The final section on the West Highland Way: follow a track through the beautiful forests of Glen Nevis to gain excellent views of Ben Nevis before entering Fort William.
The initial sharp climb out of Kinlochleven into the Mamores is compensated for with fantastic views. Once over the top you follow a wonderfully remote valley past deserted sheilings towards Fort William. Enter a beautiful area of cultivated forest and follow a narrow winding track into Glen Nevis. Towering ahead is Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, follow a wide forestry road down to the Visitors Centre. The final two miles are along the Glen Nevis road, bringing you to the official end of the West Highland Way at the main street of Fort William, where your adventure comes to a close.
The West Highland Way is a spectacular walk, however the last couple of miles of the official route are a little under whelming as the route follows the pavement along the A82. For the purists who wish to follow the exact route of the West Highland Way from start to finish this is the way to go. If you would prefer to be away from the road, there are a couple of alternative options, with the turnoffs for both options marked on the map. The Peat Track option includes a steep climb over Cow Hill before descending through the town to the finish, while the easier "Around Cow Hill" option follows a trail in the same direction as the official walk, but is away from the road.
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.
Macs Adventure Blogs
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:
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.
Noted on the interactive map are a couple notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.