West Highland Way brief route summary

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s premier long distance path and makes for a perfect Guided walking holiday

Day 1

Milngavie-Drymen   12 miles

The Route starts from the Obelisk the route follows woodland in patches to Mugdock Country Park  then rolling countryside follows with the campsie fells coming into view the route into Drymen follows a dismantled railway then the route reaches quite country lane then you turn left for the final stretch into Drymen.  In the distance you can see the mountains of the Highlands getting closer as

Day 2

Drymen- Rowardennan 15 miles

This section provides the first introduction to Loch Lomond and a sense of rough tough walking,     The route enters Garadhban forest then crosses Burn of Mar before a steep pull up Conic Hill with fine views of Loch Lomond before dropping down to Balmaha then following the Loch shore via forest track/road to Rowardennan

Day 3

Rowardennan- Crianlarich 20 miles

Most of the walk is spent following the Loch shore path through woodland passing by Inversnaid where there is a hotel from there the path gets rockier and the Loch gets narrower reaching inverarnan from here it is another 6 miles to the finish after leaving the village  the path follows the river Fallon before walking on a stretch of military road , the path runs alongside the railway and road bore crossing them both then entering a forest then taking a short detour to Crinlarich, from the village you can see the magnificent mountain of Ben More which rises to 1165ft

Day 4

Crainlarich-Inverroran 16 miles

The Route heads back into the forest, falling well maintained tracks as it winds its way through then it crosses the road and railway before crossing a stream the back over the road  then into some more forest before going through the village of Tyndrum from there we go along a military  road following the railway and A82 and heading towards the bulk of Beinn Dorain  then the path reaches The Bridge of Orchy from there the path crosses the road the goes through a forest  then up over the hillside then down to Inverroran

day 5

Inverroran-Kinlocheven 18 miles

This is one of the most challenging stages and also the wildest part of the walk and also the most rewarding and crosses the vast expanse of Rannoch moor. you get great views, the route follows the A82 then turns of and takes a military road going past Forest Lodge this is a long stretch you get a sense of remoteness. Eventually you reach the road that leads to the Ski centre you can see the mountains of Glen Coe then from there the path makes its way to the King Houses Hotel from here it is 9 miles to the finish from here  the path climbs The Devils Staircase the gradient is not two serve total climb is 849 feet this is the highest point of the walk and offers excellent views then from here it is down hill following tracks to Kinlocheven

day 6

Kinlocheven- Fort William

This section starts with a steep climb going through a forest following a military road  through a pass, the path goes through several forests  with views to Ben Nevis then the path turns to Glen Nevis  then descends into the valley and joins the river Ness  the final stretch is along the road into Fort William adventure capital of the Highlands a fantastic end to a brilliant walk  but you could spend an extra day and climb Ben Nevis the following day it would cap a magnificent walk of

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The West Highland Way