If you’re looking to travel a little differently, then how about cycling the West Highland Way instead? Take in the luscious landscapes, rolling hills and even the magnificent Munros with each pedal stroke.
In addition to your kit and carry essentials, cyclists should pack a few extra items for their bike in case a mechanical failure should occur. When cycling the West Highland Way, cyclists should consider carrying a puncture repair kit, spare inner tubes, a pump, a multi-tool, brake pads, cable ties, rear mech hanger, tyre levers, electrical tape and spare gloves – as a minimum. There are bike shops located near the start of the West Highland Way, in Mugdock Park; there is Mugdock Country Cycles, and in Fort William, there is Nevis Cycles and Off Beat Bikes. However, it is important to note that there is not a great deal of bicycle support while travelling along the West Highland Way so be sure to stock up on supplies and carry out any bicycle maintenance before setting off. Many cyclists take advantage of the baggage transfer service to send kit bags with spares ahead to the next point.
The uneven terrain of the West Highland Way demands a bike that is built for off-road cycling, whether that’s a gravel bike, hybrid or mountain bike. If your carrying luggage on your bikes, invest in quality frame bags or panniers, ensuring these are waterproof and durable that will withstand the Scottish weather and rugged nature of the route. If you’re planning to ascend and descend any of the Munro’s, it’s advised that you have a suitable mountain bike with a reasonable level of bike fitness and ability. Otherwise, you may find yourself walking a great deal.
Cycle the West Highland Way your way, whether you choose to complete the route in three, five or seven days. Allow yourself time to travel and time to explore, taking in your surroundings and maybe even a scenic detour along the way.
The first half of the West Highland Way is flatter than the second half with some of the climbs and undulations requiring both riding and pushing power. However, once at the summit of each climb, your legs won’t remember the ascent as you are rewarded with breath-taking views throughout the route. Descents along the route vary in technical grades, with some drainage ways to navigate over and loose terrain.
Your West Highland Way
As the West Highland Way is a shared path, please be mindful of other users. There are a few gates, passing points and footpaths that we ask for you to dismount at and walk through.
Please also be considerate with your litter, ensuring that no trace is left behind. There are recycling points along the route, so please retain any rubbish until you reach a designated area for disposal.