Choose Your Hike

We offer different tour grading levels depending on the balance of physical challenge and comfort level that you require

Gentle Hikes

Our Gentle Hiking Tours are designed with the part-time hiker in mind.

People for whom taking photos, meeting the locals and enjoying a long lunch are as important as the hike itself.

Average Hiking Distance: 12-15km (7.5-9 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 3-5 hours per day

4-Day Gentle Hike Kinlochleven - Fort William from £409 per person View Itinerary
5-Day Gentle Hike Kingshouse - Fort William from £529 per person View Itinerary
6-Day Gentle Hike Inveroran - Fort William from £659 per person View Itinerary
7-Day Gentle Hike Tyndrum - Fort William from £729 per person View Itinerary
8-Day Gentle Hike Crianlarich - Fort William from £799 per person View Itinerary
9-Day Gentle Hike Inverarnan - Fort William from £889 per person View Itinerary

Moderate Hikes

Our Moderate Hiking Tours will suit people who are used to regular exercise.

Hikers will appreciate the chance to cover plenty of ground each day without going beyond their limits.

Look out for the 👣 symbol: this itinerary covers the entire West Highland Way trail from Milngavie to Fort William.

Average Hiking Distance: 18-22km (11-14 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 4-7 hours per day

4-Day Moderate Hike Kingshouse - Fort William from £409 per person View Itinerary
5-Day Moderate Hike Bridge of Orchy - Fort William from £529 per person View Itinerary
6-Day Moderate Hike Tyndrum - Fort William from £659 per person View Itinerary
7-Day Moderate Hike Inverarnan - Fort William from £729 per person View Itinerary
8-Day Moderate Hike Rowardennan - Fort William from £799 per person View Itinerary
9-Day Moderate Hike Drymen - Fort William from £889 per person View Itinerary
10-Day Moderate Hike 👣 Milngavie - Fort William from £969 per person View Itinerary

Challenging Hikes

The type of hiker who sets off in the morning and doesn’t stop until they reach their destination?

If yes, then our Challenging Hiking Tours will be just right for you.

Look out for the 👣 symbol: this itinerary covers the entire West Highland Way trail from Milngavie to Fort William.

Average Hiking Distance: 26-30km (16-19 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 5-8 hours per day

4-Day Challenging Hike Inveroran - Fort William from £409 per person View Itinerary
5-Day Challenging Hike Crianlarich - Fort William from £529 per person View Itinerary
6-Day Challenging Hike Rowardennan - Fort William from £659 per person View Itinerary
7-Day Challenging Hike Drymen - Fort William from £729 per person View Itinerary
8-Day Challenging Hike 👣 Milngavie - Fort William from £799 per person View Itinerary

Trail Info

The Route

The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie town centre, just 25 minutes by train from Glasgow Central Station. From here, the trail enters open countryside and leaves the northern fringe of Glasgow City. It proceeds by way of country roads, an abandoned railway line, a Forest Park and scenic Conic Hill to reach Balmaha on Loch Lomond.

From here, the route follows the isolated, wooded, eastern shores of the loch via Rowardennan and Inversnaid to Inverarnan. This is the most rugged and difficult section of the route with no major climb, but many ups and downs that can get very tiring. The Way then continues northward to Tyndrum via Crianlarich.

North of Tyndrum the Way enters more remote landscapes and passes through Glen Orchy before crossing the desolate yet beautiful moorland of Rannoch Moor and descending into famous Glencoe. Glencoe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland. The narrow glen shows a dramatically grim grandeur, shut in on both sides by wild and precipitous mountains. From here, the route climbs the Devil’s Staircase before a gradual descent to Kinlochleven.

The final stage skirts the Mamore Mountains on an old military road and descends into Glen Nevis before finishing in Fort William. The trail then passes the foot of Ben Nevis and many walkers crown their achievement of walking the Way by climbing the highest mountain in Britain.

 

Terrain Overview

The terrain over the course of the West Highland Way is varied and includes wide smooth tracks in forests, twisty paths over moorland, hillside paths, undulating paths in trees, and field paths. The trail makes use of some ancient and historic routes of communication, such as military roads, disused railway tracks and drovers’ roads.

The trail avoids the high tops and is within the capabilities of most walkers. One of the most difficult sections is the walk up the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, whilst some other sections are very exposed. Total aggregate ascent over the whole route is approximately 3,900m, and there are a number of sustained and quite steep climbs, especially near Glencoe. The highest point on the Way is the Devil’s Staircase at 550m.

Due to the high volume of walkers, some parts of the trail often become badly eroded. However, a considerable amount of work is routinely undertaken to maintain the route. The trail passes through a variety of woodland and forest areas, some natural and some artificially created. The forests along the route are now well protected as their conservation status was established at the Rio Biodiversity World Summit in 1992.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile West Highland Way

Terrain by Stages

Milngavie – Drymen: Good footpaths, tracks and lanes, mainly flat and low-lying; some walking on tarmac.

Drymen – Rowardennan: Mainly good paths and tracks with one challenging climb. The beautiful lakeside section along Loch Lomond is twisty and undulating.

Rowardennan – Inverarnan: A demanding and isolated walk on a path along Loch Lomond, occasionally tough underfoot with many ups and downs. It includes some quite challenging sections but offers superb scenery.

Inverarnan – Tyndrum: Generally good paths and gravel tracks with a gradual ascent into the Highlands.

Tyndrum – Inveroran: Clear, well-drained paths and gravel tracks; some moderate ascents and descents.

Inveroran – Kingshouse: A trek across beautiful, isolated and exposed moorland which can be a little challenging in poor weather conditions. The route passes over the Drovers’ road between Bridge of Orchy and Inveroran with large panoramic views and little visibility of civilisation.

Kingshouse – Kinlochleven: Another remote walk with occasional rough stretches and one sharp climb followed by a long descent into Kinlochleven.

Kinlochleven – Fort William: Starting with a steep climb out of Kinlochleven the route follows the contour of a valley which offers little respite from the weather, before forest cover is reached outside of Fort William.

Prices / What's Included

Length of Tour Price Per Person ( £ ) Single Supp ( £ ) :¹ BOOK NOW!
4 days 409 190 BOOK NOW
5 days 529 250 BOOK NOW
6 days 659 320 BOOK NOW
7 days 729 370 BOOK NOW
8 days 799 420 BOOK NOW
9 days 889 470 BOOK NOW
10 days 969 530 BOOK NOW
¹A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person). The total tour price per person requesting a single room is the price per person plus the single supplement.

What’s Included in the Price?

  • Stay in our friendly, family-run guesthouses
  • Relax in comfortable en-suite bedrooms*
  • Big breakfasts will keep you going all day long
  • Luggage? Don’t worry, we’ll move it for you!
  • Detailed maps/notes mean you’ll never get lost
  • If you need to contact us, we’re here, 24/7
  • Our waterproof map-case keeps your maps dry
  • Insider tips on the best places to eat and drink**
  • Explore the local history in our fascinating guide
  • Discover the most exciting attractions on the trail
  • Need info on transport? We’re happy to help

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom

** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.

Extra Days/Activities

Sometimes you need a break from all that hiking! Luckily, the West Highland Way region is full of fun things to do!

Fort William: Follow the route taken by Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Voted the most scenic train journey in Scotland – it’s a truly magical experience! Please note that we do not book tickets for the steam train.

Crianlarich/Tyndrum: Take a day-trip to Oban – the “Seafood Capital of Scotland” and one of the most spectacular locations in the entire country. Please note that we do not book tickets for the train to Oban.

Fort William: Give yourself a chance to climb the iconic Ben Nevis* – the highest peak in the UK at 1,344m (4,409ft).

Booking Extra Days1

  1. Choose WHERE you wish to stay.
  2. Decide HOW MANY NIGHTS you need.
  3. Go to the BOOKING FORM and fill in the ‘Additional Nights Required’ section

The cost of an extra night on all our West Highland Way hiking tours is £55 per person per night or £75 for single hikers who will have their own private room. Accommodation in Tyndrum is £60 per person per night or £85 for single hikers. Accommodation in Rowardennan is £60 per person per night or £90 for single hikers. Accommodation in Kingshouse is £60 per person per night or £100 for single hikers. Accommodation in Inveroran is £60 per person per night or £110 for single hikers. Accommodation in Bridge of Orchy is £90 per person per night or £180 for single hikers.  

* Climbing Ben Nevis should only be attempted in favourable weather conditions (good visibility, low winds, bright & clear weather). Hikers should be in good physical shape and will need excellent navigational skills in the event of bad weather unexpectedly affecting visibility.

1 If you are booking an extra night, please be aware that occasionally, due to the limited supply of accommodation, we may have to make reservations for you at a nearby B&B and arrange transfers to and from the walking trail accordingly. In most locations, this is not a concern but in certain places (e.g. Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Tyndrum, Inveroran, Kingshouse), availability can be an issue. For more information, just have a chat with the person who is booking your tour.

2 Please note that if you book an extra night in a location that is not listed on your tour itinerary, you will need to bring your bags with you to this location.

Accommodation

Staying at the very best B&B’s during your time in Scotland can transform a “good” hiking tour into a “great” hiking tour.

That’s why we have personally checked each B&B you will stay at.

As keen hikers ourselves we know you’ll want somewhere relaxing to put your feet up in the evening.

A place where a warm smile from your hosts makes you feel welcome as soon as you step through the door.

If your hiking gear gets wet, it’s nice to know that it will be taken from you and returned nice and dry the next morning.

Comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, an interesting breakfast menu – these are all things that we like so you can rest assured that we’ll do our best to find them for you as well.

If you’d like to stay an extra night at any location during your hiking tour, just let us know.

Please Note:

Due to limited accommodation options along the West Highland Way, we may need to book you into a location for more than one night, with transfers to/from the trail. These transfers are usually carried out by the B&B owner or a local taxi company, and the cost is covered in your tour price. This will not affect your trail itinerary.

Specifically, if we are unable to secure accommodation in Inverarnan or Tyndrum, transfers to/from the nearby village of Crianlarich will be by public bus. If these transfers are required, we will provide you with all necessary details and timetables, and the cost of the bus transfers will be deducted from your final payment.

Travel Info

Getting to and from your West Highland Way hiking tour is easy… when you know how!

In your hiking pack, you will receive all the necessary public transport information you need to make your journey as convenient as possible.

In the meantime, if you’d like to do some advance planning yourself, here are our tips:

Most Convenient Airports

Public Transport

How to Get to the Start-point of your Hiking Tour:

Departing from Fort William after your Hiking Tour:

Use train or private bus services to Glasgow

Travelling by car?

We can generally arrange for you to park at your first B&B. If you are bringing your car, please contact us in advance.

FAQ

About our Scotland Hiking Tours

Why do you no longer offer walking tours for solo walkers along the West Highland Way?

In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to book a single room along the West Highland Way. Many B&B’s along the trail do not have single rooms and are simply unwilling to take solo walkers in their double/twin rooms, unless they are part of a larger group (e.g. of three people). For this reason, Hillwalk Tours will no longer be offering walking tours for solo walkers along the West Highland Way but we will try and book a (maximum of one) single room for a solo walker who is part of a larger booking. We will still be offering walking holidays for solo walkers in all of our other regions in Scotland, England and Ireland.

What is a self-guided hiking tour?

A self-guided hiking tour gives you the freedom to enjoy the wonderful Scottish countryside at your own pace. Hiking without a guide, we will provide you with all the resources you need to successfully complete the trail alone or in the company of good friends.

We’ll plan your route, transfer your bags and show you all the best places to visit but you decide whether you want that extra hour in bed in the morning!

Do you offer guided hiking tours?

Guided hiking tours are not available from Hillwalk Tours.

When can we start our Hillwalk Tours hiking holiday?

You can start your hiking tour on any day of the week between the 1st of March and the 31st of October.

Does a 7-Day tour include 7 days of hiking?

Our 7-Day tours include 5 days of hiking. The first and last days of all our hiking tours are travel days used to transfer to/from the town where your hike will begin/end. If you would like to hike for 7 days, simply select one of our 9-Day tours.

Does a 7-Day tour include 7 nights of accommodation?

Our 7-Day tours include 6 nights of accommodation – specifically the first 6 nights on your hiking tour. Your tour finishes on the seventh day when you check out of your last B&B.

What is a single supplement?

A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person). The total tour price per person requesting a single room is the price per person plus the single supplement. The supplement covers the extra costs associated with accommodating a single person in their own room.

Can we bring our dog?

It is not possible to bring your dog on Hillwalk Tours hiking holidays. Unfortunately, the majority of our accommodation providers do not accept pets of any kind.

Can we buy bus/train tickets in advance of our trip?

Yes, bus and train tickets can be purchased online in advance of your trip. Specific transport information is available on the tour pages of each hiking region. For example, visit our West Highland Way travel information page.

If we arrive by car, where can we park while we are on our hiking tour?

We can generally arrange for you to park at your first B&B. If you are bringing your car, please contact us in advance.

About Luggage Transfers and Accommodation

Will we have to carry our own bags during our hiking tour?

No, on all our Scotland hiking tours, your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation each day as you walk and will arrive before 4pm. A maximum weight limit of 15 kg per person applies to this luggage transfer service.

What type of accommodation will we be staying in?

You will be staying in traditional Scottish Bed & Breakfast’s (B&B’s) during your hiking trip. To ensure your comfort, each B&B will stay in has been personally checked by a member of the Hillwalk Tours team. You can expect a warm welcome, en-suite facilities and a hearty breakfast each morning.

Can we get a list of our accommodation before we leave?

Yes, we normally post out your hiking pack (which includes details of where you will be staying) to your home address one month in advance of the start date of your tour. This can be sent sooner upon request.

Will our B&B be close to the local town/village?

In general, we try to book accommodation which is as close to the local amenities as possible. If you are staying in a remote location (where access to local pubs/restaurants is not feasible), the owner of the B&B that you are staying at will ensure that you are well fed.

Please be aware that occasionally, due to the limited supply of accommodation, we may have to make reservations for you at a nearby B&B and arrange transfers to and from the walking trail accordingly. In most locations, this is not a concern but in certain places, availability can be an issue. For more information, just have a chat with the person who is booking your tour.

What is the difference between a ‘twin’ and a ‘double’ room?

A ‘twin’ room is a room for two people with two separate beds. A ‘double’ room has just one large bed (for two people).

About Your Hiking Pack

What’s included in my hiking pack?

– Route notes (prepared by a member the Hillwalk Tours team who has walked every step of your tour)
– Detailed hiking map(s)
– Waterproof map-case
– A sneak-peak at where you will be staying
– Our tips on the most interesting attractions to visit along the trail
– A look at fascinating local history
– A guide to the best places to eat and drink
– Mountain safety information, emergency contact details & the country code

Do you provide GPS co-ordinates?

We have purposely decided to steer clear of GPS as we are trying to keep the walks as true to nature as possible (i.e. just get out in the fresh air with a pair of boots and leave all that modern technology behind).

How many hiking packs are provided?

One hiking pack will be provided per four people. Therefore, for a group of 1 – 4 people, one hiking pack will be sent. For 5 – 8 people, two hiking packs will be sent, etc.

What language will my hiking pack be in?

The contents of your hiking pack (route notes, accommodation information, history, etc.) will all be in English.

About Fitness Levels

How fit do we need to be to take a hiking tour?

We believe that the beauty of the Scottish countryside should be enjoyed by everyone. With this in mind, we designed our hiking tours to cater for practically all levels of fitness. Our range of ‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’ and ‘Challenging’ hikes in all regions allows you to decide how far you wish to walk each day. So, whether you are a novice walker or an experienced hiker, we have the tour to suit you.

What is the difference between Gentle, Moderate and Challenging Hiking Tours?

The difference between these tours is the distance that you will hike each day. Gentle tours cover an average of 12-16 km (7.5 – 9 miles) per day, Moderate tours cover an average of 18-22 km (11 – 14 miles) per day and Challenging Tours cover an average of 26-30 km (16-19 miles) per day. For a more detailed breakdown of how we grade our hiking tours, click here.

Can we take a rest day?

Yes, we are more than happy to organise an additional night for you anywhere you please. Suggestions on interesting places to take a rest day are available on the tour pages of each hiking region. For example, visit our West Highland Way Extra Days/Activities page.

About Money, Flights and Insurance

Will there be ATM/Credit Card facilities along the hiking route?

ATM facilities are available in many of the towns along the route. Credit cards are also accepted by many bar and restaurants. However, we suggest that you also bring a reasonable sum of cash as a back-up.

Do they use the Euro in Scotland?

Euros are not accepted anywhere in Scotland – the currency used is the Pound Sterling (£).

Are flights and transport to the start of our hiking tour included?

Flights and transport to the start of your hiking tour are not included in our prices. However, we do provide detailed timetables on how to make it to the start of your hike by public transport on our tour pages. For example, visit our West Highland Way Travel Info page.

Do I need to buy insurance?

Hillwalk Tours strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel.

Tour Grading

Which Scotland Hiking Tour Should You Choose?

Choosing the right hiking tour can be tricky. It’s important to consider the balance of physical challenge and comfort level that you require. To make your decision easier, we have drawn up a menu of Gentle, Moderate and Challenging hiking tours.

Before we explain the difference between the various grades, it is important to note that each hiking tour within a specific region follows the same official hiking trail. So, if you choose to go walking along the West Highland Way, it doesn’t matter whether you pick a ‘Gentle’ tour or a ‘Challenging’ tour – you will still be walking along the official ‘West Highland Way’ trail. But to make these walking trails more accessible to all walkers, we have shortened the average daily hike between accommodations for the gentle and moderate tours.

  • Same Trail, Shorter Distances: For example, on the Rob Roy Way you can walk the entire trail on a 6-Day Challenging Tour, an 8-Day Moderate Tour or a 10-Day Gentle Tour. However, while the Challenging tour requires you to keep up a brisk pace of 31km (19.5 miles) per day, the Moderate tour has a more leisurely average of 19.5km (12 miles) and the Gentle tour only covers a relaxing daily average of just over 15km (9.5 miles) per day.

Below is a general overview of each tour grading level. Note that the figures for ‘Average Daily Hike’ and ‘Hiking Time’ may vary between regions. Poor weather conditions can affect the average hiking time which is based on a person of normal fitness walking at a moderate speed of around 4km/h (2.5 mph). The hiking time takes into account the terrain covered but not the time required for lunch stops, photos, etc. For more details on daily distances, the level of ascent and the terrain the trail crosses; refer to the itinerary page of each individual tour.

Gentle

12-18km (8-11 miles) 3-6 hours
Our Gentle Hiking Tours are designed with the part-time hiker in mind. While you can still expect some climbs, these tours offer the shortest average daily hikes, which in turn means less ups and downs. This will give you plenty time to enjoy the sights and scenery, take photos, have a long lunch and, if necessary, negotiate the more tricky sections of a walk.

Moderate

16-23km (10-14 miles) 4-7 hours
Our Moderate Hiking Tours will suit people who are used to some regular exercise or who have done some previous hiking. They offer longer but still manageable daily hikes and should give you a little more of a challenge without going beyond your limits. There will be more climbs in a day but harder days are generally followed by easier ones. Of course, you will also still have time for a relaxed lunch and to take photos.

Challenging

22-30km (14-19 miles) 5-9 hours
Our Challenging Hiking Tours are designed for the experienced hiker or those walkers who love a good challenge. They offer the longest daily hikes with more elevation gain and will often test your endurance by having you walk all day. Of course, as with all of our tours there will be a hot shower and the finest local hospitality waiting at the end of your walk to re-charge your batteries each evening.

How To Book

How do I book my hiking holiday?

1. Simply select your preferred hiking region in Scotland

2. Choose the type of hiking tour you want to take: ‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’ or ‘Challenging’

3. Next, identify the number of days you want to spend on your hiking tour

4. Click the ‘Make a Booking’ button on the top right of our webpage

5. Finally, fill out our booking form and make a £100 deposit per person

What happens after I make a booking?

1. If you paid by credit card, you will receive an e-mail within 24 hours verifying receipt of your booking form and deposit payment. In this email, you will be asked to confirm your tour details. If you paid by bank transfer, payment will take a few days to reach us. Therefore you will receive your email confirmation and request to confirm your tour details shortly after we have assigned the bank payment to your booking form. In this case, you may receive an automatic email outlining that a booking form has been received, but no deposit has been received – you can disregard this email.

2. Once your confirmation is received that all details on your booking form are correct, we will begin making the arrangements for your tour. Therefore, the sooner you send us this confirmation, the sooner we can start to book your tour.

3. After all the arrangements for your tour have been confirmed (this process normally takes seven to ten working days) you will be sent a breakdown of the balance outstanding for your tour and a due date for payment.

4. Once your final payment has been received, we will send you an e-mail confirming receipt.

5. Your walking pack will be posted to your home address at least one month in advance of the start date of your tour (arrangements can be made to post this sooner if necessary). If the tour start date is less than one month away, your walking pack will be posted to your first B&B for you to collect upon arrival. If this is the case, you will also be sent soft copies of your walking pack documents by email.

What are the payment options?

Deposits and Final Payments can be made using:

1. Credit Card – through Stripe, a quick and secure way to accept credit card and debit card payments online. Stripe handles millions of transactions every year for businesses around the world and is now the preferred payment partner for many major companies.

2. Bank Transfer – please contact us for the required account details.

Don't Forget..

ESSENTIALS:

◻ WATERPROOF JACKET AND OVER-TROUSERS – You never know when you will need protection from wind and rain – so prepare for unpredictable weather by packing a waterproof, breathable jacket and over-trousers.

◻ BASE LAYER – This is what you wear against your skin and the best options are breathable and wicking fabrics instead of cotton. They will move moisture away from the skin so that you feel more comfortable when you are walking.

◻ FLEECE – It keeps you warm in the cooler months and on top of the hills, and will allow you to shed layers when you are working hard in the summer.

◻ LIGHT AND COMFORTABLE TROUSERS – Make sure you choose trousers that are stretchy or allow enough space to move your legs freely. Denims are not suitable for hill walking and dry very slowly once they get wet.

◻ WICKING SOCKS – Choose non-cotton socks that fit well and will move moisture away from your feet to stop them feeling sweaty. This will help to reduce the likelihood of blisters and ‘hot spots’.

◻ FOOTWEAR – We recommend that you bring comfortable, waterproof, lightweight shoes or boots, that provide good ankle support and offer good grip on rock, grass and mud. Remember that the trails in many of our regions can become quite wet and muddy, after periods of rain. Our tip: If you buy new boots for you holiday make sure to try them out on one or two longer walks before your tour!

◻ BACKPACK / RUCKSACK (with Waterproof Cover or liner) – To store all your essentials and keep them dry – including extra layers of clothing, your waterproofs, first aid kit, camera and your lunch, snacks and drinks. Don’t forget how important it is to stay hydrated and bring at least 1 – 2 litres  of water per person each day, depending on the weather!

◻ WARM HAT & GLOVES – They can be essential in many regions, even in the summer, at higher altitudes and on exposed places.

◻ CASH – Bring enough for the duration of your tour/hike as ATM/cash machine & credit card services may be limited.

◻ FIRST AID KIT & FOIL BLANKET– It’s a good idea to have a small, basic first aid kit to deal with little injuries such as sprains, scrapes, cuts and blisters. Good things to bring are plasters & wound dressings, sterile cleansing wipes, pain killers, tweezers (for splinters & ticks), bandages, zinc oxide tape or elastoplast tape (for blisters or sprains) and a foil rescue blanket to keep you warm (or cool) in case of an accident.

◻ WHISTLE & TORCH – In the very unlikely event you need to signal for help (whistle) or if your walk takes longer than expected and you end up walking in the dark (torch).

◻ MIDGE/INSECT REPELLENT & MIDGE NET (May to September only) – This can be really important for hiking in Scotland at certain times of the year! Our tip: Avon ‘Skin So Soft’ moisturising cream – it’s not made specifically for midges but we find it works better and is also cheaper.

◻ MOBILE PHONE – We recommend that you bring or purchase a mobile/cell phone. It will allow you to contact your accommodation and transfer providers from the trail and call for help in an emergency.

  • Visitors from other European Countries: Most European billpay and prepay customers can use ‘roaming’ in the UK, but check with your operator for the best rates before you travel.
  • Visitors from the United States, Canada and elsewhere: Make sure that you have a GSM/UMTS phone compatible with European networks and a roaming service / suitable phone plan for the UK. If your phone is unlocked and GSM/UMTS compatible, you can also purchase a UK SIM card from a variety of mobile phone stores and supermarkets and use it in your own phone.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a cheap pre-pay phone when you arrive. It is possible to buy a basic pre-pay phone for as little as £15. You can then top-up with vouchers or a credit/debit card.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged before you start your walk. You might not always have a phone signal on the trail but, in general, the level of coverage is quite good.

◻ PLUG ADAPTER (/CONVERTER) – Three square pin plugs are used in the UK – voltage is 230V.

 

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS:

◻ SUN CREAM, SUNGLASSES AND SUNHAT (April to Sept) – Let’s hope you’ll need those!

◻ CAMERA – Vital for capturing photos of the stunning scenery along your trip, which help you brag to your friends about your holiday.

◻ COMPASS – A compass (and the ability to use it) is a good idea but not a requirement for our tours in Scotland.

◻ WALKING POLES – Assist forward movement, reduce impact on your knees, and help with balance in difficult terrain. A pair is best but many hikers also just use one.

◻ GAITERS – By covering your upper boot and lower leg these help to keep your feet and trousers dry in wet grass and boggy terrain.

◻ EARPLUGS – We know how important it is to get a good night’s rest. However, as there may be other guests in the guesthouse with different plans for their night, we recommend bringing a pair of earplugs to ensure sweet dreams!

During Your Tour

When will my room be available?

Your room will be ready each day from 4pm at the latest and sometimes sooner

What time will my luggage arrive at?

Your luggage will arrive by 4pm each day

What types of breakfasts are available?

Both continental breakfast and hot breakfasts are available every morning

Where can I get a packed lunch? Can I pick this up along the trail?

Packed lunches should be purchased each morning from your accommodation hosts or a nearby shop before you start your walk as you may not pass any shops/cafes during the day.

Where can I get an evening meal?

You can generally buy an evening meal in one of the local restaurants, cafes or pubs close to your accommodation. If there aren’t any restaurants/cafes/pubs in the local area, evening meals can be obtained from your host.

Will there be drying facilities at my accommodation?

Yes, drying facilities will be available for your use at each Bed and Breakfast.

What is the difference between kilometres and miles?

1 kilometre = 0.62 mile
1 mile = 1.61 kilometres

How do I deal with animals on my hike?

In Scotland, many hiking trails are on private land. This means that farmers still have their cattle grazing in the same fields. Some cattle, especially the Scottish highlanders (which have big horns) may look intimidating. However, don’t worry, you will find these animals are actually quite timid. Continue walking in a normal fashion (do not run) and you should have no problems.

Here are a few other tips to avoid any issues when dealing with cattle on your hike:
– Don’t walk between cows and their calves if possible
– Walk around cattle not through the middle of them
– Calves and young bullocks are very curious and may even run towards you. Don’t worry, jump up and shout and they will run away again.

Will I have cell phone reception?

Most areas have cell phone reception, even while you are hiking. However, you may pass through some remote areas where reception will be either limited or unavailable entirely.

Will our accommodation have Wi-Fi connection?

Yes, in most Bed and Breakfast’s Wi-Fi is available.

Are the trails clearly way-marked?

Yes, most routes are very clearly way-marked with a marker directly before and after each turn.

Climate

The climate of Scotland is temperate, and tends to be very changeable. It’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day! The warmest months are July and August with temperatures at an average 17 °C. Rain falls throughout the year and April, May and June are normally the driest months. Annual rainfall in the western Highlands can be more than 3,000mm while the east coast receives an average of less than 800mm. The prevailing winds are from the west and southwest, and are a constant feature in the islands and Highlands.