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Walking the West Highland Way in Scotland
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Walking The West Highland Way

Walking The West Highland Way

8 days self guided tour in Scotland's Highlands

  • A walk to the foot of Ben Nevis
  • Follow the shores of Loch Lomond, Britain’s Largest Lake
  • Rannoch Moor and Scotland’s most remote licensed inn
  • Walking through Glencoe and Glen Nevis
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Start: Drymen       Finish: Fort William

Day 1: Arrival in Drymen
Day 2: Drymen to Rowandennan (22 km / 13,5 mi)
Day 3: Rowardennan to Ardlui (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 4: Ardlui to Inveroran (21-25 km / 13-15,5 mi)
Day 5: Inveroran to Kingshouse (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 6: Kinghouse to Kinlochleven (16 km / 10 mi)
Day 7: Kinlochleven to Fort William (24 km / 15 mi)
Day 8: Depart Fort William after breakfast

Day 1:    Arrival in Drymen

Make your own way to Drymen, a small town north of Glasgow that is a gateway to the Highlands. If you arrive early there is a teashop with home made cakes across the green and the small Clacan Inn.

Day 2:    Drymen to Rowandennan (22 km / 13,5 mi)

Gentle scenery on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. Passing highland cattle in the fields, the route winds up through forest and across the moors up to Conic Hill. From the summit enjoy great views over the loch and across the islands there. This marks the boundary of the Highland fault and officially the start of the Highlands proper. The way drops down to Balmaha by the water, and then winds its way towards Rowardennan.

Note: If you like to make an ascent of Ben Lomond, please ask our team to book an extra night at Rowandennan.

Day 3:    Rowardennan to Ardlui (21 km / 13 mi)

Today you walk in the shadow of Ben Lomond for much of the time, following the Loch edge path. There are no big ascents to make, but a few short steep ups and downs. You can pass by Rob Roy’s prison and cave where he is said to have stopped at in times of difficulty and held prisoners at his pleasure. You could perhaps have a drink at the hotel at Inversnaid before walking onto Ardleish, where you can raise a buoy on a pole to attract the attention of the ferryman who will transfer you to the hotel on the western side of the Loch (approx £4, not included). Or if you fancy the longer option, or if the weather is too rough on the water, you need to continue to Beinglas farm or the Inverarnan Drover’s Inn to call for a taxi.

Day 4:    Ardlui to Inveroran (21-25 km / 13-15,5 mi)

Two choices today: It is a long way from here to Loch Tulla, if you are a strong walker then it is fine, but otherwise we advise you to use the taxi (included) to take you to Crianlarich or further, to reduce the day to a more manageable length. Crianlarich lies under another big peak; Ben Mor. The largely valley  takes you through the moraines of Dalrigh, then via the old mining settlement of Tyndrum where a seam of gold has been found. The route continues to the Bridge of Orchy for a quick dram before continuing on to Loch Tulla (Inveroran). This is a beautifully situated lake surrounded by Scots pines, a remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest.

Day 5:    Inveroran to Kingshouse (21 km / 13 mi)

Head up on the old military road across the wilds and the heather-clad wastes of Rannoch Moor, past Ba Bridge, claimed to be the remotest part of the route. The views become ever more expansive with views into great corries once filled with glaciers. Often you can see deer and a great interplay between land, lake, mountain and sky. The military road winds down to the old drovers inn near the Gateway to Glencoe. This is in the shadow of perhaps the most impressive looking mountain of the tour- Buachaille Etive Mor - the shepherd of Etive Mor.

Day 6:    Kinghouse to Kinlochleven (16 km / 10 mi)

From the Kings House Hotel, the way passes beside one of the most impressive mountains in Scotland - Buahaille Etive Mor. It then proceeds up the Devil’s staircase to 1850 ft: not as bad as it seems, it is a well graded section of the West Highland Way. This offers spectacular views back from where you came. Then it is a long descent to sea level at the head of Loch Leven with views of the Blackwater damn, Loch Leven and The Pap of Glencoe.

Day 7:    Kinlochleven to Fort William (24 km / 15 mi)

A steep climb up under the steep slopes of the Mamore hills at the beginning of the day follows old Victorian hunting tracks and then you are back on the old military road and over Lairigmor Pass, through dense coniferous forest to Glen Nevis past the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak (4408ft).

Day 8:    Depart Fort William after breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast but why not stay an extra night to climb Ben Nevis and take the evening sleeper out of Fort William. 

Kip in the Kirk B&B (Drymen)
Kip in the Kirk B&B (Drymen)

This B&B in Drymen is located in the centre of the village along the Stirling Road. It's just a few minutes’ walk from the village green where there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It's a very welcoming B&B and the owner has a deep love of the area. 


Rowardennan Hotel*** (Rowardennan)
Rowardennan Hotel*** (Rowardennan)

 In its peaceful capacity, the Inn served as a wayside halt for the wild drovers, on their way to the famous markets that were held at Stirling and Falkirk. It has breathtaking views of Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and the mountains to the North.


Ardlui Hotel (Loch Lomond)
Ardlui Hotel (Loch Lomond)

A country house hotel providing warm and comfortable accommodation situated at the head of the loch on the “Bonnie Banks” with superb views across the Loch. It is an intimate, small 3 star hotel and also a Whisky Ambassador Hotel offering a plethora of authentic Scottish whisky’s for every taste. There is a restaurant and a public bar and restaurant round the other side of the hotel.


Inveroran Hotel (Inveroran)
Inveroran Hotel (Inveroran)

This hotel has a small welcoming bar and a good restaurant which is popular with walkers and couples driving through. Rooms are cosy and quite old fashioned.
After dinner, you can take a stroll towards Loch Tulla and you may see red deer. There has been an inn on this amazing spot for over two centuries.


Kingshouse Hotel (Rannoch Moor)
Kingshouse Hotel (Rannoch Moor)

Kingshouse is one of the legendary hotels of the West Highland Way that has recently been given a rebuild. As the hotel states: "We've got a comfortable bed waiting for you after a day of adventuring. As well as locally sourced food, beers and single malts to help you wind down. All served with views to tempt even the weariest to proclaim themselves ready to do it all again the next day."


Highland Getaway**** (Kinlochleven)
Highland Getaway**** (Kinlochleven)

Bed & Breakfast accommodation centrally located in the picturesque village of Kinlochleven. Rooms have gorgeous views of the Scottish Highlands. Most of the rooms are in the terrace houses close to the pub. They do food here to and there is a lovely upstairs bar which has a balcony with seating area overlooking the river if it is warm enough to sit out.


Guisachan Guesthouse*** (Fort William)
Guisachan Guesthouse*** (Fort William)

Guisachan Guesthouse is a large bed & breakfast in Fort William. It is located in a prominent hillside position set back from the A82 Belford Road in Fort William, overlooking the town and adjacent Loch Linnhe. Views from the guest lounge and dining room are stunning.



This program can be booked any day between late March and mid-October, subject to availability

The nearest international aiports to fly to are Glasgow and Edinburgh

Getting to Drymen

London to start point: Train from London Euston to Glasgow Central (5 1/2 hours). Bus to Drymen that stops outside of the hotel (approx journey time 1 hour). Or train from
Glasgow central to Balloch then bus or taxi to Drymen (Approx 1 hour journey time). 

Return from Fort William

To Glasgow at end of tour: Short walk to Fort William station. Train to Glasgow approx 3 hours 40mins, then travel to airports from Glasgow. You can also take a City Link bus from Fort William to Glasgow Buchanan Street station in 3 hours. 4 departures a day.

To London at end of tour: Short walk/ taxi ride to Fort William station. Train to London, via Glasgow. There is also an overnight sleeper service from Fort William to London via Glasgow.

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 7 nights' accommodation (small hotels, lodges, pubs, and B&Bs)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between accommodations, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions (digital and printed at 1st accommodation)
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip


  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Passenger transfers
  • Car Parking
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights

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