Walking The West Highland Way
West Highland Way runs from Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow,
to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis. It passes from the
lowlands across the Highland Boundary fault and into the Scottish
of the Way makes use of old historic routes, such as:-
Drovers Roads - used by highlanders to herd their sheep and
cattle to market in the lowlands.
Old Coaching Routes - including disused railway lines from
more recent times.
Military Roads- built by the English to help maintain military
rule over the clans.
the Way gives the walker an ideal opportunity to view Scotland's
magnificent scenery and wildlife. You may be lucky enough to
catch sight of eagles , Red Deer and Feral Goats on your travels.
Route & Information
West Highland Way is 95 miles long. It starts at Milngavie,
just outside Glasgow and passes through varied terrain on route.
From Milngavie you pass through Drymen, Balmaha and then along
the side of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan and Inversnaid.After
leaving Loch Lomonside you head through Inverarnan before
arriving in Crianlarich.
From here you head north to Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy and then
over the exposed Rannoch Moor to Kingshouse and finally on
to Fort William.
the Way is well signposted you should be able to read a map
and compass to assist navigation if required.
Dogs are not allowed on certain sections of the Way,
even on a lead. These are the sections at:
Inversnaid to Crianlarich
to Bridge of Orchy.
Guides and Maps
The best guide for the Way is the Official HMSO guide "The
West Highland Way" available from most good bookshops.
Milngavie and Fort William have railway stations which are
ideal for travelling to and from the Way to home.
is not allowed except in recognised sites.
Conic Hill route is closed for lambing during last 2 weeks
in april and first 2 weeks in May. Signposted diversions
will be in operation.
Way is not a right of way along its whole route and relies
on the agreement of landowners for access. Please be considerate
and avoid disturbance , especially during the lambing season.
Please do not try and cycle the Way as in parts it is very
narrow and rough terrain.
can be a problem at certain times of the year and you are
advised to carry a midge repellant with you just in case.
The West Highland Way is a long hillwalking expedition and walkers
should be equipped accordingly. Stout boots, waterproof and
windproof clothing are essential. The weather can change rapidly
so be prepared for the worst.
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