This long distance footpath that joins Glasgow and Fort William grows in popularity each year.
So much so that by mid February you will find it hard to get accommodation in May so book early to avoid disappointment. Better still, miss the crowds and come in April instead it’s much quieter and usually better weather!
The WHW is 152km (95 miles) long and it can be done in 2 weeks or 15.5 hours if you feel energetic or anything in between. The average is 7 days.
The route travels through ever changing scenery as you leave Glasgow and hike towards our highest mountain (Ben Nevis), passing the shores of the largest freshwater loch (Lomond) and the breathtaking Glencoe.
At Glengarry we are walkers ourselves and try our very best to accommodate outdoor folk. We will go the extra mile to help you out even if it includes washing your socks or dropping you at the pub because it’s raining.
If you want to unpack, spread out and stay for 2 or 3 nights, there are excellent public transport links from Crianlarich, Bridge of Orchy and Kingshouse. Please ask for details or look at the following sites for up to date timetables – Citylink and Scotrail
If you don’t relish the prospect of carrying your luggage the whole 95 miles, a couple of companies will look after that for you. For a relatively small fee your bags will be waiting for you when you arrive. We see both Travelite (www.travel-lite-uk.com) and AMS (www.amsscotland.co.uk) daily during the summer months. Please be aware that the service does not run in winter.
As Tyndrum is half way it’s a natural place to take a day off to rest the aching limbs, sit in the conservatory with a glass of wine and a good book and watch all the other weary walkers go past, take the train to Oban and look at the sea or even punish yourself with a munro or two.
If you are struggling to book accommodation along the Way then several booking companies are available to take the strain for you…
The companies that use us regularly and who we can vouch for are:
- Absolute Escapes www.absoluteescapes.com
- Alpine Exploratory www.alpineexploratory.com
- AMS Adventures www.ams-adventures.com
- Bespoke Highland Tours www.highland-tours.co.uk
- Easyways www.easyways.com
- Gemini Walks www.geminiwalks.com
- Macs Adventure www.macsadventure.com
- Mickledore Travel www.mickledore.com
- Sherpa Van www.sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk
For those of you new to hill walking and want the challenge of some munroes but don’t feel confident about your map reading skills then why not use a mountain guide? Nic Fisher, mountain leader, uses Glengarry as a base for his Scotland tours in September, October and November. Have a look at his web site www.hillwalkingholidays.co.uk
For endurance runners the West Highland Way Race, Highland Fling and Devil of the Highlands all pass Glengarry and whether you are training before the event or needing somewhere to stop on the day of the race we will accommodate you as best we can (even the 4am breakfast!).
Information for Walking and Cycling the West Highland Way can be found on www.westhighlandwayinfo.com
Walkers Ways are just new – They will organise your self-guided walk on the west highland way, leaving you to enjoy your holiday at your own leisurely pace. They offer several route options that you may choose from however if none of those are suitable, contact them and they will be more than happy to help you with your requirements, after all it’s your walking holiday! – www.walkersways.co.uk