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Independent Tour: West Highland Way

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 50 people
Destination(s): Scotland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   National Parks  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 495 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 769 Euro (EUR)

The trail is immersed with stories of a distant past as you follow this historical route from Milngavie to Fort William; a distance of 153Km/95miles. As the trail escorts you along its way from the outskirts of Scotland's largest city (Glasgow) through the Scottish Highlands to Fort William; it takes you along old drover roads; along which highlanders herded their cattle and sheep to market in the lowlands. Military Roads that were constructed by troops to help control the Jacobite Clans and old coach roads and disused railway roads from more modern times. A journey through some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Glasgow to Milngavie. You have the option to arrive at Glasgow main airport or Prestwick; which is only a short train ride outside of Glasgow. From there you will catch a train to Milngavie where we will arrange to have you picked up and taken to your first accommodation. Overnight in Milngavie.

Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen. A day that is a perfect introduction to the West Highland Way and the lowlands of the Scottish countryside. The trail follows a series of old railway lines, country tracks and lanes, offering you some superb scenery and your first glimpse of the Scottish Mountains. If you are lucky you may get your first glimpse of some Roe Deer and birds of prey like the Kestrel and Red Kite. Depending on what time of the year you do the tour, this section also offers you an abundance of wild flowers. Overnight in Drymen. Distance: 19.5 km, 12 miles; Height Gain: 200m, 600Ft.

Day 3: Drymen to Rowardennan. Today's section is broken down into two parts, the first taking you through Garadhban Forest and across the side of your first hill, "Conic Hill", which overlooks the small village of Balmaha (a perfect place for a liquid lunch!) and your first glimpse of Scotland's largest freshwater loch, "Loch Lomond". From Balmaha the trail takes you along by the shores of Loch Lomond and into Ben Lomond National Memorial Park. Overnight in Rowardennan. Distance: 22.5 km, 14 miles; Height Gain: 345m, 1035Ft.

Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan. Almost all of today's walk sees you traveling along the eastern shores of the loch as it traverses through a mixture of woodlands, under the steep slopes of Ben Lomond. This is probably one of the toughest days of the whole trail, but you will be truly rewarded with spectacular and stunning scenery across the loch and into the high distant mountains. If luck is on your side today you may get a glimpse of the magnificent golden eagle. Since the early 20th century golden eagles in Scotland have recovered, having reached a low point of perhaps as few as 150 pairs. Now there are over 420 pairs and the population is stable. Overnight in Inverarnan.

Day 5: Inverarnan to Tyndrum. The trail now leaves Loch Lomond on a relatively easy section that takes you north-west along by the base of Ben Glas Mountain, through Glen Folloch and onto Strath Fillan. As you travel along you will cross and re-crosses the river Folloch which is the main east-west natural divide of the Scottish Highlands. As you pass the village of Crianlarich it is half-way on your days walk but more importantly it is half way to Fort William! Before you get to your destination you will pass what remains of the ruins of St. Fillan's Priory. All travelers who use this wild and beautiful place will do so in peace if they tread there path lightly.(An inscription from a plaque as you approach the remains on the priory). Overnight in Tyndrum. Distance: 20.5Km, 12.3 miles; Height Gain: 200m, 600Ft.

Day 6: Tyndrum to Inveroran Hotel. An easy section that takes you north out of Tyndrum on an old military road that was constructed around 1750 and along by the West Highland Railway-Line that links Glasgow with Fort William. The views along this section are mainly dominated by two mountains on the right, first Beinn Odhar and then Beinn Dorain. The section may be easy but it is incredibly beautiful; in summer it offers an array of wild flowers and green pastures. Overnight in Inveroran. Distance: 15Km; 9.3 miles; Height Gain: 145m, 435Ft.

Day 7: Inveroran Hotel to King's house. One of the most remote sections of the trail which follows an old drover's road that skirts along the western fringe of Rannoch Moor. (I can find no words that can justify my experience on this section of the trail) One has to personally walk it to experience the peace and serenity that it has to offer. Wild red deer, black grouse and sheep roam at will here. Overnight at King's house. Distance: 15Km 9.3 miles; Height Gain: 90m, 270Ft.

Day 8: King's house to Kinlochleven. From Kingshouse the trail enters the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and at Altnafeadh climbs steadily over the Devils Staircase. This is an old military road that rises to almost 500m; 1500Ft at its highest point before making a long descent into Kinlochleven. You will have glorious mountain views throughout the day. Overnight in Kinlochleven. Distance: 15km; 9.3 miles; Height Gain; 250m; 750Ft.

Day 9: Kinlochleven to Fort William. The final section of the West Highland Way takes you back onto the old military road; with a steady climb out of Kinlochleven; through an area of natural woodlands that every now and then offers you some splendid views over Loch Leven and back over part of your previous walk. You will pass an old ruined village called Tigh-Na-Sleubhaich and clear evidence of its once inhabitants can still be seen to the present day. The final part of the trail takes you down into Glen Nevis; where you will have some great views of Ben Nevis; Scotland's highest mountain. The trail finishes at the visitors center in Fort William. Overnight in Fort William. Distance 24Km; 15 Miles; Height Gain; 225m; 675Ft.

Day 10: Glasgow. After a hearty Scottish breakfast you can take the train back to Glasgow.

Note: We also offer a 6 or 7 day tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guest houses with all rooms' en-suite/private bathrooms, where possible
- A full Scottish breakfast each morning
- Maps and all route details; details on restaurants and places to visit along the way
- This pack will be sent directly to you
- All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
- Luggage Transfers daily while you walk with only a small day-pack
- Full back up service should you require it while on the tour

Supplier Information
Location: Ireland
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2007
Client Request Served: 200

Christopher Stacey is well acquainted with the mountains in all their moods. Having worked in forestry harvesting for most of his life, Christopher wished to share his love of nature and the richness of the traditional ways of his childhood. More recently, he has completed the BOS Mountain Leader course, which covers...

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