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Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

The West Highland Way is one of the most popular walks in the UK. More than 50,000 people walk this 95 mile route every year, there are even competitions for the fastest. However as it runs through some of the most beautiful scenic areas of central and West Highland Scotland, we would recommend that a leisurely pace is more appropriate.

The West Highland Way starts at Milngavie, a few miles to the north of Glasgow and ends at Fort William. A good part of this path runs through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, (that is from Drymen to Crianlarich and Tyndrum). The route is most commonly walked from south to north mainly due to the fact that the harder terrain is in the northern area thus you have a number of days to get "walk fit" and also because it is probably more enthusing to  walk from the higher populated south to the more dramatic and lower populated north and the sun is not in your eyes all the way.

This page and its associated West Highland Walking links are designed to give any person who wants to walk part or all of the route, information about the path itself and also about accommodation along the west highland way, shops and transport. It is common for the route to be split up into about 6 parts, we have done this along traditional grounds but have also added additional popular places where a tired, wet or cold walker could find a place to stay for the night, food and perhaps a nice pub.

West Highland Way, at Rowardennon on Loch Lomond in the National park
Photographs Courtesy of Photographscotland.com

Most walkers do the complete walk in 6 or 7days. In summer it is important to have the correct gear for the walk as many places are quite exposed and even in summer the Scottish weather can change quickly. In winter, correct equipment can be a matter of survival.

The West Highland Way, an experience in long route walking unrivalled for its scenery almost anywhere worldwide. Use the links from here to find out about this extraordinary Walking route.

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