There’s an excellent reason why everyone should experience walking the West Highland Way at least once in their lives. Well, in fact, there are several reasons why one of the most popular long-distance walking paths in Europe should be on everyone’s bucket list.
The West Highland Way spans 96-miles from Milngavie to Fort William. It may sound like a long way to walk, but when you have so much natural beauty around you, the miles will fly by.
While the West Highland Way trail is not technical and doesn’t require specialist equipment, it will test your stamina and endurance, so getting some practice walks in beforehand is a great idea.
Steeped in Scottish heritage, the West Highland Way is a timeless trail that’s been preserved from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The only drastic changes this trail has seen over the years is primarily from natural causes, like weathering.
Notable historical places include Lochside Memorial situated between Rowardennan and Inverarnan, which remembers the members of the armed forces. Another area of historical note is River Cononish, which features a commemorative bench paying tribute to the battle of Dal Righ when English troops defeated Robert the Bruce in 1306.
Teeming with wildlife, the West Highland Way is home to thousands of critters, creatures, flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled, and you just may catch glimpses of the infamous red grouse, along with red deer, ospreys and even golden eagles. For more information on West Highland Way wildlife, check out our guide.
Because the West Highland Way is not technically demanding, it’s ideal for family adventures. Either travel up the trail in one-go or break it down into mini day-trips and complete the trail over time. With plenty of accomodation and camping stops along the route, the West Highland Way is the perfect staycation destination for families.
Did you know that the West Highland Way has featured in many blockbuster films? Because of its unique charm and distinguished landscapes, plenty of landmarks and views have been made infamous by the silver screen. To find out what movies have been shot on and nearby the trail, check out our guide.
It’s not just red deer or feral goats you may come across on your Scottish adventure as the West Highland Way welcomes thousands of keen walkers and intrepid explorers every year. Be mindful of other trail users, and we always recommend saying hello to other travellers and locals, you never know what lasting friendships you’ll make along the way.
Being out in the wild, breathing fresh air and taking some time away from the busy world can do wonders for our general wellbeing. Mobile phone reception is certainly patchy, at times, non-existent along the West Highland Way, freeing you from the attention-stealing pings of your mobile phone. Enjoy the peace and quiet, and reconnect with nature as your venture up one of Scotland’s best-loved walking trails.
When embarking on any adventure, you’re bound to create lasting memories. So why not make them as special as possible by taking a camera with you so you can capture precious moments to reflect upon for years and years to come.