WHW and Covid19/Coronavirus
Scotland will move beyond Level 0 from 9 August. However, some measures will still remain in place such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. More information on this announcement here: https://www.gov.scot/news/scotland-to-move-beyond-level-0/.
Please check the latest Scottish Government guidance on travel and transport for more information.
Events: September to November
18/19th September 2021
Ourea Skyline Trail Running Weekend
25-26th September 2021
Kinlochleven Motorcycle Club
1st-8th October 2021
KCT Kinlochleven Walking Festival
Routes and numbers TBC
14th November 2021
Lochaber MCC Club Trial
Construction traffic on WHW at Kinlochleven
Please note that there will be a vehicular traffic on the access track from Kinlochleven up to Blackwater dam due to construction works at the base of the Blackwater Dam. The first section of the track from the village up to the lower penstock cottage is also shared by the West Highland Way. The traffic has reduced from that during the maintenance period of June & July however anyone using section should be aware of the possibility of meeting vehicles.
Contractors have been made aware to look out of walkers and cyclists during this time.
See map below for site location.
Works are being undertaken on behalf of www.greenhighland.co.uk
Footway improvements Tyndrum – 13th September to 29th October – currently postponed
The works will include footway reconstruction and installation of dropped kerbs and tactile paving at the relevant pedestrian crossing points. The project is programmed for construction from Monday 13th September to Friday 29th October 2021. The works will be undertaken between 7am and 7pm each day, with no works currently planned for the weekends.
The road and footway will remain open. However, as a result of limited road widths through the sections, it will be necessary for a traffic management system incorporating temporary traffic signals with lane closures, and footway diversion, to be implemented to ensure the safety of our road workers, road users, cyclists and pedestrians.
Mountain Bothies open for ‘responsible use’
As of the 9th August, Mountain Bothies will be open for responsible use – for further information and guidance go to the Mountain Bothies Association website.
Ewich Forest Harvesting Work (Crianlarich)
Ewich Forest – second-stage of harvesting work (in the central part of the forest) is scheduled for August 2021. Work will take place around the path, but the route remains open. Please follow any short diversions, signage or directions from the foresters.
Top up taps
There are now three Scottish Water ‘Top up taps’ along the route of the West Highland Way. These are in Milngavie, Balmaha and Fort William, with Rowardennan also coming soon. You can now fill up water bottles before you leave as well as on the route. The taps are a part of the wider Your Water Your Life campaign.
Route Update –Blackwater Dam Hydropower Development
Construction work is due to start at beginning of Dec 2020, and the targeted completion date is Autumn 2021. During this time various activities will be undertaken on a daily basis including access track construction, penstock (pipeline) burying, and intake construction.
The West Highland Way will remain open through out this time but there may be occasions that you will be asked to wait until the excavator is clear of path before continuing along the route, banksmen will be present (please take instruction from them) and there will be signage erected to help guide you safely across the site.
Notices will also be displayed at both Altnafead and Kinlochleven informing walkers of the works.
Contact details for the development are:
- Phone – 01738 493110
- Email – email@example.com
See below for map of location.
The West Highland Way between Inversnaid and Crianlarich sustained some storm damage at the end of Summer 2019. The section has remained open, however extra care should be taken especially in poor weather conditions.
Please follow the diversion signs that maybe in place on this section due to any repair work taking place.
- Ardlui Hotel: 01301 704243
- The Drovers Inn: 01301 704234
- Beinglas Campsite: 01301 704 281
- Cruise Loch Lomond: 01301702356
- Citylink Buses: 0141 352 4444
- Waterbus timetable
Any further updates will be placed on www.westhighlandway.org
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.
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 https://forestryandland.gov.scot/keep-it-clean