(West Highland Way) Loch Lomond from Conic Hill
WEST HIGHLAND WAY (SELF-GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . Scottish Highlands   Booking

West Highland Way
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Complete Scotland's classic long-distance trail
+ Expert advice on routes and itineraries
+ Walk on your ideal dates with your ideal companions

Latest news January 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

The West Highland Way runs for 152km (95 miles) from Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, to Fort William, the hub of the Western Highlands. Finish your trek in style underneath Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis.

The walking is excellent underfoot. Enjoy the mix of old military tracks over the Highland moors, solid narrow paths in forests, and lochside trails. There are many attractions to this famous walk - the scenery being foremost among them. Starting in the rolling hills north of Glasgow the scenery builds up before reaching Loch Lomond. A long stretch on the lochside leads walkers into the mountainous country that is the theme for the rest of the route. Further on, the Way skirts Rannoch Moor to reach the head of Glencoe, lastly approaching Glen Nevis through a high valley with Ben Nevis ahead.

As a walking holiday, the West Highland Way excels due to the convenience of the staging posts, the interest along the way, and the easy access to the start and finish. This holiday covers the whole route from Milngavie to Fort William, missing out nothing and giving you true hiking satisfaction. We can also move your baggage between stops, as an extra, to reduce your load.

Your accommodation along the West Highland Way is a good mix of friendly guesthouses and B&Bs, characterful inns and comfy small hotels.


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's West Highland Way self-guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
WHWsg West Highland Way (Self-guided)
5 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
8 stages
(9 nights)

Please ask 720
Singles 225
90 per dog
Singles 270
90 per dog
7 stages
(8 nights)

Please ask 660
Singles 200
80 per dog
Singles 240
80 per dog
6 stages
(7 nights)

Please ask 600
Singles 175
70 per dog
Singles 210
70 per dog
Specialised schedules
9 stages
(10 nights)

Please ask 780
Singles 250
100 per dog
Singles 300
100 per dog
5 stages
(6 nights)

Please ask 540
Singles 150
60 per dog
Singles 180
60 per dog
Baggage transfer 50

Baggage transfer

Our baggage option on the WHW takes your bag to each night's accommodation. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host or at reception. If your first night is in Glasgow instead of Milngavie (an option, or if due to availability) then we give you details for dropping your bag in Milngavie before 9am.


We can adjust your WHW in various ways, as follows:

Faster treks
The 7-stage West Highland Way suits many trekkers but it contains one long day, of 30.5km over Rannoch Moor. Please ask for our 8-stage schedule which lets us split this at Bridge of Orchy or Inveroran. Very quick groups might like our 6-stage trek, and equally taking 9 days lets you avoid a longer day beside Loch Lomond.

Stay in hostels
Our normal itinerary is based in B&Bs and hotels, such that all your rooms are private. If you'd like to see the WHW's hostels and bunkhouses, we can swap roughly one third of your nights to these, and the price is lower.

See Glasgow
Our routecard WHW0 describes the easy day's walk from Glasgow city centre to Milngavie, where the WHW starts. This makes a diverse and scenic (and surprisingly rural!) day. Whether walking or not, we recommend spending time in Glasgow.

Happy clients

"Absolutely stunning. Breathtaking. The views were truly amazing during the last three walks. We never tire of the dramatic Scottish scenery.

"We thought the whole experience was truly amazing and we are so very glad to tell people that we have done this walk & would not hesitate in recommending your organisation to them."

Tony & Vicki Wright, UK
(West Highland Way)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: West Highland Way
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: WHWsg
Route: WHW West Highland Way
(See our background page on the WHW)
(Prefer our Guided trip?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 7 days' trekking
Start: Milngavie near Glasgow
End: Fort William in the Highlands
Typical walk: 21.5km, 400m ascent
Highest altitude: 548m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

Our classic mix of accommodation, per person:

WHWsg 5 stages
GBP 540 (singles 150, dog 60)
West Highland Way (self-guided)

WHWsg 6 stages
GBP 600 (singles 175, dog 70)
West Highland Way (self-guided)

WHWsg 7 stages
GBP 660 (singles 200, dog 80)
West Highland Way (self-guided)

WHWsg 8 stages
GBP 720 (singles 225, dog 90)
West Highland Way (self-guided)

WHWsg 9 stages
GBP 780 (singles 250, dog 100)
West Highland Way (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

People at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2018 research on the West Highland Way will be led by:
Joy O'Flanagan in April and May

Recces 2018

Looking to Loch Lomond through the memorial at Rowardennan
Loch Lomond (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

8 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (5)
Small hotels (2)
Inn (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards WHW1-7 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
5 May to 15 September 2019
3 May to 13 September 2020 (TBC 1 Oct 2019)
Trek on your ideal dates

Beinn Dorain from the West Highland Way
Beinn Dorain from the WHW (Photo gallery)

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our WHW background page

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