GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West Highland Way

93 miles (150 km)

This is a fabulous long distance walking and cycling* route from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
There's stunning scenery to enjoy with Lochs, mountains, rivers and waterfalls all dotted along the route.
The route begins just outside Glasgow at Milngavie and heads north through Mugdock Country Park before reaching Loch Lomond where you enjoy a fantastic waterside section along the shores of the loch with Ben Lomond mountain making a beautiful backdrop. You continue through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, passing the lovely Falls of Falloch, Loch Tulla, Glen Orchy and crossing Rannoch Moor. The path then takes you through the stunning Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, before crossing the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven. The final section takes you past Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.
The route is well signposted throughout.
*For cyclists please be aware that while much of the route makes for fantastic cycling some sections are extremely challenging and are only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Even then you will have to carry your bike over certain sections. Please see this discussion thread for information.

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West Highland Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

West Highland Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The historic Kings House Hotel is a popular place for a pit stop on the route. The inn dates from the 17th century making it one of the oldest in Scotland. It has an interesting history having been used as a barracks after the battle of Battle of Culloden in 1745. The Kings officers used it to patrol and keep the"Highlanders" under control. They serve quality food and have a nice warm fire to warm yourself by on colder days. The hotel is also often surrounded by several deer, adding to the spectacular view. It's located in a fabulous spot in Glencoe at postcode PH49 4HY for your sat navs.

Photos

West Highland Way - geograph.org.uk - 108675

Looking west towards Tigh-na-sleubhaich.

Looking south from the high point on the West Highland Way - geograph.org.uk - 927064

Looking south from the high point on the West Highland Way. The trail begins its descent to the River Ba.

West Highland Way walkers, Kingshouse - geograph.org.uk - 1352612

West Highland Way walkers, Kingshouse. A short tarred section along a road that was once, before modernisation in the 1930s part of the A82. Until recently the road was a loop, taking in the Kingshouse Hotel, but now just serves Black Corries Lodge, becoming private just east of here. The trail is very popular and a major economic force in the area. At its inception it was feared that it may be a Trojan Horse for the restricted access lobby, but it has successfully worked alongside other outdoor activities for 30 years now. Glencoe in the background.

Military Road - geograph.org.uk - 775196

Military Road. The old road to Fort William now carries the popular West Highland Way long distance footpath. Approaching Bridge of Orchy with the Blackmount hills in the background.

Dun Deardail - geograph.org.uk - 111274

Dun Deardail. At the summit of this small hill is a vitrified hill fort. A vitrified fort is where rocks are fused by heat to strengthen the walls. Taken from above the pass now taken through the forest by the trail.

Loch Lomond, east shore road. - geograph.org.uk - 125869

Loch Lomond, east shore road. The road to Rowardennan, after which you have to walk. The "pavement" is there to carry the West Highland Way hordes, like myself. For every one of the 70,000 "through-hikers" loads more just potter about. I was even racing on a section today.

A braided river, Auch - geograph.org.uk - 776702

A braided river, Auch. The Allt Kinglas, emerging from the Auch Glen takes a braided course on the flat floor of the glen. The surrounding land is used for cattle grazing.

Kings House Hotel - geograph.org.uk - 1352636

Kings House Hotel. The Kingshouse (Glencoe), is reputed to be Scotland's oldest hotel. A popular staging post on the trail. View from the Black Corries road with Srňn na Crčise in the background.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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