There will be some excavation and pipe works on a small section of the route to the west of Kinlochleven for 2 weeks beginning on 5th November 2018. Click on the map below for the exact location.
Workers will be in attendance to assist walkers around the works while they are in place but we would ask walkers to be careful when navigating this section during the repairs.
Added 2nd November 2018
There will be a diversion put in place at the northern end of the WHW (Lundavra to Fort William) starting from Monday 5th November until 31st March 2019. Forestry Commission Scotland are carrying out essential harvesting between Lundavra and Glen Nevis over the winter months.
Please see map below with diversion marked on.
Added: 29th October 2018
Livestock on West Highland Way
Please be aware that sections of the route go through working farms where livestock will be present, not all sections are able to have diversions.
Please pay particular attention when walking with dogs as there will be sheep with lambs and cows with calves along the route. Both can be easily disturbed and also could potentially be a danger, see advice below:
The information below is a short summary of the key things to remember from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
The Access Code says:
Access rights apply to people walking dogs as long as their dogs are kept under proper control. Your main responsibilities are:
- Farm animals:
- Never let your dog worry or attack farm animals.
- Don’t take your dog into fields where there are lambs, calves or other young farm animals.
- If you go into a field of farm animals, keep your dog(s) on a short lead or under close control and keep as far as possible from the animals.
- If cattle react aggressively and move towards you, keep calm, let the dog go and take the shortest, safest route out of the field.
For further information see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website here
Please note that there are NO facilities available at Kingshouse while it is under refurbishment, be prepared with enough drinking water and supplies for this section of the route. The nearest facilities available are at Glencoe Mountain Resort. The hotel is due to re-open in February 2019.
As the Kingshouse Hotel remains closed for refurbishment, we kindly ask that visitors be aware of works and repairs on or around the site at this time. The West Highland Way remains open and accessible but care should be taken when passing through.
Scottish Six Day Trials
The Scottish Six Day Trials are an annual event which has taken place in the area around Fort William since 1977.
The event itself has little impact on the West Highland Way, but you are likely to come across spectators who may use the path to access the Trials route. You may find that while the Trials are taking place, Fort Williams can be busy with spectators and support crews, however we’ve never had any complaints regarding the event.
You can find more information on the trials at http://www.ssdt.org/.
Keep it clean
Our forests are at risk from tree pest and diseases. Tree diseases can travel. That’s not new but the increase in global trade and the impacts of climate change mean the foresters are tackling an increasing number of problems at once.
Pests and diseases can hitch a ride in mud and debris on your shoes, dog’s paws and bike tyres, ending up in new forests. We’re doing everything we can but we need your help too.
Before a forest visit, make sure you’ve cleaned your shoes, your bike, your kit and your dog too.
This helps slow disease spread, preserving our woodlands now and for future generations. Together we can help control the spread of diseases.
For more information visit http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/keep-it-clean