Scotland’s West Highland Way is one of the most beautiful walks in the world. The Way has a richness of wild flowers and animals, Speedwells and Self-Heals, ptarmigan and feral goats, that is Loch Lomond, Glen Falloch, Rannoch Moor and the highest point of the walk, the Devil’s Staircase. Steeped in Scottish history, the Massacre of Glencoe, Robert the Bruce and Macbeth, the walk starts in Glengoyne, eighteen miles to the north-west of Glasgow, threads along the beautiful eastern shore of Loch Lomond, before rising to the drama of Beinn Dorain, Buachaille Etive Mor and Glencoe, the ‘glen of weeping’, with views to Mamores and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, to sweep you on to Fort William in a demanding last day walk. To rest, inspire and enthuse we have added beautiful stays in boutique hotels, full of character, charm and elegance, and private transfers from and to specific locations along the route at the end and beginning of each day.

Holiday details



from £5,995 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Transfers at the beginning and end of each day to and from your hotel. A Guide on Rannoch Moor.  See what’s included as standard


9 nights

Start & Finish

Starts daily from Loch Lomond and finishes Fort William. Balloch station is adjacent to Loch Lomond and is 2 hours from Edinburgh and 50 minutes from Glasgow. Fort William is a 1.5 hour transfer to Inverness or 2.5 hours to Glasgow.



Three 5 star hotels and two 4 star hotels

Holiday type


This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Not so gentle walking (5) More info...


8 days of walking 7-14 miles (11 - 22 km) per day






  • Take an additional day and night at the start to explore Glasgow
  • Add a rest day in the middle of the trip with an extra night at Glencoe House

Itinerary day-by-day


  1. 1. Day one

    Arrive Loch Lomond

    Arrive at Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond. Your host will meet you and run through your itinerary, answering any questions you may have. Enjoy this magical setting and stroll along the water's edge of Scotland's largest loch. Spend the evening as you wish - this is your home for the next three nights.

  2. 2. Day two

    Glengoyne to Balmaha

    Instead of starting out at Milngavie in the suburbs of Glasgow where the official West Highland Way begins (that can be organised should you wish to add the extra day), we suggest that you begin at Glengoyne 18 miles to the north-west of Glasgow and not far from Loch Lomond. We will transfer you there after breakfast for a day of uphill and down dale. Start out with a trail through the Garadhban Forest, walking your first military road before the first of many stunning views across Loch Lomond, a National Park, ‘one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature’ in the words of Sir Walter Scott. From the Lowlands rise through the bracken up Conic Hill and into the Highlands to throw open the magnificence of Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and the Luss Hills. Meeting you at Balmaha, ‘the village by the water’, we will transfer you back to Cameron House.

    12 miles (19 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Balmaha to Rowardennan

    Today climb up to Craigie Fort, admire Loch Lomond, Conic Hill and the Highland Boundary Fault that marks the shift from Lowland to Highland, the change in topography and landscape. Fringe the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with its mature woodlands of pine and of oak - spot a red deer, osprey and golden eagle, the mewing of buzzards in the sky, while enjoying the magnificent views of Ptarmigan and Ben Lomond, the most southerly of Scotland’s two hundred and eighty-two Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet). If the water level is low on Loch Lomond, you will see a crannog, a 'stone age' platform. But you don't have to sleep there! Spend a third night in the comfort of Cameron House.

    7 miles (11 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Rowardennan to Inversnaid

    Along the next two stretches of The Way the path is demanding but rewarding. You walk to the sound of cascading water, the eastern shore of Loch Lomond intense in form and colour, 'a very shower of beauty is thy earthly dower!' as Wordsworth wrote to the Highland Girl of Inversnaid, the hamlet where we meet you. It’s a brief transfer from here to the Forest Hills hotel and spa.

    7.4 (12 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Inversnaid to Inverarnan

    Still walking beside the loch to start with, you are entering the lands of the Clan MacGregor and passing Rob Roy’s Cave, the place where the ‘Scottish Robin Hood’ detained prisoners and hostages in his fight against the Duke of Montrose over land, cattle and homes. Walk through woodlands of oak, birch and pine, a home to redstarts and wood warblers. At the end of the day, we transfer you to your next hotel The Bridge of Orchy, towered over by two munros rising over a 3,000’.

    7 miles (11 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Crianlarich to Bridge of Orchy

    As the walk to Crianlarich is somewhat uninspiring, we transfer you today to Crianlarich where you start your beautiful balcony walk high above the sweeping glens along old military roads, undulating paths and the River Fillan to the Priory and Holy Pool dedicated to St. Fillan, an Irish monk. The Priory lies near the battlefield of Dalrigh, the King's Field, where Robert the Bruce was defeated in 1306, casting his sword into the Lochan of the Legend of the Last Sword. St. Fillan redeemed himself eight years later by offering Robert the Bruce a portentous sign, the Mayne or arm-bone before his great victory over King Edward II of England at Bannockburn in 1314. Pass through Tyndrum, ‘the house on the ridge’, a cattle drover service station in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and on into a landscape of grass and heather. Stay the first of three nights at Glencoe House, a beautiful mansion house set in private ten acre gardens.

    13.5 miles (22 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse

    Today stride out on one of the most beautiful stretches of the West Highland Way on the Old Glen Coe road across Rannoch Moor, Britain’s highest, with its sparkling black to blue lochs and lochans, a magnificent cloister of mountains in the distance. With views over salmon filled Loch Tulla step through a magical and fantastic upland plateau of sweeping moorlands, rivers, burns and lochs. At breeding time see the black-throated divers and greenshanks, the dangerous wild bears and brown bears long gone. Nevertheless, we include a guide today as in poor weather the moor can be tricky to navigate. Enjoy Glencoe House for a second night.

    12 miles (19 km)

  8. 8. Day eight

    Kingshouse to Kinlochleven

    Rise up the Devil’s Staircase to the highest point on the West Highland Way (1,850 feet or 548m) to admire the 'glen of weeping', the land that witnessed the Massacre of Glencoe, the slaughter of the MacDonalds by Captain Campbell after professed friendship and a twelve night stay. Stunning views of one of the most loved of Munro peaks, Buachaille Etive Mòr, ascending in patches of light grey terracotta and black stone. On a clear day see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, Carn Mor Dearg and the Mamores. We transfer you at the end of the day for your third night at Glencoe House.

    9 miles (14 km)

  9. 9. Day nine

    Kinlochleven to Fort William

    Walk Lairig Mor a glen with views to the summits of Mam na Gualainn and Beinn na Caillich, on what is one of the longer stages. Make sure you take plenty of food and provisions as none is available along the way. Pass near Mamore Lodge once used by Edward VII as a hunting lodge and Lochan Lùnn Dà-Bhrà where Macbeth King of the Scots 1040 to 1057 once slept on a crannog, one of the 'stone age' platforms. Walk through forests of willow and birch, larch and pine before descending into the glen and Fort Willliam. Congratulations you have arrived! Transfer to the elegance of Inverlochy Castle to celebrate your walk through the drama of Scotland's west highlands, its history.

    14 miles (23 km)

  10. 10. Day ten

    Depart Fort William

    Depart Fort William at your leisure.