The Route

The West Highland Way stretches 96 miles (154 Km) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.

Normally the route is completed from south to north, the thinking behind this being the southern stages are easier and will prepare you for the more demanding northern stages.

Due to the variety of distances involved, these sections should not necessarily be considered as a day’s activity. Planning of stage lengths should be based upon ability and fitness and the opportunities available to explore places of interest along the route. See our itineraries section for ideas on how to split up the route.

You can also download GPS tracks for your mobile app or GPS navigation device by clicking on each route section.


Find out distances between more locations along the West Highland Way using the mileage chart lower down the page.

The British Horse Society Scotland have produced notes to help those interested in using part of or all of the waymarked route which identify locations and give brief details of features which may restrict multi-use of the West Highland Way.

The following link is for the official guide of the West Highland Way, which includes comprehensive maps:

There are two other guides available via our online shop or this West Highland Way journal was written by the Wee Munro Team and 25% of any profits will go back to the West Highland Way to protect its future.

Another option would be to use an app such as Hiiker.

Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017. This map is not intended for navigation purposes.

Elevation profile


Route sections


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