The West Highland Way – A Hiking Spotlight

September 7, 2017 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY September 7, 2017

The West Highland Way is one of the most popular long-distance trails in the world. Accommodation along the route is booked up quickly every year, often months in advance. It’s advised to book as early as possible to ensure availability for the next year.

We take a look at some of the reasons why this is an incredibly popular hiking route, with scenery, history and immersion in culture all playing big roles.

Remember to book early to avoid missing out on the trip of a lifetime!

The West Highland Way -A Hiking Spotlight

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is not only the highest peak in Scotland, but in Britain. It rises 1,344 metres above sea level and has a plateau summit of 99 acres. It looms over end of the West Highland Way.

On the north side of the mountain there is a 700m high cliff face, making Ben Nevis one of the top locations for mountaineers and climbers.

The ruins of an old observatory lie at the top of Ben Nevis. This was operational between 1883 and 1904, with much of its data still used today to understand weather patterns in the Scottish mountains.

A popular route for hillwalkers begins at Torlundy, not far from Fort William at the end of the West Highland Way.

Attempting this climb means hikers must be in good physical shape and have excellent navigational skills in case of bad weather. It is recommended to only attempt this climb in favourable weather conditions.

What better way to end your fantastic hiking trip than with a hike up the impressive mountain?

Ben Nevis on the West Highland Way

The Jacobite Steam Train – The Hogwarts Express

The Jacobite Steam Train was made famous as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. This great rail journey takes you on a 135km round-trip (not to Hogwarts, unfortunately), passing some of Scotland’s most impressive scenery.

Beginning in Fort William at the end of the West Highland Way, you pass Ben Nevis before making your way towards Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater Loch in  Britain.

You then arrive in Mallaig at the deepest saltwater Loch in Europe, Loch Nevis.

The railway line seen in Harry Potter is the West Highland Railway Line which the Jacobite runs along.

The Jacobite Steam Train on the West Highland Way

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is known as the queen of the Scottish lakes and is the 3rd deepest in Scotland. It stretches for 35km from north to south (or vice versa..) and is known for its beauty, attracting hikers, holidaymakers and day-trippers.

Cruises on the Loch are widely and readily available at various points along the West Highland Way between Drymen and Inverarnan.

Wildlife and fish are in abundance in and around the Loch with ospreys and eagles often spotted in the skies above. Loch Lomond is one of only 3 lakes were the powan – a type of fish – is found.

23 islands rest in the Loch, four of which are inhabited.

Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way

Remember to book early to avoid missing out on the trip of a lifetime!