West Highland Way
Scotland is a mystical, magical land, filled with ancient castles, deep lochs and foreboding mountains. The natural light changes every minute, allowing you to capture incredible photographs and view some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This is one of the most beautiful walks on the planet, passing lochs, ascending glens, moors and mountains following the old drove and military roads. This is one for the active adventurer, those prepared to go the extra mile to uncover fascinating history and discover incredible scenery. Beginning on the banks of stunning Loch Lomond and ending in picturesque Fort William, one thing is for sure, if you choose this tour, you won’t regret it.
Distance: 130km | Difficulty: Not So Gentle
Loch Lomond + The Trossachs
This self-guided walking tour begins on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond, which is part of the Trossachs National Park. The surrounding highlands are home to oak woodlands, red deer, stone cottages and quaint villages, and as you look out to the loch, you see several islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest freshwater island in the UK. During your trek you will traverse up hill and down dale through Garadhban Forest, walking the first military road of many to come. From here, you gain spectacular vistas of Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond and the Luss Hills.
Rob Roy MacGregor Country
Over the next days you walk through ancient lands of Clan MacGregor, making your way through dense forests of oak, birch and pine home to redstarts and wood warblers. As you reach the half-way point of the tour, you are in Loch Voil, which lays amid beautiful scenery in an area known as Rob Roy country. Throughout this area, there are a number of historic highlights to see relating to this famous 17th century Scottish outlaw.
As you proceed onto the military roads once more, you walk the trial of the Jacobite Rising – a revolt against the English monarchy by the Scots. On this stretch over 1,000 miles of roads were built to provide access for the English army to remote regions of Scotland, although, thankfully you don’t have to walk the entire route!
The Wild Scenery of Glencoe + Rannoch Moor
As you begin to conclude your tour, pass River Fillan, the Priory and Holy Pool dedicated to the Irish monk St. Fillan, between Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy, and explore the spectacular West Highland Way on the Old Glen Coe Road across Rannoch Moor. This area showcases all of Scotland’s natural beauty in one area. The shifting light reflections, wild stag and heather filled mountains accentuating the remoteness and wild scenery of Scotland. Glencoe was once the main settlement of the Scottish Highlands, and was the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1862 – a brutal assault on 38 members of the Clan MacDonald on behalf of the English government. Rise up to the Devil’s Staircase to the highest point on the West Highland Way to see where it all took place. It’s not unusual to hear a Gaelic lilt among these parts, as many Scots residing in the area try to keep the ancient language alive.
Arriving in Fort William
As you arrive into Fort William, your final destination on the tour, enjoy walks through forests of willow, birch, larch and pine before reaching the town for your last day on the tour. After spending so much time in the wilderness, Fort William offers pubs with the finest scotch whisky, a range of shopping, fine dining, and even the steam train which took Harry Potter to Hogwarts! Wherever you go in Fort William, you will be in the shadow of towering Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest, and often snow-capped mountain.
9 nights' accommodation in boutique/luxury hotels, cooked breakfast, luggage transfers between hotels, emergency call-out service, toure directions + maps of the area, transfers where specified in itinerary.
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