9 Days Walking/10 Overnights

West Highland Way – 9 Days Walking/10 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. This is an ideal option if you want to take an easy pace and soak up the scenery.

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 Balmaha(6.5 miles/10.5 km) A short days walking but with a steep climb over Conic Hill before you descend down into the picturesque village of Balmaha.

Day 4

Balmaha to Rowardennan(7.5 miles/12 km) A series of lovely woodland paths give delightful walking as you parallel Loch Lomond for most of the way into the tiny village of Rowardennan famous for its proximity to the Munro Ben Lomond.

Day 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 then track.

Day 10

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 your trek on the West Highland 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 Crianlarich 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 pp (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).

Note regarding the stage of Kingshouse. At this stage there is only a bunkhouse since the Kingshouse Hotel is closed for the entire 2017 season for refurbishment. Therefore, clients will be transferred to Glencoe for their overnight stay – the taxi transfer cost is included in the above price. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay at Kingshouse bunkhouse your walk price will be reduced accordingly, depending on bunk rooms available at the time of booking.

Also, the single supplement for solo walkers has increased to take account of the additional transfer costs for solo walkers.

This package includes:

+  Ten 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

+  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 :

Additional overnight stays can be arranged at a cost of £45.00 pp per night.

Single Supplement for solo walkers and for singles as part of a group is £20 per night.

Solo Walkers Supplement is £30 per night.

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 Steve at info@geminiwalks.com or call us for an informal chat on 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) about your trek on the West Highland Way. Sláinte.

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