Travelling the West Highland Way
Walk the West Highland Way in 7 days
The most popular option to travel the West Highland Way is to take 7 days to walk the route to complete it. This gives you more time to enjoy your surroundings, take photos, and relax in the evenings. A typical 7-day route will see you reach these destinations each day:
Walk the West Highland Way in 5 Days
If the distance each day for the 7 days option seems like it might be too easy for you, or you're shorter on time, why not challenge yourself and give the 5 day route a try. The typical 5-day route will see you stop at:
Cycle the West Highland Way in 3 days
If you're looking for something more adventurous and have the right gear (a pretty sturdy mountain bike, repair kit and safety equipment etc) then you might want to give this a go. More and more people are cycling the route in just 3 days, though it can be done in 2 if you really want. The usual distances and stopping points are:
Run the full West Highland Way, with the West Highland Way Race
Don't get us wrong, this is a one-off event that is organised with great staff and safety stewards on standby. This isn't one to try on your own, but it is possible to do the whole route in less than one day. in fact in 2018, the winner ran the full distance in 16 hours and 24 minutes. A staggering result for 96 miles, and if you're up for this challenge, you can find all the details here.
Run the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way with the Highland Fling Ultramarathon Race
Let's be honest, there's a special breed of trained athletes that can run 96 miles in one go. Especially over the terrain of the West Highland Way, but there's another challenge for those who still seek a great ultra-marathon. Starting in Milngavie, you'll run to Tyndrum
Find out more about the Highland Fling Ultra-marathon race here
Run the 2nd half of the West Highland Way in the Devil of the Highlands Ultramarathon
This ultra-marathon picks up where the highland fling race finishes off. So if you did the Highland Fling, and want to run the rest of the way. this is a great addition to that event. You'll start and Tyndrum, and run up to Fort William, a mere 42 miles.
Find out more information about the Devil of the Highlands Ultramarathon here