Scotland's oldest hiking trail takes you deep into the highland's raw nature. A long time ago, this area was just a desert landscape, almost exclusively trodden by few merchants and shepherds. Big battles have been fought here, just as the landscape has been used used as a hiding place for thieves and robbers.
Today, the region is still largely untouched and therefore incredibly varied. The paths softly wrap along Loch Lomond to later reveal a magnificent view of the mountain peaks further ahead. The West Highland Way is one of Europe's most spectacular and popular hiking routes and is a "must" for anyone interested in hiking.
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It is important to be in good shape to cope with the West Highland Way. The ascents are usually not a problem, but the long stages can be strenuous. The route is well maintained and the signage on the route is perfect.
The city is pronounced "Mull'guy" and is located about 60km (37 mi) north of Glasgow. Depending on when you arrive, you can explore the city's pedestrian streets and, if needed, take care of the last provision before the hike.
Today's walk takes you outside the city through a quiet forest area towards the highlands. On the way to Drymen you will pass the Glengoyne distillery, where we recommend that you take a break, taste a little whiskey and learn how to make this Scottish specialty. Drymen is the last major city you'll be in for quite some time.
You set out to climb "Conic Hill" from where you can enjoy the view of Loch Lomond - Scotland's largest lake. The trip down brings you to Balmaha, after which civilization ceases for a few kilometers. The lake's eastern shore has only small paths and the walk is pure poetry for the soul.
This is one of the finest stages along the West Highland Way. You walk along forest roads to the waterfall at Inversnaid. Then the path turns idyllically along the lake shore. Up, down, right and left - the walk is both idyllic and varied with views to small islands. Along the way, the path brings you past Rob Roy's last hiding place.
After having walked up and down a lot during the last couple of days, now you get a lovely day without the big climbs. The West Highland Way sets off with a slow rise from Inverarnan until you pass Crianlarich. From here you can see the peaks of Ben More and Stob Binnean and the view of Loch Lomond. You continue through the quiet forests to Tyndrum.
Today you will once again experience a fantasticly beautiful landscape. A slightly longer rise awaits you just after the village Bridge of Orchy. Then you follow old military roads that lead you along small forest areas to the hotel in Inveroran - which is extremely remote in the Scottish Highlands.
An old military road takes you past countless deep black lakes. Today's goal is Kingshouse, a former trading station in the middle of the highlands. On the way you also pass a small ski resort.
During this day's hike, you walk past Scotland's most impressive mountain peak - Buachaille Etive Mòr - after which you reach the "Devil's Staircase". It were the soldiers, who were forced to walk along the winding path, who named it back in the day.
The tour takes you down a small valley from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding peaks. The small village of Kinlochleven offers the first sign of civilization after a few days in the pristine highlands.
Today's long walk is the final stage of the trip along the West Highland Way. You follow another ancient military road that leads you to a plateau. You walk through quiet forests and past the ruins of an ancient fort until Ben Nevis appears. The walk to the small town of Fort William completes the hike along the West Highland Way.
This is the last day of the trip. You leave the hotel and go home or to your next destintion. It is also possible to get an extra night here if you wish.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions, maps and other practical things.
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You can fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh. From here it is easy to take the bus to Milngavie. Get an overview of the tours via links to Rome2Rio below:
From Edinburgh to Milngavie
Breakfast is included every day. It is possible to buy lunch and dinner in the small towns along the route.
On this trip you spend the night both at 3-star hotels and at small Bed & Breakfast places in the small towns.
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