The West Highland Way is one of the most magnificent Scotland walking holidays, covering 154km between Milngavie, north of Glasgow up to Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe, with Ben Nevis waiting to greet you on the final stretch. This section is from Tyndrum to Fort William, over five days, for a quick Highland hit. Although you won’t have many ascents, you definitely have wilderness, including Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. Stay in a mix of small, mostly locally-owned accommodation, with luggage transfers.
Full list of our West Highland Way itineraries is available here.
- Scottish Highlands
- Bridge of Orchy
- Loch Tulla
- Devil’s Staircase
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*This map is only for general reference; detailed route maps will be provided in your pre-departure package.
Day 1: Arrive Tyndrum
Arrive in the small village of Tyndrum. Tyndrum is easily reachable from Glasgow by public transport (approx. 2h).
- Accommodation: Tigh Na Fraoch B&B or similar in Tyndrum
Day 2: Tyndrum to Kingshouse/Glencoe | 31km
From Tyndrum, the route closely follows the railway and the road. By this stage, you are firmly in the Scottish Highlands, and the views are spectacular from here on in. The path uses an old military road throughout this stage (and continues right across Rannoch Moor). This is also the most exposed section of West Highland Way with little protection from the elements. The path climbs out of Bridge of Orchy through a coniferous forest, with great views across to Loch Tulla. The path then passes Inveroran Hotel, before the long stretch across the edge of the wild and eerily remote Rannoch Moor, passes Glencoe Ski Centre and into the fabulous mountain range of Glencoe and isolated Kings House Hotel.
You can split this long day in two by adding an extra night in Bridge of Orchy. It can also be shortened by taking the bus/train to Bridge of Orchy.
- Walking for the day: 31km, 8-9h ↑450m
- Walking for the day from Bridge of Orchy: 21km, 5h 30min, highest point: 450m
- Accommodation: in Glencoe or Ballachulish (depending on availability)
Day 3: Kingshouse/Glencoe to Kinlochleven | 14.5km
This stage of the West Highland Way includes the infamous Devil’s Staircase, the steepest climb of the route, made easier by the zig-zag path up the hill. The views from the top are spectacular. Descend to Kinlochleven along excellent tracks all the way into the town.
- Walking for the day: 14.5km, 4.5-5.5h, highest point: 550m
- Accommodation: Tigh Na Cheo Guesthouse or similar in Kinlochleven
Day 4: Kinlochleven to Fort William | 25km
The climb out of Kinlochleven is a steep ascent through a small forest, with superb views across Loch Leven and the village. The old military road then passes through a wide valley on the edge of Mamore mountain range, known as Lairigmor, before turning towards Glen Nevis through forested areas. The path gradually descends into Fort William, with a final stretch along the road into Fort William centre.
- Walking for the day: 25km, 6-7h, highest point: 330m
- Accommodation: Guisachan House B&B or similar in Fort William
Day 5: Departure
Return home or extend stay.
What to expect
Accommodation is in hotels and B&Bs, all offering comfortable en-suite double or twin rooms. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism.
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Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.
Difficulty and terrain
Although daily elevation gains are not very big, you should be prepared to walk up to 8h per day. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths (read more about difficulty grades). The route is well signposted throughout, however, walkers must be vigilant at all times as there are paths and junctions along the way which deviate from the main route. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available to commence every day from 20 March till 21 October.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season. For detailed info, see our blog on the Best time to go to Scotland.
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Our recommended airport for this tour is Glasgow.
By train or bus
- Glasgow: There are excellent air, train and bus services, allowing easy access anywhere in the UK and overseas.
- Tyndrum: The average journey time between Glasgow Queen Street and Tyndrum is 2h 5min (approx. 9 trains on weekdays).
- Fort William: The main routes out of Fort William are by bus and train to Glasgow. The journey, whether by rail or coach, is an absolutely glorious trip with stunning scenery throughout. You can also take the Caledonian Sleeper train between Fort William and London.
- A great website useful specifically for public transport planning within Scotland is Traveline Scotland.
- Pre-booked accommodation as per the itinerary on 4 nights in B&Bs, small hotels and guesthouses
- Full breakfast each morning
- Door-to-door luggage transfers on all walking days – 1 piece per person up to 20kg
- Access to your digital pre-departure information (your accommodation list, GPS map of the route, baggage transfer information, itineraries, route information of cafes, restaurants, local bus timetables, etc.)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own. A five day walking tour along the West Highland Way from Tyndrum and Fort William, staying in local hotels and guesthouses with luggage transfers
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights along the route or in Glasgow are available upon request