When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.
Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted.
Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions. We are sure there will be various scenarios which we have not even thought about that might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.
Please read our Covid-19 Cancellation Policy and ensure you have appropriate insurance as per our recommendations. We also ask that you make yourself aware of the entry requirements of any country you are visiting on your trip. We have compiled a Travel Links Advice list to help you source the correct information.
Milngavie is very close to the world famous city of Glasgow and is well served by regular bus and train services from across the UK. The train journey from central Glasgow is only 24 minutes. To help plan your arrival by train or bus, use Traveline Scotland. If we are staying at the Premier Inn in Milngavie, it is 15 minutes walk from the railway station. If the weather is inclement you may want to pre-book a taxi to pick you up on arrival as there is no guarantee there will be taxis waiting at the station.
Scotland is well served with international airports in Glasgow and in the capital city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh in particular has various transatlantic flights. You can travel from Edinburgh airport to Glasgow, then on to Milngavie, by public transport in approximately 1.5 hours. Check out the train times here.
You can travel onwards from Fort William by train or by bus with CityLink from Fort William to Glasgow, or Edinburgh. The train journey is along the famous west highland line and the scenery viewed from the train is stunning.
You might also like to consider an extra night visiting Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. One of the most historic cities in the world Edinburgh is well worth a visit.
When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:
Mountain Rescue Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.
Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance
You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.
As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.
Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.
All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions.
If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.
For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.
When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have the appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and the accommodation you will be staying in.
**There is a day of 30km (19 miles). Think carefully about footwear for this day, as you may want to use a lighter boot or walking shoe to avoid blisters. **
Personal First Aid
**Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**
Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit
On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.
The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person.
If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened.
Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.
When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £355.
We go to great lengths to work with first class guides who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.
Please note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment.
Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader or UK Mountain Leader. Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page.
We have given this trip our generic 'Intermediate' grade which we have described below:
"Suitable for those of you who consider yourself ‘hill-walkers’, these trips involve longer days at an altitude of up to 2800m (9184ft) on good paths and tracks. A good level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day on rougher paths. There may be an occasional day with ascents/descents of up to 1350m (4428ft). We would expect you to have previous experience of walking on consecutive days in the mountains, and have experience of hiking in bad weather. Expect to walk 5-7 hours per day."
However, the West Highland Way is a little different in that it is not about the altitude or the amount you climb or descend each day, which is negligible by alpine standards, but it is about the distance. So less climbing than is normal for 'Intermediate' trips but greater distance. This trip has long days due to the km's (miles) that are walked, especially on two of the days when we walk 30km (18.75 miles) and 24km (15 miles) to cover. On these days the length of day may exceed the grading for 'Intermediate' in terms of hours walked. The trails are good and are often gently undulating, or flat, but never have steep climbs such as alpine routes. For the hours expected to be walked each day please refer to the itinerary details.
On this trip your luggage will be transferred daily between your accommodation. You only need to hike with a light rucksack containing essential items. Your guide will explain which items you should pack for your hike.
We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you purchase your own snacks. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills.
Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this.
Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.
On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip.
We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day.
The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required.
Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the route the six maps listed below will cover it:
Ordance Survey Maps in the OS Explorer series, numbers - 392, 384, 377, OL39, OL38 and 348.
These can be ordered on line from the Ordance Survey.
It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card.
On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.
It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card.
In Scotland you will require £ Sterling. There are cash machines at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and in Milngavie where you will start the hike.
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.
A fabulous chance to try ice climbing, or rock climbing on the day we hike from the Kingshouse to Kinlochleven. This is a shorter day and we will aim to arrive in time to sign up for a session at the National Ice Climbing Centre, the Ice Factor. The Centre has a great atmosphere and it is a wonderful opportunity to try either of these activities in a controlled indoor setting. No wind or rain howling down your neck! The Centre also has a cafe and outdoor gear shop and if you would like to simply watch it is a pleasant place to spend an hour. The cafe has excellent coffee and cake and comfy sofas to lounge around on if you just want to watch. This must be booked in advance so if you wish to try a taster session which is around £30 per hour, and includes all equipment required, then do let us know as soon as possible.
Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.
For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number.
We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.
You can read our full policy here.
Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case.
Scotland is a land where you can easily experience four seasons in one day, and at any time of year. Everything from glorious sunshine through to wild winds, and heavy rain. It is in a way what 'makes' Scotland's reputation! In Scotland we say 'there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad waterproofs'. In other words come prepared for everything.
If you have a day when the weather is overcast and cloudy, and there is no breeze then you might experience the infamous Scottish 'midge'. These small biting insects are extremely irritating, but not dangerous, and you should come armed with 'midge' repellent such as Smidge which is DEET free. You can also consider arriving with a 'midge net' which covers your head, and which you can buy at most outdoor stores in Scotland or on-line. Ideally, you wear a wide brimmed hat, though a baseball type cap will do, and then put the net over your hat. The brim of the hat keeps the net off your face, and stops the midges from biting you.
In reality they are not a problem when you are hiking, in other words moving, but only when you stop for a period of time and are static. They do not fly when there is a brisk breeze and they do not like sunshine. So hope for good weather. We find that in May and October there is less likelihood of encountering midges, hence the dates we offer early summer, and late autumn.
The 'midge' is part of Scottish legend and folklore and you might be disappointed if you didn't see one?
Prices may vary depending on date.
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|WHW4||Sat 10 Sep||Sun 18 Sep||
Sat 10 Sep - Sun 18 Sep
|Price: £1395||Spaces available||Book|
|WHW5||Sat 24 Sep||Sun 02 Oct||
Sat 24 Sep - Sun 02 Oct
|Price: £1395||Spaces available||Book|