West Highland Way Guidebooks and Maps
RambleFest displays the best West Highland Way guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online
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“A practical guidebook to walking the West Highland Way that runs for 96 miles (154.5km) from Glasgow to Fort William. This walking guide includes:
* 53 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000, and * 26 guides to towns and villages.
* Itineraries for all walkers – whether walking the whole Way or the highlights on day walks and short breaks.
* Where to stay with reviews – campsites, hostels, B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels.
* Where to eat with reviews – cafes, pubs, tearooms, takeaways and restaurants.
* What to see – historical, cultural and natural points of interest.
* Comprehensive public transport information – for all access points on the West Highland Way.
* Flora and wildlife, four page colour guide, plus illustrated chapter on local plants, birds and animals.
* GPS waypoints – also downloadable from the Trailblazer website.
* Extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 16pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles (showing ascents and descents), and complete West Highland Way map.
– West Highland Way (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)
“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to the West Highland Way. The 95-mile walk from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. The route that takes roughly one week to complete, is described in seven stages, with each stage ranging from 8 to 20 miles.
* The guide details the ‘classic’ south-north direction but also provides a summary description for those wanting to walk the route in the opposite direction.
* The guidebook comes with a separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps showing the full route. Clear step-by-step route descriptions link together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
* A wide range of practical information is included, from accommodation and itinerary planning, to details on public transport and refreshments.”
– The West Highland Way (Cicerone)
“Opened in 1980, the West Highland Way was Scotland’s first Long Distance Route and remains the most popular, with more than 15,000 walkers tackling it each year. It runs from Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William. The 152km route passes along the east of Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of fresh water in Britain, and across Rannoch Moor, Scotland’s grandest wilderness, through some of the finest scenery of mountain and stream, woodland and moorland, that Scotland has to offer. This eleventh edition of the Official Guide has been fully revised and updated to include new information and photography and a new full-colour folding map prepared for this edition by Nicolson Maps, all packaged in a weatherproof plastic wallet.”
– The West Highland Way: The Official Guide
“The 93-mile West Highland Way is indisputably Britain’ s most spectacular long-distance path. The first section, following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, offers an idyllic waterside walk, with the full grandeur of the Highlands gradually revealing itself. Then, after crossing the barren wilderness of the Rannoch Moor, the walker climbs the Devil’ s Staircase above Glencoe and traverses classic Highland landscapes to reach Fort William and, if he or she wishes, a grand finale at the peak of Britain’ s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.”
– The West Highland Way (National Trail Guide)
Notes on West Highland Way Guidebooks
All the guidebooks except the Trailblazer include extracts from Ordnance Survey maps.
The Trailblazer guide has excellent Wainwright-style strip maps at 1:20,000 scale, and a great deal of additional info, such as accommodation, camping and where to eat and drink.
We advise buying two different guidebooks; one will complement the other, and the additional cost will be little compared to that of the walk.
West Highland Way Maps
The route is obvious, and the guidebooks mentioned above include excellent maps.
The Cicerone guidebook includes a separate OS map booklet at 1: 25,000 scale; this can be bought separately (displayed).
We also include two other maps.
Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. The West Highland Way is marked by name on the “Explorer” maps. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online