The West Highland Way 25th-29th July

£250.00

We have teamed up with When You Wish Upon A Star to bring you this incredible event. Starting in Milngavie on Monday 25th July and finishing in Fort William on Friday 29th July we will be taking on the incredible 96 miles of the West Highland way.

 

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We have teamed up with When You Wish Upon A Star to bring you this incredible event. Starting in Milngavie on Monday 25th July and finishing in Fort William on Friday 29th July we will be taking on the incredible 96 miles of the West Highland way.

 

The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is a 155km (96 mile) long linear route, beginning in Milngavie, north of Glasgow and ending in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Opened in 1980 as the first official long distance footpath in Scotland, it is one of Scotland’s official Great Trails and part of the International Appalachian Trail.

The trail gives a fabulous introduction to the Highlands of Scotland and offers breath-taking scenery as you hike from Glasgow, along Loch Lomond and then into the heart of the Highlands. It is one of the most popular walking routes in Scotland and considered one of the classic long distance walks of the world.

 

Trail Info

The Route

The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie town centre, just 25 minutes by train from Glasgow Central Station. From here, the trail enters open countryside and leaves the northern fringe of Glasgow City. It proceeds by way of country roads, an abandoned railway line, a Forest Park and scenic Conic Hill to reach Balmaha on Loch Lomond.

From here, the route follows the isolated, wooded, eastern shores of the loch via Rowardennan and Inversnaid to Inverarnan. This is the most rugged and difficult section of the route with no major climb, but many inclines and declines that can get very tiring. The Way then continues northward to Tyndrum via Crianlarich.

North of Tyndrum the route enters more remote landscapes and passes through Glen Orchy before crossing the desolate yet beautiful moorland of Rannoch Moor and descending into famous Glencoe. Glencoe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland. The narrow glen shows a dramatically grim grandeur, shut in on both sides by wild and precipitous mountains. From here, the route climbs the Devil’s Staircase before a gradual descent to Kinlochleven.

The final stage skirts the Mamore Mountains on an old military road and descends into Glen Nevis before finishing in Fort William.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Milngavie to Balmaha – 20 miles

Our team will meet you for a 8am start at the train station in Milngavie

Day 2 – Bamaha to Inverarnan – 21 miles

Day 3 – Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy – 19 miles

Day 4 – Bridge or Orchy to Kinlochleven – 21 miles

Day 5 – Kinlochleven to Fort William – 15 miles

We will then get together in the evening to celebrate the completion of the challenge with a meal and well earned drink.

 

Included in the West Highland Way Challenge

5 days walking / 4 nights camping on the stunning route of the West Highland Way

Virtual information session for all participants including a Q&A with the walk leader

Access to our online live workout classes so you can build up your hiking fitness

Full guidance along the 96 miles from Milngavie to Fort William

All meals during the challenge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner | Refreshments hot & cold)

Qualified Mountain Leaders who will be with you every step of the way

Support vehicle and baggage transfer

Use of a Two-Person Tent

Celebratory meal in Fort William at the end of the challenge

Charity Wish T-shirt

Bespoke West Highland Way Finishers Medal

 

Items NOT included in the event

Transport to our start location in Milngavie*

Accommodation the evening before the challenge*

Accommodation in Fort William after the challenge*

Return transport from Fort William.*

Personal insurance

*We can include this into your event, extra fees may apply. Please contact us to discuss prior to booking.

 

Kit List

Suitable walking shoes/books

Suitable backpack

Appropriate clothing for multiple days walking

Waterproof Jacket and trousers

Spare warm layer

Hat and gloves

Water bottle/bladder (Top ups will be available)

Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat

Personal first aid kit

Midge repellent

Change of clothes for the evening

Money

Comforts for the minibus

Tents will be provided and used in pairs, if you would prefer to use your own tent or have it to your self, please contact the team prior to booking.

Items such as tents, sleeping bags, roll mats and spare clothing will be transferred to the next location for you, there is no need to carry it all during the challenge.

 

Payment options

Self funded – £775 per person

(£250 deposit, you will then receive an invoice for the remaining balance of £525)

+ £650 minimum fundraising commitment

If you would prefer this to be split into multiple payment amounts, please contact our team prior to booking.

Charity place –

£250 deposit
+ £1425 Minimum fundraising

When You Wish Upon a Star will ask each Walker to commit to raise a minimum of £1425 in
fundraising.

For more information on booking your charity place please email Judith.king@whenyouwish.org.uk directly.