WEST HIGHLAND WAY

STAYCATION

Overview

The West Highland Way in Scotland is one of the world's top long-distance hiking trails. Join us for this guided 7 day (6 night) event, with stunning scenery, friendly locals and magnificent wildlife along the way.
 

The West Highland Way starts just outside Glasgow in Milngavie (pronounced 'Mull-guy'). Over the next 96 miles (154km) we're treated to hugely varied but always spectacular scenery including the tranquil Eastern shores of Loch Lomond, passing the iconic Buachaille Èite Mòr mountain in Glencoe and visiting gorgeous villages including Drymen, Crainglarich and Tyndrum. We'll arrive in Fort William with new friends, a few stories to tell and an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction.

When is it?

Sunday 19th September 2021 (midday) to Saturday 25th September (midday). Click here to book.

Where is it?

We meet in Milngavie (near Glasgow) at the start of The West Highland Way. Free parking is available at the Train Station Car Park (G62 8PG). We spend 6 days walking to Fort William, which is where we'll spend the final night - after this you'll be given a lift back to the start in Milngavie or Glasgow (whichever you prefer).

What's included?

  • Guide; an Adventure Breaks host and guide throughout the event.

  • Accommodation;  2 hostel nights, 1 night in camping pods, 3 nights camping.
  • Luggage service; we will collect your large bag at the start of the day and give it back to you at the end of the day. This means you can enjoy the walk each day without the burden of a heavy rucksack.

  • Transport; from Fort William (end) to Milngavie (start) or Glasgow - whichever you prefer.

  • Adventure Breaks' pre-event information pack for the event.

  • New friends, experiences and a huge sense of achievement!

Join the Adventure

Tickets are available here for £795 per person.

Or to set up a monthly payment plan with flexible start dates, click Fund your Adventure.​

Further information

Please scroll down for more detailed information.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Itinerary

This staycation event is over 7 days and 6 nights. We spend two nights in bunkhouses/hostels, one in camping pods and three nights camping (two of these is at a campsite with showers, one is wild camp).

Day 1 (Sunday)

Arrive in Milngavie (near Glasgow) for a midday meet and greet. Your Adventure Breaks host and guide will be with you throughout the event so that you can relax and enjoy the hike. Adventure Breaks are solo-friendly; most people book onto trips by themselves and come away with a great set of new friends. We hand over our large bags to be transferred to this evening's campsite (as we will every day) then start the week with lunch together in Milngavie. After a quick photo opportunity at the official start point; The West Highland Way Obelisk, we start hiking. Today's hike is relatively flat and around 10 miles long. We arrive at a campsite where your bags and camping gear will be waiting for you. Our West Highland Way staycation is underway!

Day 2 (Monday)

We pass through the lovely little village of Drymen (prounounced 'Drimmen') then hike over Conic Hill, giving us stunning views from the top down over Loch Lomond. Today is the first full day of hiking, around 15 miles long, and we camp on the Eastern shores of the gorgeous Loch Lomond.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

Today's hike is one of my favourites, following what feels like a jungle trail on the edge of the loch. There's a small hill at the end of the loch, which drops us down to our camping pod accommodation for the night. 

 

Day 4 (Wednesday)

We hike 20 miles today, passing through Crainlarich, and Tyndrum (if you've been to the Highlands before you may recognise the 'Green Welly Stop'). We pass a river where people pan for gold on the way to our wild camp this evening. 

Day 5 (Thursday)

You'll be astounded by how quickly the scenery changes as we hike 20 miles today. In the morning we experience moorland, woodland and pass the iconic Blackrock Cottage standing at the base of Buachaille Èite Mòr mountain in Glencoe. After a spot of lunch we tackle Devil's Staircase, a mile long section that climbs 250 metres (820ft) in elevation before dropping down to our hostel in Kinlochleven.

 

Day 6 (Friday)

We're on the home straight as we hike the last 15 miles to Fort William; the outdoor capital of the UK and the official end point of our The West Highland Way staycation. After photos at the finish line, we check in to our accommodation for a drink and well-deserved loosening of the bootlaces. There is also the option to have dinner together in town to celebrate our successes. Congratulations, you should be proud!

 

Day 7 (Saturday)

We check out of the hostel and transport is provided back to Milngavie (the start) or Glasgow, whichever you prefer. We will arrive back in Glasgow at lunchtime, leaving you plenty of time for your onward journey. 


Transport/Getting there
We meet in Milngavie (near Glasgow) and finish in Fort William but transport back to the start is included.

Driving – If you are driving, there is a free car park if you follow postcode G62 8PG.

Train - Glasgow is well connected for trains, including direct services from Edinburgh, London and other cities.

Food and Drink

You will be able to buy food and drink fairly regularly along the way as we pass through several villages each day.

We will send more details and suggestions to you prior to the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus - With the vaccine roll out and warmer summer weather, we expect to be able to operate this event as planned. We are also limiting numbers to just 5 guests per trip, in order that we can operate under the 'rule of 6'. However, if restrictions mean it is not practical to proceed with an event, you will be able to reschedule for the same event on a different date or an alternative Adventure Break weekend. 

Solo-friendly - The majority of our guests attend by themselves and we will make you feel welcome. This staycation is a great way to make new friends, and an Adventure Breaks host will meet you when you arrive, introduce you to other guests and ensure that everyone is enjoying themselves throughout the event.

Equipment - You will need to bring sensible outdoor clothing - we will give you more information on this before the event but broadly it includes hiking boots, waterproofs and some warm layers of clothing. You will require a small bag to hike with during the day, and a larger bag for some spare clothes and camping gear (which will be transported for you). You will need camping equipment for this trip; if you don't have your own you can hire or buy a full set of camping gear here.

Fitness - Most people can achieve the level of fitness required to undertake this wonderful challenge, however it is important that you do the training for the event if you are not already fit enough. You can do this by starting with half day walks, building up to full day walks, and ideally also walking two days in a row (eg at a weekend). You should ensure you are fit enough to walk up to 20 miles per day before the event. Some experience of camping is recommended - check out our Camping for Beginners events.

Join the Adventure

Tickets are available here for £795 per person.

Or to set up a monthly payment plan with flexible start dates, click Fund your Adventure.​

Sep 19, 12:00 PM
Milngavie,
Milngavie, Glasgow, UK
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