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Kinlochleven to Fort William

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  • End of the West Highland Way
    / End of the West Highland Way
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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. 
Moyen
Distance 24,2 km
7:00 h.
504 m
509 m
332 m
7 m
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.

Note de l'auteur

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.
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Macs Adventure
Mise à jour: 17.02.2020
Difficulté
Moyen
Technicité
Niveau physique
Expérience
Paysage
Point le plus élevé
332 m
Point le plus bas
7 m
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Consignes de sécurité

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.

Maps

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.

Guidebook

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:

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/category/walking/west-highland-way/ 

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

Noted on the interactive map are a couple notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.

Départ

Kinlochleven town centre (14 m)
Coordonnées:
OS Grid
NN 18736 62041
DD
56.714758, -4.963304
DMS
56°42'53.1"N 4°57'47.9"W
UTM
30V 379831 6287356
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Arrivée

Fort William main square

Itinéraire

*** 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! 

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Toutes les notes sur les zones naturelles

Coordonnées

OS Grid
NN 18736 62041
DD
56.714758, -4.963304
DMS
56°42'53.1"N 4°57'47.9"W
UTM
30V 379831 6287356
w3w 
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Y aller en train, en voiture ou en vélo

S'équiper

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.

Équipement de base pour la marche et la randonnée

  • Chaussures de randonnée robustes, confortables et imperméables
  • Couches de vêtements contre l'humidité
  • Chaussettes de randonnée
  • Sac à dos (avec protection pour la pluie)
  • Protection contre le soleil, la pluie et le vent (chapeau, crème solaire, vestes et pantalons imperméables, coupe-vents)
  • Lunettes de soleil
  • Bâtons de randonnée
  • Beaucoup d'eau potable et de collations
  • Trousse de premiers secours
  • Kit Blister
  • Sac de bivouac ou de survie
  • Couverture de survie
  • Lampe frontale
  • Couteau de poche
  • Sifflet
  • Téléphone portable
  • Argent liquide
  • Équipement de navigation : carte et boussole
  • Détails des personnes à contacter en cas d'urgence
  • Pièce d'identité
  • Ces listes d'équipement ne sont pas exhaustives et servent uniquement de suggestion pour cette activité.
  • Pour votre sécurité, nous vous invitons à lire attentivement les instructions d'utilisation et d'entretien de votre équipement.
  • Veuillez vous assurer que l'équipement dont vous disposez est conforme à la réglementation en vigueur.

Questions / réponses

Question de Roy Scobie · 23.08.2021 · Communauté
How can you download gps maps to this
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Réponse de Linda Cruickshank · 23.08.2021 · Communauté
If you have the routes added to your favourites on the app. Go to Memo and select the route section. At the bottom of the screen there is option for map.

commentaires

4,5
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Graeme Cruickshank
19.09.2020 · Communauté
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Arnaud Gautier
13.10.2019 · Communauté
Beautiful walk at first. Not too tough uphill from Kinlochleven. Tough going through the clear it forestry area about mid point. Highly recommend Cow Hill alternative into Fort William.
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Difficulté
Moyen
Distance
24,2 km
Durée
7:00 h.
Dénivelé positif
504 m
Dénivelé négatif
509 m
Point le plus élevé
332 m
Point le plus bas
7 m
Point(s) de vue Intérêt culturel / historique Intérêt - faune Climat sain Aller simple

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