The West Highland Way was the first long distance walk in Scotland. It’s also Scotland’s most popular route. And for good reason. 

The sheer variety and beauty of walking opportunities on offer bring in hikers from around the world. 

Pass the beauty of Loch Lomond, and towards the majestic Highlands, before walking across Rannoch Moor. Drop down to Loch Leven, before taking your final stretch to Fort William, via Glen Nevis. 

This long distance walk can be paired up with the Great Glen Way, or the East Highland Way

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About the west Highland Way


The West Highland Way is 95m/152km in length


The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie and ends in Fort William

Time of Year

The West Highland Way can be walked at any time of year, but is best walked between April and October.


The West Highland Way is a moderately difficult trail but depending on time available is achievable by most.

The West Highland Way is a point-to-point long distance walk in Scotland. The trail is 96 miles / 154 km in length and runs from Milingavie (North of Glasgow) to Fort William. This is a true hillwalking route, with a lot of steep climbs, but also some gentle walks along some of the Lochs. The West Highland Way was first opened in 1980. The trail was actually Scotland’s first long distance trail. Now the route has been awarded the status of one of Scotland’s Great Trails, much like the National Trails in the UK. It’s status ensures its popularity, and in return benefits from being a well maintained an way marked trail. You will share some sections of the trail with horseriders and mountain bikers, but much of the route is designated for walking. As you walk this trail you will enjoy wildlife, such as golden eagles, red deer, Chiffchaff’s and Willow Warblers. You may also see Red Grouse and the Common Lizard. And that’s just to name a few.

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Accommodation on the West Highland Way

Like many long distance walks in Britain, the West Highland Way is blessed with an array of excellent accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and itinerary choices. 

Naturally some areas will lack suitable accommodation, and transfers to/from the trail will be required. Fortunately, for much of the trail accommodation options are in abundance. 

Check out our self-book itineraries for 8 days, and 9 days below to find and book accommodation yourself, or make use of our booking service

We also provide information on the walk, such as the best tour operators to use, and the best luggage transfer providers. 

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