8 Days Walking/9 Overnights

West Highland Way – 8 Days Walking/9 Overnights

The West Highland Way should only be tackled if you are a fit walker with well worn in boots and this itinerary allows you a more leisurely walk meaning that the longest day you will trek is 15 miles/24 km.

Day 1

Travel to Milngavie With good public transport links, you arrive into the lowland town of Milngavie ready to start your challenge!

Day 2

Milngavie to Drymen (12 miles/19.25 km)

An easy start to your trek heading off through the beautiful Mugdock Country Park, then great views of the hill of Dumgoyne. A visit to the Glengoyne Distillery is a good option or a stop at the Beechtree Inn for lunch! A pleasant day to start off your trek.

Day 3

Drymen to Rowardennan (14 miles/22.5 km)

A reasonably tough day with much ascent and descent though definitely worth the hard work as you look down to beautiful Loch Lomond from Conic Hill.  A series of lovely woodland paths give you glimpses of Ben Lomond and leads you on to the tiny village of Rowardennan.

Day 4

Rowardennan to Inverarnan(14 miles/22.5 km)

A reasonably challenging day with fabulous views across to the Arrochar Alps as you pass through the tiny and remote village of Inversnaid. A few ups and downs and easy scrambles sees you on your way to Inverarnan situated at the head of Loch Lomond.

Day 5

Inverarnan to Tyndrum (13.25 miles/21.25 km)

A good section of path after leaving Inverarnan as you follow the River Falloch. You pass under the famous West Highland Railway line and an easy accent takes you past Crianlarich. Then onto Tyndrum with stunning views of the Munros Ben More and Stob Binnein.

Day 6

Tyndrum to Inveroran (9.25 miles/14.75 km)

As you leave Tyndrum you gently climb towards Bridge of Orchy. Keeping pace with the railway line, look out for trains on the Kinglass viaduct. From Bridge of Orchy a short steep climb over the hill to descend into the remote stage of Inveroran.

Day 7

Inveroran to Kingshouse

(9.5 miles/15 km)

You then follow Thomas Telford’s military road over Rannoch Moor and onto the stage of Kingshouse. As you cross the Moor you are in wonderful wilderness.

Day 8

Kingshouse to Kinlochleven (9 miles/14.5 km)

The famous Buachaille Etive Mor mountain is in fine view all the way from Kingshouse to the foot of the Devil’s Staircase. Fantastic views await you at the top before you start a steep descent into Kinlochleven on a very good footpath.

Day 9

Kinlochleven to Fort William(15 miles/24 km)

The steep climb out of Kinlochleven is made worthwhile by the views at the top of the hill. A remote walk winds its way across country until you start to see the imposing figure of Ben Nevis as you make your approach to Fort William and the end of the Way!

Extra Nights/Rest Days : many people take an extra night at the stage of Rowardennan to climb Ben Lomond (Scotland’s most southerly Munro), an extra night at Tyndrum to visit the Highland town of Oban by rail and/or at Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain.


Price of Package : £595.00 per person (based on two persons sharing)

Note regarding the stage of Inveroran. If the Inveroran Hotel is full and has to be replaced by the Bridge of Orchy Hotel (only establishments at these two stages) then there will be an additional £15.00 to £30.00 per person or more depending on the rooms available at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel (note that we will fully discuss with you and offer you options).

Also, the single supplement will be variable with regard to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, again depending on the rooms available (note that we will fully discuss with you and offer you options).

This package includes:

+ Nine overnight stays in specially selected quality b&bs/guest houses/small hotels with en-suite facilities

+ Full Scottish breakfast

+ Baggage transfer from stage to stage

+ West Highland Way Rucksack Guide or Harvey Map

+ Comprehensive tour pack with full information on your walk including location details for your accommodations and local facilities

+ Complimentary copy of the Beauty of Scotland West Highland Way Souvenir Booklet worth £9.95 pounds

+ The services of the Gemini Team prior to and during your holiday


Not Included:

– Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks (available at all stages)

– Transport to Milngavie/from Fort William

– Travel Insurance (we recommend that you arrange your own cover)


Notes :

Stage of Kingshouse – we are excited to be working with the Kingshouse Hotel again after an extensive refurbishment and new building. The new set up sees tour operators like ourselves being privy to reduced agency rates but there are only a limited number of these rates on any one night. Thus, once the hotel becomes busy and when the rates are gone, there is likely to be a supplement on the cost of these walks which traverse through the stage of Kingshouse. However, be rest assured that this will be discussed with you at the time of booking so that there are no surprises.

Additional overnight stays can be arranged at a cost of £45.00 pp per night. With the exception of Rowardennan (£55 – £65 per person per night), Bridge of Orchy (£70 – £80 per person per night) and Kingshouse (supplement at Kingshouse subject to agency rates).

Single Supplement for singles as part of a group is £30 per night.

Solo Walkers Supplement is £35 per night.

Please note that, upon the actual booking of rooms, we will do our very best to try and reduce the single or solo walkers’ supplement. This will be dependent on availability of rooms at the time of booking. Please note availability changes in early to mid-October.

Group Discounts for 4 or more people available on request. Please email us or call 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for a quote.

Please feel free to contact us on info@geminiwalks.com for any further information on this walk.  Thank you

Group Discounts for 4 or more people available on request. Please email us or call 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for a quote.

Please feel free to contact Julie or Michelle at info@geminiwalks.com or call us for an informal chat on 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for any further information on this trek on the West Highland Way. Sláinte.


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