komoot planned a hike.
May 8, 2019
This section of the West Highland Way affords the first taste of wild beauty that the route is renowned for.
Taking you along the remote northern shores of Loch Lomond—where the water is 620 feet (189 meters) deep in places—this section of the trail is home to birds of prey, including the golden eagle and the osprey, as well as wild goats.
Roughly halfway through this stage, you arrive at the picturesque hamlet of Inversnaid. At the entrance to the hamlet, you encounter beautiful waterfall which you can get close to via the adjacent footbridge. There is opportunity for refreshment here, too.
When you leave Inversnaid, the terrain can be challenging and care is needed. However, the feeling of remoteness and the abundant beauty is well worth it.
As you reach the edge of the lake, the water narrows, allowing you to make use of accommodation on both sides of the water. There are a few bothies and wild camping spots along this section, too, if you fancy a night under the stars, free of charge.
When you reach Inverarnan, try heading for a drink in the Drovers Inn, where you will meet fellow West Highland Way hikers.
There is a range of accommodation in Inverarnan. For more information, visit: visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/inverarnan-p244171.