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Thistle within hexagonWest Highland Way

Argyll and Bute, E Dunbartonshire, Highland, Stirling

151 km / 94 miles
Scotland's first official Long Distance Route, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, crosses a variety of terrain which becomes more rugged as it moves northwards and between the major mountain groups. The Way follows the eastern side of Loch Lomond, crossing the slopes of Ben Lomond to Crianlarich and Bridge of Orchy, the western edge of Rannoch Moor and the entrances to Glen Etive and Glen Coe, and up and over the Devil's Staircase and the highest point of the route at 550m, to reach Kinlochleven. The final section follows General Caulfield's military road over the slopes of the Mamores, crossing wild country with extensive views of the Ben Nevis range to reach Fort William.

The waymarked Kelvin Walkway (9 miles and on OS mapping) connects Milngavie with the Glasgow Heliport on the north bank of the River Clyde, providing a link into central Glasgow, and this Walkway is included in the Trailblazer guide.


Details:

Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
Challenging
Lake/Reservoir/Loch
Moorland
Mountain
Start: NS553745 - Milngavie, E Dunbartonshire View on StreetMap
Finish: NN112742 - Nevis Bridge, Fort William, Highland View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1980
Web Sites: West Highland Way (Official Website) Scotland's Great Trails Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes Independent Hostels UK - West Highland Way Accommodation

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William Scottish Long Distance Route  (Cicerone Press  - Jan 2018 reprint )
Guidebook West Highland Way : the official guide  (Birlinn  - 2018 )
E-Book West Highland Way (Cicerone)  (Amazon Media Group  - 2016 )
Paperback West Highland Way : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Guidebook West Highland Way : Milngavie to Fort William  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2016 )
Paperback West Highland Way  (Pocket Mountains  - 2013 )
Guidebook West Highland Way  (Rucksack Readers  - 2011 )
Paperback NOT The West Highland Way  (Cicerone Press  - Reprinted 2017 )
Leaflet West Highland Wayfarer  (Famedram Publishing  - Annual )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association  - 2009 )
Guidebook National trails : complete guide to Britain's National Trails  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
General Interest Book Cape to Cape : a 1,250-mile backpacking walk from Cornwall to Cape Wrath in Scotland  (Vertebrate  - 2018 )
General Interest Book Three men on the Way Way : a story of walking the West Highland Way  (Whittles Publishing  - 2013 )
General Interest Book Walking distance: extraordinary hikes for ordinary people  (Oregon State University Press  - 2012 )
General Interest Book Big Walks of the North  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Guidebook Guide to the West Highland Way  (Constable & Robinson (an imprint of Little, Brown)  - 1988 )

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 41, 50, 56, 57, 64
OS Landranger Active 41, 50, 56, 57, 64
OS Explorer 38, 39, 342, 348, 377, 384, 385, 391, 392, 399
OS Explorer Active 38, 39, 342, 348, 377, 384, 385, 391, 392, 399
Other Paper Maps:
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West Highland Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2017)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
West Highland Way (Harvey Maps - 2017)
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West Highland Way 1: Milngavie to Inversnaid (Yellow Publications - June 2016)
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
West Highland Way 2: Inversnaid to Inveroran (Yellow Publications - June 2016)
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
West Highland Way 3: Inveroran to Fort William (Yellow Publications - June 2016)

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Route Profile:

150.0 Km (93.2 miles)
3,946 m (12,946 ft) ascent
552 m (1,811 ft)  maximum height

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