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Take on this bucket list challenge and spend a life changing week trekking the beautiful Scottish Highlands, starting in the lowlands of the West Highland Way. 

Large Outdoors will provide professional guides, who have walked this route many times, and will be on hand to lead the group – so you will be in knowledgeable hands!

Information Evening

Join us on 19 January at 6.00-7.00pm for a virtual information evening. Hear from the logistics team and the fundraising team about this exciting challenge. Register below to get your Zoom link.

Information Evening

Event Details

  • Date: 17 September - 01 October 2021
  • Time: Check in from 3pm. Welcome meal 7.30pm.
  • Duration: Eight nights
  • Distance: 100 miles in total
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Age Restrictions: This is an over 18’s challenge

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Day 1 - Meet in Glasgow

Tonight we meet up in our hotel in Glasgow, check in is from 3pm and your host will be there to meet you from 6pm. Around 7:30pm we will head out for a welcome meal. If your planning to arrive later that is not a problem and you can either join us in the restaurant or meet up in the hotel bar later.

Day 2: Milngavie – Balmaha

Distance Walked: 18 Miles

After breakfast we jump in the minibus for the short hop to the Milngavie Train station and the formal start of your West Highland way journey!

Today sees us leave the town of Milngave behind and head north through Mugdock Country Park, and then past fields following the remains of an old train line. After passing the Glengoyne Whisky distillery, with views of the Campsie Fells, we reach the town of Drymen. The final stage of the day sees us head up into a large forest, all the way to the summit of Conic Hill, which lies on the Highland Boundary Fault. From here we descend to the banks of Loch Lomond, where we finish the day at Balmaha.

Day 3 – Balmaha – Inversnaid

Distance Walked: 22 Miles

During the whole of this day we’ll be walking on or near the shore of Loch Lomond, following the eastern side of the lake north all the way to Inversnaid. On this quieter side of the Loch there is no road, and we’ll be alone on forestry tracks and then lochside paths, through native oak woodlands, with a great chance of seeing wildlife including red squirrels. This day is all low-level walking, but there are some tricky rocky steps, and a few ups and downs.

Day 4: Inversnaid – Crianlarich

Distance Walked: 13 Miles

After a few more miles along the shore of Loch Lomond to its most northerly point, we head out into the wide Glen Falloch. The second half of the day is relatively easy walking along tracks, with our first close-up views of the impressive mountains of this part of Scotland.

Crianlarich SYHA will be our home for the next 3 days, on the last two days we will drive you to the start point of the days walk. Feedback from past participants is that they have really enjoyed having the same base for a few nights. This gives you the chance to do any clothes washing, ensure items are dry and of course it means the mornings are a little bit more relaxed as your not having to pack up. Our support vehicle will collect you each evening and is able to drive you out to some great local restaurants.

Day 5: Crianlarich – Bridge of Orchy

Distance Walked: 13 Miles

Our introduction to the Scottish mountains continues today with a spectacular low-level walk up Strath Fillan, and then north to follow the river all the way to the Bridge of Orchy. We’ll pass underneath the peaks of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain, and have views west to the shapely alpine summit of Ben Lui. The walking alternates between sheltered woodland, and the wide open spaces of the valleys, and there are even a few possible café stops!

Day 6: Bridge of Orchy – Kingshouse

Distance Walked: 13 Miles

The wildest and most remote day of the journey, we swap the woodlands of Loch Lomond and the hillsides of Strath Fillan for endless open spaces. After a brief hill to get us to Inverornan, we head up over the Black Mount and alongside the great expanse of Rannoch Moor. The contrast could not be more different on either side – to our left are mountains and rocky crags, and to the right vast bog, dotted with pools, the horizon stretching into the far haze. We finish at the lonely Kingshouse Hotel, on its own on the edge of the moor.

Day 7: Kingshouse – Kinlochleven

Distance Walked: 8 Miles

Though the shortest day in terms of distance, today sees us climb the Devil’s Staircase after a short walk next to the dramatic mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor. The path then climbs over 400 metres to reach a high pass, before beginning the descent down into Kinlochleven. The effort is rewarded on a clear day by views of the Mamores mountain range, and the first view of Ben Nevis.

Day 8: Kinlochleven – Fort William

Distance Walked: 15 Miles

The final day of the journey, we begin with a steep climb through woodland with views down to the sea-loch of Loch Leven. The trail then heads through the upland valley of Lairig Mor, taking us round the side of the Mamore mountains before entering Nevis Forest. Winding down through the forest, we enter Glen Nevis with Ben Nevis dominating the view ahead, before turning up the glen to enter Fort William.

Day 9: End day

Today its time to say farewell, after a leisurely breakfast we head back to Glasgow and the end of your amazing Scottish Adventure. Return transport to Glasgow Train Station or Airport is included.

Payment options 

Self-Fund (no minimum fundraising)

  • Deposit £145 on booking below
  • Interim £200 due 6 months before the trek (pay to charity)
  • Final balance £550 due 10 weeks before the trek (pay to charity)
  • Everything on top paid to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity

Flexi-Fund (£1,100 minimum fundraising)

  • Deposit £145 on booking below
  • Interim £200 6 months before trek 
  • Final balance £550 due 10 weeks before departure (paid by charity)
  • Everything on top paid to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity

Full minimum sponsorship (£1,500)

  • Deposit £145 on booking below
  • Everything on top paid to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity

What's included

  • Seven days of guided day walks, with fully qualified professional leaders
  • Hotel in Glasgow for the first night, 6 nights hostel accommodation whilst on the walk and last night hotel in Fort William
  • Breakfasts and a packed lunches for each day
  • A Large Outdoors host and support driver to welcome you and organise the week
  • Fundraising guidance from a dedicated member of the Fundraising Team

Register for the event below by paying your registration fee and filling in our form.

More Information

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic participants will need to be able make their own way to and from the challenge – exact meeting points will be confirmed once we know final numbers. 

You can read Large Outdoors' COVID-19 walk procedure here which has full details of the kit you will need to bring (including a survival bag and face covering), and the rules that have been put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable day of walking. 

We ask all participants to be transparent in their fundraising and to let their sponsors know if any of the money fundraised will be used to cover the costs of their challenge.

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