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West Highland Way

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West Highland Way

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The West Highland Way (or W.H.W.) is a 95 mile (152km) long distance walk from Milngavie outside Glasgow, to Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland.

Get in / Get out

Although it is of course possible to walk from Fort William to Milngavie, the general advice is to use the more gentle terrain in the south as a warm-up to the remote mountain areas further north. Milngavie is best reached from Glasgow city centre. Regular bus and local train services depart throughout the day from Buchanan Street Bus Station and Queen Street Railway Station respectively. The Kelvin Walkway is the best route if you wish to cycle or walk from the city. Fort William has a three times daily train service, and three times daily bus service both to Glasgow. Prices are around GBP15 one way.


Generally, people take anything between 3 and 7 days to complete the W.H.W., with the position of overnight accommodation determining daily milages.


There is a range of hotels, B&Bs, simple shelters and campsites along the way. Wild camping is not allowed, but as long as you are discrete it should not be a problem.

Eat / Drink

Shops on the route can be few and far between, but some are available. Further north the shops disappear for long distances, however there are small public houses at reasonable intervals. These establishments usual serve a range of hot food in addition to bar drinks.

Stay Safe

The West Highland Way is a very enjoyable and rewarding walk. The remote country, changeable weather and length which make it so also mean you could find yourself in difficulty. Appropriate emergency equipment should be carried, and all the usual mountain walking rules still apply.

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