The following is a guide to the West Highland Way, designed to help you in booking your baggage transfer. For in-depth planning and guidance along the West Highland Way, we recommend buying one of the many detailed publications on the West Highland Way, available to buy on Amazon.
Below is the West Highland Way map on Google Maps. The map is manually plotted, showing options and distances between main stages of the West Highland Way. It’s an organic project and we welcome any contribution to the accuracy or features of this map; please email us directly or tweet us with any suggestions. For more useful interactive features, you can also view the West Highland Way map directly on Google Maps.
A walking journey along the West Highland Way typically lasts 6-8 days. If you can afford the time, plan the trip over 10 days, with an extra day in the middle for rest or exploration along the West Highland Way.
The most popular option chosen by walkers is the 7 day walk:
|Day 1:||Milngavie||to||Drymen||12 Miles|
|Day 2:||Drymen||to||Rowardennan||14 Miles|
|Day 3:||Rowardennan||to||Inverarnan||14 Miles|
|Day 4:||Inverarnan||to||Tyndrum||12 Miles|
|Day 5:||Tyndrum||to||Kingshouse||19 Miles|
|Day 6:||Kingshouse||to||Kinlochleven||9 Miles|
|Day 7:||Kinlochleven||to||Fort William||16 Miles|
For the more experienced walker here is a 5 day walk:
|Day 1:||Milngavie||to||Balmaha||19 Miles|
|Day 2:||Balmaha||to||Inverarnan||21 Miles|
|Day 3:||Inverarnan||to||Bridge of Orchy||19 Miles|
|Day 4:||Bridge of Orchy||to||Kinlochleven||21 Miles|
|Day 5:||Kinlochleven||to||Fort William||16 Miles|
It’s possible to travel the West Highland Way all year round, but our Baggage Transfer Service is restricted to operating from March to October. Take extreme caution if travelling during Winter.
If travelling during mid-to-late summer, we advise packing plenty of insect repellent for the midges and clegs. It can really spoil your journey if you’re not sufficiently prepared – you have been warned!
Cycling the West Highland Way can be completed in 2-4 days, with your baggage transferred to each overnight destination.
A popular choice for cyclists is 3 Days:
|Day 1:||Milngavie||to||Rowardennan||27 Miles|
|Day 2:||Rowardennan||to||Bridge Of Orchy||33 Miles|
|Day 3:||Bridge Of Orchy||to||Fort William||36 Miles|
Cycling the whole route is not recommended for inexperienced cyclists or families, although sections of it are ideal for exactly that. Cycling part of your route can also reduce total journey time, perhaps cycling a comparatively smooth and flat southern section of the West Highland Way, then walking the rest of the route to meet your already-transferred bikes in Fort William.
The West Highland Way was designed for walkers, therefore some terrain is unsuitable for cycling – some obstacles can be very tricky to negotiate even when dismounted. The official statement from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park regarding cycling the West Highland Way states that: “On narrow sections, cycling may cause problems for other people, such as walkers and horse riders. If this occurs, dismount and walk until the path becomes suitable again. Do not endanger walkers and horse riders: give other users advance warning of your presence and give way to them on a narrow path”.
For more hints and tips on the West Highland Way, or if you have any other questions please read our Frequently Asked Questions. For further authoritative information, please refer to the official West Highland Way website: www.west-highland-way.co.uk