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West Highland Way

West Highland Way

A walking holiday from Milngavie to Fort William along the Highlands of Scotland.

6 to 10 nights
95 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £570 per person

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About this route

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.

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© Contours Walking Holidays West Highland Way map
Milngavie to Fort William
95 miles (152 km)
21st March to 22nd 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WHW1 From Milngavie to Fort William 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous£570
WHW2 From Milngavie to Fort William 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£665
WHW3 From Milngavie to Fort William 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£760
WHW4 From Milngavie to Fort William 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£855
WHW5 From Milngavie to Fort William 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£950

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

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. There is very limited availability left for May 2022 now. If you wish to enjoy a similar Scottish walk, the East Highland Way would be an excellent alternative trail to consider.

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. If these rooms are not available transfers to nearby accommodation will be provided. Alternatively if you are happy to pay an upgrade supplement to stay at these two locations please advise this on your booking form. NB: We will request payment for any upgrade supplement upfront.

Kingshouse also has a two night minimum booking policy at weekends therefore when planning your holiday dates we would advise to avoid arriving at Kingshouse on a Friday or Saturday night, unless you require an extra night there. An upgrade supplement may still apply for a two night stay. 

Start

Travel to Milngavie where your first night's accommodation has been 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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bridge of Orchy)
Price on request

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)
£60.00 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: 21st March - 22nd 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 to Milngavie.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take the coach from Fort William to Glasgow/Anniesland and then a bus/train to Milngavie. Alternatively, you can take the train all the way, but there are one or two changes depending on exactly when you travel. 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.

Routes on this trail

West Highland Way - South section
4 to 6 nights
47 miles
Moderate+
From £405 per person
Milngavie to Crianlarich along the southern half of the West Highland Way through the Scottish lowlands.Find Out More
West Highland Way - North Section
4 to 6 nights
49 miles
Moderate+
From £405 per person
A walk through the mountainous north section of the West Highland Way, from Crianlarich to Fort William.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the West Highland Way

“Thank you for all your arrangements - was a wonderful walk; busy, but not excessively, met interesting people and the scenery of course was spectacular. I had a permanent grin on my face! Have completed 9 trails now and the West Highland Way heads the list. The weather was kind, which always helps, but the mountains will tug, no, are already tugging me back. Great Glen Way as a 'starter' next April? As you may have surmised, I loved it!”
Mrs Douglas, UK
“Fabulous.... Everything went to plan”
Mr Needham, UK
“It was absolutely fabulous. Excellent accommodation/food and scenery. This is our second time walking the WHW - it was so good the first time and the second did not disappoint! Great accommodation, stunning scenery and everything organised for us.”
Mr Easter, UK
“Gorgeous views! Hard walk, absolutely enjoyable...”
Mr Albareda, Argentina
“Loved it - even in the rain”
Mrs Rogers, UK
“Luggage transfers worked well. All guest houses were expecting us. Taxi service to and from Kinlochleven worked well taxi lady very pleasant and told us some history of the area.”
Dr Le Ball, UK
“We have just completed our second family Willcox/Wiegerinck walk with you (firstly Hadrian’s Wall 2016). Thanks for your excellent communications and organisation all went very smoothly. Now in our 60s and 70s but will certainly try to book with you again. Also have recommended Contours to our walking friends in Australia.”
Mr Willcox, Australia
“A lovely walk in beautiful scenery.”
Mr West, UK
“It was quite an experience. Enjoyed it thoroughly.”
Ms Kucera, Australia
"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)