West Highland Way

West Highland Way

A walking holiday along the iconic long-distance route between Milngavie and Fort William.

4 to 10 nights
47-95 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £505 per person

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About the trail

From its jagged mountains to its glittering lochs, the Scottish Highlands offer up truly epic countryside – and the West Highland Way clambers right through it. Although the trail begins in wooded lowlands and along pebbled lochsides, it soon rises past dramatic cascades and over windswept moorland onto rugged mountainsides.

With mighty peaks as a constant staggering backdrop, the West Highland Way clambers ascents such as the Devil’s Staircase to win breath-taking views across the Scottish Highlands. This is a gorgeous and immersive route, supported by the villages dotted along its length that provide warm, cosy places to rest up.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • West Highland Way
  • West Highland Way - North Section
  • West Highland Way - South Section

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

6 to 10 nights
95 miles
Moderate to Strenuous
23rd March to 19th October

From £745 per person

West Highland Way

Walk the West Highland Way long-distance trail and traverse 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in the very best scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

The most popular, oldest and most dramatic of Scotland's Great Trails, the West Highland Way clambers steep slopes and wends through utter wilderness between little pockets of warmth in remote, welcoming villages. Along the way, you'll encounter a selection of deep blue lochs, rugged mountains, tranquil woodlands and remote moors that provide unforgettable views throughout.

It's no surprise the West Highland Way is high on most walkers' to-do lists. Tackle the full route on our longer itineraries, with flexible options available to suit your personal pace, or scroll further to find our partial-route options.

This route can be walked in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
WHW1 From Milngavie to Fort William 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous £745
WHW2 From Milngavie to Fort William 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding £865
WHW3 From Milngavie to Fort William 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding £985
WHW4 From Milngavie to Fort William 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate £1105
WHW5 From Milngavie to Fort William 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate £1225

West Highland Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note that accommodation along the West Highland Way is in extremely high demand, so be sure to await confirmation of your booking before making firm travel plans. We would advise to book a year in advance for his trail.

Please note that LATE APRIL and MAY 2024 is now FULLY BOOKED. This trail is very popular, if you have flexibility with your start date, please advise this when booking.  Please do not make any travel plans until we have double checked and confirmed availability for your booking.

As an additional side-effect of this high demand, accommodation providers at the Kingshouse and Bridge of Orchy overnight stops have limited availability for their standard rooms year-round. If these rooms are not available, transfers to nearby accommodation will be provided. Kingshouse also usually have a two night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.  If you are happy to pay an upgrade supplement to stay at these two locations please advise this on your booking form. An upgrade supplement may still apply for a two night stay.  NB: We will request payment for Kingshouse room bookings upfront, including any upgrade supplements. These will go towards your balance payment.

 

Start

Travel to Milngavie where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Milngavie to Balmaha. 19 miles (30km) / 2041 ft (622 m) ascent

Day 2

Balmaha to Inverarnan(L). 21.5 miles (34.5km) / 2812 ft (857 m) ascent

Day 3

Inverarnan(L) to Bridge of Orchy. 19 miles (30km) / 2313 ft (705 m) ascent

Day 4

Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven. 21.5 miles (34.5km) / 2910 ft (887 m) ascent

Day 5

Kinlochleven to Fort William. 14.5 miles (23km) / 1998 ft (609 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Fort William after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bridge of Orchy)
Price on request
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays West Highland Way map
Milngavie to Fort William
95 miles (152 km)
23rd March to 19th October

Holiday highlights

Sharing a sense of camaraderie with fellow walkers and mountain lovers along this popular route.

Wandering along the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch, overlooked by Conic Hill.

Spotting the elusive red deer in the open expanses of wild Rannoch Moor.

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Rest days provide the opportunity to explore some of the fascinating little towns along trail. Whether you spend your time exploring the sights and sounds of Scotland or simply rest your weary feet, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

Many people take an extra night in Fort William at the end of the trail to climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bridge of Orchy)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 95 miles (152 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Code: WHW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 23rd March - 19th October
Start of holiday: Milngavie
End of holiday: Fort William

Route Profile

West Highland Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Milngavie) and at the end of the trail (Fort William).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Milngavie and from Fort William.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station (and occasionally London Kings Cross) to Milngavie.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take the Citylink coach to Central Glasgow or Anniesland and then take the train to Milngavie. Alternatively, you can take the train all the way, via varying routes and number of stops, depending on when you are travelling. The best option varies depending on the day and time. Check Traveline for the option which best suits the date & time you wish to travel.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Goodbye to Loch Lomond" by Sally DiMaggio (2023) "Goodbye to Loch Lomond" by Sally DiMaggio (2023)
"Oreo Cows" by Sally DiMaggio (2023) "Oreo Cows" by Sally DiMaggio (2023)
"Through the Wall" by Sally DiMaggio (2023) "Through the Wall" by Sally DiMaggio (2023)
"Through the Devil's Staircase" by Zaga Arie (2023) "Through the Devil's Staircase" by Zaga Arie (2023)
"View from the Hotel at Kingshouse" by Zaga Arie (2023) "View from the Hotel at Kingshouse" by Zaga Arie (2023)
"Snaking through the Highlands" by David Keogh (2022) "Snaking through the Highlands" by David Keogh (2022)
"Footbridge Leaving Loch Lomond" by David Keogh (2022) "Footbridge Leaving Loch Lomond" by David Keogh (2022)
"Snaking down from Conic Hill" by David Keogh (2022) "Snaking down from Conic Hill" by David Keogh (2022)
"Ben Nevis" by David Keogh (2022) "Ben Nevis" by David Keogh (2022)
"Island in Loch Lomond" by David Keogh (2022) "Island in Loch Lomond" by David Keogh (2022)
"A Peaceful Interlude" by David Keogh (2022) "A Peaceful Interlude" by David Keogh (2022)
"Between Kinlochleven and Fort William" by Amy Ladendorf (2022) "Between Kinlochleven and Fort William" by Amy Ladendorf (2022)
"Between Inversnaid and Inverarnan" by Amy Ladendorf (2022) "Between Inversnaid and Inverarnan" by Amy Ladendorf (2022)
"Kingshouse View" by Melany Cueva (2022) "Kingshouse View" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"The Bridge of Orchy" by Melany Cueva (2022) "The Bridge of Orchy" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"Crianlarich" by Melany Cueva (2022) "Crianlarich" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"The Call of Beinn Dòrain" by Melany Cueva (2022) "The Call of Beinn Dòrain" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"Overlooking Loch Lomond" by Melany Cueva (2022) "Overlooking Loch Lomond" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"Kingshouse View" by Melany Cueva (2022) "Kingshouse View" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"Kinlochleven Spring" by Melany Cueva (2022) "Kinlochleven Spring" by Melany Cueva (2022)
"Ben Nevis from Inverlochy" by Lesley Roberts (2022) "Ben Nevis from Inverlochy" by Lesley Roberts (2022)
"Along the Trail" by Lesley Roberts (2022) "Along the Trail" by Lesley Roberts (2022)
"Windswept Tree" by Kevin Banks (2021) "Windswept Tree" by Kevin Banks (2021)
"Away from it all" by Kevin Banks (2021) "Away from it all" by Kevin Banks (2021)
"View of Loch Lomond" by Clive Nielsen (2021) "View of Loch Lomond" by Clive Nielsen (2021)
"Sore Feet statue in Fort William" by Jodi Greenspan (2019) "Sore Feet statue in Fort William" by Jodi Greenspan (2019)
"Altnafeadh" by Jodi Greenspan (2019) "Altnafeadh" by Jodi Greenspan (2019)
"Rannoch Moor" by Peggy Adams (2018) "Rannoch Moor" by Peggy Adams (2018)
"The Four Hats" by Peggy Adams (2018) "The Four Hats" by Peggy Adams (2018)
"Bridge of Orchy" by John Wilkins (2018) "Bridge of Orchy" by John Wilkins (2018)
"View from atop Conic Hill" by John Wilkins (2018) "View from atop Conic Hill" by John Wilkins (2018)
"Conic Hill" by Shermyun Neo (2018) "Conic Hill" by Shermyun Neo (2018)
"Arriving at Glencoe" by Anne Swindell (2018) "Arriving at Glencoe" by Anne Swindell (2018)
"Morning Mist over Kinlochleven" by Jan Augustine (2017 Photo Competition Winner) "Morning Mist over Kinlochleven" by Jan Augustine (2017 Photo Competition Winner)
"Looking Down to Inveroran" by Jan Augustine (2017) "Looking Down to Inveroran" by Jan Augustine (2017)

Customer reviews from the West Highland Way

“We had a fantastic holiday! The walking was beautiful and the bed and breakfasts we were booked at were lovely. All the hosts were kind and knowledgeable. The customer service at Contours is wonderful. I would happily book another holiday with you.”
Ms Ladendorf, USA
“Thank you very much for arranging another awesome trip - even the weather! Nine sunny days in Scotland. We appreciate all of your patience and perseverance with all of the covid uncertainty and rescheduling. Would absolutely recommend you and yes I already have! Contours is the best! There are soooo many awesome walks on your website - I really hope to do many more!”
Mrs Cueva, USA
“Great walk, nice accommodations.”
Mr Johannsmeier, Germany
“The beauty of the land and the joy of everyone we met (Scottish and all) made the trip wonderful. We went North to South and found that the first few day in the Highlands were the best even in a gail and heavy rain. But all of the West Highland Way was fantastic.”
Mr Connors, USA
“Great walk. Outstanding service from Contours! Very good arrangements on luggage and lodging. Great walks, reliable service. Still a lot to discover.”
Mr Acke, Belgium
“A wonderful walk, stunning scenery and great camaraderie.”
Mrs Hodge, UK
“The group really enjoyed the experience. Overall, our experience of the journey was excellent. I'd love to work with you again with other groups I'm leading.”
Rev Hardies, USA
“Perfect holiday, thank you!”
Mr Jennings, UK
“Fabulous.... Everything went to plan”
Mr Needham, UK
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