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6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Scotland’s West Highland Way walk

A Pack Free guided 6-day walk

Spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Highlands’ towering mountains, open moorlands and stunning lochs make this walk a must-do walking experience. The traditional Scottish West Highland way is a 154km walk beginning on the southern edges of the Highlands at Milngavie near Glasgow, follows the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and passes through the dramatic Ben Nevis Mountain range, ending in Fort William.

Our Pack Free walk showcases the highlights of this famous trail and its magnificent scenery, walking a maximum of 84kms over 6 days with the option to walk some shorter days or opt-out of any days walking and enjoy time at leisure. We have handpicked stunning locations to stay each night, featuring superb properties with amazing views and wonderful dining experiences showcasing local produce and magnificent wines. This is a sensational must-do Scottish walk voted as one of the best great walks in the world.

 

Explore the Scottish Highland’s grand mountains and stunning lochs

Pack Free Walking Holiday
Carrying a heavy backpack with clothes and or food isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun holiday. With Life’s An Adventure’s guided walks we specialise in providing Pack Free walking holidays. Each day your overnight bags will be transported to your accommodation allowing you the freedom to walk with as little as your camera, lunch and water.

Hand-picked hotels in the best locations
When we create a new walking holiday, we ensure we visit each location and handpick the best accommodation in each area to provide wonderful experiences for our guests. On this tour, all properties we have chosen are in fabulous location from two on Loch Lomond with stunning views to the amazing Kinghouse Hotel set in the heart of the mountains in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Wow Factor
We carefully design our walking experiences to add “Wow” Factors to every tour. These additional activities will enrich your experience and provide a walking experience. A special highlight of your journey will be a cruise on Loch Lomond. There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and serenity of the loch than a cruise.

Fabulous meals featuring local produce with perfectly matched wines
During your walking experience, you will indulge in sensational high-quality produce that makes the region unique, you maybe even brave enough to try the famous haggis! We pride ourselves on supporting local businesses and producers and your evenings will often be spent savouring delicious cuisine in local restaurants, perfectly matched with local wines. For example, renowned Head Chef David Hetherington at the Bridge of Orchy hotel creates wonderful evening meals featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients, supplied by local farmers and growers.

Flexible Walking
We design our walks to be flexible offering the option of longer or shorter walking days or the ability to opt-out of any day’s walking and have free time to discover one of the villages or towns along your journey. Our tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

Walk the highlights
Traditionally this walk takes up to 10 days to complete involving 154kms. Our walks have been designed to take you to the best sections of the trail, walking comfortable distances each day. We ensure you won’t miss out on the highlights in a 6 day experience totalling 84kms or less if you opt for the shorter walking days.

Personalised Tours
All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

Superb Guides
Guides are essential in delivering the ultimate walking experience. Our tours are accompanied by two guides. You’ll be accompanied by a local Scottish guide who will be wearing a kilt. He has a passion and enthusiasm for the area and also a second Senior guide who has worked for us for many years who will meet you in Glasgow and accompany you for the entire trip ensuring our high standards are always delivered.

No credit card fees
We provide a genuinely all-inclusive experience. When you book with us you won’t need to pay for expensive Credit Card Fees. Everything is included, there is no more to pay.

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Why Choose Us

6 Day Scottish West Highland Way walk Inclusions

Your 6 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free fully supported walk with no heavy packs to carry
  • 1 night accommodation at the Oak Tree Inn on Loch Lomond
  • 1 night accommodation at lakefront at Ardlui, Loch Lomond
  • 1 night accommodation at the superb Bridge of Orchy Hotel
  • 2 night accommodation at the luxurious Kinghouse Hotel. Glencoe
  • 6 delicious lunches
  • Restaurant dinners every evening featuring local produce
  • Complimentary wines with evening meals
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • 5 x Hot and cold breakfasts
  • Professional and passionate guides
  • Return transfers to and from Glasgow

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow - Walk Dryman to Balmaha
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Guests will be required to fly into Glasgow the day prior to the tour.

Meet your guides in the foyer of the Malmaison Hotel in Glasgow. This morning we drive from Glasgow to the start of our walk. The West Highland Way officially starts at Milngavie on the northern outskirts of Glasgow. We will stop here for photos and to pick up lunches but will continue on to the small historic town of Drymen to start our great walk. On leaving Drymen, we join the West Highland Way trail as it veers away from the road and heads towards Conic Hill. The view from Conic Hill is world-class, and your first taste of the epic landscapes you will experience on the West Highland Way. Below you, stretching across the world-famous Loch Lomond, are a chain of islands that mark the highland boundary fault, the literal threshold between the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland. After tearing yourself away from the views of Loch Lomond you descend into the tiny village of Balmaha. In the afternoon we join a boat cruise on stunning Loch Lomond to the island of Inchcailloch, where we take a short walk around this beautiful island. Around this area, keep a lookout for Ospreys, diving into the loch after fish.

Later we check into our accommodation at the charming Oak Tree Inn. Set on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, this property is ideally located next to the loch and in the centre of the village centre. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Inn’s superb restaurant featuring local Scottish cuisine served with superb wines. You may even be brave to try the famous Scottish Haggis!

Day 2: Walk Rowardennan to Ardleish
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Easier Option: For those that want a shorter walk today. Enjoy an 8km walk from Invermaid to Doune Bothy. 

After a hearty breakfast we are transferred to the start of our walk at Rowardennan (20 mins). This is a day of interesting walking along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond. The well-maintained path rises and falls as it meanders through beautiful native woodland punctuated by rocky coves and tiny beaches. The Loch is the largest area of freshwater in Britain and is almost 40km long and up to 190m deep. From Rowardennan we join an undulating forestry track passing several waterfalls and yielding occasional surprise views through the trees.

Just north of Inversnaid is a Nature Reserve with a beautiful ancient Oakwood, home to redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers where we can take the short nature trail. Another mile north is Rob Roys Cave just off the Way among a craggy nest of rocks. Later the trail climbs away from the loch to a wide pass as soft scenery dominated by water and woodland gives way to the rocky fells and mountain views of the Highlands.

For a unique way to reach our remote hotel, we raise the ball at Ardleish and summon the ferry across the loch to collect us for our hotel transfer. Tonight we stay at the Ardlui Hotel on the northern banks of Loch Lomond. This charming hotel has a superb location with majestic views down Loch Lomond. Tonight enjoy a wonderful meal in the restaurant accompanied with superb wines.

Day 3: Walk Kirkton Farm to Inverarnan
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring back across the water. From here we drive north and enjoy a short stop at the world-famous Drovers Inn. This reputedly-haunted pub is an eccentric mix of old furniture, stuffed animals and pieces of armour all in a lively hotel.

Today its nearly 16kms of mostly level walking along the worn, cobbled surface of the old military road surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery. For much of its route the trail makes use of historical lines of communication, in particular droving and military roads. The growth of cattle rearing in the Highlands in the 17th and 18th centuries created a network of drove roads through the mountains. Many of the old Inns sprang up at this time to provide accommodation for the drovers and grazing for the animals.

Tonight our accommodation is at the charming Bridge of Orchy Hotel. This hotel is  nestled in a tiny hamlet by the river and near the famous Bridge of Orchy. Enjoy dinner created by Head Chef David Hetherington featuring produce from local farmers.

Day 4: Bridge of Orchy to Inveroran
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

After a hearty breakfast we head out for our day’s walking adventure. Today’s walk takes us from the Bridge of Orchy to Inveroran. We traverse the Rannoch Moor, the largest undeveloped wilderness area in the whole of Britain. This remote landscape composed of boggy morrlands, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops supports a variety of flora and fauna including curlews, grouse and red deer. It’s known as the remotest and wildest section of the whole Way. We arrive at our accommodation at the iconic Kinghouse Hotel. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the hotel has a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty. Relax by the cosy fires as you soak up the sensational views from the lounge and dining room areas. Tonight dine in the stylish Kinghouse Restaurant indulging in sensational cuisine and perfectly matched wines.

Day 5: Glencoe to Kinlochleven
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Easier Option: Guests that are after an easier day can be transported by our vehicle to Altnafeadh and walk 9km. (includes the Devils Staircase)

After breakfast, we head out for our day’s walk. This stretch gives spectacular walking across inspiring mountainous terrain. After a gentle start walking towards the Glencoe hills we begin our climb to the highest point of the West Highland Way, The Devils Staircase. This ascent of almost 260m is not as hard of the name suggests. It is believed to have been named by soldiers who had to carve this sinuous military road up the hillside in the 1750s. We follow the trail as it climbs to the pass (548m) where there are views over the Glencoe peaks and, in good weather, north towards Ben Nevis. From the top, it’s a long descent across rugged mountainside and then on a rather steep track down to Kinlochleven, a more modern village set amidst dramatic Highland scenery. But after a day walking around Glencoe it seems essential to finish with refreshments at the Boots Bar of the famous Clachaig Inn.

Afterwards we return to our accommodation at the superb Kinghouse Hotel for the evening for dinner in the restaurant served with wine.

Day 6: Walk into Fort William
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

After breakfast, we transfer to the start of our last walk. Today’s walk takes us within sight of Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis. We will pass locations famous for the film Braveheart with Mel Gibson, on our way to the village of Glen Nevis. Here we will have our final celebratory lunch at the Ben Nevis Inn. Afterwards, we head to Fort William which has a trail endpoint with sculpture in its main pedestrian street where we can take some final group photos and enjoy some time to shop for souvenirs in the quaint shops. From here we transfer back to Glasgow (2.5 hours drive) where you can be dropped back at the hotel at approximately 6.00pm. The end of a remarkable journey.

Tour Accommodation

6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Oak Tree Inn, Loch Lomond

Night One

Situated on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond our accommodation for our first night is at the superb Oak Tree Inn. Enjoy the warm hospitality of this award-winning Country Inn ideally located in the centre of Balmaha village and close to the shores of the Loch. The Inn features a superb bar and restaurant under the shade of a magnificent 500 year old oak tree where you might be tempted to try the famous Scottish haggis!. The Inn features traditional ensuited rooms with Scottish decor, with some rooms in separate cottages.

6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Ardlui Hotel, Loch Lomond

Night Two

The Ardlui Hotel lies on the northern banks of Loch Lomond showcasing magnificent views of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. When we arrive at the loch we raise a flag on the far side of the shores to alert our hosts we are ready to be picked up. From here we transfer across the lake by boat to our accommodation. Enjoy time at this family-run hotel with its homely atmosphere featuring the charming Loch View restaurant and 2 bars and large outdoor decks to take in the stunning views. The Ardlui Hotel is also a Whisky Ambassador Hotel offering a large range of authentic Scottish whiskies (own expense). In the evening, enjoy wonderful meals in the restaurant featuring local fare served with complimentary wines.

6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Night Three

Nestled in a tiny hamlet by the river and near the Bridge of Orchy, lies our accommodation for night two, the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. Located amidst the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands this old Victorian style hotel offers a relaxing, rural location and warm hospitality. Guests will love the mix of old 19th century charm and modern facilities with ensuited rooms decorated with traditional style and overlooking the countryside.

Head Chef David Hetherington creates wonderful evening meals featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients, supplied by local farmers and growers, local suppliers and farmers. Of course wines are included to enjoy with dinner.

6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland
6 Day West Highland Way Walk Scotland

Kinghouse Hotel. Glencoe

Nights Four & Five

In the heart of the mountains against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty lies the iconic Kinghouse Hotel. With a documented history dating back to the 17th century, the Kingshouse Hotel is said to be one of Scotland’s oldest licensed inns. Today the Kingshouse has been renovated and redesigned to blend in with its surroundings and fully upgraded with the latest modern facilities and stylish ensuited rooms. Relax in the spacious lounge and bar areas enjoying panoramic views of the Highlands of Scotland. In the evenings dine in the stylish Kinghouse Restaurant offering epic 270 degree views over the Glencoe Valley,  a feast for both the eyes and taste buds.

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Tour Availability

We run regularly monthly tours from May to September every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a Specials savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecials / Notes
20 May 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
14 June 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
11 July 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
5 August 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
30 August 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
22 September 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings book by 31 Dec 2019
May to Sept 2021AvailableEnquire for dates

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
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Tour Prices

Super Earlybirds Save up to $300 per person or Past Passengers Save $400 per person

Book now and save $300 per person off when you book and pay in full on any departure for 2020 departures
Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $400 per person. (see conditions below).
Earlybirds available for bookings made in full by 31 December 2019.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10-12 people can save $250 per person off Normal Price when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Past Passenger Super Earlybirds
$ 3495 /p

For guests that have travelled with us before

Prices in Australian Dollars

Special prices for passengers who have travelled with us before.

PAST PASSENGER SUPER EARLYBIRD SAVE $400 per person
Book and pay in full at the time of booking before 31 Dec 2019.
Super Earlybird Past Passenger Price
……$3495
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 13 weeks prior to departure.
Past Passenger Normal Price ……$3795

Book Now

Super Earlybirds
$ 3595 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us.

Prices in Australian Dollars

SUPER EARLYBIRD PRICES
SAVE $300 per person

Book and pay in full at the time of booking before 31 Dec 2019.
Super Earlybird Price
……$3595
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 13 weeks prior to departure.
Normal Price ……$3895

Book Now

PRIVATE GROUPS
$ 3545 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests.

Prices in Australian Dollars

PRIVATE GROUPS
SUPER EARLYBIRDS

10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Group Super Earlybird Price…. $3545
Book & Pay in full at time of booking before 31 December 2019.

NORMAL PRICES
Group Normal Price…. $3845

Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 13 weeks prior to departure.

PAST PASSENGER GROUPS
$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously

TO ENQUIRE EMAIL:
walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

ROOM UPGRADES:

Singles wanting their own room.       Add $894
Subject to availability at time of booking.

 

Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 12 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 12 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible.

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