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West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a 96-mile walking trail, which runs from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William in the Highlands. Passing through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park en route. This was Scotland’s first official long-distance trail. More than 40 years on, it is extremely popular with walkers and is now listed as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

8 sections of the trail

The full route from Milngavie to Fort William takes around 8 days of walking to complete. However, many people will choose to walk a smaller section. Usually, they walk south to north, due to the direction of the prevailing winds. The paths are well defined in parts, mixed with less distinct areas and some moderately challenging terrain. You can find full walking directions for each 4-7 hour section on the West Highland Way website:

Loch Lomond route

A popular part of the trail passes along the east side of Loch Lomond and through the villages of Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inversnaid and Inverarnan. This stretch is 25 miles long and covers sections two and three of the full trail.

The lochside route takes in spectacular views of Loch Lomond. Highlights include Conic Hill and Ben Lomond. Plus, there is always the option to take things slower and enjoy more Loch Lomond attractions along the way. Such as a boat trip to Inchcailloch Island or a visit to Inversnaid RSPB nature reserve.

Welcoming West Highland Way walkers

We welcome many walkers to Loch Lomond Waterfront as they pass through Balmaha. Sometimes for a rest and some refreshments at our Perch cafe bistro, and sometimes for an overnight stay in our shepherd’s huts glamping pods. (Please note: The Perch is currently closed.) We are dog-friendly and we don’t mind muddy boots here. So please come and see us during your adventures on the West Highland Way!

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