Tour Highlights

  • Scottish Highlands - raw and wild
  • Winding paths along Loch Lomond
  • Whiskey tasting in the Glengoyne distillery
  • Luggage transport - you only carry a daytrip bag
  • A legendary hike
Hike along the West Highland Way, 10 days
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Hike along the West Highland Way, 10 days

Individual self-guided hiking holiday

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.

More about the route
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.

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New holidays 2019
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Trekking & Hiking Holiday
Day 1 Arrival in Milngavie

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.





Day 2 From Milngavie to Drymen

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. 





Distance 20KM
Altitude 235M
Altitude 235M
Day 3 From Drymen to Rowardennan

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.





Distance 24KM
Altitude 625M
Altitude 655M
Day 4 From Rowardennan to Inverarnan (and surrounding area)

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.





Distance 19KM
Altitude 350M
Altitude 350M
Day 5 Inverarnan (and surrounding area) to Crianlarich (and surrounding area)

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.





Distance 14-17KM
Altitude 375/460M
Altitude 210/295M
Day 6 Crianlarich (and surrounding area) to Bridge of Orchy/Inveroran

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.





Distance 17-25KM
Altitude 270/560M
Altitude 260/550M
Day 7 Bridge of Orchy/Inveroran to Kingshouse

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.





Distance 16-20KM
Altitude 310/475M
Altitude 240/420M
Day 8 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

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.





Distance 14KM
Altitude 380M
Altitude 615M
Day 9 Kinlochleven to Fort William

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.





Distance 24KM
Altitude 575M
Altitude 580M
Day 10 Return

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.





Price Includes
  • 9 nights at 3-star hotels and small Bed & Breakfasts in double rooms
  • Breakfast every day
  • Thoroughly prepared route material
  • Luggage transport between the accommodations
  • Guided tour of the Glengoyne distillery incl. tasting
  • Possibility of GPX files for use in your own GPS
  • Service hotline during the trip
Not included
  • Transportation to/from the destination 
  • Cancellation- and travel insurance
General Information

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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Transportation/Flight

Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on info@mountain-adventures.com

Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

 

Transport to/from the airport

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:

At arrival
From Edinburgh to Milngavie

From Glasgow to Milngavie (fastest)

At departure

From Fort William to Edinburgh

From Fort William to Glasgow

Food & Beverage

Breakfast is included every day. It is possible to buy lunch and dinner in the small towns along the route.

Accommodation

On this trip you spend the night both at 3-star hotels and at small Bed & Breakfast places in the small towns.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Climate

It can be difficult to plan your journey according to the weather, but here's a general picture of the climate in the area as shown on yr.no:

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