Hand on heart, the West Highland Way is one of the world’s most beautiful long distance walks. If it was only our opinion you could call us biased, but you will find this footpath regularly featured in the lists of top walks and hikes in the world, including publications such as National Geographic and Lonely Planet.
Stretching 96 miles north from Milngavie on the northern edge of Glasgow to Fort William, a Highland town nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis, the route is a challenging, exhilarating, emotional journey along historic paths, and surrounded by scenery so phenomenal it will stop you in your tracks at regular intervals.
People travel from all over the world to experience this amazing walk, and it’s easy to see why. It offers a tremendous variety of breathtaking scenery as it threads along, from pastoral lowlands and countryside parks at the beginning, to the serene beauty of the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, and into increasingly rugged and majestic heart of the Highlands. It then crosses the vast, awe-inspiring expanses of Rannoch Moor, before rising to the drama of Beinn Dorain, Buachaille Etive Mor and Glencoe, the ‘glen of weeping’, with views to Mamores and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK (whose climb can make a wonderful addition to your trip), before crossing the hills to lovely Loch Leven and then to sweep you on to Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’.
A few useful tips: western Scotland has a huge variety of weather at any time of year, so always come ready for unpredictable weather; wear suitable footwear and get your training right, as no matter how fit you are, as with any multi-day hike it will still present a challenge; don’t forget to bring your camera with you as you really don’t want to miss out!