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The West Highland Way is Scotlands first long distance route, and remains it's most popular. The West Highland Way winds through the scenic countryside of Scotland. The trail is divided between Loch Lomond National Park, open countryside, and in the forest surrounded by streams. For info on each segment, visit the trails pages listed here. To see the full route, see https://www.alltrails.com/trail/scotland/glasgow/west-highland-way

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Did the whole way quite a few years ago. But now I would only do stages. This one is moderately flat. But gives you a good taste of what's on the menu on the rest of the west Highland way. If you dare. Enjoy. You will.

Mostly level walking. A little climb near end; then a winding drop down to Fort William.

Beautiful countryside path. I strongly taking the road going up Conic Hill. It is an long, easy ascent..the descent is really hard on the knees especially if you have been hiking since Milngavie! Great reward at the end with the Oak Tree Inn and the coffee and ice cream shop!

great, easy, relatively flat beginning to the West Highland Way. Hiking out of Milngavie is easy, on a well maintained path. it doesn't take long for big crowds to stretch out. The part from Gartness on the road is hard on the feet but the Duncan Family stand has a nice place and provides a nice break. If you keep going to Balmaha, you will skip Drymen unless you turn left before heading on the path along nice trimmed edges. Great way to ease into a 96mile hike.

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1 month ago

Good conditions, perfectly signposted and no real challenge other than some road walking at the end which isn’t great on your legs and feet if carrying any old injuries with you.

Great conditions, well signposted, well kept easy walk.

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2 months ago

SIC ☔☔

Lovely walk. Took the high road which was less rocky and roots. Passed through stately forests. Views of the Loch all along the way.

Nice hike 3 major uphills if you are walking south to north.

Easy to follow section of the way. Steady uphill to Conic Hill cutoff. After hill steep but easy downhill even for a short legged woman

Wonderful two days of walking. Signage is excellent. Lots of wonderful folks along the way. No other Americans yet

Varying scenery with some great views, forest tails, falls, pasture land with new born lambs and distant snow capped mountains.

Some of the greatest scenery you'll ever see

excellent walk done it several times with military and civilian parties. Great laugh and brilliant site seeing in all weather as long as long as you are kitted out properly.

No one walks 100 miles in the Scottish rain without a reason to do so! I walked it to find myself after a difficult period in my life. So glad that I did. It was wonderful. On my first night I stayed at a fabulous hotel called Ardoch House Hotel. Truly exceptional. It is also a nature retreat offering yoga, reiki, etc. Seriously cool. If I am honest that was the best place that I stayed at over my 6 day/night walk. Great value for money too. If you are walking the WHW then stay here on your first night for some hippy luxury.

No one walks 100 miles in the Scottish rain without a reason to do so! I walked it to find myself after a difficult period in my life. So glad that I did. It was wonderful. On my first night I stayed at a fabulous hotel called Ardoch House Hotel. Truly exceptional. It is also a nature retreat offering yoga, reiki, etc. Seriously cool. If I am honest that was the best place that I stayed at over my 6 day/night walk. Great value for money too. If you are walking the WHW then stay here on your first night for some hippy luxury.

Best walk ever

Done this as part of the west highland way. This was by far my favourite part of the whole walk. It’s hard at times but also a lot of fun.

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I absolutely loved the west highland way. Scotland is such a beautiful county and this trail shows you many diffrent sides of it. The rain ads to the true Scottish experience, the people I met along the way are great and the views are breathtaking. This hike is perfect for a first time long distance, sometimes a little challenging but overall not too hard!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Weather: it rained nearly every day, which added “atmosphere” and challenges, but low clouds also blocked many of the mountain views (we saw them on the train ride back) What’s great: 96 miles (we did it in 7 days). You can stay in villages along the way (don’t have to carry a heavy pack). You can also have your extra luggage transported between lodgings. The experience: walking an average of 14+ miles a day is good for the soul. My mind found absolute bliss on the trail - even in heavy rain and wind. Loved that aspect (and am struggling a wee bit being back in cities). The views: the Highlands and Loch Lomand are beautiful. I’d estimate that is about 33% of the trip. Another 33%+, though, is walking across / near pastures / road / train tracks. The remaining 1/3 was in forest or near streams / rivers. So while my mind was able to escape with the rhythm of hiking, I never really felt a wilderness escape. Just adjust your expectations accordingly (ie this is not total wilderness immersion like hut-to-hut trips in New Zealand, Tasmania or other parts of the world). People: the majority were friendly. Never felt unsafe. Mostly Europeans (not many Americans) and quite a few Scots. The Way never felt crowded (except day hikers at Conic Hill). Advice: take your time. Take breaks. Find an easy pace - 14+ miles will wear on you if you pound out the miles. 7 days means you probably have one 20 mile day - I was a bit jealous of the people who took an extra day. Cost: it was pretty reasonable. I used Gemini Walks, who arranged all lodging and luggage transport. I heard only positive reviews of other trip planners as well.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just completed this in June 2018 over a 10 day period. Some complete this in as little as 4. Overall moderate difficulty. Though some days are more challenging.Highly recommended. See my 10 recordings for a daily record and description for each days hike. Look me up on facebook for a complete photo record of each day. We booked the hike with Macs Adventures who we highly recommend.

Easy trail that ends in a cool town - Kinlochleven- with a few decent restaurants. NOTE: Kingshouse is under construction and NO parking is allowed there. However, you can park at Glencoe ski resort or 2 miles west of Kingshouse where the Devils Staircase begins, this skipping the two miles of trail that follows the road.

Just completed this in May 2018 - used a different app to record it. The official Way is 96 miles but distance can vary depending on where you stay. I started from Drymen (prounounced Dri-men with rolled rrrr) taking a train and bus from Glasgow, skipping the official start in Milngavie (prounouced Mul-guy). Hiked for 7 days - 15.3 miles (Drymen - Rowardennan), 13.8 miles (Rowardennan - Inverarnan), 6.7 miles (Inverarnan - Crainlarch), 14.5 miles (Crainlarch - Bridge of Orchy), 11.3 miles (B of O - White Corries/bus stop to Glencoe), 9.32 miles (White Corries - Kinlochleven), and 16.1 miles ( Kinlochleven - Ft William) for daily mileage, ending in Fort William. If you wild camp and have more time, you have a bit more freedom as to daily mileage. May was glorious (and I was told many times that it was highly unusual to not have any rain for a whole week) - I booked rooms and hostels 6 months in advance and there were limited options so plan ahead. The hike itself is not difficult or technical, but the old military roads and long daily distances can be taxing on feet and knees. All is cured with a pint at the end of the day. Met great folks and fell in love with Scotland. This was my first long distance inn-to-inn hike. If you do have more time, I highly recommend spending a few extra days in Glencoe.

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