West Highland Way Accommodation list

West Highland Way accommodation list [review]: Where we stayed

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 Scotland’s West Highland Way is a 96-mile trek which starts in sunny Milngavie, just outside of Glasgow and concludes in Fort William. Myself and some friends took on the six-day hike during April to celebrate a year of 30th birthdays. The full story starts here. If you are just here to find out about West Highland Way accommodation, this is where we opted to stay each evening with additional options for those West Highland Way camping/or struggling to get a reservation.

Do consider the Scottish delightful weather if you plan to camp! Good news, you do not have to carry your bags yourself. West Highland Way baggage transfer is available and the hotels and hostels are accustomed to this. Companies meet you at your starting point to collect your luggage then take it from day to day to each stop. Your luggage should be ready for you as you arrive. Naturally, you will need to pack a day bag with waterproofs and snacks, read our packing list guide for more.

West Highland Way Accommodation List

Milngavie Accommodation

If you are arriving to Scotland late you may want to take one night off so you can start early from Milngavie to Balmaha. Unfortunately, there is not a Milngavie hostel but the town is very close to the city of Glasgow where there are over 20 hostels and great transport links via train. Milngavie does have a Premier Inn, click here for reservations.

Day 1: Balamaha accommodation

Balamaha is a beautiful village on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. You will find this scenic spot at the descent of Conic Hill after the first day of the West Highland Way hike. The Oak Tree Inn is a favourite for food and the well-deserved pint at the end of day one. Please note, wild camping is now illegal around Loch Lomond’s west shores.

West Highland Way bed and breakfast: Bay Cottage
Cost: £95 per room
Pros: Large room to ourselves (sleeps four, there are smaller rooms), breakfast choice (hot or continental), the packed lunch for £6 and the hot tub! Scones and tea on arrival and drying facilities for clothes
Cons: None
Note: this was the best West Highland Way bed and breakfast, highly recommend

 

AccommodationOak Tree Inn
Cost: £70 single / £90 – £145 for doubles
Pros: Nicely decorated rooms, rooms above Inn or cottages available, restaurant, shop, views!
Cons: On the more expensive end of the scale, budget depending

Balmaha hostel: Balmaha bunkhouse
Cost: Depends on room type – £20 for a bunk bed / B&B £35
Pros: Good for large groups (can hire out full dorm – stags/hens welcomed), social area, kitchen, cereal breakfast included
Cons: Weak WiFi (who cares?)
Notes: Dog-friendly for additional £5 (Bunkhouse only) / No cards, cash only

Balmaha West Highland Way WalkDay 2: Inverarnan Hotels

The main attraction around Inverarnan is the 300+-year-old pub/restaurant/hotel, Drovers Inn. Each of the 15 rooms differ and the hotel caters for solo travellers, double rooms, families and a jacuzzi room. Room 6 may be of interest to ghost hunters!

Accommodation: Drovers Inn
Cost:
Starting at £35 (single low season) to £260
Pros:
The restaurant food is nice, the entertainment was a laugh
Cons:
Nice rooms but cold, shared bathrooms – not for everyone (ensuite is available), catering staff spoke limited English (requests not met)

Accommodation: Strathfillan Wigwam Village
Cost: £40 per night (based on 2 sharing, £10 extra adult / sleeps 4)
Pros: Compact, unusual, shop onsite
Cons: Tricky to dry wet clothes, definitely not glamping!
(stayed here with friends on another trip)

Camping Tyndrum

Campsite: Beinglass
Cost: £8 per person, no need to book (although we  tried to camp here on the last day of summer one year and it was full)
Info: Campsite has shower facilities, an on-site bar/restaurant

Hostels in Tyndrum

Hostel: By the Way Hostel and Campsite
Cost: Accommodation depending – Dorm start at £20, Hobbits Houses £30-£55
Pros: Variety for every budget, dorm comfortable
Cons: Camping huts may not be for everyone

Hey, Scotland lovers! Have you heard about Scotland’s route 66? The North Coast 500 starts in Inverness and ends 500 miles later back there too. The coastal drive takes your through cute villages, past beaches, into distilleries and caves! Well worth a holiday if you find the West Highland Way enchanting! We did it, you can read all about it here.

Day 3: Bridge of Orchy

Bridge of Orchy, or Drochaid Urchaidh in Gaelic, is a hamlet or village in the Argyle and Bute region of Scotland. There are limited facilities in Bridge of Orchy (as in, there are none). Hikers not walking the West Highland Way may be interested in Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh. You will want a decent night’s sleep as the next leg over Rannoch Moor can be brutal if windy.

Accommodation: Stance Cottage B+B
Cost: £70-£80
Pros: Cute wee rooms, warm shower, breakfast in ‘living room’ for guests, very helpful owner (put shoes in boiler room)
Cons: Expensive (cheaper than Bridge of Orchy Hotel), radiator space limited (we had wet clothes)

Accommodation: Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Cost: £100 – £160 depending on room
Pros: Restaurant, cosy, one of the upmarket West Highland Way hotels
Cons: A bit of the pricier scale, area is just expensive

Bridge of Orchy Hostel

The West Highland Way Sleeper AKA Bridge of Orchy bunkhouse is an independent hostel located at the working station.
Cost: £30
Facilities: 10-bed bunk

Note: there is a train station at Bridge of Orchy and a bus stop outside the Hotel if you feel that you need to stop and return to Glasgow.

Bridge of Orchy camping

There is no official camp site here but West Highland Way wild camping is allowed, as with any camping in Scotland follow the Scottish Outdoors Code.

Day 4: Kings House (Glencoe)

Glencoe is one of my favourite spots in Scotland. You really lose yourself to hills here which leave you feeling inferior. Look out for the friendly, photogenic deer who hang outside of the hotel. Don’t feed them please.

Accommodation: Kings House Hotel (West Highland Way)
Cost: Hotel currently closed for renovations
Pros: Onsite restaurant and bar, next stage, the Devil’s Staircase is directly behind the hotel
Cons: Half of our party stayed here and felt it wasn’t worth the price

Hostels at Glencoe

Accommodation: Kingshouse Bunkhouse (new)
Cost: £20+ per bunk bed
Pros: Location, food onsite, kitchen
Cons: Fire doors (you are about to see a theme here) noisy, lights annoying – not the best West Highland Way hostel from reading extensive reviews

Accommodation: Glencoe Independent Hostel
Cost: £18+ per person
Pros: Large room (one room for all six of us), breakfast packs adequate, drying room, codes for security, shared showers hot, variety of dorm availabilty
Cons: Those fire doors, slammed all nigh,; budget for a taxi (£15 each there and back) to Kingshouse

 

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Kings House Glencoe West Highland Way HotelsDay 5: Kinlochleven Accommodation

Accommodation: Highland Getaway
Cost: £40 -£110 per person
Pros: Very cosy, radiators to dry clothes, very hot showers
Cons: Nothing (although on the expensive side now)

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Kinlochlevel Hostel

Accommodation: Blackwater Hostel
Cost: Depends on hut, approx. £15-20 pp / hostel itself starts at £35 for a 2-bed dorm
Pros: Cosy, free WiFi at campsite, close to pubs
Cons: Other guests can be noisy (although no often a complaint online)
Notes: Towels for an additional fee

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Kinlochleven West Highland Way accommodationDay 6: Fort William Accommodation

The end! Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, is home to the biggest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. It is not uncommon for Wayers to take on the munro after the 96 miles of the West Highland Way, after a good nights sleep of course. There are over 20 hotels in Fort William to choose from, catering for every budget and type of traveller. There are currently 9 hostels in Fort William, bunks starting at £12.50 (click here to read reviews).

 

 

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      That’s a good question. I would aim to get booked at the Kings House Hotel, this would save a tax ride to and from the hostel. We had lunch and a drink there and the vibe was good, however, I’ve heard the rooms aren’t that impressive and it is far more expensive.

      1. If Kingshouse is busy there’s a shuttle from Kinlochleven which can be cheaper than taxi’s – 2 nights in the hidden village is a bonus! Cabins, camping and hotel accommodation available.

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          Next time… Hope you enjoyed our WHW experience as much as us! We love Scotland! I love the Glencoe area, we’ll be back!

  1. Two questions: (1) on which legs would you recommend camping as opposed to staying in a hotel/hostel, and (2) when would you recommend (if ever) dumping bags with a baggage transport service because it gets steep?

    Thanks!

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      Hello! Thanks for commenting. I can’t say about camping as we did B+B all the way and had a baggage carrier take our bags to every stop. Your best bet would be to ask a baggage company how they work with Wayers wanting to mix up camping and hotels. Assuming you would have to carry your tent though for the camping nights. It gets steep on day 1 going over Conic Hill, the walk from Drovers Inn is a bit hilly and the day to Fort William you hike out of a valley.

  2. I’ve heard rumors that sometimes it’s hard getting breakfast at some accommodations along The Way if you leave early. My husband and I are planning to walk The Way in June of 2021 and some of those days are going to be 20 milers, needless to say we will be leaving at 6 or 7 in the morning so would need to eat very early. Any issues for you or have you heard that getting fed is difficult so early?

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      I would guess it’s the same as any hotel/B&B and that would be too early. You could arrange breakfast pack lunches perhaps.

  3. Thanks for that info. Looks like we’re bringing dehydrated breakfasts! Also, what would you suggest for fuel for backpacking stoves? We use MSR stoves and fuel. Would there be a place in Milngavie or Glasgow to get that exact same thing or equivalent? If we need to do some breakfasts, and we intend to do some lunches this way too, we need to make sure we have access to hot water. One more thing. Any suggestions for bringing walking sticks through security at the airport?

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      I’d vote for Glasgow for more options. I know we can’t carry our tripod as it’s deemed a weapon! Best ask your flight carrier.

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  4. I am thinking of doing the Way and am wondering if there is affordable lodging (15 to 35 euros) whether hostels or B&B. I am planning to do between 10-15 miles/day and am flexible for stopping points.

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      Great question, Joe. On the guide, I’ve added the prices and covered a variety of different types of accommodation for all budgets.

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