Scotland is famous for its rich natural environment and the West Highland Way is one of its finest and most popular routes. It winds through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, following a mix of Forestry Commission and National Trust woodland, alongside rivers, lochs and mountains. Alongside stunning views, there are opportunities to see wildlife along the way, such as Golden Eagles and Otters.
Whether you’re a seasoned long-distance walker or you’ve never stepped foot on a path, there’s something about the West Highland Way that draws people to it. This route has been walked by thousands of people from all around the world and takes in some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery. If you’re looking for a challenge, trying to find a new adventure, or just want to explore more of Scotland’s natural beauty then setting out on the West Highland Way could be the perfect choice for you.
Now be warned, the West Highland Way is popular, and early booking for campsites and of course accommodation is essential.
There are ample luggage transfer companies available if you wish to lessen the burden and have your bags carried. Traveling to the start and end of the route is simple enough too if you follow our handy guide. Now lets get on to looking at the West Highland Way 6 Day Itinerary.
Start: Arrive in Milngavie – Search Accommodation
Day 1: Walk from Milngavie to Drymen: Approx 12 miles / 19km – Search Accommodation
Day 2: Drymen to Rowardennan: Approx 14.5 miles / 23km – Search Accommodation
Day 3: Rowardennan to Crianlarich: Approx 21 miles / 33.5km – Search Accommodation
Day 4: Crianlarich to Inveroran: Approx 16 miles / 25.5km – Search Accommodation
Day 5: Inveroran to Kinlochleven: Approx 19 miles / 30km – Search Accommodation
Day 6: Kinlochleven to Fort William: Approx 14.5 miles / 23km – Search Accommodation
Finish: Depart from Fort William
Top Accommodation Picks
Crianlarich Youth Hostel
For a budget stop, with a roof over your head why not stop at the Crianlarich Youth Hostel. A twin room is available from £57.00 per night and the hostel features a drying room.
Inversnaid Bunkhouse and Bistro
Inversnaid Bunkhouse & Bistro is only 900 yards from the West Highland Way and was originally a 19th-century church. Now a bunkhouse, which offers a restaurant, bar, hot tub and is located in the Trossachs on the shore of Loch Lomond. Wifi is available throughout. Buffet breakfast and various accommodation types are available.
Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
If you want a night away from wild camping, or just want to walk the West Highland Way in comfort, the Oak Tree Inn, in Balhama may be of interest. It sits on the east shore of Loch Lomond, and is an award winning family-run inn. The inn is adjacent with the West Highland Way, and a perfect overnight stop for walkers with a generous buffet breakfast, en-suite rooms, and of course a log fire.
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