m

As you travel this stage you will come across one of the most imposing mountains in all of Scotland, the Buachaille Etive Mor. You start by heading toward Altnafeadh, and then turn right toward the “Devil’s Staircase,” which leads up to the highest point on the entire West Highland Way, located at 550 m above sea level. At this point you will cross a flat area for a few kilometers, and after resting on the plains you will begin to descend toward the town of Kinlochleven.

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Day 8

Kinlochleven to Fort William

24 Km | 6/8 hours| + 400 m, – 400 m

This last leg of the walk begins with a climb to a viewpoint, from which Kinlochleven and Loch Leven can be seen from above. The trail then follows the valley heading north and through the forest towards Glen Nevis. We then continue through the vegetation and see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Then begins the last section of the walk, which continues downhill to Fort William, the final destination of the West Highland Way.

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The Official Guide

Read the official guidebook of the West Highland Way, an essential tool for getting your bearings right, discovering information about the places you pass through, and being inspired by the magic of the Trail!

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The Official Site

The Official Site of the West Highland Way is a fantastic portal where you can find all the up-to-date information about the route; it also contains lots of useful tips and tools for planning your own walk!

For all up-to-date information regarding the West Highland Way and every aspect of it, the official website should be consulted:

West Highland Way – Scotland’s Best Loved Long Distance Walking Route

Most accommodations and campsites on the West Highland Way are open from March to September, but it is highly variable. To check all up-to-date information regarding accommodations, refreshments, and the West Highland Way route in general you need to check on the official dedicated websites and the link above.