The West Highland Way was the first long distance footpath to be established in Scotland. The Way runs for 152 km (95 miles) from Milngavie northwards to Fort William – from the outskirts of Scotland’s largest city to the foot of its highest mountain along the shores of its largest loch and across its grandest moor.
It is a magnificent walk of very varied character through some of the finest scenery of lowland and highland, mountain and loch, woodland and moorland that Scotland has to show. It provides walking which is in parts pleasant and relaxing, in parts strenuous and rough, in parts remote and exposed to the risk of wild weather.
Much of the West Highland Way follows ancient and historic routeways. It makes use of the old footpaths of the Highlanders, and the drove roads by which they herded their cattle southwards to Lowland markets in a trade which was still active a century ago. It makes extensive use of the 18th century military roads, built largely by troops to help control the Jacobite clansmen. It uses old coaching roads and farm roads in Lowlands; and it follows the course of railway lines where trains ran not so very long ago.
Milngavie Hotels :
There are two hotels in the Milngavie area. They are only approx 400 yards away from each other. Both are Premier Inn Hotels:
Premier Inn (Milngavie)
www.PremierInn.com – Restaurant, Breakfast, Car Parking, Disabled facilities, WiFi.
Prices start at only £49 per room!! These hotels are highly recommended. They are very close to the centre of Milngavie. Click here for more info.
For those who are planning to walk the Way it is highly recommended that you use ‘The Official Guide to the West Highland Way’, which is published on behalf of the Countryside Commission. This provides well-illustrated descriptions of the route with detailed information on the historical, cultural, archaeological and wildlife interest along the Way. Ordnance Survey maps of the area are included.
For further information you can visit the Way’s official website:
Organised Walking & Cycling Holidays
Local Milngavie business The Highland Way offers walking and cycling holidays, tailored to all ages and abilities along Scotland’s West Highland Way. Their packages are designed to allow you to enjoy everything it has on offer without worrying about where you will stay, which route you will take or how you will manage with heavy baggage. They can meet with walkers & bikers in Milngavie, at the start and make sure they are well prepared and have all the relevant information required to enjoy the walk.
The business is owned my Milngavie resident Patrick Stevenson, who has years of experience in helping people organise their trip on the West Highland Way.
To find out more about The Highland Way you can visit Pat’s website and Facebook page:
Mention MilngavieOnline.com when you make your booking!
More Help With Luggage
Additionally, Travel-Lite, a local Milngavie company can assist you in transporting your luggage as you walk the West Highland Way: