The West Highland Way
* connects the central lowlands of Scotland to the heart of the Highlands, (152 km)
* spectacular scenic glens and across some low level ridges
* the best walking holiday in Scotland
* has become a mecca for mountain lovers worldwide.
* is the first official long distance foot path in Scotland
* starting only twenty minutes from Glasgow, easy access.(Milngavie)
* travels the length of Loch Lomond
* heading towards Rannoch Moor
* passes Glen Coe, and climbs over the Devil’s Staircase
* finally nearing Fort William, Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland and Britain, towers into view.
The idea for the West Highland Way was originally conceived in the 1960’s however it was not until 1980 that the way was declared open.
Today the way is very popular, as many as seventy thousand walkers travel the route each year. This popularity in itself has caused some problems, (when to go, erosion, accommodation), but it has helped cement the route as the foremost route to walk in Scotland, perhaps even Britain.
The following pages are designed to help you plan your trek into the heart of Scotland, to point you in the right direction for more information, (maps, etc.), to educate (what is a midge, what is a drovers road), and hopefully to entertain a little. As usual all the mistakes are mine, so if you see any please help and point them out.
If you want to add an interesting link or an accommodation link please email me here. Additionally if you have any interesting stories from the West Highland Way, the mountains or Munros of Scotland email them to me and I will add them to the site.
I wish you the best of luck and weather in your walk through perhaps the most beautiful area of Scotland. If you feel very energetic at the end Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, is just waiting for you!