Conich Hill Lambing Diversion
From the 29th April to 27th May there will be no access for dog walkers through the fields before Conich Hill.
Signs such as the one below will be at both ends of the path with diversion clearly marked, this takes you along the alternative route through Milton of Buchanan.
Please see map below.
Added: 25th March 2019
West Highland Way Race
The West Highland Way race will take part on the 22nd & 23 June with runners completing the full distance within the 35hr time limit.
Runners will leave Milngavie at 1am on the 22nd and aim to have completed by noon on the 23rd in Fort William, for further information please see here
Added: 29th April 2019
Diversion North of Kingshouse
The North west of the Kingshouse on the section of tarred road, construction access is needed from the 6th or 13th may for up to 4 weeks.
A short diversion will be in place around the work site. it will be clearly marked and separated.
Added: 29th April 2019
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
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