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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. I had the pleasure of hiking it over six-days with friends to celebrate a year of 30th birthdays. The full story starts here.
If you are reading to find out about West Highland Way accommodation, this guide details where we stayed each night with additional options for those West Highland Way camping/or struggling to get a reservation.
Do consider the delightful Scottish weather if you plan to camp!
Not into camping or carrying your pack? 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 drop it off at your accommodation each day.
Naturally, you will need to pack a day bag with waterproofs and snacks, read our packing list guide for more.
Planning your WHW adventure? Start here for our full guide.
West Highland Way Accommodation List
The great thing about this hike is that there are so many different types of accommodation.
Most stops have a hotel, guest houses, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), apartments, hostels, and campsites.
Some even have hot tubs so you can soak your screaming muscles at the end of the day!
This guide will include all of the mentioned types of accommodation to cater for all kinds of hikers.
Day 0: Milngavie
The official start of the West Highland Way is located 7 miles outside of Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, in a town called Milngavie (Mill-guy).
Many WHWers start their adventure from Glasgow, taking the train from the city.
However, some prefer to get a good night’s sleep in Milngavie and set off early to ensure that they arrive in Balmaha to see the beauty that is Conic Hill.
Milngavie has an affordable Premier Inn budget hotel.
Unfortunately, are no hostels in Milngavie, however there are a couple in Glasgow. Check out the full list here.
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.
Bed and Breakfast
Bay Cottage was the best West Highland Way bed and breakfast, highly recommend. Photos don’t do it justice.
- Cost: £90 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
Oak Tree Inn is a popular hotel for food and drink.
- Cost: Under £100
- Pros: Nicely decorated rooms, rooms above Inn or cottages available, restaurant, shop, views!
- Cons: On the more expensive end of the scale, budget depending
- Read reviews at TripAdvisor
Balmaha bunkhouse is currently closed for renovations.
- Cost: TBC
- 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
Day 2: Inverarnan Accommodation
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!
- 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)
Day 2: Tydnrum Accommodation
The next stop, Tyndrum, is a popular alternative second night and has more to offer accommodation wise.
Muthu Ben Doran Hotel is located on 7-acre grounds within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
- Cost: Under £90 for double room with ensuite
- Pros: Beautiful location, features a restaurant, bar, breakfast
- Cons: Rooms a tad run down according to guests
Guests love Tyndrum Lodges and find it hard to fault it!
- Cost: Under £100 for double room with ensuite
- Pros: Location, takeout breakfast
- Cons: Guests love these lodges!
There are two campsites in Tyndrum that offer a variety of accommodation.
- Cost: £8 per person, no refunds, 100 pitches
- Info: Campsite has shower facilities, an on-site bar/restaurant
Campsite: By the Way Hostel and Campsite
- Cost: £10 per person, 2 man tent max
- Pros: Huts, cabins and dorms also available
- Cons: Does get waterlogged, staff will try accommodate you in hut
Day 3: Bridge of Orchy Accommodation
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.
Bridge of Orchy has a bus route that goes from Glasgow through to Kingshouse, Glencoe and a train station. It is the best connected stop during the WHW.
However, the area is expensive and limited to one restaurant and the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
A popular hotel surrounded by mountains and a river, the Bridge of Orchy Hotel is a hit with WHWers who don’t mind paying a bit more than a B&B and don’t want to camp.
The restaurant is also recommended by guests. I had a hot chocolate here as I waited to get the bus when I was injured.
- Cost: £200 +
- 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 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) Accommodation
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 Kingshouse Hotel. Don’t feed them please.
Kingshouse is a popular stop for food and a drink.
The Glencoe Inn is a striking hotel located under the Pap of Glencoe and surrounded by the beautiful Ardgour Hills.
- Cost: £200+
- Pros: On-site restaurant and bar
- Cons: Pricier side of WHW accommodation
Hostels at Glencoe
Glencoe Independent Hostel is where we stayed. They can help organise a pick up and collection from Kingshouse approx. £15 per person.
The building is an old croft and it has a drying room which is ideal.
The hostel has big rooms for groups to reserve in full.
- Cost: £200+ for groups
- Pros: Large room (one room for all six of us), breakfast packs adequate, drying room, codes for security, shared showers hot
- Cons: Those fire doors, slammed all night
Day 5: Kinlochleven Accommodation
I really enjoy spending time in Kinlochleven.
I’ve stayed over twice to hike and have also spent the day indoor ice hiking and climbing.
It’s such a great spot for outdoor fans.
Unfortunately, neither of the accommodation options I stayed at are taking bookings. Here are some alternatives.
A popular choice for visitors and WHWers, Coe Pod glamping huts have ensuite bathrooms to ensure a comfortable stay.
- Cost: £120
- Pros: Comfortable, private, ensuite
- Cons: Only one chalet so books out fast
Day 6: Fort William Accommodation
You’ll never be so thankful to see a town centre! Fort William is the final stop on the West Highland Way hike.
Some hikers head straight to the train station to get home, others stick around for a few nights to chill or hike Ben Nevis!
Fort William Hotels
There are over 20 hotels in Fort William to choose from, catering for every budget and type of traveller.
The Garrison is a popular with guests for its modern decor, bar, central location and friendly staff.
- Cost: £350+
- Pros: Guests love it, parking for hikers meeting family
- Cons: Luxury end of the hotel market so pricier, treat yourself!
The Distillery Guest House has comfortable rooms, great breakfast and is located on the banks of the River Ness.
- Cost: £150+
- Pros: Scenic location, breakfast, rooms
- Cons: 10 mins walk to town
Fort William Hostels
The Glen Nevis Youth Hostel is situated at the foot of Ben Nevis so an ideal base for those looking to hike Scotland’s highest Munro Ben Nevis!
- Cost: £170 double room
- Pros: Location for hikers
- Cons: 45 mins walk to Fort William centre
There are currently 5 hostels in Fort William. Click here to read reviews.
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24 thoughts on “West Highland Way Accommodation List (Review): Where We Stayed”
Are there any of these that you wouldn’t go back to?
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.
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.
Next time… Hope you enjoyed our WHW experience as much as us! We love Scotland! I love the Glencoe area, we’ll be back!
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
No problem Megan!
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.
Great question, Joe. On the guide, I’ve added the prices and covered a variety of different types of accommodation for all budgets.
Superb site guys….I’m in the initial planning stages for next year and have found your info really useful. How did you find the walk in all actuality? My level of fitness is a 2 at the moment…still healthy enough to reign it back in and I’m officially in training. Any time it all got too much? ????????????????????????????
Hey Alison! I’m relatively fit, do a fitness class five times per week but still ran into problems with Achillies which resulted in sitting out one day. My friend who is an active hiker bowed out of day one then returned again on day four. Just have to accept the body decides! I’ve since done three-day hikes with no issues. Lesson learnt that you should walk for days to prepare and have well worn-in boots.
Thanks for your frankness. Feeling more motivated to get in long walks and am up Goat Fell next weekend… hopefully!
I love Arran! We never made it up Goat Fell because their annual run was on so did a smaller hike instead. Try the West Island Way too. The first day is stunning. Keep in contact and let me know how you get on. Are you part of the Women Hiking Outdoors Scotland group on FB?
Hello, thanks for the awesome information on the WHW! I never could find the name of the company you used to transport your bags. Can you share this info?
There’s lots of the market, Kari. AMS Scotland as an example. Hope you have a great hike!
Hi! Great blog, thanks for the info! I’m wondering if you think the town of Glencoe is worth a visit? Is it worth taking a taxi into town from Kingshouse to either visit or spend the night?
Glencoe is 100% worth a drive through. It’s one of my favourite places in Scotland. To get to Kingshouse you will drive through Glencoe. Hope that helps?
Hi guys im hopeing to walk W.H.W in june 2022 would be very greatfull with a bit of info on hostels not to far from trail or b&b walking for 6 days alone kind regards brendan
Hi Brendan, you will find all the accommodation information we have in this guide. Enjoy your hike planning!