About Scotland - West Highland Way may 2021
The West Highland Way was completed in 1980 and was the first officially designated long-distance footpath in Scotland. The path uses many ancient roads, including drovers’ roads, old military roads and old coaching routes which were used to transport people, animals and soldiers around the highlands. The route is commonly walked in seven to eight days, although we will be doing it in six days.
The path officially starts on the outskirts of Glasgow at Milngavie and heads north towards and alongside Loch Lomond, before heading up into the highlands of West Scotland. The Way follows Glen Falloch northward to Crianlarich and on to Tyndrum. After Tyndrum, it enters Glen Orchy before crossing the wild yet beautiful Rannoch Moor to the famous Kingshouse Hotel.
After that the route climbs the Devil’s Staircase before a long descent to the sea at Kinlochleven. The final stage skirts the Mamore Mountains on the old military road before descending through Glen Nevis into Fort William and the end of the West Highland Way. You will be able to look across to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
You will arrive into Glasgow (by train, plane or car) and make your own arrangements for the night. In the morning, we meet at 8.30am at the Milngavie Railway Station which is the start of our trip. By the end of the first day, we will have walked out fo the suburbs and into the lowlands to the edge of Loch Lomond.
This first day is a relatively flat introduction and a chance to get the legs warmed up. You will pass by small lochs (lakes) and rivers on the way, finishing at the foot of Loch Lomond.
In the morning after breakfast, we will head along the side of Loch Lomond through an ancient oak woodland. We stay in the woodland hugging the banks of the loch.
We might encounter some wild goats and catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagle and Osprey.
The next day, we start to climb up above the treeline into the highlands, passing the Falls of Falloch, and Crianlarich as we follow the River Fillan, past the ruins of St Fillan’s Priory and an old lead mine, before arriving for a short break in Tyndrum. Then we climb up into the Highlands proper, heading towards Bridge of Orchy. The route is made easier, as we join the old military road which heads all the way to Fort William.
The next day, Rannoch Moor beckons and we pass Black Mount and head out on the military road across the Moor. Rannoch Moor is one of the last great wildernesses of Europe. We might get a chance to see some red deer and grouse, a cairn to Peter Fleming, before descending to the Kingshouse Hotel via the Glencoe Ski Centre. After lunch, we pass the famous mountain Buachaille Etive Mor, the location of the James Bond film Skyfall, the scene of the massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692, before heading up the zig-zag path of the Devil’s Staircase to the highest point on the walk at 550m. From there the route meanders across and down the otherside of the hill to Kinlochleven.
Our final day on the West Highland Way, starts with a short sharp steep climb up onto the old military road which will take us most of the way to Fort William. This is easy walking along the Lairigmor (The Great Pass) between steep hills either side. The way continues through forestry, as Ben Nevis comes into view before we start our descent down into Glen Nevis and the finish of the West Highland Way.
You will feel a great sense of achievement on this journey
In the evening, we will celebrate your accomplishment with a dinner. Early the following morning, we will return you back to Glasgow from where you can depart on a midday flight.
How fit do I need to be?
We are walking about 18 to 20 miles each day. So you need to be walking fit and not too slow as we are doing this trip in 6-days rather than the normal 7 or 8 days. Your body will be able to cope with the distances, it is all about mental resilience.
What will the weather be like?
In May, it can be the driest month of the year with the added advantage that there are no midges.
Scotland can bring you many surprises, but you can expect some rain at some point, even if just a little. Prepare for anything and think ‘layers’.
Will we be camping?
No. We will be staying in Inns, hotels and bed & breakfasts,
Do I have to share a room?
No. Prices are based on two sharing a room. If you wish to have your own room, then there will be a single room supplement per night.
- Start walk on Monday 11th May 2020 (start at 8.30am)
- Finish walk on Saturday 16th May 2020 (Fly home on 17th May)
Normal Price – £1,700 (ex VAT)
Deposit of £425 (ex VAT) is required to confirm you’re booking. Please complete the booking form below initially.
(The VAT can be reclaimed through your business as this trip qualifies for CPD training – team development and leadership development.)
Maximum of 10 people only. Minimum of 7 people. Please note, if there are not a minimum of 7 people booked on the trip, it will be rearranged or cancelled.
We currently have 5 people confirmed for this trip.
What Is Included:
- Airport transfer at the end of the West Highland Way Experience
- Guided on the trail by Sandy Loder from Peak Dynamics
- Accommodation (and breakfast where it is included) whilst on the West Highland Way
- Luggage transfer each day
- Dinner on the last night
What Is Not Included:
- Personal Equipment
- Food such as snacks, lunch or dinner in the evening
- Any necessary and relevant travel insurance
- Price is based on two sharing a room. A single room supplement is possible if you do not want to share a room