One of the many things that this trail has got going for it, is how easy it is to plan. There is a really wide window for you to do it in and this seven day itinerary gives a great base to start from. Consider adding an eighth day to climb Ben Nevis, or extra days for side trips.
When should I hike The West Highland Way?
All but the most hardy of hikers complete the trail between mid April and mid October. I chose to hike it in May because – along with September – this is (allegedly) the driest time and when there should be fewer midges. If you have not heard of midges they are like mosquitoes, but smaller and more annoying; pack a head net.
West Highland Way seven day itinerary
I’d recommend doing the West Highland Way over seven days. This is enough mileage per day to feel like you’ve really earned your whiskey, but not so much that you can’t enjoy it. Some people spread it over eight days, by breaking up day five, but I don’t really think that’s necessary, as it’s super flat.
- Milngavie – Drymen 12 miles (19½ km)
- Drymen – Rowardennan 13½ (21¾)
- Rowardennan – Inverarnan 13½ (21¾)
- Inverarnan – Tyndrum 13 (21)
- Tyndrum – King’s House 18½ (29¾)
- King’s House – Kinlochleven 9 (14½)
- Kinlochleven – Fort William 15 (24¼)
It would be very feasible to do it quicker for those who are used to covering more miles, although you may find accommodation a little tricky, given that the key places to stay or camp at are in the locations named above. Obviously if you choose to wild camp, this is less of an issue!