The 96 mile West Highland Way links Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. It passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain, from lowland Scotland into the heart of the Highlands. From Drymen to Tyndrum the Way traverses the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
You start your guided West Highland Way walking holiday at Milngavie. The Way starts gently, undulating through woods and farmland, it winds along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish at the foot of Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain.
Much of the Way follows ancient and historic routes of communication and makes use of Drove Roads or Military Roads built to help in the control of Jacobite Clansmen. The first half of the route crosses valley floor terrain or traverses their sides and only occasionally rises to 300m/1000ft. North of Tyndrum the terrain is a little more challenging as the Way crosses open countryside - Rannoch Moor (445m/1460ft), the Devils Staircase (548m/1797ft) and the Lairigmor (330m/1082ft).
Guided West Highland Way Dates 2019
6th May - 14th May 2019
1 Place Available
1 X Male Twin Share
£730 per person
30th May - 7th June 2019
5 Places Available
£730 per person
On each Guided West Highland Way holiday groups are a maximum of 12 people plus a Guide. Above are the holiday dates and the places still available on each holiday.
Duration of tour
9 days, 8 nights, 7 days walking.
Start of route
End of route
Maximum 12 people.
Grade of walk
Generally this is a moderate route though some strenuous walking is encountered e.g. on Rannoch Moor (445m/1460ft), the Devils Staircase (548m/1797ft) and the Lairigmor (330m/1082ft).
The terrain varies from lowland moors, woodland, rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands.
Not included in the price of your holiday
Evening meals, packed lunches, drinks and snacks, travel insurance, travel to Milngavie and from Fort William, souvenirs, laundry services, etc.
Accommodation in en-suite rooms in selected comfortable Guest Houses, Hotels and Inns.
Extra nights accommodation
Additional nights accommodation can be booked on request for anyone wishing to arrive in Milngavie or depart Fort William a day or two earlier/later.
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion for walking. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. There is no single supplement as we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Single occupancy rooms are not available on this tour.
Breakfast is included and is served at your accommodation.
Packed lunches can be readily purchased from your overnight accommodation or local shop.
Evening meals can be purchased in local village pubs or overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, its varied landscapes and local history and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is emergency first aid trained.
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 20kg (44lbs).
The weather in Scotland is varied. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather, particularly in the mountains, can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential, please see equipmement list for further details.
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.
Please see equipmement list for further details
The following is intended to provide some further information about the route and points of interest. Please note that all distances, timings and heights are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. The time to cover the distance includes time spent walking and time for breaks. If further information is required please contact our office. Several guide books providing detailed route descriptions and information are also available.
Day 1 Milngavie
Arrive at your accommodation. Meet your guide and fellow walkers at the welcome meeting in the evening.
Day 2 Milngavie (Height above sea level 50m) to Drymen (50m).
Distance 12 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 200m/655ft – 6 hours
The official start of the West Highland Way is a granite obelisk in Douglas Street, Milngavie. The Way leaves the town centre and enters Mugdock Country Park. On leaving the park the route continues northwards on good paths through rolling farmland. We continue along the route to our accommodation in Drymen.
Day 3 Drymen (50m) to Rowardennan (20m).
Distance 15 miles – Long moderate - Height Gain 500m/1635ft – 7 hours
The Way enters Garadhban Forest and follows a forest track for a few miles. Upon leaving the forest we follow the path as is climbs almost to the summit of Conic Hill (360m), on a clear day there are wonderful views over Loch Lomond. The Way then descends to Balmaha, and passes the National Park Centre. We follow a woodland walk along good paths or tracks as the Way runs close to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond to our accommodation at Rowardennan.
Day 4 Rowardennan (20m) to Inverarnan (30m).
Distance 14 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 350m/1145ft – 7 hours
From Rowardennan the Way follows forestry tracks through countryside, once inhabited by Rob Roy, to Inversnaid. The Way then continues along the side of the loch but the going is more difficult and the path for the next few miles is regarded as one of the toughest sections of the Way. Two miles before Inverarnan the going is much easier. The historic Drovers’ Inn at Inverarnan is a great favourite with its selection of beers and whiskies. It is well worth a visit, if only to see the collection of stuffed animals and birds.
Day 5 Inverarnan (30m) to Tyndrum (225m).
Distance 12 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 500m/1635ft – 6 hours
The Way continues along good paths and tracks, much of which is an old military road. This is the gateway to the Highlands and the Way gains height as it leaves the Loch Lomond basin and rises to 250m. From Crianlarich (180m) we continue along good paths and tracks with some moderate descents and ascents to Tyndrum.
Day 6 Tyndrum (225m) to Kingshouse (250m).
Distance 19 miles – Long moderate/Strenuous - Height Gain 600m/1960ft – 8.5 hours
This is the longest day of the holiday. The Way continues for 7 miles along good paths and tracks following the line of an old military road to the Bridge of Orchy. The route crosses the bridge and climbs a small hillock (310m) with some superb views all-round. There is good going underfoot as you cross Rannoch Moor, one of Britains largest and wildest moors. The path climbs steadily to its high point at 450m before descending to Kingshouse. From Kingshouse we transfer to our overnight accommodation in Kinlochleven.
Day 7 Kingshouse (250m) to Kinlochleven (20m).
Distance 9 miles – Strenuous - Height Gain 350m/1145ft – 5 hours
In the morning we transfer back to Kingshouse. The Way follows the route of an old military road. 3 miles beyond Kings House the Way climbs steeply up the Devils Staircase. At 550m this is the highest point on the Way. There is now a long descent into Kinlochleven.
Day 8 Kinlochleven (20m) to Fort William (10m)
Distance 15 miles – Strenuous/Moderate - Height Gain 500m/1635ft – 7 hours
In the first mile the Way zigzags steeply up the hillside to meet an old military road (250m). The highest point on todays route is Lairigmor, the high pass (330m), though there are no more serious gradients as the route continues on good paths with high mountains on both sides. The final stretch is through Nevis Forest, with Ben Nevis (1344m) the highest mountain in the British Isles, visible through breaks in the trees. The Way descends into Glen Nevis and follows a road for the final 1.5miles to Fort William and the end of a wonderful route.
Day 9 Fort William
After breakfast depart for home, but first you might like to take time to explore Fort William, the largest town in the west Highlands of Scotland. It is surrounded by magnificent scenery and has an important history. There are high mountains, lochs, beautiful glens, forests and beaches in between. This is a huge outdoor playground which caters for a wide range of activities. Fort William is an excellent location to spend an extra day or more. There is a wealth of on land, and on water activities. Many people stay a day longer just to climb Ben Nevis. Please contact us if you require further information.
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.
The train station in Milngavie is a short walk from your accommodation.
Glasgow has two mainline stations: Central and Queen Street (a shuttle bus service operates between the two stations), they are readily accessible from most UK mainline stations. During the day trains depart regularly to Milngavie from both stations.
Approximate journey times – From Glasgow 25 minutes. From London 5.5 hours.
From Fort William
The train station in Fort William is a short walk from your accommodation.
On weekdays a few trains a day depart Fort William for Glasgow Queen Street (first train 07:42).
A limited service operates at weekend, please visit www.thetrainline.com for timetable information.
Approximate journey times – To Glasgow Queen Street 4 hours. To London 9.5 hours (overnight service 12 hours)
Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.info
The central bus station in Glasgow is Buchanan Street.
The bus stop in Milngavie is a short walk from your accommodation.
Approximate journey times from Glasgow 30 minutes.
From Fort William
The bus stop in Fort William is a short walk from your accommodation.
Scottish Citylink operates daily bus services from Fort William to Glasgow. Booking in advance is recommended
Tel - 0871 2002233.
Approximate journey times to Glasgow 3 hours.
Limited non-secure parking is available in Milngavie. Please contact us if further information is required.
Glasgow International is the nearest airport to Glasgow city centre. A frequent bus service operates between the airport and Glasgow train and bus stations.
Approximate journey times to Glasgow city centre 30 minutes.
Further information is available to view online at www.glasgowairport.com
Glasgow Prestwick airport is approx 30 miles from Glasgow city centre.
A regular bus service operates between the airport and Glasgow Buchanan Street approximate journey time 50 minutes.
A regular train service operates between the airport and Glasgow Central station approximate journey time 45 minutes.
Further information is available to view online at www.prestwick-airport-guide.co.uk
Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry
2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).
The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Torch / flashlight
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Hi Dean and Corinna, We returned from Scotland last week having completed the West Highland Way under the assured guidance of Scott. Another wonderful week's walking competently organised by NWW. We were blessed with superb weather almost verging on being too warm. We did have a wet final day probably as a reminder of what it could have been like! The scenery was breathtaking especially along Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor and from our room at Kinghouse where the view from our window looked down the length of Glencoe. We enjoyed the company of another wonderful group of people and met up with friends we had made on our C2C trek last September. We enjoyed some great banter over our evening meals together each night. Scott was a kind, knowledgeable and quietly encouraging leader. The week seemed to pass all too quickly. Graham and I stayed on in Fort William for another couple of days which enabled us to take the train to Mallaig as well as walk a little along the Caledonian Canal. Thank you once again for another hugely enjoyable holiday - we're already looking at which one to do next!
Kind regards, Carol and Graham, UK, West Highland Way Guided, 2016
Hi Dean, Another superbly organised and throughly enjoyable walk. Pure escapism, great company and superb scenery, made all the better by NWW organising the accommodation and bag transfers. We were lucky too to have astonishingly good weather every day bar one.....
Regards, Mark, UK, West Highland Way Guided, 2016
Hi Dean, We have now arrived back in Australia after a month in the UK and I thought you would appreciate feedback about our time doing the West Highland Way guided walk with North West Walks. It was a truly memorable experience and one that I will treasure always. The countryside is so different to ours in Australia in so many respects – especially its colour, light and form. Our guide, Pete, was simply wonderful. He has many excellent qualities that include his ability keep a group together, his knowledge/background of the outdoors, and his respect of us. Our accommodation/breakfasts exceeded our expectations and we really appreciated the places with baths so we could soak our tired old bodies before facing the next day’s challenge…. Last, but not least is the excellent organisational skills you have that ensures the walk goes to plan, our bags all arrive, and the accommodation is booked. And the clothing list and travel information you sent us was spot on. I think you must have been doing this well for some time! Thanks very much for the beautiful memories.
Regards, Lynette, Australia, West Highland Way Guided, 2015
Dear Dean, this is very late but I hope not too late to thank you for the wonderful walk of West Highland Way - and the marvellous Pete. Really, he was absolutely fantastic; he looked after us brilliantly and was always cheerful and fun. He's got a brilliant way at connecting with people at all levels …. natural leader, very personable and thoughtful, considerate and great fun. We also had great accommodation along the way and thank you for arranging all of that and all the luggage transfer. As a secretary / organiser - I really do know that these things take a lot of preparation to run smoothly - it's not just a case of things happening but it takes a lot of work and effort to put the plans together. We were well looked after from start to finish and thank you so much. it was a holiday to remember, I've got some great photographs and I want to go back.
All the very best, Belinda, UK, West Highland Way Guided, 2015
Hello Dean, I am now back in Cyprus, still reflecting on having had such a great time. So thank you and your organisation for putting everything together. The WHW group was a wonderful mix with everyone gelling superbly. Pete is a very relaxed but competent guy and had a great relationship with everyone, which was mutual, all making for a smooth week…A great experience. For me a great journey.
Best wishes, Ian, Cyprus, West Highland Way Guided, 2015
Hello Dean and Corinna, I would just like to say thank you for organizing my West Highland Way walk. The accommodations were all impeccable and the luggage transfer was done efficiently. It is always comforting to know that at the end of each day awaits a comfy and clean bed, that my luggage would be waiting for me and the B&B hosts would be all welcoming and friendly. I have to say I was very impressed particularly with the B&B choices that you've made.
I also would like to thank and commend our guide, Pete, for his tireless and bright demeanour. We were walking mostly under grey skies and rain but Pete and the group did not lose their sunny disposition. The WHW walk remains a highlight in my travels and I believe that the amazing Highland scenery will remain embedded in my memories. Excellent work, excellent service. Thank you and
best regards, Miriam, Canada, West Highland Way Guided, 2015
Dear Dean and Corinna, we had a wonderful walk – thank you - and a nice mix of “old” and “new” participants. Indeed I rather fancy doing it again sometime in the next year or two...
Sincerely Elspeth, Canada, West Highland Way Guided, 2015
Dear Dean and Corinna, Having returned home now from walking the WHW I'd just like to say a big thank you to you all. The organisation all went really smoothly, the accommodation was really good at the end of a long day and Scott was terrific, such patience with us all! Really great holiday and challenge. Thank you all. Can you let me know if you decide to do a guided Great Glen Way!
Regards Carole, UK, West Highland Way Guided, 2014
The West Highland Way walk I recently finished was wonderful, and it was such a pleasure to meet up with Scott again.
Best wishes Adrian,UK, West Highland Way Guided, 2014