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You will need to be equipped with good walking boots and appropriate clothing as weather can be wild even in summer. I concur with the above.

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Definitely the best bit. Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven is over twenty miles, and includes the long exposed stretch on the old drove road to Glencoe, the Devil's Staircase not as bad as its name suggests , and a long, punishing descent into Kinlochleven. Days 6,7,8 cover the route between Bridge of Orchy Inveroran is 5 km off the main road the last section of day 5 through to Fort William.


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The WHW is popular so paths are heavily worn in by passing feet. There are a few waymarks, especially where paths change direction, but you will not find painted stones like you would in the Alps or some places in the States. You need decent maps, a compass, and the ability to use it. Otherwise you may find difficulty in mist. Open moorland skirting the W side of Rannoch Moor. Great sense of wilderness if you can avoid too many walkers!

The day ends at Kkingshouse, which is a bit of a problem because the hotel has closed for an extended period for redevelopment. You could stop at Glencoe Mountain skiing, outdoors stuff where there are a few microlodges. Lots of people head down to Glencoe by taxi or occasional citylink buses and return the next morning.

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Or they 'cheat' by taking the bus from Glencoe round to Linlochleven. A bit of a grunt especially if you're carrying a big pack. ALthough it's a shorter day it does have that big hill to climb. Personally I find tarmac roads hard to cope with after a few days on the hill.. If you do Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven in one day, that's at least 35 km plus quite a bit of up and down. Places you can spend a penny in? Yes, there are some.

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  • Not sure about the situation at EDF. Just turn left at Blackrock Cottage, instead of right. You can get water from the tap at either place, so no worries. Going to be in Scotland in mid-June.

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    Can I do the Way with sports shoes? Also, do I need waterproof pants? I was looking for a multi-day walk for my bf and I to do in the summer as a holiday. How difficult would this be? And does anyone have suggestions of other, perhaps more suitable walks, that still have the stunning scenery? Does anyone know a retail outlet in Milngavie that sell fuel canisters? However there are plenty of shops in Glasgow itself, including a shop called Adventure1 right next to Queen Street station.

    Hi me and my wife are starting the WHW around 18 June and planning a six day hike. We are staying in a hotel first night and in Fort William. Then plan on camping the rest of the way. Is there enough camp sites that I can just show up and camp or book ahead. We will also wild camp but a shower here and there is nice.

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    The first day we are hiking 20 miles so that on the second night we are passed the no wild camping near loch lochmond. Any advice would be great. Had the same issue re Gas. Thank you for the tips so far. I have decided to use a baggage transfer service to make things a bit easier, and am staying at campsites where the bags will be dropped off. I will buy a WHW route map, but will I have to plot the campsites on the map…or just rely on signs along the way? Thanks for this insightful blog and useful comments thread. I am coming from Australia and can only do the walk in August, but wondering if should give it a miss because of the midges?

    Indoors I imagine I can avoid the critters at dawn and dusk. And have read the posts on repellants. Hi Janie — August is probably the worst month for midges. But with a good repellent you should be all right. First encounter with midges for me, and it was do-able. I also put in on during the Ranoch Moor section — super hot and no wind thus the bugs found me.

    I did buy some bug spray in milngavie, but also had essential oil of peppermint and lemon grass that seemed to work as well. Last year in , le Kingshouse Hotel was close for refurbishing but a bunkhouse was available nearby. This hostel is now closed until Does anyone know about the Glencoe Resort? The Glencoe resort for tent stays was fine in July. I did reserve, but there was still room, and this was a Friday night. Upon leaving early the next day, I did see wild campers just past the building of the hotel further on the trail.

    Meals are decent at the Glencoe and showers are coin operated. Wren, I finished my hike yesterday and stayed at Glen Coe Monday night. The restaurant and facilities are excellent but……. The pitch area was sodden and there is little cover from the howling wind that night.

    Of the twelve tents six went over or broke. There was ten of us sleeping on the floor of the toilet block. I heard the weather conditions were harsh this week. Heavy rain and gales. How was the track? Last year in October: As a hike report 1, The Iron chef in Milngavie sells camping gas and had a varied stock.

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    Hi, we are walking the Great Glen way in the English half term October 19th to 26th but am struggling to find baggage transfer…most companies seem to shut afterbthe Scottish half term. Does anyone know of a company that does this later…teens first long distance walk and want to make it good. Hello Luc The trail is well waymarked and pretty easy to follow. In the daylight anyway. If you are comfortable and experienced in nighttime walking then you should be fine. Keep in mind that fog and mist are more likely at this time of the year, as is snow.

    Winter conditions in the West Highlands are not the best. There are few shops on or near the trail itself. Your Comment Your Name. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

    Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Your Comments amanda pearson 13 May at Sabir 8 July at 5: Mike 9 September at Brent Edwards 1 December at 2: Agnes Lockhart 6 January at Davie 6 January at 6: We off there to start 16th July over 7 days. Moira 19 January at 6: Ross 19 January at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 20 January at 9: Bernadette Lynass 4 February at 4: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 5 February at 9: Bill 8 February at 3: I have two questions: Are Trail shoes rather than hiking boots adequate for the walk?

    Does anyone know of any company to organise my walk? Eline Kannegaard 29 February at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 29 February at 8: Chris 2 March at Amie MacMillan 4 March at Rhonda Philip 16 March at Wren 6 April at Sarah Wild 6 April at 4: Oxhands 7 April at Am looking to wildcamp the entire way, or as much as possible. Wren 8 April at It should help you to make an all-in-one booking. I agree with you: Ross 8 April at 7: Oxhands 8 April at 8: Ross 8 April at 8: Ryan Moore 8 April at Wren 9 April at 9: Oxhands 10 April at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 10 April at 1: Ross Cumming 11 April at 5: Sarah 11 May at 2: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 12 May at 7: On safety, its a well marked, well made trail with no particularly obvious dangers.

    Cagla 14 May at 8: Patrick 27 June at 2: Kim Ritchie 30 June at 4: Anna 10 July at 7: Shawn 30 July at 2: Joana 19 August at Devan 20 August at 8: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 21 August at 9: Sagi 27 August at 3: Tzuriel king 28 August at 2: Lester 11 September at 5: Wren 29 September at Have you walked it late october? Holly 1 October at 1: Wren 3 October at Karen 21 December at 2: Pete 15 January at 9: Gary Connor 16 January at 1: Carol 16 January at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 30 January at 9: Gail Robertson 5 February at 1: Joanne Braithwaite 4 March at 1: Teddy 5 March at 5: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 5 March at 9: Julie Byrne 8 March at Gordon 10 March at 5: Wren 12 March at 3: Emma Shoemaker 17 March at 4: Emma Finn 20 March at We hope climb Nevis at the end 2.

    August or September for time of Year? Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 21 March at 9: Wren 27 March at 9: Avoid coton and jeans, and also some heavy fabrics: Peter Matchett 27 March at 4: Wren 28 March at Peter Matchett 28 March at 2: Gordon 29 March at 2: Wren 29 March at 2: Wild camping is allowed in Garadbhan forest. Gordon 29 March at 4: Peter Matchett 29 March at 5: Wren 29 March at 8: Mark and Helen Brown 14 April at 6: Lizzy 9 June at 1: Amie Bell 9 June at 4: Wren 10 June at 8: Jenny 14 June at 2: Stephen 5 July at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 5 July at Bas B 1 August at 1: John Blount 30 August at Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 31 August at 3: Donald 2 September at 7: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 3 September at 4: You can certainly take dogs on trains.

    Wren 4 September at 1: Donald 5 September at Rochelle Lipshutz 16 September at 5: Amie MacMillan 17 September at 7: Jay 26 September at 3: Wren 30 September at Stuart McQueen 3 November at 7: Craig Campbell 23 November at 1: Amie MacMillan 23 November at 5: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 24 November at Wren 24 November at Craig Campbell 25 November at Cate 2 January at 7: Amie MacMillan 2 January at 8: Nynke 15 January at 2: Wren 16 January at 9: Nynke 16 January at Wren 16 January at 1: Peter 16 January at 3: Andrew Bowden Rambling Man editor 16 January at 3: You can also read my tales of walking it.

    Amie MacMillan 16 January at 4: Kate 31 January at 5: Yitzhak Cohen 8 March at 8: TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers. Well-marked walking path stretching from Glasgow to Fort William. TripAdvisor has been notified. This property is closed Report incorrect address Suggest edits. Is this attraction a hidden gem or off-the-beaten path? Is this a must-do if you are travelling with a big group greater than 5?

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