5 Days Walking / 6 Overnight Stays

If you are extremely fit and an experienced walker, then you may wish to take on the challenge of a five day walk. Having walked the trail in five days ourselves we can certainly provide testimony to it being achievable, however, it is a challenge especially in adverse weather conditions. You certainly sense a feeling of real achievement when you reach the end of Fort William’s pedestrian precinct at “Sore Feet!” Well worn boots essential!!

Day 1

Travel to Milngavie With good public transport links, you arrive into the lowland town of Milngavie ready to start your challenge!

Day 2

Milngavie to Balmaha
(18.5 miles/29.75 km)
An easy start through the beautiful Mugdock Country Park, then great views of the hill of Dumgoyne. After bypassing the village of Drymen you soon reach the highest climb of the day over Conic Hill. Fine views down to Loch Lomond as you descend into the picturesque village of Balmaha

Day 3

Balmaha to Inverarnan
(21.5 miles/34.5 km)
A tough day with much ascent and descent but worth the hard work as you skirt the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond. Views across to the Arrochar Alps make it all worthwhile as you pass by the tiny and remote village of Inversnaid and then on to Inverarnan

Day 4

Inverarnan to Inveroran
(22.5 miles/36 km)
Another challenging day but the viewpoint after you reach the spur path to Crianlarich is worth every minute!  After passing Strathfillan you have an easy stretch to Bridge of Orchy and then the final swift climb over the hill to the remote stage of Inveroran

Day 5

Inveroran to Kinlochleven
(18.5 miles/29.75 km)
This day starts with Thomas Telford’s military road over Rannoch Moor and on to Kingshouse. You then have fine views of the famous Buachaille Etive Mor mountain as you traverse the hillside to the foot of the Devil’s Staircase. Fantastic views await you and you will be glad of the descent into Kinlochleven!

Day 6

Kinlochleven to Fort William
(15 miles/24 km)
The steep climb out of Kinlochleven is made worthwhile by the views at the top of the hill. A remote walk winds its way across country until you start to see the imposing figure of Ben Nevis as you make your approach to Fort William and the end of the Way!

Extra Nights/Rest Days: many people take an extra night at the stage of Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain

Price of Package: £530.00 per person (based on two persons sharing)

Note regarding the stage of Inveroran: If the Inveroran Hotel is full and has to be replaced by the Bridge of Orchy Hotel (only establishments at these two stages) then there will be an additional £20.00 to £30.00 per person or more depending on the rooms available at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel (note that we will fully discuss with you and offer you options)

Also, the single supplement will be variable with regard to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, again depending on the rooms available (note that we will fully discuss with you and offer you options)


+ Six overnight stays in specially selected quality b&bs/guest houses/hotels with ensuite facilities

+ Full Scottish breakfast

+ Baggage transfer from stage to stage

+ West Highland Way Rucksack Guide or Harvey Map

+ Comprehensive tour pack with full information on your walk including location details for your accommodations and local facilities

+ The services of the Gemini Team prior to and during your holiday

Not Included:

– Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks (available at all stages)

– Transport to Milngavie/from Fort William

– Travel Insurance (we recommend that you arrange your own cover)


Additional overnight stays can be arranged at a cost of £45.00 to £50.00 per person per night with the exception of Bridge of Orchy which costs £80.00 to £90.00 per person per night

Single supplement for solo walkers is £40.00 per night

Single supplement for singles as part of a group is £35.00 per night

Please note that, upon the actual booking of rooms, we will do our very best to try and reduce the single or solo walkers’ supplement. This will be dependent on availability of rooms at the time of booking

Group Discounts for 4 or more people available on request