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

Opinions

Rate 7.8 | 12 votes | No 22. 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...
  • Oranginas, hiking trails Europe October 1996
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Scotland at its best, lowland moors, the green, brown, yellow ochre and orange tints in that fascinating light. A well way-marked trail.
  • Negative “Much ado about ”the devil’s staircase” . A steep climb…...but devil’s ?
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West Highland Way

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • Not the West Highland Way
  • NOT The West Highland Way describes alternative routes over mountains, smaller hills or high passes to all but one of the West Highland Way's nine stages, providing alternatives away from the main roads. With add-on day trips over Ben Lomond or Beinn Dorain. Includes 2 two-day routes for warm-up trips. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Not the West Highland Way
  • “Not the West Highland Way is part of Cicerone’s of Great Britain and Ireland Cicerone walking guides series on topics and grades covering short walks and day walks, coastal and ridge walks, lowlands and highlands, long distance trails and popular regional routes. This guide offers mountain alternatives to all but one of the West Highland Way’s... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
  • Not the West Highland Way
  • The West Highland Way is one of the UK's finest long distance walks, but the path runs close to a busy main road and avoids the mountain tops. NOT The West Highland Way describes alternative routes over mountains, smaller hills or high passes to all but one of the Way's nine stages. With add-on day trips over Ben Lomond or Beinn Dorain. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids NOT the west Highland Way | Cicerone
  • The West Highland Way from Glasgow to Fort William is one of the finest UK long distance paths, but it runs close to a busy main road and avoids the mountain tops. NOT The West Highland Way offers mountain alternatives to all but one of the WH Way stages, 5 one-day hill circuits, 2 two-day warm-up trips and 3 extended diversions off the Way,... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The West Highland Way
  • Guidebook to walking the West Highland Way National Trail, a 95 mile Scottish long-distance route from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, passing Loch Lomond and crossing Rannoch Moor. Suggested itineraries over 6 to 9 days. Includes accommodation guide and pull-out 1:25K OS map booklet. Read more
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United Kingdom
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids West Highland Way | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids die in etappes de route nauwkeurig beschrijft; ook de zijtakken en alternatieve routes komen aan bod. Inclusief gidsje met topografische routekaarten van 1:25000 A guidebook to Scotland’s West Highland Way, a 95-mile walk from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, passing Loch Lomond, crossing Rannoch Moor and finishing... Read more
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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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Scotland End to End
  • By walking all the way through Scotland from Kirk Yetholm in the Borders to Cape Wrath in the far North-West, author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish witnesses at first hand the changes that have taken place in the landscapes of the country of his birth. From the rolling, history drenched hills of the Borders he experiences the... Read more
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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
2016
  • West Highland Way
  • The West Highland Way passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain. From the outskirts of Glasgow it winds for 96 miles (154.5km) along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish passing Ben Nevis - Britain`s highest mountain - into the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • West Highland Way
  • 53 Large-Scale Walking Maps & Guides to 26 Towns and Villages - Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat - Glasgow to Fort William Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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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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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • West Highland Way Map Booklet
  • Map coverage of the West Highland Way, 152km (95 miles) from Milngavie on theoutskirts of Glasgow to Fort William. The trail typically takes 8 days to walk in its entirety. This compact booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps shows the full route, providing all of the mapping you need to complete the trail, and eliminating the need to fold and... Read more
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United Kingdom
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2011
  • West Highland Way
  • The West Highland Way, a 154km / 95 mile long Scotland’s most popular long-distance trail from Milngavie near Glasgow along Loch Lomond to Fort William, presented by Rucksack Readers in handy A5 size, spiral-bound, waterproof guide with mapping at 1:100,000. The 64-page guide provides general advice on when to go, availability of accommodation,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
  • The West Highland Way
  • Uitgevoerd in de vorm van een klapper, met ringband geeft deze gids een goede beschrijving van de lange afstands route. De kaarten zijn schetsmatig maar wel duidelijk. The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland´s long-distance walks. It stretches for 95 miles (152 km) of superb scenery, from the outskirts of Glasgow,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids West Highland Way | Rucksack Readers
  • Uitgevoerd in de vorm van een klapper, met ringband geeft deze gids een goede beschrijving van de lange afstands route. De kaarten zijn schetsmatig maar wel duidelijk. The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland´s long-distance walks. It stretches for 95 miles (152 km) of superb scenery, from the outskirts of Glasgow,... Read more
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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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United Kingdom
2016
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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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids West Highland Way | Aurum Press
  • Gedegen routegids van het beroemdste pad van Schotland. Uitstekende kaarten, goede achtergronden, helaas wat beperkte praktische informatie. Engels. The 93-mile West Highland Way is indisputably Britain's most spectacular long-distance path. The first section, following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, offers an idyllic waterside walk, with... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Great Glen Way
  • 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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Great Glen Way | Harvey Maps
  • Mooie, duidelijke kaart van de Great Glen Way in Schotland. Geplastificeerd met veel extra informatie en uitsnedes van de route. Leap forward in technical excellence. Tough, light and 100% waterproof Compact and light - the map itself weighs just 60gms - a third of the weight of a laminated map, and much less bulky. And you can fold or refold... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ben Nevis & Glen Coe 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
  • East Highland Way: Fort William to Aviemore
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart East Highland Way | Harvey Maps
  • Mooie, duidelijke kaart van de East highland Way in Engeland. Geplastificeerd met veel extra informatie en uitsnedes van de route. East Highland Way is an exciting new unofficial long distance route between Fort William and Aviemore. Pioneered by Kevin Langan, this 82 mile trail forms a new link between the northern end of the West Highland Way... Read more
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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail North: Strathcarron to Cape Wrath
  • 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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2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelkaart Cape Wrath Trail North | Harvey Maps
  • Een bijzonder handige kaart van dit lange-afstands-wandelpad. Op waterafstotend papier met veel details. Het enige dat je eigenlijk een beetje mist is een overzicht. Verder uitstekend en voldoende voor de route. XT40 - Leap forward in technical excellence. Tough, light and 100% waterproof Compact and light - the map itself weighs just 60gms - a... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Cape Wrath Trail South: Fort Willian to Strathcarron
  • The southern section of the Cape Wrath Trail, from Fort William to Strathcarron 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 eight panels, showing both the western variant via Inverie and Shiel Bridge, and inland route along Loch Lochy and Invegarry.... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelkaart Cape Wrath Trail South | Harvey Maps
  • Een bijzonder handige kaart van dit lange-afstands-wandelpad. Op waterafstotend papier met veel details. Het enige dat je eigenlijk een beetje mist is een overzicht. Verder uitstekend en voldoende voor de route. XT40 - Leap forward in technical excellence. Tough, light and 100% waterproof Compact and light - the map itself weighs just 60gms - a... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • West Highland Way
  • The West Highland Way, Scotland’s premier 153km / 96 miles long trail from Milngavie near Glasgow along Loch Lomond to Fort William presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The whole route is covered by nine overlapping panels, and the map includes small street plan of Milngavie, Tyndrum,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart West Highland Way | Harvey Maps
  • Wandelkaart van de West Highland Way met uitsnedes van de route. Leap forward in technical excellence. Tough, light and 100% wateproof. Compact and light - the map itself weighs just 60gms - a third of the weight of a laminated map, and much less bulky. And you can fold or refold it time and again, or stuff it in your back pocket and it won't... Read more
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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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  • 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
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