West Highland Way

The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. I hiked the trail in April 2014 with two friends from university. Running south to north from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the 96 mile footpath is a crucial notch on the belt of any long-distance hiker.

The route, which takes roughly a week to complete, takes walkers from the farmland and country roads of Milngavie to the shores of the brilliantly blue Loch Lomond, before heading deep into the heart of the Scottish Highlands, crossing the desolate Rannoch Moor the high mountains of Glencoe, passing over the Devil’s Staircase before the final descent into Fort William, Ben Nevis watching over the final stretch. An ascent of the tallest mountain in the UK is the perfect way to crown your achievement.

Read on for details on my 2014 hike, and tips on planning your own journey along the West Highland Way.

    • Location: Scotland
    • Length: 96 miles (154.5 km)
    • Southern Terminus: Milngavie
    • Northern Terminus: Fort William
    • Highest Point: The Devil’s Staircase, 550m, (1800 ft)
    • Lowest Point: Sea-level
    • Elevation Change: 4489 m, (14, 728 ft)