West Highland Way Adventure
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Loch Lomond, Glencoe & Fort William
Travelling from the Lowlands to the Highlands this adventure starts in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. You will leave the crowds and noise behind and trek from the Lowlands, past lochs and through glens into the breath-taking and barren landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Your journey is 96 miles (154km) by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak, following parts of the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s most iconic trails.
- Trek through barren Rannoch Moor
- Kayak on iconic Loch Lomond
- Hike into stunning Glencoe
- Spend the night under the stars camping
- Fully qualified instructor / guide
- Accommodation (shared camp/hostel)
- Mountain bike hire
- Sea kayak hire
- All safety equipment
- Sleeping bag (option to add to your booking)
- Walking boots and warm clothes
- Good level of fitness
- More info on website under Active Trip FAQs
- 5 nights - basic, shared (1 hostel / 4 camping)
- Upgrade to B&B/hotel - On request, subject to availability
For the Ultimate HARDCORE Adventurer, the West Highland Way Adventure can be followed by the Great Glen Adventure!
Day 1: Glasgow to Loch Lomond - Bike and Hike
Departs Glasgow at 10am. After a pick up from a Glasgow hostel, we transfer from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s biggest city to our starting point at Milngavie, the official starting point for the West Highland Way. After a kit check, we bike north past lochs and through forests and areas such as the ‘Khyber Pass’ as it is known locally, then onwards up Conic Hill from where you can see the line of islands following the Highland boundary fault across Loch Lomond.
Day 2: Loch Lomond to Inverarnan - Kayak and Hike
We take to the water and kayak the world famous Loch Lomond. You have the opportunity to get a truly unique view point of the dramatic Ben Lomond on arguably Scotland's most beautiful loch. Once the camp fire is lit and the dinner is cooked, it’s time to huddle round and gaze up at the stars.
Day 3: Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy - Bike and Hike
Travelling by foot and on bike, we follow the River Falloch through stunning gorges, rocky rapids and wide dark peaty pools. We also pass two railway viaducts constructed in the 1890’s to carry the West Highline Line north towards Fort William.
Day 4: Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe - Hike
We bike/hike through one of the most remote areas of Europe along the military road built in the 1700’s by General Wade. Tonight we have another night under canvas in Scotland’s stunning wilderness.
Day 5: Glencoe to Glencoe Village - Hike and Kayak
We tackle the ‘Devils Staircase’, named by Wade’s soldiers who built the route and into the stunningly beautiful Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of 1692. What better way to truly experience how the Highland clans lived than to literally follow in their footsteps. In the afternoon we take to the water and sea kayak along the gorgeous Loch Leven; a saltwater loch that leads into the Atlantic.
Day 6: Glencoe Village to Fort William - Kayak and Hike
A truly amazing day travelling from the calm inlet of Loch Leven into the open water of Loch Linnhe. End your trip surrounded by open water and beautiful mountains. Arrives into Fort William late afternoon.
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- You will be hill-walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and canoeing so a good level of fitness is required
- Mountain biking will be on tracks and paths and the terrain is fairly low level
- Kayaking will be on open lochs and sections of river
- Walking will be on mountain paths
- The daily activities may change depending on the weather conditions
- A Sleeping bag is required (can be added to your booking if you're travelling without one)
- Sturdy shoes or boots, warm clothes are required
- A full packing list is available under our Active Trip FAQs Section
- All activity equipment is provided
- We sleep under canvas and occasionally use hostels. Full facilities are generally available
- The trip is operated by our partners 'Active Outdoor Pursuits'. You will recieve full instructions for the equipment and will support you for the entirety of your trip. We know the local area, the wildlife and history and are there to answer any questions. The trip is fully facilitated by a back-up vehicle to transport your gear, so no need to carry any equipment and your luggage is transferred between overnight locations. Camping equipment is set up for your arrival each night although participation in camp life is expected.
- We operate a kitty system, payable on arrival. Alternatively you can choose to do your own thing and bring your own food