Getting to & from the route
The West Highland Way is traditionally walked from south to north (Milngavie to Fort William) but however you plan to tackle the route; there are plenty of options to get to both towns. The start of the route is marked with an obelisk on Douglas Street in the centre of Milngavie. The end of the route at Fort William is marked by a statue of a West Highland Way Walker in Gordon Square in the centre of the town.
Perhaps the most convenient option is to arrive by public transport. Milngavie is well served by regular train services from Glasgow and it’s simple enough to take the train back from Fort William to Milngavie or Glasgow. There are also stations along the way at Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy if you plan to complete sections rather than the full route in one journey.
There are also regular bus services from Glasgow to Milngavie and Fort William. The CityLink bus from Glasgow to Fort William also stops along the route at Inverarnan, Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glen Coe and Ballachullish, giving more options to break up your journey into smaller sections.
To help plan your arrival by train or bus, use the Traveline Scotland Website or app.
From Glasgow the A81 goes direct to Milngavie and can be picked to the north of the city centre. For satnav purposes the post code for Milngavie train station is G62 8PG.
No dedicated car park exists at either end of the walk. There is free parking outside Milngavie railway station with CCTV coverage or you can park outside the police station. You should inform the police of your intentions and give them your registration number and emergency contact number.
Some B&B/Hotel establishments in Milngavie and Fort William may allow you to leave your vehicle, possibly for a fee. Please make these arrangements in advance directly with the establishment.
As the WHW skirts the shores of Loch Lomond there are options to take Waterbus services to other areas of the loch, for wider accommodation options, to break up your journey or to simply explore Scotland’s largest loch.
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