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.
There are several options for arriving at your West Highland Way starting point by public transport. Milngavie is well served by regular train services from Glasgow and it’s simple enough to take the train from Fort William to Glasgow. There are 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 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 public transport, we recommend using Traveline Scotland.
From Glasgow city centre, the A81 goes north direct to Milngavie. 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 parking outside Milngavie railway station with CCTV coverage (currently free but could be busy at peak times) 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/Hotels in Milngavie and Fort William may allow you to leave your vehicle, but there may be a fee (or donation to charity). 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 simply to explore Scotland’s largest loch.
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