Join us on a journey of a life time as we hike 98 miles From Milngavie to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands
26th July 2024 - 2nd August 2024
7 day supported, self guided walking week along the West Highland Way for 1 person sharing 1 tent
7 day supported, self guided walking week along the West Highland Way for 2 people sharing 1 tent
The West Highland Way is a beautifully scenic long distance trail spanning 96 miles that stretches from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis. This awe inspiring trail winds its way through some of the most scenic areas of the Scottish Highlands.
During your 7 day journey you will trek through open countryside, moors, forests filled with Scots Pine, valleys surrounded by mountains, scramble over the breath taking loch Lomond and marvel at Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in great Britain) from its neighbour glen Nevis at the Celtic fort of Dun Deardail.
Flora and Fauna
As you traverse various sections of the trail, you'll encounter mixed woodlands featuring native trees like oak, birch, and pine. The trail also takes you through expansive heath and moorland areas where you can find heather, blaeberry, and cotton grass, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. Along the shores of Loch Lomond, you may encounter aquatic plants and vegetation adapted to the wetter environment. During spring and summer, the trail is adorned with a variety of wildflowers such as bluebells, primroses, and thistles, creating a picturesque scene.
The West Highland Way provides excellent opportunities for birdwatching. Keep an eye out for buzzards, eagles, ptarmigans, and various other bird species. The Scottish Highlands are also home to red deer, and you may spot these majestic creatures in the more remote and elevated sections of the trail. Look out for smaller mammals like squirrels, rabbits, and voles in the woodlands and grassy areas along the route. The lochs and rivers along the way are home to various fish species, including salmon and trout. The trail supports a diverse range of insects, particularly during the warmer months. Butterflies, dragonflies, and bees are commonly seen.
The West Highland Way passes through various areas with historical significance, and you will have the opportunity to explore several historic sites along the route.
As you leave Milngavie, you will pass near Dumgoyne Hill, The hill has remnants of an Iron Age hillfort, showcasing Scotland's ancient history.
Near the village of Balquhidder, the West Highland Way passes close to the grave of the legendary Scottish outlaw and folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor. Balquhidder Churchyard is the final resting place of Rob Roy, and his grave is a point of interest for those interested in Scottish history and folklore.
On the northeastern end of Loch Awe, you will catch glimpses of Kilchurn Castle. This is a picturesque ruin that dates back to the 15th century. Its romantic, castle-on-the-loch setting provides a glimpse into Scotland's medieval history.
You will also pass a historic pub dating back to 1705, The Drovers Inn, which has a rich history and is known for its traditional Scottish atmosphere and provides a charming stop should you wish to stop for refreshments along the way.
We will meet you at Milngavie. You can travel up in many ways – there is a train station on Glasgow’s regular train network, or by car. We suggest staying at the Premier Inn in the town the night before setting off, and for a small donation to charity they allow us to store our cars in their car park. We will return back to Milngavie from Fort William by train on 2nd August and travel home from there.
We will be opening an optional West Highland way WhatsApp group for those booking on to allow everyone to lift share to the start and return home to save costs.
Accommodation will be mainly in tents (3 person size) enabling you to wake up right in the middle of amazing views of the scottish highlands every day. This will be mainly in campsites but you will spend one night wild camping in a recognised wild camping spot as well as one night will be in a bunk house. All evening accommodation sites will have toilets and washing facilities.
Options have been applied to allow you to choose either 2 people sharing 1 tent as well as those wishing to have a tent to themselves.