Camping the West Highland Way

Here is some Information and TIPS you need for camping the West Highland Way.

You will find that many stops along the way will have places to find food and drink.
Meaning you don’t need to take so much food with you.

Milngavie,Drymen,Balmaha,Crianlarich,Tyndrum,Kinlochleven and Fortwilliam all have shops and pubs/Hotel restaurants where you can easily find food and drinks.
The most remote section is between Tyndrum and Kinlochleven but you can easily find food at Bridge of orchy hotel/Glencoe mountain resort cafe and Kingshouse hotel pub/bar.

The most difficult section on the whole route is between Rowardennan and Inverarnan.
We Highly recommend setting off nice and early this day to help you negotiate the terrain.
This section can also be dangerously slippery when wet so be extra careful with footing.

* Please note * not many places will accept your bags to be dropped off with them if you don’t have a booking with them so please make sure you book your pitches in advance.

The places camping friendly for bag drops are (obviously) all the campsites + Rowardennan youth hostel (They have 10 pitches available first come first serve basis)/ Bridge of Orchy hotel (you can wild camp at bridge) / Inveroroan Maurices cottage.(you can wild camp at bridge)

At Rowardennan youth hostel they have 10 pitches available at a first come first serve basis. If they are full then you can wild camp outside the no camping zone approx 1mile north.

You wont be able to have your bags dropped off anywhere else unless you have booked with them.

Various routes can be done depending on fitness levels.

Starting point is Milngavie town centre just a short walk from the baggage freedom drop off point at Milngavie train station car park between 8/9am each morning.

Route Options below

Milngavie to

West Highland way campsite, Approx 5 miles
Drymen campsite, Approx 11 miles
Millarochy campsite, Approx 18 miles
Cashel campsite, Approx 19 miles
Sallochy campsite Approx 20 miles
Other option ( Rowardennan youth hostel wild camping ) Approx 23 miles

These locations above would get you through day 1 and 2 depending on your fitness levels.

Rowardennan to

Beinglas campsite, Approx 14 miles
Strathfillan wigwams, Approx 23 miles
Pine trees / Highland holidays, Approx 24 miles
By the way campsite, Approx 25 miles
Other options ( Bridge of orchy hotel wild camping ) Approx 31 miles

These locations above would get you through day 3 and 4 depending on fitness levels.

Tyndrum to

Bridge of orchy hotel ( wild camping behind the hotel ) Approx 7 miles
Inveroran maurices cottage ( wild camping down at the bridge ) Approx 10 miles
Glencoue Mountain resort campsite, Approx 19 miles

These locations above would get you through day 5  depending on fitness levels.

Glencoe mountain resort to

Blackwater campsite, Approx 10 miles
Macdonald campsite, Approx 11 miles

These locations above would get you through day 6 depending on fitness levels.

Kinlochleven to the Final stage Fortwilliam.

Glen nevis campsite, Approx 15 miles
Ben nevis holiday park campsite, Approx 18 miles

These locations above would get you through day 7 depending on fitness levels.

If you would prefer to leave the same day you finish the walk we also offer return transport back to Milngavie or Glasgow.
Or we can leave your bags in the lockers at Fortwilliam train station. (£5 locker fee applies)

I hope this breakdown of camping locations was useful and will help you plan your own adventure camping the west highland way.

Below is the route we have recommended for camping the west highland way.

day 1 Milngavie – Drymen
Milngavie to
Drymen campsite 07494144064

day 2 Drymen – Rowardennan
Drymen campsite to
Sallochy campsite 01360870142

day 3 Rowardennan – Inveranan
Sallochy campsite to
Beinglas campsite 01301704281

day 4 Inveranan – Tyndrum
Beinglas campsite to
Tyndrum by the way campsite 01838400333

day 5 Tyndrum – Glencoe mountain
Tyndrum by the way campsite to
Glencoue mountain resort campsite 01855851226

day 6 Glencoe mountain – Kinlochleven
Glencoe mountain resort campsite to
Blackwater campsite or Macdonald campsite 01855831253 01855831902

day 7 Kinlochleven – Fortwilliam
Blackwater campsite or Macdonald campsite to
Fortwilliam Glen nevis campsite. 01397702191
Fortwilliam Ben nevis holiday park campsite. 01397703446

Useful contact numbers for camping

west highland way campsite 07488261730
drymen campsite 07494144064
millarochy campsite 01360870236
cashel campsite 01360870234
sallochy campsite 01360870142
rowardennan youth hostel 01360870259
beinglas campsite 01301704281
strathfillan wigwams campsite 01838400298
highland holidays / pine trees campsite 01838400349
by the way campsite 01838400333
bridge of orchy hotel wild camping 01838400208
inveroran maurices cottage wild camping 01838400247
glencoue mountain resort campsite 01855851226
blackwater campsite 01855831253
macdonald campsite 01855831902
glen nevis campsite 01397702191
ben nevis holiday park campsite 01397703446

Don’t forget to book your Baggage Freedom 07508940915