West Highland Way
West Highland Way
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Well-marked walking path stretching from Glasgow to Fort William.
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  • M P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    West Highland Way done with Gemini Walks
    Loved our walk on the West Highland Way and loved the detailed plan put together for us by Gemini Walks. Ever place was expecting us, our bags were always there, places we stopped at based on GW recommendations were always as described. Yes, it rained. Yes, it was windy. Yes, our shoes got wet. But, that's all part of the experience. A great way to see the Highlands. Don't rush yourself so you don't miss the sights.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Julie O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WHW! Hard but fun! Booked with brilliant Gemini Walks
    Me, my husband and our black Labrador completed the West Highland Way last week! All our accommodation was booked through wonderful Gemini Walks. Julie and Michelle were absolutely brilliant at sorting it all out for us, finding lovely dog friendly accommodation enroute and were soo friendly with excellent communication too. We did the walk over eight days and I’m glad we chose that schedule. It broke up with the long Tyndrum to Kingshouse day. It was quite a challenging walk for me, particularly… and the weather was really really rainy but we had some dry days too and we did it and was a great feeling getting to Fort William!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Caro O
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Walk arranged by Gemini Walks!
    Our experience of the West Highland Way was 100% thanks to the phenomenal service provided by Gemini Walks. Julie and Michelle were excellent communicators, and placed us in beautiful accommodations with great hosts and excellent food. Julie went above and beyond to accommodate changes to my booking, stayed in touch as necessary while we were on the walk, and met our every expectation at a very reasonable price. I’ll use their service again for sure! Thanks Julie and Michelle - you deserve 10 stars!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 April 2024
  • Bob S
    Colorado Springs, Colorado210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hike, not a walk.
    We are seasoned distance walkers who live at high altitude and are in good shape. Let me just say this is pretty much a hike, not a walk. You will ford many streams, walk in lots of mud, probably get rained on and boulder hop. However, it is some of the most beautiful scenery ever. Distances between villages are long and you will be in some very remote areas. Make sure you are in good shape before you attempt this. It gets progressively harder for the first few stages.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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AndyXB
Leeds, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We walked the West Highland Way (8 days) and continued on to walk the Great Glen Way (6 days). We chose Gemini Walks to organise the accommodation and baggage transfer on the recommendation of a friend. Originally booked for May 2020, Covid intervened and we had to reschedule twice before finally getting away in July 2021. Despite the huge amount of extra work this entailed, Julie and Michelle at Gemini did a superb job. Their cheerful, efficient support made the whole experience a delight and needless to say the accommodation and luggage transfers were top notch.
We had an information pack for each walk which included a map, detailed directions for each overnight stay including Covid precautions/regulations, and useful info for each day such as points of interest, brief history and essential phone numbers (pubs and taxi!). Our accommodation was a mix of B&B's, hotels and a chalet, all within staggering distance of a pub for an evening meal (though we had to book every one in advance to ensure a table, again due to the local Covid regulations in force at the time). The two baggage companies involved (Travel-lite and Loch Ness Hub) provided an excellent service and our cases were waiting for us on arrival every day. All in all a great holiday at a very competitive price. A massive thank you to Gemini for making it happen.
Written 17 August 2021
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Glasgowloon
Aberdeen, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Completed the 96 miles of the West Highland Way with my 3 year old German Shepherd Dexter, during the first week of June 2018.
We had a quite wonderful time, and made friends with other hikers from around the world.
Had wonderful weather, with mid 20'C temperatures almost the whole way.
I thought long and hard before I decided to take my dog, as the West Highland Way, can be challenging for humans and dogs. I prepared him for the distance for months before we went by taking him on regular long walks.
A few of the challenges taking your dog include:
Accommodation; is available that allows dogs but it's limited, so book early as possible; I booked almost 8 months prior to starting. I was able to have my meals with my dog, in or very near all my stops.
Wildlife: my dog is very friendly, but loose sheep, deer, feral goats and swans were all encountered along the way, sometimes with little warning presenting problems for us, none that could not be overcome, but definitely something to be aware of. Whilst walking past the Kinghouse Hotel, a fully grown stag appeared out of nowhere. Feral goats were encountered near Loch Lomond and whilst approaching Devil's Staircase.
Terrain: a great deal of the terrain consists of paths made up of loose sharp rocks, which could be damaging to dog paws. I thought about protective booties for my dog, but never used them, and my dog had no issue: however I checked my dog regularly.
Water; I carried water for my dog but to be honest, he managed to find water to drink and cool down in, almost everywhere along the whole way.
Distance: my dog was tired at the end but has had no adverse effects since we got home.
Other Walkers: my dog made many friends along the way.
Taxi transfers: no problems, but make sure you let them know in advance.
So I would absolutely recommend walking with your dog, if it's fit enough and you prepare for distance and terrain.
I'm Scottish and the West Highland Way was wonderful, the final day walking into Fort William, with Maggie from USA, Corey from Canada, Peter from Channel Islands & David from England, all of whom I met during my hike, was brilliant, funny and so enjoyable: thanks for the company folks.
Written 2 July 2021
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DLM544
Mexborough, UK126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
I walked the WHW in Sept and this was my second time it felt easier this time mainly because I knew what to expect. The scenery goes without saying as some of the most beautiful in the World. The leg from Milngavie to Balmaha is possibly the easiest but the views are there to add the interest. We then walked from Balmaha to Inversnaid passing through Rowerdenan. Personally if I was to do it again I would stay at Rowerdennan just to break the walk up as it had started to get a little unsteady underfoot the walk from Rowerdennan to Inversnaid is a bit of a challenge as you are walking on rocks and if they are wet can be a little scary, my walking partner slipped and fell but luckily was able to continue, don’t expect to get a warm welcome at the Inversnaid hotel far from it no food is served to walkers and you are treated very much like a third class citizen but I must say this is the only place we came across that walkers are not particularly welcome. Our next stop was Inveranon beautiful walk and you come to the end of Loch Lomond a bit tough but the sight of that drink in the pub at Benglas farm is a joy! Next stop Tyndrum through forestry and the views again just breath taking, a lot of ups and downs so can be a bit arduous but a lot of soft underfoot from Tyndrum to Kingshouse past the Bridge of Orchy over the moors, not difficult usual stony path but just a bit of a foot slog. From Kingshouse to Kilnlochleven people fret about the Devils Staircase all it is is a long way up, it zigzags and the views are breath taking take your time and take in the views and it’s actually enjoyable just be prepared to take your time have a break at the top and see what Scotland can show you then walk onto Kilnlochleven the road down into town is tough on the knees as down you go and then further down it’s never ending and then you come to a little town but be warned there is no pharmacy and expect to pay high prices for a basic meal, we had fish and chips in a pub £50 for two. Next day onto Fort William remember the long road down well this is a long road up to get out but so long as your prepared for it it’s not a problem once at the top it’s virtually flat most of the way to Fort William but then you have a very very long road down and then a long walk on a pedestrian path into the town this for me was the toughest part, nothing more than a foot slog all the way down it kills your knees. But then it’s done and you’ve met dozens of people on the way who chat and walk a while then move on or you move on you see amazing views meet some lovely locals and barring the Inversnaid hotel you are welcomed every where people seem to love the walkers you get encouragement from locals and other walkers people try to help as much as they can it’s just the best feeling. One final word of warning a snippet I found out if you get a Taxi from Inversnaid to Inveranon expect to pay £150 because it’s a 79 mile road trip!!!
Written 14 September 2021
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moretime4travel
Boston, MA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My daughter and I had decided at the last minute to plan a trip along the West Highland Way, something she had been thinking about for several years. After reading some reviews here, we chose Gemini Walks to plan the trip. We had booked the airfare before we planned the trip, and only had two weeks to go when we first spoke with Julie.
What a truly amazing experience. Starting with, "I'm not sure I can help as everything seems booked," we quickly changed to her working her magic. She planned all the details, worked out all the kinks, and took away all the worries. All in two weeks.
We shared photographs of our dogs, shared stories, and discussed sharing a "wee nip" at the end of our long days of planning.
The trip was perfect. The only flaw was that at one location we had to suffer through an upgrade to our room (much nicer than what we would have had), and that came along with a bottle of bubbly for our "inconvenience."
Julie knew all the details of all the inns as well as the trails and gave great advice; her emails in advance and afterwards made the planning actually fun!
The trip itself was wonderful. The hiking was easier than expected. A pot of tea or a pint after the day's hike was a great finishing touch. Anticipating rain and generally "dreich" weather, we didn't break out the raincoats until the last day when it rained for 20 minutes. The trail was surrounded by blackberry bushes which were ripe and delicious. The West Highland "coos" that stood in the middle of the trail as we walked by were great.
We had a marvellous trip and Gemini and Julie made it better. Recommend them extremely highly.
Written 28 December 2022
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sallylouden
Winchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We did the WHW as a family with dog. This was our first venture doing a long distance walk, so wanted to take it easily. We started from Inveraran, as I was worried that both my husband and dog ( a very fit labrador) might get footsore. It is spectacular. View after view. The route is very easy to follow, you probably only need a good guide book and not even an OS map. Be prepared for ALL weathers! Dog friendly accommodation was tricky to find, but we stayed at the Drovers in Inveraran, The Strathfillan Wigwams, Inveroran Cottage, Kingshouse (who trap you for two nights if you stay in the hotel with a dog (but the bunkhouse was not open because of Covid)), MacDonald Hotel in Kinlochleven. With a dog, you can not get the CityBus back, you need to get the train from Fort William, but the train journey is just incredible, and worth it just for the scenery. All the mileage was easily done, but the last day was quite long ( 17 miles or so).The overall incline is surprisingly little bearing in mind you are in the Highlands. Because of Covid, the walk was quiet, with only a few people seen every day.
Ginger Routes carried our bags... they were great!
Written 13 August 2020
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Jonathan F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My wife and I walked the second half of the WHW from Tyndrum to Fort William in mid September - it was an exception four days. Gorgeous landscapes, challenging but not exhausting hikes, delightful people on and off the trail and still plenty of solitude. Staying in B&Bs and using a porter service to move our bags day to day was the icing on the cake. It made for luxurious days on the trail and relaxing evenings and mornings off the trail. The balance of active outdoor time and creature comforts was perfect. We relied on Gemini Walks to organize all the details of the and I couldn’t recommend them more. Julie and her team made a million little logistical details invisible to us and all we had to do was enjoy the trip.
Written 27 September 2022
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M P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Loved our walk on the West Highland Way and loved the detailed plan put together for us by Gemini Walks. Ever place was expecting us, our bags were always there, places we stopped at based on GW recommendations were always as described.

Yes, it rained. Yes, it was windy. Yes, our shoes got wet. But, that's all part of the experience. A great way to see the Highlands. Don't rush yourself so you don't miss the sights.
Written 9 October 2023
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Marta C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I walked the first 70km of the WHW and after that my boyfriend and I decided to stop and visit other places in Scotland. It was a simple not hard walk, but the view was not very nice, we walked a lot beside the road and the trail in the woods had no view! We hoped it was more scenic, we suggest you to visit most beautiful places in Scotland!
Written 16 July 2023
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Donna S
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
So glad we chose Gemini Walks to plan our hike along the West Highland Way. Julie’s first-hand knowledge of the area allowed us to just enjoy the hike. She arranged our lodging, baggage transfers, and transportation (we did not walk the full 96 miles so we needed transportation to the next “leg” a couple times). Everything the entire week was exactly as she described and flawlessly executed. One B&B owner even commented to us that Julie is the only who books with her that actually visits each year to check out all the B&B’s. It was a spectacular week - great hiking - wonderful scenery.
Written 14 September 2022
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Caro O
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our experience of the West Highland Way was 100% thanks to the phenomenal service provided by Gemini Walks.
Julie and Michelle were excellent communicators, and placed us in beautiful accommodations with great hosts and excellent food.
Julie went above and beyond to accommodate changes to my booking, stayed in touch as necessary while we were on the walk, and met our every expectation at a very reasonable price.
I’ll use their service again for sure!
Thanks Julie and Michelle - you deserve 10 stars!
Written 28 April 2024
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