The 95 miles (152km) of the West Highland Way passes through the lush lowlands north of Milngavie into the rugged landscapes of Loch Lomond, Glen Falloch and Strath Fillan before heading for Rannoch Moor and Black Mount. Touching briefly on Glencoe, it climbs finally to the hidden glen of Lairig Mor before finishing in Fort William.
Now over 30 years old, the West Highland Way was the first long-distance route to be officially designated in Scotland. Much of the route pursues ancient drove roads or old military roads built to help in the control of Jacobite clansmen.
The Way is usually walked from Glasgow to Fort William (south to north), probably because that is the way it was conceived. Given the connection with the Great Glen Way at Fort William, the route can be walked in one longer journey between Glasgow and Inverness, or vice versa. This guidebook also contains a route description of the Way from Fort William to Glasgow (north to south).
Seasons - May-June and September-October are best time to walk the Way, although it is wise to avoid the first week in May, when there are motorcycle trials along sections of the route; July and August are very busy; if you set off mid-week, you will find the accommodation less crowded
Centres - The West Highland Way begins in Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, and passes through only a few, small villages: Drymen; Balmaha; Crianlarich, Tyndrum and Kinlochleven before reaching Fort William
Difficulty - Walkers need a good level of fitness and previous experience of long distance walking; you need to prepare yourself in advance by building up your walking distances; be fully equipped and prepared for all weathers
Must See - The peaceful woodlands of Mugdoch Country Park; the magnificent expanse of Loch Lomond; the wilds of Glen Falloch; the history of Strath Fillan; and the wide expanses of Rannoch Moor and Black Mount
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