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
Table of Contents
- West Highland Way Accommodation List
- Milngavie Accommodation
- Day 2: Inverarnan Hotels
- Camping Tyndrum
- Hostels in Tyndrum
- Day 3: Bridge of Orchy
- Bridge of Orchy Hostel
- Bridge of Orchy camping
- Day 4: Kings House (Glencoe)
- Hostels at Glencoe
- Day 5: Kinlochleven Accommodation
- Kinlochlevel Hostel
- Day 6: Fort William Accommodation
- Walking the West Highland Way? Why not pin to Pinterest board!
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
Note: this was the best West Highland Way bed and breakfast, highly recommend
Accommodation: Oak 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
Day 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)
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
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
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.
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
Day 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)
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
Day 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).