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The West Highland Way Guided Walking Itinerary


Daily Plan
Each day you will be guided along the trail to your next accommodation, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you get to your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!


View from the top of Conic Hill Day 1 - Arrive in Milngavie
This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Milngavie. We will have accommodation arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to Milngavie and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.
Accommodation – in or near Milngavie


Day 2 – Walking to Drymen - 12 miles
Today you will be walking to Drymen, it is 12 miles of walking, 420m of ascent and it will take around 6-7 hours to get there. You will start by walking out of the urban area of Milngavie and leaving hectic civilization behind for the coming journey. For much of the rest of the day you will gain views over the spectacular Campsie Fells before eventually reaching your destination for the evening.
Accommodation – in or near Drymen


Loch Lomond on a misty day Day 3 - Walking to Rowardennan - 14 miles
Today you will be walking to Rowardennan which will take 7- 9 hours and is 14 miles long with 660m of height gain. Today the highlights include walk up conic hill giving you views over Loch Lomond and walking along the shores of the loch itself for much of the afternoon. Accommodation – in or near Drymen


Day 4 – Walking to Inverarnan - 14 miles
Today will take about 7 – 9 hours to get to Inverarnan and you will have 931m of height gain throughout the day. This is a surprising tough section of the walk, which begins at the foot of the famous Ben Lomond. You will then be following an undulating forestry track giving views to both Loch Lomond and the nearby mountains of the Arrochar Alps, including the distinctive summit of The Cobbler. You will also pass Rob Roy’s cave, where the famous outlaw allegedly held his captives!
Accommodation – in Crianlarich or Inverarnan


West Highland Way Memorial Post Day 5 – Walking to Tyndrum - 12 miles
Today you will be walking to Tyndrum, it is 12 miles away with 490m of ascent throughout the day. This section should take 6 – 8 hours to complete and is on good paths and sections of the Old Military Road. Highlights of today include seeing the Falls of Falloch and passing the field of The Battle of Dal Righ.
Accommodation – in Crianlarich or Inverarnan


Day 6 – Walking to Kingshouse - 20 miles
Today is the longest day of your trek. You will be walking to the famous Kingshouse which is 20 miles of walking and 690m of ascent which will take around 9-12 hours to complete. However, it can easily be the best day of the entire trip. The walking is on very good paths, and you will get views over Loch Tulla and the Black Mountains in the first half of the day. The second half of the day tackles the most famous part of the trail, Rannoch Moor. Rannoch Moor can be one of two things; the most beautiful place you can ever imagine to walk in if you get good weather, or the most wild, exposed and intimidating place if the weather is bad. Either way it is a part of the walk you will never forget.
Accommodation – in or near Kinlochleven


Inversnaid River Day 7 – Walking to Kinlochleven - 8 miles
Today you will be walking to Kinlochleven, it is 8 miles away, 430m of ascent and it will take around 4 - 5 hours to walk. Today's highlights include the famous ascent of the ominously named "Devil’s Staircase" to the highest point of The West Highland Way giving views over the Glen Coe Mountains and the Blackwater Reservoir, the longest reservoir in the highlands.
Accommodation – in or near Kinlochleven


Day 8 – Walking to Fort William - 16 miles
Today you will be walking to Fort William, where you will find the end marker for the route. You will be walking for 7 – 8 hours and cover a distance of 16 miles with 735m of ascent. You will see the famous Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in Scotland and get fantastic views of Glen Nevis too.
Accommodation – in or near Fort William


Day 9 – Depature/Drive back to Milngavie
Today we will pick you up from your accommodation in Fort William and drive you back to Milngavie or to a train station if you have arranged this with us beforehand. From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.



 
 
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