As well as being a popular hiking trail, the 95-mile (152 km) West Highland Way hosts two established ultramarathons: the West Highland Way Race and the Highland Fling. That's because it offers a well-marked trail and a fast running surface.

West Highland Way

The route is composed of flatter sections, near-smooth paths and forest single track, interspersed with some challenging climbs and descents such as the notorious Devil's Staircase. The backdrop to all of this is the most magnificent mountain scenery in Britain.

For those with some energy left to burn at the end, the trail finishes at the foot of Britain's biggest mountain, Ben Nevis. So you could dash up that too.

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Map of the West Highland Way

Route facts

  • Length 95 miles (152 km)
  • Ascent 13976 ft (4260 m)
  • High point 1795 ft (547 m)
  • Ascent per km 28 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Milngavie/Fort William
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Extreme  

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  • Between Kinlochleven and Ft William

    Between Kinlochleven and Ft William.

  • Loch Lomond

    On the shore of Loch Lomond.

  • Setting off along Glen Coe

    Setting off toward Glen Coe.

Trail profile

West Highland Way Profile

Itineraries

3 nights
2 days running

Grade: Extreme

Milngavie

75 km (47 miles) and 2205 m (7234 ft) ascent

Crianlarich

77 km (48 miles) and 2055 m (6742 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: TWHW-1

Price £305 per person

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4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Milngavie

43 km (27 miles) and 1044 m (3425 ft) ascent

Rowardennan

58 km (36 miles) and 1736 m (5696 ft) ascent

Inveroran

51 km (32 miles) and 1495 m (4905 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: TWHW-2

Price £375 per person

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5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Challenging

Milngavie

43 km (27 miles) and 1044 m (3425 ft) ascent

Rowardennan

32 km (20 miles) and 1161 m (3809 ft) ascent

Crianlarich

40 km (25 miles) and 893 m (2930 ft) ascent

Kingshouse

37 km (23 miles) and 1162 m (3812 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: TWHW-3

Price £425 per person

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6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Moderate

Milngavie

30 km (19 miles) and 691 m (2267 ft) ascent

Balmaha

34 km (21 miles) and 1180 m (3871 ft) ascent

Inveroran

37 km (23 miles) and 889 m (2917 ft) ascent

Inverarnan

27 km (17 miles) and 767 m (2516 ft) ascent

Kinlochleven

24 km (15 miles) and 726 m (2382 ft) ascent

Fort William

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Tour code: TWHW-4

Price £460 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £30 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £25 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Inveroran): £55 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Kingshouse): £55 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Rowardennan): £60 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at Milngavie, located on the Strathclyde North West line to and from both Glasgow Queen Street Station and Glasgow Central. There is also a railway station at the end of the trail (Fort William), located in the centre of town and within walking distance of most accommodations.

From London – Trains run regularly between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Milngavie. There is a train from London Euston to Glasgow Central Railway Station, from where you can catch a train to Milngavie.

From Fort William, there are also regular trains to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

To return to Milngavie or Glasgow, you can either take the coach or train to Glasgow. If then travelling on to Milngavie, catch a train from either of the Glasgow Stations to Milngavie.
As the West Highland Way captures some of the most fantastic scenery in Scotland, it also passes through many fantastic locations worthy of exploration. Adding extra nights into your trail running holiday ensures that you really get the most out of your trail running experience.

Milngavie, for example, is a popular choice for those wanting to thoroughly explore the local area before embarking on their trail running holiday. The pedestrianised town centre has a range of interesting shops and tempting restaurants to enjoy, while budding historians can visit the nearby Mugdock Country Park, offering beautiful country walks through ancient woodland and protected moorland. Those seeking a more lively environment however can visit the fantastic city of Glasgow that is just a bus ride away, and spend the day shopping and discovering some of the best attractions Scotland has to offer.

You could also book an extra night in Rowardennan, a small rural community on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. The calm and quiet atmosphere is perfect for anyone needing a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on their journey. However, adventurous runners and climbers will also find the starting point for the main path up Ben Lomond here, a mountain whose summit provides amazing views of both the Lowlands and the Highlands of Scotland; a must-see for athletic photographers.

Crianlarich is another good choice for a rest day; a small village nestled at the foot of the Ben More, Cruach Adrian and An Caisteal mountains. There are plenty of footpaths winding around the local area begging to be explored by keen runners looking for incredible views and glimpses of the local wildlife, and train spotters will delight in the scenic West Highland Railway Line that passes through the village itself.

Many people also opt to spend an extra night in Fort William at the end of their trail running holiday. Dubbed the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ this town is a major resort in the Highlands, with the Nevis Range ski, snowboard and mountain biking centre being one of its biggest attractions. Those seeking dramatic views can visit Glen Nevis a few minutes from Fort William, while the more ambitious athletes can also have a go at climbing Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, which would make for a spectacular finish to your holiday.

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