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West Highland Way - Real Scottish Adventure

ScotlandTraveloholicScotlandTraveloholic VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
I'm planning to fulfill my lifelong dream of walking the West Highland Way, Scotland's first long distance footpath, with my husband.

I know the basic informations, but I would love to hear your stories and recommendations  :)

 
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  • ananyahananyah VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Wow! That's incredible. I for one would never be able to do that, I'm not particularly the fittest person in the world!

    The views would be amazing though. Good luck in your adventure! 
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  • ellisoconnorellisoconnor VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Hello! 

    That's brilliant to hear you are away to do the West Highland Way! 
    I walked it last September with my two friends, and I have to say it was one of the best things I've ever done. It was also a great chance to see some more of rural Scotland, some parts of the hike are difficult but the views are so worth it! 

    We walked the 96 miles in 6 days from Milngavie to Fort William and we got clear skies the whole way. If you want to see more photos from my trip here's the link to my instagram. https://www.instagram.com/ellisoconnor/

    Here is also my plan that I made for it which might help you a bit with some tips on accommodation in the area. Good luck with it all, so excited for you!

    Day 1: 

    Milngavie – Balmaha

    Balmaha House

    Balmaha

    G63 0JQ

    Jock and Gwen Cousin

    Tel:01360 870218 – £20 per night for Bunkhouse

    http://www.balmahahouse.co.uk/contactus.php

     

     

    Day 2: 

    Balmaha to Inverarnan

    Stay over night in Inverarnan

    Camping Cabin £45 per cabin based on 3 people sharing.

    Beinglas Farm Campsite,
    Inverarnan,
    Loch Lomond,
    G83 7DX

    Call: 01301 704 281

    http://www.beinglascampsite.co.uk/camping-cabins.php

     

     

    Day 3: 

    Inverarnan to Tyndrum

    Stay over night in Tyndrum

    By The Way Hostel and Campsite 
    Lower Station Road,
    Tyndrum,
    Stirlingshire,
    FK20 8RY – Call 01838-400-333

    http://www.tyndrumbytheway.com/accommodation/hobbit-houses/

     

    Or

    Strathfillan Wigams

    Rena Baillie
    Auchtertyre Farm,
    Tyndrum, Perthshire
    FK20 8RU

    (0)1838 400 251

    http://www.wigwamholidays.com/strathfillan_wigwam_village

     

     

    Day 4: 

    Tyndrum to Kingshouse

    Stay over in Kingshouse

     

    Micro lodges in Glen Coe

    Kinghouse

    Glencoe Mountain Resort

    Argyll

    PH49 4HZ

    http://www.glencoemountain.co.uk/accommodation.html

    01855 851 226

     

     

    Day 5:

    Kinghouse to Kinlochleven

    Stay over in Kinlochleven

     

    Macdonald Hotel Cabins and campsite

    Macdonald Hotel, Fort William Road
    Kinlochleven, Argyll
    PH50 4QL

    http://www.macdonaldhotel.co.uk/camping.html

    (0)1855 831 539

     

    Or 

    Microlodges and Campsite

    Callum McInnes
    Blackwater Hostel, Lab Road
    Kinlochleven, Argyll
    PH50 4SG

    http://www.blackwaterhostel.co.uk/

    (0)1855 831 253

     


    Day 6: 

    Kinlochleven to Fort William

    Stay over in Fort William/ Glen Nevis Area

    Glen Nevis Youth Hostel

    Fort William
    Inverness-shire
    PH33 6SY

    01397 702336

     

    Or

    Achintee Farm Hostel

    Dominic Gunn
    Achintee, Glen Nevis
    Fort William, Inverness-shire
    PH33 6TE

    (0)1397 702 240




  • VisitScotlandIntroVisitScotlandIntro Administrator
    Don't forget to take a look at the archive of West Highland Way trip reports over at Walk Highlands, as well as Visit Scotland's walking pages for some links and inspiration.
  • kirstyaturnerkirstyaturner VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
    You will love the West Highland Way, it is a fantastic route with wonderful scenery.

    We did this back in 2009, it was our first long distance walk in Scotland and have really fond memories of the trip.  This was our itinerary:

    Day 1: Milngavie to Balmaha
    Day 2: Balmaha to Inverarnan
    Day 3: Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy
    Day 4: Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven
    Day 5: Kinlochleven to Fort William

    I would say the hardest (and longest) part was day 2, although the views of Loch Lomond made up for it, and this could easily be split up to make it a 6 or 7 day walk instead.

    One recommendation I have is to use a company to transport your bags - we used Travel-Lite and they were brilliant.

    http://travel-lite-uk.com/

    We stayed in a mix of accommodation - B&B, wigwam, bunkhouse, cabins.  All were absolutely fine - with all that walking we had no problem sleeping anywhere!!

    We had a great meal at the Bridge of Orchy hotel and it is also a good stage in the walk - over halfway!

    One of the nice things we found was that we got to know groups of people who were following roughly the same itinerary, as we kept seeing the same folk along the way.

    However you plan to do the West Highland Way, have an amazing time!

    Kirsty

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  • EdinBloggerEdinBlogger VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    What a great adventure this would be! You've inspired us to get planning. 
    Gary Wood - Blogger at EdinBraw - The Best of Edinburgh
    Passionate about Edinburgh's food and festival scene and slowly starting to explore Scotland. 
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  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
     I've only ever done bits of it but some of the scenery is out of this world. We did a chunk of the Kinlochleven to Fort William leg in February. Absolutely loved it. 

    I was hell bent on snapping this tumble down cottage. It was worth the effort. 

    I've stayed at some great accommodation along the route too. The Bridge of Orchy Hotel is excellent. 

    Ben More Lodges at Crianlarich is also really good and very reasonable. 

    I look forward to you sharing your adventures with us here. 
    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 




  • RachelEWoodsRachelEWoods Member ✭✭
    edited May 4
    I was walking a small section of the West Highland Way up in Glencoe yesterday with my friends and I totally agree with @kirstyaturner, it's an absolutely stunning route!

    We were very lucky with the weather as you can see which was a toasty 20 degrees. I couldn't stop looking around this place with my friends when we first arrived at the Kings House Hotel, it was so picturesque. We even had some locals to greet us!  :D



    Me and my friends chose to walk up 'The Devils Staircase' http://www.glencoescotland.com/see-do/mountain-biking/devils-staircase/ It had a nice gentle slope to start with from the Kings House Hotel but then gradually started to go up and up! I personally found walking up the trail a little challenging but it was certainly rewarding. It was also a lovely spot to sit down and tuck into a wee picnic.



    Once we had finished our walk going back down the way we'd come (and grabbing a refreshing drink from Kings House Hotel), we also took the opportunity to visit Glen Etive which was a few minutes down the road. If you're a keen #Skyfall fan, this place is a must! A stunning piece of scenery and a great place to take pickies.

    My personal favorite spot in this glen was River Etive. https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/glen-etive-p1422341 Again another surprise stunner. There is a small walking track that you can use to get down here. Although make sure you wear sound walking shoes as one of mine came off when stuck in the mud and I had to change them before getting back in my friend's car. Good one!



    Overall, I think this is a great section of the West Highland Way to experience and I highly recommend it for all keen hill walkers and photographers. I am yet to experience other parts of the trail but i'm certainly putting them on my trip planning list for the future. #Scotspirit 
  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Did this with friends when we left school 17/18 sort of age. Took our time. Camped (carried all our gear) and used bothies. I need to stop drinking beer and sitting in the drivers seat all day and see if I can get fit enough to do it again!!
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  • Catriona_MCatriona_M Member ✭✭
    Absolutely essential to organise your accommodation in advance. You dont want to be stuck with nowhere to sleep...
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