The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland's long-distance walks. It stretches for 95 miles (154 km) of superb scenery, from the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, through its first National Park, along the shores of its largest loch, ending in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
This 2011 edition of our popular guidebook was fully revised in late 2010. It describes the West Highland Way in detail from Milngavie northward, including the final "extra mile" in Fort William. It has many fresh photographs and many updates, and contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on the West Highland Way:
- the Way in sections, with summaries of distance, terrain and where to find food and drink
- concise background on the history and wildlife
- information about side-trips, e.g. Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis
- background information about Loch Lomond, history, habitats and wildlife
- planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
- drop-down route map of the West Highland Way in six panels (1:100,000)
- in full colour, with 70 photographs
- on waterproof paper throughout.
For more information, click to Look inside "The West Highland Way", view a Gallery or read Reviews. Before you set off, visit our forum and follow links in the panels on the right. For details of West Highland Way walking holiday providers, see our list of companies under Walking Holidays (UK).
You may wonder how many days to allow for the West Highland Way: the book breaks it into 5 to 8 daily sections to provide plenty of choice. Maybe you aren't sure how fit you need to be: the book has an altitude profile showing how gradients vary along the Way. You'll find insider advice about accommodation and baggage handling, including where to camp and where to find wigwams. It covers the pros and cons of taking your dog along the West Highland Way and gives a handy checklist of what to pack and how to pronounce difficult placenames.
Loch Lomond is a major feature of the West Highland Way and this section covers its geology, wildlife, history and ferries. Other background includes the history of the Jacobites, Rob Roy and the Massacre of Glen Coe, how to climb mountains along the Way (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams) and also what wildlife you expect to see while walking Scotland's first and most famous long distance route.
Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:
- The West Highland Way
- Jacquetta Megarry
- February 2011 (4th ed)
- UK price £10.99
- 64pp+6pp map flap
- 145x210 mm
- ISBN: 978-1-898481-41-6
“This was my choice to take with me on my recent walk ... I read the Official Guide but left it at home.”
Margaret Watkiss, Cheshire