West Highland Way
- 7 Days / 152 KM
- Point to point
Introduction to West Highland Way
Taking you 152 km north from Glasgow, the West Highland Way is a wonderful way to experience Scotland, its nature and highlands. You’ll probably want to come back to it, as so many people do, hiking it once in spring and then a second time in autumn. It’s that beautiful with it’s changing scenery, taking you along the shores of Loch Lomond, pastures and then through moors and up into the highlands.
When to go
Although you can take on the West Highland Way whenever you want, May, June, September and October are probably the best times to walk the Way. In spring you’ll see nature waking up after winter, and autumn can be a pleasant surprise with nice warm days. In winter (or roughly from november to april) it will be cold and snow can make the path very difficult and parts will even be dangerous.
In July and August the weather is nice and warm (august in Scotland can be wet though), but the summer months are very busy. You may find hotels fully booked and see other walkers most of the day. And also in summer midges (very small, stinging flies) can ruin an afternoon lunch or even make you abandon the route and run home. Midges are small, but there’s lots and lots of them and they can detect the carbon dioxide in your breath 200 metres away.
Map of the hike
- 4489 m
- 3682 m
2 years ago
Such a great walk! Walked the WHW last year in 5 days and had the best weather ever. Some inspiring pics :) https://www.behance.net/gallery/20962661/West-Highland-Way-
3 years ago
Outstanding walk. Done it twice: in 5 days from Milngavie to Fort William and 4 days in the opposite direction.
Although it can get be quite desolate in places you'll always find somewhere to pick up some food and provisions.
3 years ago
Brilliant. Everybody should do this!!
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