About Us

The West Highland Way was established as Scotland’s first long-distance route in 1980, officially opened on 6th October. The 96 mile route stretches from Scotland’s largest city to its highest mountain via its largest loch, passing through some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.  More information on the route and its history can be found in our virtual exhibition.

The route is managed by the West Highland Way Management Group comprising five authorities: East Dunbartonshire, Stirling, Argyll & Bute and Highland Councils plus Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park as the lead body.

Partnership working between these organisations including access officers, tourism, legal and financial officers and members of the various communication teams has been central to the maintenance and development of the route.

  • – Over 40,000 walker-finishers complete the 96 miles each year
  • – A further 40,000 are estimated to part-walk and complete day & weekend itineraries
  • – The WHW contributes at least £12M to the local economy each year.
  • – Around 200 SMEs operate along the route supporting rural communities

The Management Group invests significant time and resources each year to maintaining the West Highland Way as a quality walk and experience.

Find out more about how you can support the West Highland Way here.


The best way to contact the Management Group is via email: whw@lochlomond-trossachs.org.

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Mu Ar Deidhinn

West Highland Way Gaelic logo

Chaidh Slighe Taobh an Iar na Gàidhealtachd a stèidheachadh mar a’ chiad slighe fhada ann an Alba ann an 1980, is chaidh a fosgladh gu h-oifigeil air an t-siathamh latha den Dàmhair. Tha an t-slighe 96 mìltean a dh’fhaid is a’ ruith bhon bhaile as motha ann an Alba chun na beinne as àirde, is tron loch as motha, far am faicear cuid de na seallaidhean as bòidhche san dùthaich. Lorgar barrachd fiosrachaidh mun t-slighe agus a h-eachdraidh san taisbeanadh bhiortail againn.

Tha an t-slighe air a ruith le Buidheann-stiùiridh Slighe Taobh an Iar na Gàidhealtachd anns a bheil còig ùghdarrasan: Siorrachd Dhùn Breatann an Ear, Sruighlea, Earra-Ghàidheal is Bòd agus Comhairlichean na Gàidhealtachd, is tha Pàirce Nàiseanta Loch Laomainn is nan Tròisichean aig an stiùir.

Tha na buidhnean seo air a bhith ag obair ann an com-pàirteachas eadar oifigearan slighe, oifigearan turasachd, lagha is ionmhais agus tha seo air a bhith air leth cudromach ann a bhith a’ glèidheadh is a’ leasachadh na slighe.

– Bidh còrr air 40,000 neach-coiseachd a’ cur crìoch air na 96 mìltean gach bliadhna.
– Thathar a’ meas gum bi 40,000 a bharrachd a’ coiseachd pàirt dhen t-slighe agus a’ crìochnachadh cuairtean-siubhail thar latha neo deireadh-sheachdain.
– Tha Slighe Taobh an Iar na Gàidhealtachd a’ cur co-dhiù £12M ris an eaconamaidh ionadail gach bliadhna.
– Tha mu 200 gnothachas beag agus meadhanach stèidhichte thar na slighe, is bidh iad a’ cur taic ri coimhearsnachdan dùthchail.

Bidh am buidheann-stiùiridh a’ cosg ùine is airgead air goireasan gach bliadhna airson Slighe Taobh an Iar na Gàidhealtachd a chumail aig àrd-ìre.  Gheibhear barrachd fiosrachaidh air mar as urrainnear taic a chumail ri Slighe Taobh an Iar na Gàidhealtachd an seo.

Cuir fios gu:

‘S e post-dealain an dòigh as fheàrr airson fios a chur chun a’ bhuidhinn-stiùiridh: whw@lochlomond-trossachs.org

‘S urrainnear ar leantainn air na meadhanan sòisealta cuideachd:


The Climate Emergency and Nature Crisis

The Scottish Government declared a global climate emergency in 2019, and set out its ambition to become a ‘Net Zero Nation’ by 2045.  We can all take action towards this target by making changes to how we travel, what we buy, and by reducing our waste.  For example, as an individual, can you use public transport to get to and from the West Highland Way?  Do you have a refillable water bottle?  Can you eat greener or buy sustainable goods?

If you are a business, do you know how to make your business greener or need further advice to put a plan in place?

Nature is also in trouble, with a biodiversity crisis even in our most special landscapes, such as the West Highland Way. Walking outdoors and being in nature have fantastic benefits for our health and wellbeing but it’s vital to ensure that these beautiful landscapes and the wildlife in them are protected for future generations.  Find out more about what the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and NatureScot are doing to tackle these challenges.

Latest updates: https://www.westhighlandway.org/notices/ Please Think, Check and Plan ahead.

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