WEST HIGHLAND WAY

Milngavie to Fort William, 96 miles

Joining the crowds on the UK's busiest trail, featuring loch-side trails, ancient woodland and upland passes backed by some of Scotland's most impressive mountains.

Kilsyth – Killearn

West Highland Way - Day 1 - 20.9 miles

"A few miles on the shattered rock plug of Dunglass is a prelude to what's ahead. Above Carbeth Loch the land drops away revealing my first glimpse of distant Munros..." 

Killeath – Rowardennan

West Highland Way - Day 2 - 19.6 miles

 

"People are wearing packs that are bigger than sheep. Some have pots and pans hanging from them, others have reserve footwear slotted into pockets: flip flops, trainers, evening shoes..." 

Rowardennan – Ardlui jetty

West Highland Way - Day 3 - 12.8 miles

"Sometimes the path drops down to little bays where overnight stoppers are striking camp, dosing smouldering fires with loch water. And sometimes it climbs, up fractured rock chimneys that call for hands and feet... " 

Ardlui jetty – Tyndrum

West Highland Way - Day 4 - 14.4 miles

"The mountains gather in scale, pushing ever higher, while pathside the scenery transforms from lush Alpine to stark Himalayan..." 

Tyndrum – Glencoe Mountain Resort

West Highland Way - Day 5 - 18.1 miles

"Buachaille Etive Mòr hits you hard: a towering rock pyramid of layered crags and buttresses, scarred by rockfalls and fractures. A thing of raw and austere beauty that stops you dead in your tracks..." 

Glencoe Mountain Resort – Kinlochleven

West Highland Way - Day 6 - 10.1 miles

"As you cross the watershed Munros line the horizon: a dizzying line of summits on the Amores ridge that throw a defensive wall around the highest of them all: Ben Nevis..." 

Kinlochleven – Fort William

West Highland Way - Day 7 - 17.6 miles

 I'm given one tantalising glimpse of the Ben – I think. A backwards glance as I descend through Nevis Forest, when the cloud veil lifts for a few seconds to reveal its rocky summit dome...  

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