Loch Lomond, Glencoe & Fort William
Travelling from the Lowlands to the Highlands this adventure starts in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. You will leave the crowds and noise behind and trek from the Lowlands, past lochs and through glens into the breath-taking and barren landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Your journey is 96 miles (154km) by foot, bike, canoe and sea kayak, following parts of the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s most iconic trails.
- Fully qualified instructor / guide
- Accommodation (shared camp/hostel)
- Mountain bike hire
- Canoe hire
- Sea kayak hire
- All safety equipment
- Sleeping bag (option to add to your booking)
- Walking boots and warm clothes
- Good level of fitness
H: Included Highlights
Day 1: Glasgow to Loch Lomond - Bike and Hike
Departs Glasgow at 10am. After a pick up from a Glasgow hostel, we transfer from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s biggest city to our starting point at Milngavie, the official starting point for the West Highland Way. After a kit check, we bike north past lochs and through forests and areas such as the ‘Khyber Pass’ as it is known locally, then onwards up Conic Hill from where you can see the line of islands following the Highland boundary fault across Loch Lomond.
Day 2: Loch Lomond to campsite - Kayak and Hike
We take to the water and kayak the world famous Loch Lomond. You have the opportunity to get a truly unique view point of the dramatic Ben Lomond on arguably Scotland's most beautiful loch. Once the camp fire is lit and the dinner is cooked, it’s time to huddle round and gaze up at the stars.
H:Kayak on iconic Loch Lomond
Day 3: Campsite to Bridge of Orchy - Bike and Hike
Travelling by foot and on bike, we follow the River Falloch through stunning gorges, rocky rapids and wide dark peaty pools. We also pass two railway viaducts constructed in the 1890’s to carry the West Highline Line north towards Fort William.
Day 4: Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe - Hike
We bike/hike through one of the most remote areas of Europe along the military road built in the 1700’s by General Wade. Tonight we have another night under canvas in Scotland’s stunning wilderness.
H:Trek through barren Rannoch Moor
H:Spend the night under the stars camping
Day 5: Glencoe to Glencoe Village - Hike and Kayak
We tackle the ‘Devils Staircase’, named by Wade’s soldiers who built the route and into the stunningly beautiful Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of 1692. What better way to truly experience how the Highland clans lived than to literally follow in their footsteps. In the afternoon we take to the water and sea kayak along the gorgeous Loch Leven; a saltwater loch that leads into the Atlantic.
H:Hike into stunning Glencoe
Day 6: Glencoe Village to Fort William - Kayak and Hike
A truly amazing day travelling from the calm inlet of Loch Leven into the open water of Loch Linnhe. End your trip surrounded by open water and beautiful mountains. Arrives into Fort William late afternoon.
- You will be hill-walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and canoeing so a good level of fitness is required
- Mountain biking will be on tracks and paths and the terrain is fairly low level
- Kayaking will be on open lochs and sections of river
- Walking will be on mountain paths
- Activities may change depending on weather conditions
- A sleeping bag is required (can be added to your booking if you're travelling without one)
- Sturdy shoes or boots, warm clothes are required
- A full packing list is available under our Active Trip FAQs Section
- All activity equipment is provided
- We sleep under canvas and occasionally use hostels. Full facilities are generally available.
- The trip is operated by our partners 'Active Outdoor Pursuits'. You will receive full instructions for the equipment and will support you for the entirety of your trip. We know the local area, the wildlife and history and are there to answer any questions. The trip is fully facilitated by a back-up vehicle to transport your gear, so no need to carry any equipment and your luggage is transferred between overnight locations. Camping equipment is set up for your arrival each night although participation in camp life is expected.
- We operate a kitty system, payable on arrival. Alternatively you can choose to do your own thing and bring your own food.
Our Get Active trips are designed to allow you to get in amongst Scotland’s beautiful scenery travelling under your own steam. The trips start from Glasgow or Fort William at 10am (depending on which one you’ve booked) and if you are feeling fit, you can combine both to create 10 days' worth of adventure with a ‘free’ day to climb Ben Nevis... or explore Fort William and have a rest!
What should I pack?
The Scottish weather is famous (or should that be infamous?) for its changeability!
- Warm clothes – 3 sets (Fleece is good)
- Pair of trainers (that you don't mind getting wet/dirty)
- Walking boots (and gaiters if you have them)
- Sleeping Bag (3 season) - you can add to your booking if your travelling without one
- Drinks Bottle
- Head Torch
- Sunglasses and sun cream - we may be lucky!
- Midge repellent (vital, Avon 'Skin So Soft' works well)!
- Mosquito head net
- Toiletries – The most basic essentials only
- Personal medication
What do you provide?
- All technical equipment including canoes and bikes
- Dry bags or Containers
- Stoves & fuel
- Cooking sets including pots, plates and cutlery
- Camping sleep mats
- Food Packs (purchased from the Group kitty)
What is the accommodation like?
This can vary depending on the distance travelled each day. We plan a mix between hostels and camping although full facilities are usually available. If you require a wee bit more comfort you can request an upgrade to B&B / Hotel at time of booking, subject to availability.
How much activity is there each day?
You will be travelling under your own steam from roughly 9am until about 4pm every day. A typical day would involve walking 15 miles, cycling around 30 miles or kayaking 10 miles although this will vary depending on the group and weather conditions.
Is there any training before the trip?
At the start of the trip you’ll be met by your instructor who will explain all the ‘ins and outs’ of each day. They’ll be with you for the whole trip to show you how to use all the equipment safely.
What kind of support is there?
Instructors are with you the whole time and the trip is supported by minibus so you don’t have to worry about carrying all your gear.
How much group participation is there?
Getting active doesn’t just involve being active during the day, everyone mucks in! The tour requires everyone to get involved and cooking and cleaning up / washing up after meals may be required.
Do I have to cook my own food?
We operate a food kitty system payable at the start of the trip. We will provide the food but active participation is expected in the preparation. There will also be opportunities to purchase food en-route. You can provide all your own food if you wish.
Do I need insurance?
We always strongly recommend travel insurance (and please ensure you are covered for the activities on this trip).
Anything else I should know?
We require some information from you to ensure you’re properly kitted out and this is ususally collected at time of booking. If you can't provide this at the time of booking, log into My Trip or eamil us with you Booking Reference number, UK or EUR shoe size, height and weight before departure.
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