The Route

by | 11 Jun 2015 | 0 comments

The West Highland Way official guide divides the 154 kilometers that make up the route in 8 stages.

These 8 stages of the official West Highland Way route are the same ones I comment on in my story. Instead, the official website www.westhighlandway.org divides it into 7 stages, although it comments that there are 8 stages. In the end, it is a question of adapting the route to each other’s possibilities, taking into account the physical state that allows for more or less miles to hold, and where accommodation has been found to make night, that if it is not planned in advance, it may force us to change some end/beginning of stage.

Below you can find the West Highland Way stages divided by 5, 6, 7 and 8 days, with two possibilities for route 7:

StageItineraryDistance (km)
1Milngavie – Drymen19,5
2Drymen – Rowardennan22,5
3Rowardennan – Inverarnan22,25
4Inverarnan – Crianlarich10,5
5Crianlarich – Bridge of Orchy21,5
6Bridge of Orchy – Kingshouse19,25
7Kingshouse – Kinlochleven14,5
8Kinlochleven – Fort William22,5

 

StageItineraryDistance (km)
1Milngavie – Drymen19,5
2Drymen – Rowardennan22,5
3Rowardennan – Inverarnan22,25
4Inverarnan – Tyndrum19,4
5Tyndrum – Inveroran14,5
6Inveroran – Kinlochleven30,6
7Kinlochleven – Fort William22,5
StageItineraryDistance (km)
1Milngavie – Drymen19,5
2Drymen – Rowardennan22,5
3Rowardennan – Inverarnan22,25
4Inverarnan – Tyndrum19,4
5Tyndrum – Kingshouse30,6
6Kingshouse – Kinlochleven14,5
7Kinlochleven – Fort William22,5
StageItineraryDistance (km)
1Milngavie – Drymen19,5
2Drymen – Rowardennan22,5
3Rowardennan – Crianlarich32,2
4Crianlarich – Inveroran24,1
5Inveroran – Kinlochleven30,6
6Kinlochleven – Fort William22,5

 

StageItineraryDistance (km)
1Milngavie – Balmaha32,2
2Balmaha – Inverarnan33,8
3Inverarnan – Bridge of Orchy30,5
4Bridge of Orchy – Kinlochleven33,8
5Kinlochleven – Fort William22,5

 

The West Highland Way: The Official Guide

Surely, buying the official guide, or any other guide, is not necessary to travel the West Highland Way without any problem. But if what you want is to know better about the environment where it goes, the landscape, fauna, flora, history, while you see precious photographs of the lakes and hills that you’re going to go through, it’s definitely recommended. And it will also help you, of course, to improve the planning you can do.

The official guide, updated in 2018, is the one I used (in a previous edition, obviously); it is protected with a plastic cover, so that it does not get wet, and it carries a map that goes very well to know where you are at all times.

For those who do not want books, or want to save money, you can buy the official map, indestructible, without the guide, or, for example, this other map, on a scale of 1: 40,000 and water resistant.

Rannoch Moor Bridge · Loch Ba · The West Higland Way

The stages

The West Highland Way 8 stages

Milngavie – Drymen

First stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 20778 m
Total climbing: 1556 m
Total descent: -1573 m
Total time: 05:17:38

Drymen – Rowardennan

Second stage | 22,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 27269 m
Total climbing: 3385 m
Total descent: -3440 m
Total time: 08:19:31

Rowardennan – Inverarnan

Third stage | 22,25 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 18414 m
Total climbing: 1503 m
Total descent: -1496 m
Total time: 07:46:21
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On the official route the stage ends at Inverarn, but I only found accommodation at Ardlui, shortening the route by about two and a half kilometers.

Inverarnan – Crianlarich

Fourth stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accomodiation

Total distance: 15504 m
Total climbing: 1736 m
Total descent: -1606 m
Total time: 05:45:27
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As I mentioned, this stage is about two and a half kilometers longer than the official guide, for having slept in Ardlui.

Crianlarich – Bridge of Orchy

Fifth stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 23830 m
Total climbing: 2209 m
Total descent: -2226 m
Total time: 05:38:58

Bridge of Orchy – Kingshouse

Sixth stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 18746 m
Total climbing: 1855 m
Total descent: -1724 m
Total time: 05:32:23

Kingshouse – Kinlochleven

Seventh stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 15902 m
Total climbing: 1538 m
Total descent: -1824 m
Total time: 05:09:35

Kinlochleven – Fort William

Eigth stage | 19,5 km | Download | Read the story | Accommodation

Total distance: 25852 m
Total climbing: 2712 m
Total descent: -2709 m
Total time: 07:24:10