West Highland Way - Northern Half

6 days
T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
500 - 1000 m ascent per day
> Complete the northern half of the West Highland Way
> Luggage transfer included
> Accommodation in Tyndrum and Fort William included

The West Highland Way is Scotland's most popular long-distance walking trail, quite possibly because it runs through some of the most iconic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. The route is 96 miles long and runs from Milngavie to Fort William. On the way, you will walk through moorland, mountain passes, glens, and some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Scotland.

This 4-day tour is designed for those trekkers who don't have the time to complete the whole trek. The northern half of the West Highland Way starts in Tyndrum and ends in Fort William, and covers the last 4 of the 8 stages of the WHW. We will also take care of the accommodation arrangements in Tyndrum and Fort William before and after your WHW trek. Are you ready to discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands?

Itinerary

Day
1

Arrival in Tyndrum

Today you will have to make your way to Tyndrum. In Tyndrum, you will spend the night at a hotel preparing for your West Highland Way adventure.

Muthu Ben Doran Hotel (Tyndrum)

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Muthu Ben Doran Hotel (Tyndrum)
Day
2

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy

Duration: 03:06 h
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 130 m
Descent: 190 m
Important: make sure you have everything you need before leaving Tyndrum since there are no more shops until Kinlochleven, 28 miles away! This section of the West Highland Way offers unique views of the surrounding mountains. Soon after leaving Tyndrum, you will skirt the steep sides of Beinn Odhar and you will walk across the floor of the glen until you reach Bridge of Orchy. To the right you will discover the famous railway and you’ll see another viaduct showcasing the engineering skills of the West Highland Railway Line. From here the glen widens and flattens and the trail guides you with a gentle descent down to the railway station.

Bridge of Orchy Hotel (Bridge of Orchy)

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Bridge of Orchy Hotel (Bridge of Orchy)
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3

Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse

Duration: 05:28 h
Distance: 19.4 km
Ascent: 450 m
Descent: 360 m

After leaving Bridge of Orchy, the WHW joins the Old Military Road. After a short climb up the hill you can enjoy the dramatic views from the viewpoint across Loch Tulla and the Black Mount. Beyond Inveroran, the remote Rannoch Moor beckons.

This stage is a wild and remote section of the West Highland Way. From Forest Lodge follows an ascent to the edges of Rannoch Moor. Make sure you are prepared for unfavorable weather since the terrain on this section is exposed and getting across can be tough with bad climate. Ba Bridge is halfway across the moor and is a good spot for a break, surrounded by good views. A short walk to the left of the bridge takes you to the ruins of Ba cottage, a lovely spot for lunch. While following the undulating old military road you will walk past the Glencoe Ski Centre, Black Rock Cottage, and one of Scotland’s most famous mountains, Buachaille Etive Mor.

Glencoe Mountain Resort (Kingshouse)

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Glencoe Mountain Resort (Kingshouse)
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Included

  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the West Highland Way in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive West Highland Way hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire West Highland Way trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

FAQ

  • West Highland Way: Weather and Best Season

  • Walk the West Highland Way: Start and End Points

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