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West Highland Way Walking Break: Milngavie to Inverarnan


The West Highland Way is Scotland’s most popular long-distance walking route. It stretches 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery, from countryside fields and forests to loch shores and from open moorlands to rugged mountains. Enjoy some moderate walking along the beautiful Loch Lomond between Milngavie and Inverarnan on this 5-days short break. The route is very well signposted, with well-maintained paths and tracks throughout. Accommodation, services and refreshments are also conveniently located from start to finish, providing opportunities for a comfortable and relaxing end to a tough day’s walking.

Full list of our West Highland Way itineraries is available here.

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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 Milngavie

Today you arrive in the town of Milngavie. Milngavie is easily reachable from Glasgow by public transport (20-30 minutes).

Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen | 13mi / 21km

The walk starts at the obelisk in the Milngavie town centre and follows the Allander Water through patches of woodland, before heading into Mugdock Country Park and Craigallian Loch. The route towards Drymen follows a quaint, hedge-lined country lane, before leaving the West Highland Way down into the village of Drymen.

  • Walking for the day: 13 miles (21 km), approx. 6 hours, highest point: 140 m
  • Accommodation: Braeside B&B or similar

Day 3: Drymen to Rowardennan | 15mi / 24km

Back on the West Highland Way, the route soon enters the Garadhban Forest, where there are two options for walkers; the first being an easier walk into Milton of Buchanan, where the road is followed into Balmaha, sitting on the banks of the loch.  The second option is a more strenuous, but ultimately much more rewarding route, as the climb up Conic Hill gives rise to fabulous views over Loch Lomond. Then walk along the east side of Loch Lomond, flirting with the water’s edge along much of the way. This is a lovely, low level and relaxed stage as it meanders through pebble beaches.

  • Walking for the day: 15 miles (24 km), approx. 7 hours, highest point: 315 m
  • Accommodation: Rowardennan Hotel*** or similar

Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan | 13.5mi / 22km

From Rowardennan, the path heads into thick woodland. There are two options here; the easier being the wide forest track which follows the contours up and down the hill; or the more time consuming, narrow path which skirts over rocks and exposed tree roots along the banks of the loch. The rocky and uneven path continues along the loch, hugging the water’s edge amidst the fabulous and ancient oak forest.  The loch becomes noticeably narrower as the path approaches Inverarnan.

  • Walking for the day: 13.5 miles (22 km), approx. 6-7 hours, highest point: 131 m
  • Accommodation: The Drovers Inn & Lodge or similar

Day 5: Departure

Return home or individual stay extension.

What to Expect


Accommodation is in nice hotels and B&Bs, all offering comfortable en-suite double or twin rooms. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Show the default hotels for this trip

Hotel Premier Inn***, Braeside B&B, Rowardennan Hotel***, The Drovers Inn & Lodge

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.


Accommodation is on a bed & breakfast basis. Picnic lunches are optional at an extra charge and can be ordered locally. You can have dinner at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.

Difficulty & terrain

Although daily elevation gains are not very big, you should be prepared to walk on an average of 21 km or 6-7 hours 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. As well as the Guidebook, your package includes a detailed map of the full route. We highly recommend that at least one member of your party is a competent map and compass reader. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the 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.

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.

Getting there

Up-to-date travel advice on the United Kingdom is available here (for Canadian citizens) and here (for US citizens). Some funny but useful travel advice about Scotland is available here. 😊

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By plane

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.
  • Milngavie: Public transport, by train, bus or taxi, from Glasgow city centre
  • Inverarnan: Direct bus via Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow.
  • 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&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Door-to-door luggage transfers on all walking days
  • 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.)
  • Guidebook – hard copy (shipped to the first accommodation)
  • 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 & supplements

  • Single room supplement for members of a group
  • 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