West Highland Way Adventure

6 DAYS

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Student
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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 breathtaking 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.

Highlights

  • Trek the Old military road through barren Rannoch Moor
  • Kayak on iconic Loch Lomond
  • Hike into stunning Glencoe
  • Spend one night under the stars camping
  • Wild swim in the Falls of Falloch

Inclusions

  • Fully qualified instructor/guides
  • 4 nights’ accommodation (4 nights’ hostel /1-night camping)
  • Mountain bike hire
  • Sea kayak & canoe hire
  • All safety equipment

Requirements

  • Sleeping bag (option to add to your booking)
  • Trekking shoes or boots and warm clothes
  • A reasonable level of fitness
  • More info on website under Active Trip FAQs

Accommodation

  • 5 nights - basic, shared (4 hostel / 1 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!

Tour Options

Can be bought locally
Sleeping bag £40

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Day 1: Glasgow to Loch Lomond - Bike and Hike

Meet your group at a Glasgow hostel at 10 am, where we get a 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.

Our adventure begins with mountain biking north past shimmering lochs and through lush green forests. You will pass areas such as the ‘Khyber Pass’ as it is known locally, before continuing onwards up Conic Hill where you can see the line of islands following the Highland Boundary Fault across Loch Lomond. You can find some of the most highly-praised Scottish scenery in this area; it’s no coincidence that this landscape has inspired artists and musicians for centuries.

Day 2: Loch Lomond to Inverarnan - Canoe and Hike

Today we take to the water and canoe the world famous Loch Lomond which is part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The surrounding Highlands are home to red deer so keep your eyes on the shore for a chance to spot some Scottish wildlife.

You have the opportunity to get a truly unique view of the dramatic Ben Lomond, one of our most popular Munros, on arguably Scotland's most beautiful loch before we stop for the night. We stay overnight in lodges that are only a short stroll from The Old Drovers Inn if you fancy a pint of local ale after the day's activities.

Day 3: Inverarnan to Tyndrum - Hike

Travelling on foot and by bike, we follow the River Falloch through stunning gorges and rocky rapids. If time allows, we will go for a swim in its beautiful pools, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!

As we trek north through Strathfillan we come to the site of the Battle of Dalrigh where Robert the Bruce battled with the Clan MacDougall in 1306. We stay overnight in Tyndrum, at the southern edge of Rannoch Moor. The small village is a popular tourist village and caters to many walkers travelling on the West Highland Way, so you are bound to find some good banter here. The town also has Scotland’s only gold mine!

Day 4: Tyndrum to Glencoe - Bike & Hike

Today we bike and hike through one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. We take the old military road, built in the 1700’s by General Wade to control the Scots when we trek through the barren Rannoch Moor towards Glencoe.

You will see some of Scotland's most iconic scenery when we enter possibly most famous Scottish glen, Glencoe. This area is famous for a reason; the rugged mountains and wide open skies will leave you breathless! Tonight we stay in the Micro Lodges at Glencoe Ski Centre with stunning views of Glencoe and its iconic peak Buachaille Etive Mor.

Day 5: Glencoe to Glencoe Village - Hike and Sea Kayak

We tackle the legendary ‘Devil’s Staircase’, named by Wade’s soldiers who built the route and take in the mesmerising views of Rannoch Moor and Buachaille Etive Mor behind us. We continue through the stunningly beautiful Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of 1692. More recently the glen was used as a backdrop in Harry Potter movies and James Bond Skyfall.

There’s no better way to truly understand how the Highland clans lived in the past centuries than to literally follow in their footsteps, so put yourself in their shoes when you walk through the ancient landscape. In the afternoon, we take to the water and sea kayak along the stunning fjord like Loch Leven. The mountains on the west coast come into full view as we head towards the Atlantic. It is a sight to behold!

Day 6: Glencoe Village to Fort William - Sea Kayak

A truly amazing day kayaking from the calm inlet of Loch Leven into the open waters of Loch Linnhe where we often spot seals, otters, cormorants and other wildlife. The trip ends at Fort William, a town surrounded by open water and overlooked by Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. Take a short stroll to the Grog & Gruel pub for well-earned refreshments and recap the past days' adventures with your group.

 If you want to continue your adventure after a day’s rest, check out our Great Glen Way Adventure. Four epic days by foot, canoe, sea kayak and bike when you make your way from Fort William, through the legendary Loch Ness, to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands!

 

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ACTIVITIES

  • You will be hill-walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and canoeing so a reasonable level of fitness is required
  • Mountain biking will be on tracks and paths and the terrain is fairly low level
  • Kayaking & canoeing will be on inland & sea lochs
  • Walking will be on good mountain paths
  • The daily activities may change depending on the weather conditions

EQUIPMENT

  • 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

ACCOMMODATION

  • Mainly in hostels & hostels pods with one-night camping (optional), facilities are always available.

SUPPORT

  • The trip is operated by our partners 'Active Outdoor Pursuits'. You will receive 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 backup vehicle to transport your gear, so no need to carry any equipment and your luggage is transferred between overnight locations. On the camping night, a camp will be set for your arrival with facilities on site and a restaurant nearby if preferred.

FOOD

  • We operate a kitty system, payable on arrival. Alternatively, you can choose to do your own thing, buy locally or bring your own food.

 

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