Notices

WHW Virtual Exhibition – 2021 Collection

Two galleries of photos, videos & poems have now been launched to continue your WHW story: www.westhighlandway40.org/2021-collection.
Thank you to all who contributed!
Updated: 05/10/2021

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/.

As always, more information and the latest guidance on Coronavirus can be found on the Scottish Government or NHS websites.

Please check the latest Scottish Government guidance on travel and transport for more information.

As long stretches of the West Highland Way are within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, please read their advice to visitors.
While restrictions are now easing, please remember some facilities and businesses may still not be operating as usual, so ensure you plan ahead. 
The West Highland Way Management Group is monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and following advice from the Scottish Government and the NHS.  We recommend that you do the same.
Any further updates will be added to this page www.westhighlandway.org/notices
Other useful links are:
Updated: 05/08/2021

Events: September to November

18/19th September 2021

Ourea Skyline Trail Running Weekend

https://www.oureaevents.com/events/skyline-scotland

 

25-26th September 2021

Kinlochleven Motorcycle Club

https://www.kinlochlevenmcc.co.uk/

 

1st-8th October 2021

KCT Kinlochleven Walking Festival

Routes and numbers TBC

 

14th November 2021

Lochaber MCC Club Trial

http://www.lochabermcc.com/

 Updated 10/08/21

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

 Updated 14/09/21

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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.

 Updated 31/08/21

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.

 Updated 09/08/21

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.

 Updated 05/08/21

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.

 Updated 05/07/21

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 – info@greenhighland.co.uk

See below for map of location.

Updated: 01/12/2020

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Route Update

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.

Useful numbers:

Any further updates will be placed on www.westhighlandway.org

Updated: 29/09/2020

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

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