The West Highland Way

Walking by most beautiful places of Scotland

One of the most impressive hiking routes in the world.

Discover why, every year, thousands of hikers arrive in Milngavie to start the West Highland Way.

What is the West Highland Way

The recommended 8 stages

The most common division of the West Highland Way is the eight-stage division, but it is possible to do so with more or less days, depending on the state of fitness of each one.

Accommodation

Accommodation along the West Highland is rather scarce. Fortunately, camping is free in most stages, and there is always public transport at the start or end of every stage.

Transport

The public transport network allows us to connect the beginning and the finish of the West Highland Way with Glasgow, as well as to move between the start and the end of most stages.

My experience

In 2015, I was lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful walking route that is the West Highland Way.

Here you can find the travel diary I wrote during those eight stages that ended up being 9.

You will find reflections and personal experiences, but also the explanation of how and where the stage runs, as well as a map and profile in GPX format, which can be of more help to you.

Creuant el riu Fillan · West Highland Way
Inici del West Highland Way

First stage: Milngavie – Drymen

On Saturday mornings, Glasgow sleeps. Waiting for the 8:31 train, we were 5 people, three of them with backpacks. On the 8:20 train, which I let go so as not to sprint, three more boarded. The train left and arrived on time, and in Milngavie we all looked like we were starting the West Highland Way.
Etapa 2 West Highland Way

Second stage: Drymen – Rowardennan

There were three busy tables having breakfast early, two couples and me. Mine, next to the windows. I was absent, watching as it rained when he brought me the scrambled eggs. It’s raining, he told me. She grabbed a chair, and began to tell me that they opened a few months ago, that it was a hot March and April.

Third stage: Rowardennan – Inverarnan

Every hostel worthy of admiration must have its red hair working in it. In Rowardennan Lodge, he serves food. And for every dish that yesterday he served to the group of four women who became the real queens of the party, he took a standing ovation and the chef a few congratulations.
Etapa 4: Inverarnan - Crianlarich

Fourth stage: Inverarnan – Crianlarich

I met Greg, who I don’t remember his name, when I was going to breakfast. He was the tenant of bothy next door. The previous evening we were commenting on the harshness of the terrain that day, that he had also met the American couple, that I had also met the German couple, and, after asking myself about the story of Catalonia, we spent some time with the English. He had voted Yes.
Etapa 5: Crianlarich - Bridge of Orchy · West Highland Way

Fifth stage: Crianlarich – Bridge of Orchy

Crianlarich has a train station and bus stop, as I told you. It is a good starting point to the north, towards the Highlands, and a good point of return to the south, towards the Lowlands. Or you can change lanes and head west to Oban. In Crianlarich the train also stays longer than necessary, about 6 minutes.
Etapa 6: Bridge of Orchy - Kingshouse

Sixth stage: Bridge of Orchy – Kingshouse

I had asked Wendy if she could have breakfast at seven-thirty instead of eight. You have to take the bus, she said. Wendy and Philip are the owners of the Glenardran House, the B&B where I will stay two more nights in Crianlarich, and which was hired by the waiter at Ben More Lodge because they could only offer me one more night.
Etapa 7: Kingshouse - Kinlochleven

Seventh stage: Kingshouse – Kinlochleven

The 8:34 bus was full of hikers. At least, of people dressed as hikers. No wonder. From Crianlarich to Glencoe there is only one village, Tyndrum, three or four settlements, and mountains. And the bus arrives at Fort William, the nerve centre of mountain sports in Scotland. It is also the end of the West Highland Way.
Vuitena i última etapa del West Highland Way

Eighth stage: Kinlochleven – Fort William

His name was Pepe, and he was from Badajoz, Spain. She came to Fort William sixteen years ago, fleeing a divorce, intending to stay there for a few months. He found a Galician woman there, and never returned. He is a taxi driver, the father of two Scottish children, and has a client who spends her alcoholism subsidy on bingo and the taxi that takes her there, as she is abstinent.

An experience that began in Glasgow and ended in Edinburgh

Glasgow

Glasgow

In a finite, limited and always short system, such as holidays, Glasgow is the victim. And not because of his demerit, but because with Edinburgh 50 miles away, few cities have anything to do with it. People have a habit of not recommending it, of saying that in Scotland there are better places to visit. Let me disagree.
Edimburg

Edimburg

A trip to Scotland cannot end without stepping on Edinburgh. At least, if I make the trip. And if you are the one who travels, you would do well to follow my example.