Long distance routes

The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is 96 miles (154km) long and links Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William, taking in the following sights:

  • The shores of Loch Lomond
  • The Highland Boundary Fault, where the Lowlands meet the Highlands  
  • Rannoch Moor 
  • The head of Glencoe 
  • The Devil's Staircase to Kinlochleven 
  • Glen Nevis at the foot of Ben Nevis 
  • Fort William in Lochaber, one of the country's best destinations for outdoor activities

Much of the way follows ancient and historic routes of communication. It makes use of the drove roads that highlanders herded their cattle and sheep to market to in the lowlands, military roads built by troops to help control the Jacobite Clans, old coaching roads and disused railway lines from the more recent past.

The West Highland Way is jointly managed by:

  • The Highland Council
  • East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Stirling Council
  • Argyll and Bute Council 
  • Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority