West Highland Way


  • Location: Lochaber
  • Starting Point: Fort William
  • Trail Length: 14mls/22kms
  • Time Required: 3.5hrs
  • Route Type:
    1. Cross Country
  • Difficulty:
    1. Intermediate
    2. Advanced
  • Grade: Difficult
  • O.S. Map: Landranger sheet 41 Ben Nevis
  • Parking: Fort Wil;liam

Trail Description:

The West Highland Way is a long distance walking route. It links Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William. This section from Glen Nevis to the Blarmachfoldach road is for the fit and experienced mountain biker.

From the centre of Fort William take the A82 north to the mini roundabout at the start of Glen Nevis. Follow the Glen Nevis road for 1/2 mile then turn onto the forest track at the sign for the Braveheart Car Park. Go through the gates and after mile at the next junction take the right hand fork. Continue uphill for about 2 miles 3.25 kms. The track climbs around a steepish S bend. Look out on your right for the single track West Highland Way trail as it climbs up to the first stile.

Four more stiles to go. Plus a flight of wooden steps up which you need to carry your bike, hence the need for fitness. Together with mountain biking experience to negotiate the rocky sections.

After about 3 miles the route passes close to a metalled road. Turn right onto this former old military road. Keep an eye out for tractors you pass working crofts.

As you descend into Fort William take things slowly going downhill to the roundabout on the A82 at the west end of the town.



 

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