West Highland Way

West Highland Way

West Highland Way

Almost everyone has heard of Scotland’s first long distance route. Stretching 96 miles (154 km) from north Glasgow to Fort William on the west coast, it takes you through woods and glens and over moor and mountainous land on good paths, with Highland hospitality all along the way. It starts at Milngavie, travelling through Mugdock Country Park, before following the shores of Loch Lomond and passing Ben Lomond, continuing on to Glen Falloch and Strathfillan. From here the route crosses Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climbs the Devil’s Staircase, then descends to sea level to cross the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven. It then follows the old military road of Lairigmor in Glen Nevis and finishes up at Gordon Square in Fort William.

Points of interest

VisitScotland Information Centre
Scotland's national tourism operator centre.
The Waverley Paddle Steamer
The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass.
The Hill House
Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, The Hill House sits high above the Clyde, commanding fine views over the river estuary.
Sweeney's Cruises
Luxury cruise options for exploring Loch Lomond.
The route starts or finishes by the engraved circular stone plinth and seat at the entrance to Helensburgh Pier at the start of the West esplanade.
Maid of the Loch
Loch Lomond's own steam ship experience.
Loch Lomond Shores Retail and Leisure Centre
Retail and leisure centre by Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre
Dive in and let us take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.
Helensburgh Upper Railway Station
Visit this station if only for the wildflower displays. Planted by local volunteers, the flower collections are designed to attract the maximum number of wildlife species, making a good contribution to creating biodiversity in the area. Helensburgh Upper is part of the West Highland Line.
Helensburgh Town Centre
Helensburgh owes its creation to Sir James Colquhoun of Luss; in 1776 he built spa baths on the site of Ardencaple Castle, and as the town took shape, modelled on the Georgian sensibilities of Edinburgh's New Town, he named it after his wife Helen.
Helensburgh Heroes Centre
The Heroes Centre celebrates the achievements of over 100 local figures from John Logie Baird to UK Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law. It houses a 50′s themed Cafe, Visitor Centre and Exhibition Space. Completed the route? Claim your John Muir Way certificate here.
Helensburgh Golf Club
With stunning panoramic views across the Clyde Estuary towards Arran and over Loch Lomond to the Trossachs, our exciting moorland course is a 'Must Play' experience.
Helensburgh Central Railway Station
Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Often known as Bluebell wood, Duchess Wood is a rich and diverse woodland with a variety of different plant and animal species.
Craigendoran Railway Station, Helensburgh
Station south of Helensburgh travelling from Glasgow.
Cameron House Hotel
Luxury hotel, leisure complex with golf course and restaurants for visitors.
Balloch Railway Station
Alexandria Railway Station


John Muir Way Baggage Transfer Services
Let someone else share your load and transport your luggage. Tel: 01324 879172
Helensburgh's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Helensburgh Cycles
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.



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Helensburgh's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Balloch's Hotel and B&B Accommodation