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Trail Facts

Total distance: 95 miles (152 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Maximum daily distance: 36 miles (58 km)
Code: R-WHW2

Grade: Strenuous
Season: 24th March - 13th October
Start of holiday: Milngavie
End of holiday: Fort William


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Milngavie where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Milngavie to Rowardennan. 27 miles (43km)

Day 3: Rowardennan to Inveroran. 36 miles (58km)

Day 4: Inveroran to Fort William. 32 miles (51km)

Day 5: Depart from Fort William after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

As the West Highland Way captures some of the most fantastic scenery in Scotland, it also passes through many fantastic locations worthy of exploration. Adding extra nights into your trail running holiday ensures that you really get the most out of your trail running experience.

Milngavie, for example, is a popular choice for those wanting to thoroughly explore the local area before embarking on their trail running holiday. The pedestrianised town centre has a range of interesting shops and tempting restaurants to enjoy, while budding historians can visit the nearby Mugdock Country Park, offering beautiful country walks through ancient woodland and protected moorland. Those seeking a more lively environment however can visit the fantastic city of Glasgow that is just a bus ride away, and spend the day shopping and discovering some of the best attractions Scotland has to offer.

You could also book an extra night in Rowardennan, a small rural community on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. The calm and quiet atmosphere is perfect for anyone needing a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on their journey. However, adventurous runners and climbers will also find the starting point for the main path up Ben Lomond here, a mountain whose summit provides amazing views of both the Lowlands and the Highlands of Scotland; a must-see for athletic photographers.

Many people also opt to spend an extra night in Fort William at the end of their trail running holiday. Dubbed the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' this town is a major resort in the Highlands, with the Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre being one of its biggest attractions. Those seeking dramatic views can visit Glen Nevis a few minutes from Fort William, while the more ambitious athletes can also have a go at climbing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, which would make for a spectacular finish to your holiday.


What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports for the start of the trail are Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Milngavie) and at the end of the trail (Fort William).

From London - Regular train routes are available between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Milngavie. From Fort William, there are also train routes to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, which can include several transfers.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

To return to the start of the trail, infrequent train routes are available from Fort William Railway Station to Milngavie.

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