Kinlochleven to Fort William
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End of the West Highland WayPhoto: Fraser MacRae, Macs Adventure
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As you near Fort William please be aware there is often logging being carried out by the forestry commission which results in the path being slightly re-routed. The last part of the West Highland Way follows the pavement along the busy A82 road. Please be careful and aware of the fast moving traffic.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the West Highland Way map from Footprints. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William by Charlie Loram.
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Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our West Highland Way insights:
Tips and hintsNoted on the interactive map are a couple notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided these route notes to help you. The West Highland Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
In Kinlochleven rejoin the trail from outside the Tailrace Inn and follow the road (B863) north out of the village passing the bus stop on Lochaber Road. The road curves left and in 500m bear right off the road onto the West Highland Way path leading into the trees.
Ascend gradually with the slopes of Am Bodach and Mullach Nan Coirean (Munros) to your right as you follow the Way along the valley floor and descend until you see Lochan Lunn Da-Bhra on your left at 11.70 km. From here the trail passes over undulating terrain for 5.70 km to reach a saddle-point overlooking Glen Nevis. Follow the path west to descend towards Fort William along the forested slopes of the glen.
As you near Fort William from the east you can choose to turn right at 20.30 km and follow the traditional route or take a slightly more scenic route by continuing straight on the path above the town for a further 1 km before emerging from the forest and turning left to follow the Way into Fort William’s centre via road and pavement walking. Follow the A82 until reaching the roundabout at around 23.50 km where you’ll turn left and follow the pedestrianised main street through Fort William’s central shopping area to reach the statue of the walker on a bench marking the end of your West Highland Way. Congratulations!
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.
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