West Highland Way
ElevationAscent: 8,327' 2,538 m
Descent: -8,482' -2,585 m
High: 1,750' 533 m
Low: 29' 9 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“The West Highland Way is a classic trail through the Highlands of Scotland extending over 96 miles.”— John Martin
The path officially starts in Milngavie town centre, where a granite obelisk is located. It proceeds by way of country roads, an abandoned railway, the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and scenic Conic Hill on the Highland Boundary Fault, to reach Balmaha on Loch Lomond. From here, the route follows the isolated, wooded, eastern shores of the loch via Rowardennan and Inversnaid to Inverarnan.
The Way follows Glen Falloch northward to Crianlarich then northwest along Strathfillan to Tyndrum. North of Tyndrum the Way enters Glen Orchy before crossing the desolate yet beautiful Rannoch Moor and descending into Glen Coe. From here, the route climbs the Devil's Staircase before a great descent to sea level at Kinlochleven.
The final stage skirts the Mamore Mountains on an old military road and descends into Glen Nevis before finishing in Fort William. The last stage passes the foot of Ben Nevis and many crown their achievement of running the Way by climbing it, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.
Due to the large number of users being constrained to a singletrack, some parts of the Way have become badly eroded. However, a considerable amount of work is undertaken to maintain the route. Those seeking solitude should consider starting their journey away from the weekends.
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