West Highland Way

Description

  1. Name West Highland Way (WHW)
  2. Length of trail 153 km, 95 miles
  3. Length in days 8 days
  4. End of trail Fort William
  5. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

West Highland Way

95 miles, 153 km, 8 days

Long Distance Route in Scotland

The West Highland Way is a convenient walk for the beginning hiker and a good launch point for the Scottish Highlands. This walk, 153 km, 95 miles, can be done in a short weeks time. You do not really venture out into the higher and wilder parts of Scotland, except for the crossing of a pass. You do get however a multifaceted view of Scotland. From the green forests of Loch Lomond near Glasgow, along an old military road, over the Devil's Staircase, you will eventually view of the highest mountain in the United Kingdom, Ben Nevis.

In Fort William, the end of the West Highland Way, starts another popular hike, namely the Great Glen Way, along Loch Ness. Or – better option? – go for a climb to the summit of one of the many Munros (a mountain of more than 3000 feet) and enjoy wild green Scotland from above. Assuming you choose a fine day, you will not regret this.

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West Highland Way, 162km
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Opinions

Rate 7.9 | 13 votes | No 25. in United Kingdom
  • dirkpieter June 2011
  • Rate 7
  • Positive A classic with of course beautiful areas! Good pubs and food for hikers!
  • Negative The start is not really interesting and there were more not so interesting parts of the trail. In bad weather that less interesting parts makes the hike 'good' but not very good!
  • caersbart May 2015
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Scottish Outdoor Access Code, nature, friendly people
  • PieterB May 2013
  • Rate 8
  • Positive the views, the surrounding... nice way of discovering scotland. nature at its best
  • Negative you never walk alone...
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Map

West Highland Way

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Fastpacking
  • Guidebook to fastpacking - multi-day running trips carrying the bare essentials - in the UK, Europe and beyond. Includes 12 route ideas (all tried and tested), fastpacking stories from around the world (featuring Jez Bragg, Anna Frost and Jasmin Paris), and invaluable tips and tricks to help you prepare for your own running adventure. Read more
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United Kingdom
2018
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2013
  • Ben Nevis & Glen Coe Walks
  • Ben Nevis and Glen Coe is Ronald Turnbull’s Cicerone guide to the best walking opportunities in Lochaber and its two mighty peaks. The guide covers Lochaber’s summits as well as mid-level walks and gentle strolls through empty glens and tent or bothy treks through remote scenic landscapes. The area from Ben Nevis southwards towards Glen Coe... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Loch Lomond, The Trossachs: 2016
  • The walks in this guide introduce the many facets of the Southern Highlands and range from easy loch-side strolls to strenuous expeditions onto some of the area`s highest mountains. Walking in Scotland is quite different from walking south of the border. In England there are only eight summits that top 3000 ft, while in Scotland there are 277,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Loch Lomond, The Trossachs 2016
  • The walks in this guide introduce the many facets of the Southern Highlands and range from easy loch-side strolls to strenuous expeditions onto some of the area`s highest mountains. Walking in Scotland is quite different from walking south of the border. In England there are only eight summits that top 3000 ft, while in Scotland there are 277,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
  • The West Highland Way
  • A handy pocket sized guidebook for anyone planning to walk the West Highland Way National Trail. The popular 95-mile long-distance route from Glasgow to Fort William typically takes less than a week to walk, passing through the stunning scenery that Scotland has to offer. A description of the Way is also provided for walkers from north to south. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
  • Great Glen Way
  • 40 Large-Scale Maps & Guides to 18 Towns and Villages - Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat - Fort William to Inverness Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Great Glen Way | Trailblazer
  • Goede wandelgids waarin met veel details alle etappes zijn beschreven. Tevens informatie over overnachtingen en openbaar vervoer. All-in-one hiking route guide, maps and accommodations for the Great Glen Way in Scotland that runs from Fort William at the northern end of the West Highland Way for 79 miles to Inverness. Includes 38 large-scale... Read more
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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Cowal Way: With Isle of Bute: 2016
  • The Cowal Way is a waymarked trail running for 57 miles (92 km) across the rugged Cowal peninsula, an unspoiled area of the Highlands just west of Glasgow. It is best walked from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to finish at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The Way has some rugged scenery, the walk is easily broken into manageable sections, and it offers... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Cowal Way
  • The Cowal Way is a waymarked trail running for 57 miles (92 km) across the rugged Cowal peninsula, an unspoiled area of the Highlands just west of Glasgow. It is best walked from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to finish at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The Way has some rugged scenery, the walk is easily broken into manageable sections, and it offers... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Cowal Way
  • The Cowal Way is a waymarked trail running for 57 miles (92 km) across the rugged Cowal peninsula, an unspoiled area of the Highlands just west of Glasgow. It is best walked from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to finish at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The Way has some rugged scenery, the walk is easily broken into manageable sections, and it offers... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Cowal Way with Isle of Bute | Rucksack Readers
  • The Cowal Way is a waymarked trail running for 57 miles (92 km) across the rugged Cowal peninsula, an unspoiled area of the Highlands just west of Glasgow. It is best walked from Portavadie on Loch Fyne to finish at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The Way has some rugged scenery, the walk is easily broken into manageable sections, and it offers... Read more
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United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking Distance
  • Long-distance walking is good for you and good for the earth... But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live. -from the Introduction Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. In an increasingly complex and frantic world, walking can simplify our lives. It... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Walking Distance
  • Long-distance walking is good for you and good for the earth... But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live. -from the Introduction Walking is simple, but it can also be profound. In an increasingly complex and frantic world, walking can simplify our lives. It... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Gone to the Dogs- In Search of the Best Ballpark Hotdog
  • Gone to the Dogs Tom Lohr was on a quest: to find the best combination of baseball and hot dogs that North America's major league ballparks have to offer. His 103-day odyssey to find the perfect processed meat led him to rate all 30 major league dogs and their ballparks, as well as 35 minor league offerings. With help from the National Hot Dog... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Gone to the Dogs- In Search of the Best Ballpark Hotdog
  • Gone to the Dogs Tom Lohr was on a quest: to find the best combination of baseball and hot dogs that North America's major league ballparks have to offer. His 103-day odyssey to find the perfect processed meat led him to rate all 30 major league dogs and their ballparks, as well as 35 minor league offerings. With help from the National Hot Dog... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ben Nevis & Glen Coe A-Z Adventure Atlas
  • Ben Nevis and Glen Coe Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Coverage includes the final section of the West Highland Way from the Ba Bridge to Fort William and the western section of the Great Glen Way along the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe 25K AA/OS Walker`s Map No. 26
  • Ben Nevis, Fort William and Glen Coe at 1:25,000 in a series of Walker’s Maps published by the AA with the cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The map is double-sided and coverage includes Spean Bridge, Roybridge, Kinlochell, Corpach, Kinlochleven, Onich, Corran, Kentallen, Loch Eil, Loch Linnhe, Ardgour, Loch Leven,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Great Glen Way Harvey National Trail XT40
  • Great Glen Way, a 126km/79 miles trail from Fort William along Loch Ness to Inverness, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The whole route is covered on four overlapping panels, and includes street plans of Fort William (showing the start/end of the West Highland Way) and Inverness. Map... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Great Glen Way XT40
  • Great Glen Way, a 126km/79 miles trail from Fort William along Loch Ness to Inverness, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The whole route is covered on four overlapping panels, and includes street plans of Fort William (showing the start/end of the West Highland Way) and Inverness. Map... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • East Highland Way Harvey National Trail XT40
  • East Highland Way, a 132km / 82 miles trail on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map at 1:40,000 from Harvey Map Services presenting the route accompanied by extensive additional tourist information. The route links Fort Williams, the northern point of the West Highland Way and the southern point of the Great Glen Way, with Aviemore, the... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail North - Strathcarron to Cape Wrath Harvey National Trail XT40
  • The northern section of the Cape Wrath Trail, from Strathcarron via Ullapool to Cape Wrath - the most north-westerly point in the mainland United Kingdom, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The map covers this section of the trail on 12 overlapping panels. The whole Cape Wrath Trail is... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail North XT40
  • The northern section of the Cape Wrath Trail, from Strathcarron via Ullapool to Cape Wrath - the most north-westerly point in the mainland United Kingdom, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The map covers this section of the trail on 12 overlapping panels. The whole Cape Wrath Trail is... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail North XT40
  • The northern section of the Cape Wrath Trail, from Strathcarron via Ullapool to Cape Wrath - the most north-westerly point in the mainland United Kingdom, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The map covers this section of the trail on 12 overlapping panels. The whole Cape Wrath Trail is... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail South XT40
  • Cape Wrath Trail is a challenging route from Fort William to Cape Wrath. It is around 200 miles long and passes through some of Scotland's wildest and most spectacular scenery. The trail has evolved from use and is not an officially recognised National Trail. There is no single definitive route. There are various ways of tackling the traverse... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail South XT40
  • Cape Wrath Trail is a challenging route from Fort William to Cape Wrath. It is around 200 miles long and passes through some of Scotland's wildest and most spectacular scenery. The trail has evolved from use and is not an officially recognised National Trail. There is no single definitive route. There are various ways of tackling the traverse... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • West Highland Escape
  • Three days of excellent walking along the world famous West Highland Way. Three days of excellent walking along the world famous West Highland Way. Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk, the West Highland Way takes you through some of the the country's finest scenery. With this short break we have focused on arguably the most... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • West Highland Way Walking Holiday
  • Walk Scotland's most famous long distance trail with hand picked accommodation and bag transfer. Discover Scotland's spectacular landscape on the West Highland Way, the best and most popular long-distance trail in Scotland. Towering mountains, tranquil lochs and rushing rivers combine to reward you with a unique and ever-changing landscape as... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Groot-Brittannië - Schotland
  • De Small Isles bestaan uit 4 eilanden van de Inner Hebrides aan de Schotse westkust. Op de Small Isles, genaamd Eigg, Canna, Rum en Muck, woont slechts een handjevol mensen. De natuur,  het landschap, de vogelrijkdom en het uitzicht zijn daardoor overweldigend. Op alle eilanden kan je een korte wandeling maken, zeearenden spotten, langs het... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Groot-Brittannië - Schotland
  • De West Highland Way, Schotlands beroemde lange afstandswandelpad, heeft een totale lengte van 152 kilometer en verbindt Glasgow in met de hoogste berg, Ben Nevis (1342m), bij Fort William. Dit wandelpad geeft een prachtige dwarsdoorsnede te zien van de Schotse natuur en cultuur. Wandelend tussen 'lochs' en 'glens' passeer je oude kasteelruïnes... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Groot-Brittannië - West Highland Way
  • Het beroemdste wandelpad van Schotland, de West Highland Way, voert u van Glasgow naar Fort William, aan de voet van de Ben Nevis, de hoogste berg van Schotland. U wandelt langs de oevers van het grote Loch Lomond, over de leegte van Rannoch Moor en door de engte van Glen Coe. Een fraaie kennismaking met de Highlands, waarbij u overnacht in... Read more
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