Distance: 95 miles / 153 km

Grade: Moderate in the South, to strenuous in the North

Direction: Milngarvie to Fort William

8-16 days walking at 8-16 miles per day


The West Highland Way demands to be walked only one way, from the South. Striding from the Lowlands to the heart of the Highlands. Starting at Milngarvie on the edge of the industrial Glasgow to the foot of Britain’s highest mountain seems only the thing to do. The scenery grows more superb with each step. The path breaks through woods and low hills to reach the southern end of Loch Lomond. It then follows the eastern side of the Loch to Inveranan where a real climb into the hills begins.

After the Bridge of Orchy comes Rannoch Moor which has its own type of beauty. An 800ft zigzag climb into a pass called Devil’s Staircase ends in Glencoe. After the Glen the path stays on high ground, around 1800ft til it reaches the head of Loch Leven. With Ben Nevis in sight there is only 15 miles to Fort William and the end of a wonderful walk.