Scotland’s most popular trail, the West Highland Way, is a challenging 95 mile walk from Milngavie (near Glasgow), leading northwards to Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The Drovers is ideally situated for a well-deserved stop off at the end of a day.

Opened in 1980, the Way became the first officially designated long distance route in Scotland and follows a splendid trail through some of the most magnificent scenery to be found in the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands. It passes from the lowlands, across the Highland Boundary Fault and on into the Scottish Highlands. Much of the Way follows ancient and historic routes of communication and makes use of; the drove roads along which highlanders herded their cattle and sheep to market in the lowlands. Military roads built by troops to help control the Jacobite Clans.

Old coaching roads and disused railway lines from the more recent past. Soon after leaving Milngavie, the West Highland Way weaves a path between the Kilpatrick Hills and the Campsie Fells, through remote woodland and rich farmland, and soon drifts along the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest freshwater loch, to Inverarnan at the head of the Loch. From Inverarnan the trail climbs Glen Falloch, past the dramatic Falls of Falloch to the village of Crianlarich at the junction of Glen Falloch, Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan.

From here it is on to Tyndrum, where Robert the Bruce was defeated in 1306 by the MacDougalls, and to the Bridge of Orchy, a popular link for travellers for many centuries. After passing by Loch Tulla, the West Highland Way then crosses the remote and wild landscape of Rannoch Moor and continues past the towering peaks of Meall A’Bhuiridh and Buachaille Etive Mor. From there the trail scales the ‘Devil’s Staircase’, which offers breathtaking mountain views, before making the descent to Kinlochleven at the head of Loch Leven. Skirting the southern parts of the Mamore Forest, the final stage of the West Highland Way presents magnificent views down on to Loch Leven as moves across the Lairigmor Pass to Glen Nevis and finally Fort William.

West Highland Way Hotel

The Drovers Inn offers warm comfortable rooms after your days walking the West Highland Way. Advance booking is recommended as we are very full throughout the summer months. But by all means, do get in touch for last minute availability.

West Highland Way Food

The Drovers Inn, serves heart warming comfort food from 12pm – 9.30pm. If you can’t spend the night then be sure to pop in to rest your feet and heat up alongside out roaring fire. Reservations not required. Live Music every weekend.

Daily stops and overnights will depend on the group fitness; however a rough plan including your stop at The Drovers Inn is detailed below.

Destinations on the West Highland Way

Destinations on the West Highland Way Length Time
1: Milngavie to Drymen 19km 5 – 6 hours
2: Drymen to Rowardennan 23km 6 – 7 hours
3: Rowardennan to Inverarnan (The Drovers Inn) 22km 6 – 7 hours
4: Inverarnan to Tyndrum 19km 5 – 6 hours
5: Tyndrum to Inveroran 14km 4 – 5 hours
6: Inveroran to Kings House 15.5km 4 – 5 hours
7: Kings House to Kinlochleven 14km 4 – 5 hours
8: Kinlochleven to Fort William 24.5km 6 – 7 hours