Winding its way nearly 100 miles from Glasgow to Fort William, the West Highland Way is Scotland’s most famous long distance trail.
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Difficulty Level4 Four
Starting in the lowlands the West Highland Way quickly enters the mountains, passing along the shore of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest freshwater lake, before entering the West Highlands. During the week-long walk we will pass through a range of different landscapes and encounter an exciting range of Scotland’s wildlife.
The highlights include:
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s two National Parks, home to the Arrochar Alps and the most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond.
- Rannoch Moor, a vast area of small lochs and bog that until 5000 years ago was the site of a huge forest. The peat-preserved remains of prehistoric trees are still visible beside the many pools.
- Glen Coe, one of the most dramatic valleys in Scotland and site of the infamous Glen Coe massacre. Bordered by huge walls of rock, we will look down on it from the top of the Devil’s Staircase.
On reaching Fort William we will be offering an extra night extension and the chance to summit Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain, which towers over Glen Nevis and Fort William. We’ll have excellent views of the mountain during the final few hours of the Way, and the chance to summit the next day is one not to be missed.
For those of you who have never seen the stunningly beautiful landscape of Western Scotland, this trail is the perfect introduction. The route does not climb any of the mountains and sticks to the valleys and forests all the way, though there are obviously lots of milder ups and downs to contend with, as well as some difficult rocky ground around Loch Lomond. Even if you are a veteran of mountain walking in this part of the world, the West Highland Way is an exciting way to see the landscape.
Walking it over 7 days means that the length we walk each day will vary between 8 and 22 miles. Although this seems like a wide range, it’s planned like this for a reason. The longer days are generally flatter, while the shorter days contain significant climbs. The 8 mile day, for example, contains the infamous (but perfectly do-able) Devil’s Staircase, which takes you from Kingshouse to Kinlochleven.
The walk will be led by a Mountain Leader, and we will arrange your bag transfers, meaning you only need a day bag for walking. As it is a full week of walking, the fitter you are, the more fun you will have. However, this is not a race and we aim to enjoy the scenery.
We also include a support vehicle meaning if you wish to skip a day you can.
Read about how Sue trained for her West Highland Way Adventure in our guest blog.
Free gift pack worth £75
Book your Guided West Highland Way trip by the 1st of February 2017 and receive a free gift pack worth £75
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What our members have to say...
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014