As well as being a popular hiking trail, the 95-mile (152 km) West Highland Way hosts two established ultramarathons: the West Highland Way Race and the Highland Fling. That's because it offers a well-marked trail and a fast running surface.

West Highland Way

The route is composed of flatter sections, near-smooth paths and forest single track, interspersed with some challenging climbs and descents such as the notorious Devil's Staircase. The backdrop to all of this is the most magnificent mountain scenery in Britain.

For those with some energy left to burn at the end, the trail finishes at the foot of Britain's biggest mountain, Ben Nevis. So you could dash up that too.

We also offer the West Highland Way as a walking holiday, for those looking to enjoy this trail at a gentler pace. Click here to find out more.

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Map of the West Highland Way

Route facts

  • Length 95 miles (152 km)
  • Ascent 13976 ft (4260 m)
  • High point 1795 ft (547 m)
  • Ascent per km 28 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Milngavie/Fort William
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Extreme  
  • Season
  • 24th March to 13th October

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  • Between Kinlochleven and Ft William

    Between Kinlochleven and Ft William.

  • Loch Lomond

    On the shore of Loch Lomond.

  • Setting off along Glen Coe

    Setting off toward Glen Coe.

Trail profile

West Highland Way Profile


3 nights
2 days running

Grade: Extreme


75 km (47 miles) and 2205 m (7234 ft) ascent


77 km (48 miles) and 2055 m (6742 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: R-WHW1

Price £345 per person


4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Strenuous


43 km (27 miles) and 1044 m (3425 ft) ascent


58 km (36 miles) and 1736 m (5696 ft) ascent


51 km (32 miles) and 1495 m (4905 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: R-WHW2

Price £420 per person


5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Challenging


43 km (27 miles) and 1044 m (3425 ft) ascent


32 km (20 miles) and 1161 m (3809 ft) ascent


40 km (25 miles) and 893 m (2930 ft) ascent


37 km (23 miles) and 1162 m (3812 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: R-WHW3

Price £475 per person


6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Moderate


30 km (19 miles)


34 km (21 miles)


37 km (23 miles)


27 km (17 miles)


24 km (15 miles)

Fort William

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Tour code: R-WHW4

Price £500 per person


Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £38 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £33 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Inveroran): £55 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Kingshouse): £70 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Rowardennan): £60 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • 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.
  • Useful information and travel links to assist you in travelling to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it
  • Emergency assistance.

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:


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


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.


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit 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.
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.

Crianlarich is another good choice for a rest day; a small village nestled at the foot of the Ben More, Cruach Adrian and An Caisteal mountains. There are plenty of footpaths winding around the local area begging to be explored by keen runners looking for incredible views and glimpses of the local wildlife, and train spotters will delight in the scenic West Highland Railway Line that passes through the village itself.

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.

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