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Thistle within hexagonWest Highland Way

151 km / 94 miles

Argyll and Bute, E Dunbarton, Highlands, Stirling
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 book 'The Highland High Way' describes an alternative high level route.

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.


Strider News - December 2017 (Publication Update)

A new Footprint Map is available.  See 'Other Paper Maps' below.


Details:

Path Type
Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Waymark
Thistle within hexagon
Attributes
Scotland's Great Trails; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; Mountain
Start
NS553745 - Milngavie, E Dunbarton
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Finish
NN112742 - Nevis Bridge, Fort William, Highlands
View on StreetMap
Open Date
1980
Web Sites

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
West Highland Way (Trailblazer Publications - 2013)
Guidebook + Map Flap
West Highland Way & Map (Rucksack Readers - 2011)
Paperback
Paperback
Paperback
West Highland Way (Pocket Mountains - 2008)
Hardback
Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Phone App
Booklet
Official West Highland Way Pocket Companion (West Highland Way Ranger - Annual)
Paperback
Paperback
NOT The West Highland Way (Cicerone Press - 2010)
Leaflet
West Highland Wayfarer (Famedram Publishing Ltd)
Hardback
Hardback
Guide to the West Highland Way (Constable and Robinson Ltd - 1988)
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publishers - 2007)
Paperback
Big Walks of the North (Summersdale Publishers - 2010)

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Maps:

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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
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OS Landranger Active
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OS Explorer
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OS Explorer Active
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Other Paper Maps:
Stripmap
West Highland Way: Map & Guide (Footprint Maps - 2017)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
West Highland Way (Harvey Maps - 2008)
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Harvey Map (Sheet Map)
Southern Highlamds (Harvey Maps - 2010)
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
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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Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
West Highland Way (Anquet Maps)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Great Glen Travel)
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Baggage Handling (Travel-Lite)
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Baggage Handling (AMS Scotland Ltd)
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Baggage Handling (Sherpa Van Project)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Guided and Self-Guided Walking Holidays (North-West Frontiers Ltd)
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Guided Walking Holidays (Guided Walking Holidays)
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Guided Walking Holidays (Footpath Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Make Tracks Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (C-N-Do Scotland)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Absolute Escapes Ltd)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Wilderness Scotland)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)
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Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Mickledore Travel Ltd)
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Guided Walking Holidays (Northern Guiding)
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Self Guided Walking Holidays (Green Traveller)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walk & Cycle Britain Limited)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Sherpa Expeditions)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Discovery Walking Holidays)

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Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File
Tracklogs Route file

Route Profile:

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