Spectacular landscapes of the Scottish Highlands’ towering mountains, open moorlands and stunning lochs make this walk a must-do walking experience. This 154km walk begins 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.
Life’s An Adventure have created a 6 day pack free walking experience, showcasing the most magnificent sections of this walk. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Guides are essential in delivering the ultimate walking experience. Our tours are accompanied by two guides. You’ll be accompanied by a local guide who has a passion and enthusiasm for the area and a second host guide who will meet you in Glasgow and accompany you for the entire trip delivering a world-class walk.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce with perfectly matched wines
During your walking experience, you will indulge in sensational high-quality produce that make the region unique. 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 Head Chef David Hetherington at the Bridge of Orchy hotel creates wonderful evening meals featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients, supplied by local farmers and growers.
Guests will be required to fly into Glasgow the day prior to the tour.
Meet your guides in the foyer of the Glasgow 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!
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 (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.
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 11kms 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.
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.
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.
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 or the airport. The end of a remarkable journey.
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