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Peak times are May,July and August, accommodation can be booked up months in advance so it is strongly advised you book your accommodation to avoid any disappointment. Most people start their walk on a Saturday, another option would be to start on a weekday and in this way you will have a better chance of finding the accommodation you require.

Camping -allows a greater flexibility in your schedule as there are often spaces available throughout the year in most campsites. Remember, your rucksack will be heavy as you will need to carry all your equipment. Please use the official campsites. Services available include toilets, showers and in some cases laundrettes, drying rooms and shops.

PLEASE note that CAMPING BYELAWS are in force on the east side of Loch Lomond from 1st March until the 31st of October, please use offcial campsites (4 in the area). For more information go to- http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/images/stories/Visiting/PDF/LochLomondCampBy.pdf

Wild camping - Access legislation in Scotland (see exclusion above) gives people the right of access over most land and water as long as they do so responsibly. Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Namely:-

  • LIGHTING FIRES - Never cut down or damage trees. Use a stove if possible. If you must have an open fire keep it small and under control and remove all traces before leaving.
  • HUMAN WASTE - Carry a trowel and bury your waste and urinate well away from open water, rivers and streams.
  • LITTER- Take away all of your rubbish, particularly bottles, cans and plastics and leave your campsite as tidy as you would wish to find it.

Wild camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and for only two or three nights in one place. Do not camp in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and keep well away from buildings, roads or historic structures. Do not assume that you can use toilets and showers at formal facilities that are privately owned. Be courteous and check in advance with an establishment if you can use their facilities and offer to pay for the service you receive.

Bothies - These are unlocked huts with a sleeping platform and fire place. They are cared for by the Mountain Bothies Association www.mountainbothies.org.uk. They offer very basic, free accommodation but you must follow the bothy code. Remember to take a sleeping bag and mat.

Bunkhouses and hostels - There is a wide range of very comfortable bunkhouses and hostels along the Way. These are low budget but mean you do not have to carry camping equipment. All have mattresses or beds to sleep on and many have full cooking facilities. You will need to check whether you need to take your sleeping bag.

Bed and Breakfast (B&B) - Using the good quality B&B accommodation along the West Highland Way allows you to travel light and also get a glimpse into traditional Scottish food and culture. B&Bs provide a very personal and friendly service.

Guest Houses and Hotels - These are larger than a B&B, often providing an evening meal and a comfortable lounge. There are a number of good hotels along the route that are very welcoming and are set up for receiving walkers. Hotels are often more expensive and do not offer the one to one service received in a B&B.

Booking Accommodation - There are a number of businesses which will provide users of the Way with booked accommodation packages, detail of which can be found by selecting “ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES” from the ‘Select Business Type’ and “WHOLE ROUTE” from the ‘Select Region’ drop down lists at the top of any of the pages, then click on search. Some B&B providers can also provide you with this type of service and accomodation advice.