The Stages

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, considering the state of fitness that allows for more or less miles to hold, and where accommodation has been found to sleep, that if it is not planned, it may force us to change some end or beginning of some stages.

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

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.

The 8 stages of my West Highland Way

Stage 1:
Milngavie –
Drymen

20.7 km
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  • 12,47% 12,47%
Profile Stage Milngavie - Drymen West Highland Way

Stage 2:
Drymen
Rowardenan

27.2 km
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  • 28,86% 28,86%
Profile Stage Drymen Rowardenan The West Highland Way

Stage 3:
Rowardennan
Inverarnan

18.4 km
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  • 39,94% 39,94%
Profile Stage Rowardenan Inverarnan

Stage 4:
nverarnan
Crianlarich

15.5 km
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  • 49,28% 49,28%
Profile Stage Inverarnan - Crianlarich The West Highland Way

Stage 5:
Crianlarich
Bridge of Orchy

23.8 km
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  • 63,61% 63,61%
Profile Stage Crianlaricj Bridge of Orchy

Stage 6:
Bridge of Orchy
Kingshouse

18.7 km
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  • 74,88% 74,88%
Profile Stage Bridge of Orchy - Kingshouse The West Highland Way

Stage 7:
Kingshouse
Kinlochleven

15.9 km
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  • 84,46% 84,46%
Profile Kingshouse - Kinlochleven The West Highland Way

Stage 8:
Kinlochleven
Fort William

25.8 km
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  • 28,86% 28,86%
Profile Stage Kinlochleven - Fort William The West Highland Way

What is it

If you want to know what the West Highland Way is, here I tell you: the places where it happens, the stages, the accommodations, and the transport.

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.