Mathis - Self Guided West Highland Way

Ruth, Kurt, Leonie and Aline

Monday 15th July – Thursday 25th July 2024

Carbon Score: 107Kg
Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights


The West Highland Way is a classic long distance trek, covering over 95 miles (150km) from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands. The route travels along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, past dramatic Glencoe and over the high pass of the Devil’s Staircase before finishing in Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The West Highland Way is one of the classic treks of the world and is undertaken by many people of all ages from across the world, making it a fun and social trek.


  • Take on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous long distance trail - the West Highland Way
  • Experience changing scenery as you hike from the lowlands of Scotland into the heart of the West Highlands
  • Hike through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 15th July - Arrive in Milngavie

Arrive in Glasgow today, Scotland’s biggest city and a thriving metropolis full of art, culture, music and history. Enjoy spending some time exploring, perhaps visiting Kelvingrove Art Museum and meandering through the West End, stopping for a coffee in the Botanical Gardens, and appreciating the beautiful architecture of the University. Once you have explored the city take the train from Glasgow to Milngavie (pronounced mil-gai) to the starting point of the West Highland Way. This evening, relax in your accommodation before starting your hiking adventure tomorrow.

Overnight: Bearsden | The Burnbrae Premier Inn
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite.
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Directions Read More +

The Burnbrae Premier Inn is situated on the main road through Milngavie heading out towards Bearsden. From Milngavie railway station exit onto Woodburn Way and turn left. Follow this road for 800 yards/725 metres and you will see the West Highland Gate Premier Inn on your left. Continue on past the West Highland Gate for 400 yards/360 metres (over a roundabout) and the Burnbrae Premier Inn will be on your right-hand side up a small incline. For the start of the Way retrace your steps back to the point where you passed the West Highland Gate and make your way back towards the town centre. After 355 yards/325 metres, bear left into Milngavie’s shopping precinct. Proceed through the precinct to the central clock tower. Bear right and you will arrive at the start of the West Highland Way in around 100 yards/90 metres.

Day 1 - Glasgow Read More +

Discover Glasgow, Scotland’s dynamic cultural capital, blending Victorian elegance with modern vitality. Explore historic landmarks like Glasgow Cathedral and the vibrant West End’s boutiques and cafes. Dive into art and music at Kelvingrove Museum and lively venues. Indulge in diverse dining options and experience the city’s buzzing nightlife. From its rich history to contemporary charm, Glasgow promises an unforgettable adventure.

Day 2 - Tuesday 16th July - Milngavie to Drymen

This morning after a hearty breakfast you will set out North from Milngavie towards Drymen. Pass Craigallian and Carbeth Lochs, skirting the western flanks of the Campsie Fells (where many a Glaswegian mountaineer enjoyed their first outing) before reaching tonight’s hotel in the village of Drymen.

Overnight: Drymen | Ashbank B&B
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 19 km / 12 miles | 210 m / 689 ft elevation gain

Day 2 - Directions Read More +

On the latter stage of the route from Milngavie to Drymen you will be walking along a country road. Shortly after leaving this road you will arrive at the A811 road (you will have walked through a field and crossed a stile). At this point make your way into Drymen village (signposted). With the village square in front of you turn right and pass the Clachan Inn which will now be on your left. Continue a short distance up hill and you will see the red sandstone of Ashbank on your left hand side.

Day 2 - Drymen Read More +

Drymen is a small village in the west of Scotland forming the gateway to East Loch Lomond. In the 1700s Drymen found itself on the route of the military road from Stirling to Dumbarton. The Clachan Inn, on a corner of The Square, dates back to this period and carries signs proclaiming that it was first licensed in 1734. The area – steeped in history – is Clan Buchanan country. Rob Roy McGregor was a ‘local’ and this is the area in which he carried out his famous (or infamous) exploits against the Duke of Montrose.

Day 3 - Wednesday 17th July - Drymen to Rowardennan

The trail leaves the pretty village of Drymen this morning and passes through Garadhban Forest. From the quiet woodland, you can climb Conic Hill (361m in height with great views over Loch Lomond) or choose a lower-level, alternative path that skirts below the sharp little peak. Reaching the eastern banks of Loch Lomond at Balmaha, follow the shoreline through the trees until you reach the tranquil setting of Rowardennan, a picturesque village at the foot of Ben Lomond.

Overnight: Loch Lomond | The Rowardennan Hotel
Room Type: 2 x twin en-suite
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 23 km / 14 miles | 430 m / 1,411 ft elevation gain

Day 3 - Directions Read More +

The Way leads directly to the hotel.

Day 3 - Rowardennan & Loch Lomond Read More +

The largest freshwater lake in Britain, Loch Lomond is over 23 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. Loch Lomond’s beauty has drawn visitors from all over the world. Famous writers such as Boswell, Johnson, Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth and John Keats have all visited its shores – and Queen Victoria sailed on a steamer from Inversnaid in 1869. Steamers used to provide the main form of transport, linking the loch side with Balloch.

The small village of Rowardennan on the east shore of Loch Lomond nestles at the foot of Ben Lomond This is Rob Roy country. One of Rob Roy’s sons brought a kidnapped heiress to the Rowardennan Inn and forced her to go through a ceremony of marriage; a plot for which he was hanged in Edinburgh.

The Inn served as a wayside halt for the drovers who brought their highland cattle across the loch by ferry on their way to the markets of Stirling and Falkirk. Rising from the east shore of Loch Lomond, to a height of 974 m (3,193 ft), is Ben Lomond, the most southerly ‘Munro’ in Scotland. The road along the eastern shore of Loch Lomond stops at Rowardennan and the only way to continue along the shore is on foot.

Day 4 - Thursday 18th July - Rowardennan to Inverarnan

Today is considered by many to be one of the most challenging. The trail tumbles its way along the shores of Loch Lomond and is reasonably rough underfoot. However, it’s well worth it, as the terrain is wild and remote and provides ample opportunities to spot red deer and golden eagles. The views are also spectacular – sweeping moorland, great corries and shattered mountain peaks. The path improves as you approach the tiny settlement of Inverarnan and your cosy bed for the night.

Overnight: By Ardlui | Beinglas Farm
Room Type: 2 x twin en-suite
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 23 km / 14 miles | 475 m / 1,558 ft elevation gain

Day 4 - Directions Read More +

You will arrive at the farm as you walk along the route to Inverarnan.

Day 4 - Inverarnan Read More +

The West Highland Way continues northwards from Rowardennan along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, sometimes close to the water’s edge and sometimes well up the slopes. The village of Inverarnan is situated at the south end of Glen Falloch and just beyond the northern point of Loch Lomond. It sits on the banks of the River Falloch, which flows into Loch Lomond.

The Most famous landmark at this stage is the ‘Drovers Inn’ one of the best known pubs in Scotland. The Drovers Inn was originally used by the Highland drovers who used to drive their cattle down the side of Loch Lomond to the markets. Three hundred years ago The Drovers opened for business, Rob Roy MacGregor, Robert Burns, General Wade, Johnson and Boswell, Robert Louis Stevenson all passed by and quite probably entered the premises for refreshment or lodging. Beinglas takes its name from Ben Glas, Gaelic for Grey Mountain, down which the dramatic ‘Grey Mares Tail’ waterfall thunders.

Day 5 - Friday 19th July - Inverarnan to Tyndrum

This morning make your way along Glen Falloch before turning northwest to Strath Fillan. The landscape feels expansive and wild here, where the wind meanders through long grasses and meadow pipits skim across the tops of purple heather. As you approach the small village of Tyndrum, enjoy the wonderful views of Ben Lui to the west and, closer to home, spot the hardy plants that push up from rocky soil. Arrive in the village and relax at your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Tyndrum | Tyndrum Lodges
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 19 km / 12 miles | 490 m / 1,608 ft elevation gain

Day 5 - Directions Read More +

As you approach the outskirts of Tyndrum village, you will have been following a river or burn on your right hand side. Look out for the small bridge which crosses the river and leads into Pine Trees Leisure Park. Turn left and walk through the leisure park (parallel to the river) for a short distance until you pass through a five bar gate and into Tyndrum Lodges.

Day 5 - Tyndrum Read More +

Tyndrum, Taigh an Droma in Gaelic, translated as ‘the house on the ridge’ lies in Strathfillan at the southern edge of Rannoch Moor. Overshadowed by Ben Lui, one of the Munros (Scottish mountains over 914.4 metres or 3000 feet), Tyndrum has historic connections with Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy MacGregor. In 1306 Bruce suffered one of his rare defeats at nearby Dal Righ, the King’s Field. Tradition tells of his retreating soldiers throwing their heavy weapons into Lochan nan Arm. Defeat came at the hands of the MacDougall’s, during the battle, Alastair MacDougall ripped a brooch from Bruce as he made off and the ‘Brooch of Lorne’ is still in the possession of the MacDougall family. Tyndrum is a gold, silver & lead mining centre. Up on the hillside beyond Clifton the tailings of a former lead mine can be seen on Sron nan Colan hill. The actual gold mine is a couple of miles to the south and west of Tyndrum at Cononish, situated above Cononish Farm.

Day 6 - Saturday 20th July - Rest Day in Tundrum

Enjoy a peaceful rest day in Tyndrum, a charming village in the Scottish Highlands. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic West Highland Way, savour local delicacies at cosy cafes, and soak in the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. Whether you choose to relax by the river or explore nearby trails, Tyndrum offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and adventure.

Overnight: Tyndrum | Tyndrum Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles | 134 m / 440 ft elevation gain

Day 7 - Sunday 21st July - Tyndrum to Kingshouse and Glencoe

This fantastic day begins with a climb out of Tyndrum, with the trail running next to the West Highland Railway line. At the top of the pass, the views are fantastic as you traverse the sweeping flanks of Beinn Odhar, Beinn a’ Chaisteil and Beinn Dorain. Approach the Bridge of Orchy along the old military road until you see the railway station. Turn left and arrive in the village, which dates back to 1751.

Leaving Bridge of Orchy behind, head into the brooding melancholy of Glencoe. A steady climb provides stunning views of Loch Tulla and across Rannoch Moor, which rolls out ahead of you towards the horizon. Ribbon your way across the lonely landscape, looking out for red deer and birds of prey. Arrive in Glencoe and check into your warm and breathtakingly-located hotel.

Overnight: Glencoe | Kingshouse Hotel
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 30 km / 19 miles | 470 m / 1,542 ft elevation gain

Day 7 - Directions Read More +

The Way leads directly to the Kingshouse Hotel.

Day 7 - Kingshouse Read More +

Originally built in the 17th century, Kingshouse Hotel is believed to be one of Scotland’s oldest licensed inns. The building was used after the Battle of Culloden (1746) as a barracks for troops of George III, hence the name Kings House. It was their task to keep the Highlanders under subjection and to capture their elusive champion, Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Hotel’s history is colourful and varied. Dorothy Wordsworth wrote in 1803 ‘Never did I see such a miserable, such wretched place – long rooms with ranges of beds, no other furniture except benches, or perhaps one or two crazy chairs, the floors far dirtier than an ordinary house could be if it were never washed.’ By the 21st Century, the old building has been altered considerably and the owners together with their staff assure you of a warm welcome. The mountain situated right across from the hotel is the Buachaille Etive Mòr at the head of Glen Etive. Nearby is Glencoe (Gleann Comhann in Gaelic) one of the most spectacular places in Scotland. With a wild and haunting beauty, Glencoe is often said to mean ‘Glen of Weeping’, perhaps with some reference to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe which took place there in 1692. However, ‘Gleann Comhann’ does not translate as ‘Glen of Weeping’ rather the Glen is named after the River Coe which runs through it and bore this name long prior to the 1692 incident.

Day 8 - Monday 22nd July - Glencoe to Kinlochleven

Today is especially rewarding and, although shorter than those previous, contains the biggest amount of ascent. Zig-zag up a trail known as the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ to the top of the pass at 547m. The views from here are incredible and arresting; the mountain summits often misted in snow even in the height of summer. Descend on a good trail to the small village of Kinlochleven, settling into your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Kinlochleven | Edencoille Bed and Breakfast
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 14 km / 9 miles | 430 m / 1,411 ft elevation gain

Day 8 - Directions Read More +

When you reach the road in Kinlochleven (B863), turn left off the Way and continue along the road passing by the Highland Getaway (on your right) and the Co-op Store (on your left). Continue on up this road crossing a bridge and look for Edencoille Guest House signpost on the left. You can either follow the minor road, firstly left and then sharp right and continue up the hill around the corner to Edencoille or there is a small set of stairs which leads up through the grass and to the Guest House.

Day 8 - Kinlochleven Read More +

Kinlochleven, at the head of Loch Leven, 20 miles south of Fort William and 90 miles north of Glasgow, is a unique village, rich in natural resources and with a strong industrial heritage. The village developed in the 1900’s when the North British Aluminium Company built a hydro scheme and smelter in the area. As the smelter developed, so the population grew. At its peak the smelter employed over 800 people. The smelter closed in April 2000 but the sense of community continues. Now the growing popularity of the West Highland Way brings a steady stream of visitors to the village. Loch Leven is one of the most attractive lochs in Scotland and the village is surrounded by imposing mountains. To the north lie the Mamores, while to the south are the mountains guarding the north side of Glencoe.

Day 9 - Tuesday 23rd July - Kinlochleven to Fort William

The final day of your adventure is suitably enchanting and deservedly satisfying. Begin by walking through the woods above Kinlochleven before strolling along a great glen which provides captivating views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains. Descend steadily towards Fort William, where a bronze sculpture of a walker marks the celebratory end of your adventure.

Overnight: Fort William | Craig Nevis Guest House
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite
Meals Included: Breakfast
Walk Details: 24 km / 15 miles | 475 m / 1,558 ft elevation gain

Day 9 - Directions Read More +

The easiest directions are from the train station which is adjacent to the bus station. Turn left outside the train station on to the main road. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, turn left and continue along Belford Road past the hospital until you reach Craig Nevis Guest House clearly signposted on the right hand side of the road (just before the Lochaber Leisure Centre). Alternatively, it is a very short, and inexpensive, taxi journey from the train and bus stations.

Day 9 - Fort William Read More +

Fort William sits on Loch Linnhe with the majestic Ben Nevis, at 1344m Britain’s highest mountain, as its backdrop. The town takes its name from the fort that William Prince of Orange built in 1690. Fort William was successfully held by government troops during the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745. However, the surrounding area saw great turmoil. Today, such a bloody past is difficult to imagine and the town is the main centre for visitors to the Western Highlands.

Day 10 - Wednesday 24th July - Rest Day in Fort William

Enjoy a relaxing rest day in Fort William, the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Take a gentle stroll along the scenic shores of Loch Linnhe, visit the charming shops and cafés in the town centre, or simply unwind with a good book while soaking in the stunning mountain views. Perfect for recharging your batteries!

Overnight: Fort William | Craig Nevis Guest House
Room Type: double en-suite & twin en-suite

Day 10 - Directions Read More +

The easiest directions are from the train station which is adjacent to the bus station. Turn left outside the train station on to the main road. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, turn left and continue along Belford Road past the hospital until you reach Craig Nevis Guest House clearly signposted on the right hand side of the road (just before the Lochaber Leisure Centre). Alternatively, it is a very short, and inexpensive, taxi journey from the train and bus stations.

Day 11 - Thursday 25th July - Fort William and Depart

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, enjoy pulling on some comfy shoes and spending some time exploring Fort William. Grab a coffee and a well-deserved pastry as you amble around, popping into a bookshop, outdoor shop or bakery before beginning your journey home. Catch the train back to Glasgow, enjoying watching the scenic countryside rumble past outside your window, satisfied in the knowledge that you just walked 96 miles of it on foot.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • Accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis in Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Small Hotels and Inns on the route
  • Luggage transfer for 1 bag per person for the duration of the trip, meaning you will only have to carry a day rucksack. Strict weight limit of 20kg per bag.
  • Route notes which include a map and full directions to your accommodation.
  • The services of the Wilderness Scotland Team prior to & during your trip.
Notes Read More

Your Baggage Transfer Service – Travel-lite

Whilst on the West Highland Way your luggage will be transferred each day between accommodation providers by Travel-lite. Luggage labels will be provided by Travel-lite who will deliver them to your Milngavie accommodation the day beforehand and then uplift your bags from your Milngavie accommodation on the morning of the start of your walk (ie you do not need to take them to the Travel-lite van). Please note that the Premier Inn has limited storage for bags so Travel-lite will uplift your bags directly at 0800 hrs and leave an explanatory note with your labels. Both the West Highland Gate Premier Inn and Travel-lite will keep you right.

On all other days your bags should be available for pick up from your accommodation by 0900 hrs every morning. There is no need to contact Travel-lite as everything has been arranged for you. However, if you do need to contact them, they can be reached on 0141 956 7890, [email protected],
Please note that strictly one bag per person is included in the trip price and bags should weigh no more than 20 kgs per bag.

If you decide to bring an extra bag(s) then Travel-lite will charge you an additional £70.00 per bag.
If your bag(s) exceed the weight limit then you will be requested to split your bag(s) and an additional £70.00 per bag will be requested by Travel-lite.

Please also note that, as per Travel-lite’s Terms & Conditions, no valuable or breakable items are to be left intransportable bags. In particular – laptops, iPads, tablets or glass bottles. Also, no camping gas in transported bagsplease. Baggage is only insured whilst in transit on the Travel-lite vehicles and, therefore, it is recommended that you have adequate travel insurance.

Travel-lite can also provide a service whereby they can store excess luggage and deliver it to your final accommodation. This costs £45.00 per bag.



Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast is included at all stages of your trip.

Packed Lunches

These are not included but can be ordered from most establishments, provided that you order upon arrival. Alternatively, on most days there are cafes, shops or restaurants where you can buy lunch on route. Your accommodation host will be able to advise you on this.

Evening Meals

These are not included but are available locally at all stages. It is essential, that, during the current climate, evening meals are booked as far in advance as possible.

Dietary/Medical Requirements

Please advise the accommodation owners on arrival if you are vegetarian, vegan or have any other special dietary requirements.

Accommodation Bookings

Since your accommodation has been booked on your behalf by Wilderness Scotland, it may be necessary to quote our name as a reference on arrival at your accommodation.

Important – Late Arrivals

Accommodation providers ask walkers to telephone them to advise if they intend to arrive any later than 1800 hrs. Walkers who do not arrive at their intended overnight stop will cause grave concern in respect of safety, so co‐operation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Contact phone numbers for all of your accommodations are provided in this pack.


If you decide that you cannot continue your walk, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can contact the establishments concerned.

Credit Cards

The majority of establishments will accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted but not Diners orAmerican Express).


Our aim is for you to have the best experience possible whilst in Scotland. We are aware that unforeseen circumstances can be quite challenging so our advice to all of our guests is to take out relevant insurance to help make things less of a challenge if the unforeseen happens. If travelling from a European country outside the UK your insurance policy should include medical cover, curtailment, sickness & injury cancellation prior to the trip and personal accident cover. We also strongly recommend you have cover for other travel and personal effects. If travelling from within the UK, we recommend you are insured for personal sickness & injury cancellation prior to the trip and any travel insurance you feel appropriate to your needs.

If travelling from further afield, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc it is best to research insurance locally to cover all your travel and medical needs.



All routes are undertaken entirely at your own risk. Ensure you are properly equipped with sufficient food, suitable footwear and wind and waterproof outdoor clothing. Take the relevant Map with you and familiarise yourself with the use of a compass and bring this with you at all times. Please leave brief details of your intended route and anticipated return time with your accommodation hosts. Please confirm with them that you have returned safely at the end of your day.

All route timings are calculated on the time we would expect a reasonably fit person to complete the route with minimal stops. Please allow longer if you intend to relax and enjoy the views to the full, or if you feel your fitness levels are lower.

These route notes are intended as helpful guidance only. You should be experienced in reading maps and using a compass prior to undertaking any walks in upland areas or remote coastal locations. You must use your judgment in order to decide whether the suggested daily route is within your capabilities, giving careful consideration to the wind and weather conditions on the day. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well‐being in wilderness areas and you must undertake all walks at your own risk.

While we will do everything we possibly can to assist you in the unfortunate event of any accident or mishap, Wilderness Scotland Ltd will accept no responsibility for any accident or injury sustained during the course of your self‐guided walking holiday.

Important Contact Numbers Read More
Wilderness Scotland Office | 9:00am – 5:30pm

UK: +44 (0)1479 420 020
US: 866 740 3890

Out of Office Hours | 5:30pm – 9:00am

+44 (0)7766 794 640

Please only use this number for matters that cannot wait until the office is open again.

Emergency Services


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Get in Touch


The Burnbrae Premier Inn

279 Milngavie Road | Bearsden | Glasgow |
G61 3DQ | Phone: +44 (0)333 777 7282

Ashbank B&B

1 Balmaha Road | Drymen | Loch Lomond |
G63 0BX | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1360 660049

The Rowardennan Hotel

Drymen Loch Lomond Trossachs | Loch Lomond |
G63 0AR | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1360 870 273

Beinglas Farm

Arrochar | By Ardlui |
G83 7DX | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)7957626577

Tyndrum Lodges

Tyndrum | Perthshire |
FK20 8RY | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)7793 037 425

Kingshouse Hotel

Glencoe | Ballachulish |
PH49 4HY | Scotland
Phone: +44 (0)1855 851 260

Edencoille Bed and Breakfast

Garbhein Road | Kinlochleven |
PH50 4SE | Phone: +44 (0) 1855 831 358

Craig Nevis Guest House

Belford Road | Fort William |
PH33 6BU | Phone: +44 (0) 1397 702023