When To Go
The West Highland Way is often travelled between spring and autumn with the peak season beginning April and continuing through to early October. Typically, the most popular month is May, this is mainly owing to the delicate balance of variables that can affect your journey such as weather and midges.
Spring brings with it not only some remarkable growth of fresh life but some unpredictable climates as well. While it may be warm and sunny on occasion, the highlands are prone to blustery days and spring showers. As the valleys and landscapes begin to come to life again, it’s too early in the year for you to bump into any midges. If you’re looking for the new bloom of wildflowers, then May can be an excellent time for walking the West Highland Way as the temperature grows warmer, the weather tends to be relatively dry and clear – perfect for observing the spectacular views.
Summer brings the sunshine, warmer weather but not forgetting the occasional brooding sky that Scotland is so well-known for. With school holidays in full swing, the West Highland Way welcomes many tourists from all walks of life to journey along Scotlands best-loved long-distance walking route.
Autumn sees the end of the summer holidays and begins to return to a slower pace of life. From September onward, the crowds grow smaller, which can often be a great time to travel if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. By this point, the midges become less bothersome as well as they’ve, no doubt, had their fill from the summer.