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West Highland Way
Jacquetta Megarry  
11 April 2018
UK price £11.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 186g

West Highland Way

(4th ed)


Jacquetta Megarry

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"When walking the West Highland Way, this book was my bible." - Steven Smith,

The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland’s long-distance walks, running for 96 miles (154 km) of superb scenery. Starting from the outskirts of Glasgow, it passes through Scotland’s first National Park, along the shores of its most beautiful loch, and ends in Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.  Our guidebook describes the route from Milngavie northward, including the improved lochside path north of Rowardennan and the final “extra mile” into Fort William.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy 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
  • rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
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Planning extract (pp5-8)
2.1 Loch Lomond
3.4 Rowardennan to Crianlarich
  • Across Balmaha Bay to Inchcailloch, from the West Highland Way

    © VisitScotland

  • Ben Lomond, Britain's most southerly Munro

    © VisitScotland

  • Strathfillan wigwam for West Highland Way walkers

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Feral goat, seen from the West Highland Way

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Drovers Inn, Inverarnan, West Highland Way

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Glengoyne Distillery on the West Highland Way

    © Jacquetta Megarry

Across Balmaha Bay to Inchcailloch, from the West Highland Way

© VisitScotland


Online review (

When walking the West Highland Way, this book was my bible. With its drop-down map, lots of information on history, geology and wildlife and masses of photos, it's all you need in one handy package. The waterproof paper is a great idea. I've used my book twice in all weathers (in 2003 and 2007), and it's still in good condition. Don't leave home without it.

Reviewed by Steven Smith

Email from a hiker

Have now completed the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way, both tremendous experiences. Your guides and Easyways booking services invaluable. Thank you.

Bill Edwards of High Wycombe, October 2005

Comments from a reader after walking the Way

This was my choice to take with me on my recent walk ... I had also read the Official Guide but left that at home. The Rucksack Reader was just great to keep in the front pocket of my rucksack and I could sit at the lunch-break reading the section for the day to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.

Margaret Watkiss, Stockport, Cheshire

From a reader in New Jersey

I like the book because it's more to the point than the Official West Highland Way guidebook. It's also smaller, which means I'll probably carry it with me.

Pamela L Dragosh, Bedminster, NJ, USA

Excerpt from online review by Mark Champion of Braco

This is an essential companion to the West Highland Way offering quality information and clear maps in one easy to manage, waterproof package. ... If am to enjoy good quality information on the hoof I need it to be waterproof, spiral bound and map pocketable - like this book! Thank you for giving me all the information I need to enjoy the greatest of Scottish walks.

Read the full review on the website

Excerpt from online review by a reader from Liverpool

This book is ideal for information junkies like me. When walking the West Highland Way in the past I have been laden with substantial guides and voluminous maps. This spiral bound book with its ingenious drop down map will both guide you on your way as well as providing fascinating tidbits of information on history, geology and wildlife. ... If you're thinking of walking the Way this book provides a most practical companion ... as well as an attractive souvenir.

Read Celia Burn's full review on the website

Comments from a British reader

This a must for anyone attempting the walk. The fold-out map/bookmark is excellent and the information within is just what is needed. Other guide book producers should take a leaf out of your book. It will be with me all the way this April!

Jim Tolan, Lancashire, UK

Review by a Dutch reader

This is an absolute must-have for beginners and experienced hikers alike: the guide gives detailed information on what to expect on this splendid walk, but does not go into irrelevant issues. The summary at the beginning of the book provides a clear overview of what to find and where. Planning to walk the Way tells you how to prepare, while The Way in Detail is a day-by-day manual giving practical intelligence on the route itself, starting each day with a summary of the distance, terrain, grade, where to find food and drink and possible side-trips. The book’s format is designed to make it easy to use while walking, as the paper is entirely water- and food-proof, and the spiral binding means no pages falling out nor indecipherable road names due to folding. The West Highland Way is a beautiful hike with amazing wildlife: expect to see a wide variety of animals, especially early in the morning or in the evenings. Make sure you don’t miss out on the wonderful views, like the one from Conic Hill between Drymen and Rowardennan. Feeling best when near water, I loved the Falls of Falloch and Grey Mare’s Tail in Kinlochleven and if you can spare the time, pay a visit to the mesmerising island of Inchcailloch, which has an interesting history and pure-white deer (no, this is not a fairytale). For West Highland Wayfarers, this guide is essential, and the beautiful pictures make it a precious souvenir.

Ster Liezenga, Ommen, The Netherlands

Chris Brasher comments on the format

These guides are a real boon to the growing army of men and women who don a pair of boots, sling a rucksack over their shoulders and head out into the great outdoors.

Chris Brasher, the late athlete and founder of the Brasher Boot company


After major extension and refurbishment, the Kingshouse Hotel reopened in February 2019 – luxurious but still walker-friendly. Walkers can use its restaurant, bar and showers while retaining the options of wild camping, sleeping in the Kingshouse Bunkhouse or staying in the hotel itself, an upmarket experience with stunning views of Glen Coe and the Buachaille.

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