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Stage 8: Kinlochleven to Fort William — West Highland Way

19.1 mi
2.2 mph
2,675 ft
1,825 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.48 mi

Climb out of Kinlochleven

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

11.0 mi

View of Ben Nevis

Hiking Highlight

15.2 mi

Fort William

Hiking Highlight

15.8 mi
19.1 mi

View over Fort William

Hiking Highlight

Tour Profile


Hiking Path: 7.40 mi
Path: 5.96 mi
Footpath: 3.84 mi
Street: 0.36 mi
Road: 1.04 mi
State Road: 0.46 mi


Natural: 3.56 mi
Unpaved: 1.53 mi
Gravel: 8.07 mi
Paved: 0.58 mi
Asphalt: 1.46 mi
Unknown: 3.86 mi

Weather Forecast

komoot planned a hike.

May 8, 2019


  • komoot

    The final stage of the West Highland Way begins with a very steep climb out of Kinlochleven which is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and get the blood pumping for Fort William.

    The challenging section ascends 700 feet (213 meters) in one mile (one-and-a-half kilometers), before easing off and rewarding you to view back over Kinlochleven with the River Leven running majestically through the middle.

    The route continues through Lairigmor, which affords leisurely hiking between grandiose mountains, and eventually reaches woodland and forestry plantations.

    Eventually Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, comes into sight. If you want to get a really great view of the mountain, there are plenty of opportunities to climb the valley sides.

    However, you get an especially good view from the summit of Dun Deardail, an iconic Iron Age fort, as shown on this route. If you do decide to follow this detour it will add roughly 20 minutes to the day.

    Following this, you are on the home straight and the rest of the route descends gently all the way to Fort William. When you reach the official end point, it is definitely time for a hearty meal and a wee Scottish celebration. Congratulations!

    However, on the off-chance you are keen for more, you can climb to the summit of Cow Hill for an awe-inspiring view over Fort William, Loch Linnhe and the route you have just taken. This detour will add around 90 minutes to the day.

    There is a range of accommodation in the town Fort William and plenty of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. For more information, visit: visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/fort-william.

    • May 8, 2019