11-Day WEST HIGHLAND WAY Hosted Walk

 



WEST HIGHLAND WAY

HOSTED GROUP
May 10 to 20, 2019 & May 14 to May 24, 2019. May 24 to June 3, 2020

TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights - GROUP SIZE: Maximum 12 - MEALS: 10 Breakfasts

OTHER: Luggage transfer - one 20kg bag - TRIP GRADE: Moderate

PRICE FROM: GBP1,880 per person, twin share SINGLE SUPP: GBP980  DEPOSIT: AUD1,000

 

OVERVIEW

The West Highland Way (Scottish Gaelic: Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar) is a linear long distance foot-path in Scotland, running 154 kilometres. 

The path uses many ancient roads, including drovers' roads, military roads and old coaching roads, and is traditionally walked from south to north. As well as increasing the sense of adventure, taking the route in this direction keeps the sun from one's eyes.

The route is commonly walked in eight days and can be covered in considerably less time than this, but a less hurried progress is the choice of the majority of walkers, allowing for appreciation of the countryside along the Way. Enjoyment of the natural surroundings of the walk is the primary motivating factor for many people following the route, as well as taking in the hospitality as part of the journey.

The path officially starts in Milngavie town centre, on the northern fringe of Glasgow, just 25 minutes by train from Central Station, where a granite obelisk is located.  From here the path quickly enters open countryside and proceeds by way of country roads.

The trail was approved for development in 1974 and was completed and opened on October 6, 1980 by Lord Mansfield so becoming the first officially designated long distance footpath in Scotland. In June 2010, the West Highland Way was co-designated as part of the  International Appalachian Trail.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Premium accommodation, a mix of charming locally owned inns and historic hotels. The accommodation has been selected for its location, character and comfort, and in all cases you will have private en-suite facilities.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Milngavie – Day 1 -  10 May or May 14, 2019 - Arrival day

Just north of Glasgow the town of Milngavie on the River Allander is famous as the starting point of the West Highland Way, Scotland’s first long-distance walking route. 

Drymen – Day 2  – Walking distance 19km

The official start of the West Highland Way is a granite obelisk right in the centre of town beside the bridge over the Allander Water on Douglas Street, Milngavie. This first day on the track will see you heading into the Lowland hills of Scotland, past the Bronze Age standing stones at Dumgoyach Hill before being tempted to stop for a wee dram of Scotland’s most famous export at the Glengoyne Distillery!! 

Balmaha – Day 3  – Walking distance 13km

Leaving Drymen before joining a Forest Enterprise track which climbs through dense wood to Garadhban Forest. The track then approaches Conic Hill, the boundary point between the Lowlands and the Highlands and known as The Great Divide. The climb over Conic will present you with some tremendous views of Loch Lomond, at 27 square miles the largest body of water in the UK. The track then descends to the small settlement of Balmaha. 

Rowardennan – Day 4  – Walking distance 11km

Today you begin your walk by hugging the shoreline of the loch all the way to Rowardennan. Spoilt with magnificent views over the loch to the islands and to Luss on the western shore – it must be one of the best views on the whole walk.  

Inverarnan – Day 5  – Walking distance 23km

Today you will really start to feel you’re in the Highlands, as you initially follow the forestry path as it rises and falls above the east side of Loch Lomond. From here you will head for Glen Falloch through wooded slopes and past the outlaw Rob Roy’s cave. 

Tyndrum – Day 6  – Walking distance 19km

Following the river along the valley that is Glen Falloch, the path heads for the trees and there is a side track to Crianlarich before you enter the forest, the approximate halfway point of the West Highland Way and you will be rewarded with some fine views of Ben More to the east. From here the path takes you past the remains of St Fillan’s Priory before walking through forest and farmland on your way to the village of Tyndrum.

Bridge of Orchy – Day 7  – Walking distance 11km

Continue along the old military road from the previous day, stunning views of Ben Odhar and Ben Dorain. The path will climb gently as you approach the entrance to Glen Orchy and down the hill to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, which dominates this Highland village.

Kingshouse – Day 8  – Walking distance 19km

Today we climb through the trees onto moor land, from where there are superb views across to Rannoch Moor. The path then winds down to the secluded Inveroran Hotel. Climbing past several tree plantations and out onto Rannoch Moor, and summiting to enjoy the view down into Glen Coe.

Kinlochleven – Day 9  – Walking distance 14km

From Kings House Hotel the route continues along the old military road and then follows the A82 to a parking area at Altnafeadh, this is a wonderful vantage point from which to appreciate the mountainous scenery of Glen Coe. From here the Way turns right, leaving the road to begin a steep, zig-zagging climb up the Devil’s Staircase. The cairn at the top is 548m and marks the highest point of the Way. The views are stunning, especially on a clear day, and you may be able to see Ben Nevis. 

Fort William – Day 10  – Walking distance 24km

Heading north, the path climbs through woodland, a slight altitude where you can see far down the wide glen ahead, which is enclosed on both sides by mountains. Passing several old farm buildings and entering a forest plantations a long walking day before you arrive in Fort William, ending in Gordon Square right in the centre of the town.\

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.

Onward travel May 20 or May 24, 2019 OR join Great Glen Way – May 25, 2019

Information Pack will include:

Route notes outlining your walk by day including directions to your accommodation

The Official West Highland Way Guidebook - facilities and places of interest and West Highland Way Map

Information on where to buy packed lunches and restaurant suggestions to join group dinners

Information about facilities and places of interest along the way

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION

Extra night in Fort William GBP130 per person twin share & GBP165 Single Supplement

Pre night Glasgow - GBP180 per person twin share & GBP240 Single Supplement

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE A BOOKING:

PHONE:  +61 (0) 402 910 552

EMAIL:  Glenyce Johnson glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au

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