Women on the way

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 trip has been cancelled.  Please reach out to us if this experience speaks to you and we will reconnect when 2021 dates are set!!

Adventure Awaits

Women on the Way – eight days walking along the stunning 96 mile West Highland Way in Scotland. Guided by two powerful leaders, your experience will be filled with self-discovery, 1:1 coaching, and a community of support. A wonderful opportunity to explore our world, while taking in the Scottish landscape and breathing in the crisp air of a land of fiery and bold women. Dive deeper through personal coaching, facilitated group activities, and the time and space to just be.

Limited to just 10 women, this experience is designed for those who want to live their best lives.

The Experience

10 women, 3 pre-trip coaching calls, 8 full days in Scotland, 3 post-trip coaching calls… 1 life changing experience.  

In August, pre-trip coaching will begin. During this time of preparation, we will talk through basic trail and travel logistics to ensure you feel well-prepared. In addition, we will work with you to set individual intentions for walking and address any fears or inner critics before the trip. You will customize your travel schedule to suit your needs, and we will meet everyone in Milngaive on the afternoon of Sept 06. This will be our first stop and where we all arrive and settle. Here you will connect with your community, enjoy a group dinner, clear anything that won’t serve you on your adventure and settle in for a good nights rest. 

For the next 7 days, we will start each morning with a hearty breakfast and time for grounding and connection. During the day, you will have plenty of space for silent contemplation as well as access to 1:1 coaching as needed. We will be sure to add some surprises along the way to inspire play, growth and discovery. We will end each day exploring a new town, engaging in group reflection and resting to be ready for the next day. Some evenings we will have dinner as a group and some evenings you will have open time for yourself. On September 13th we will arrive in Fort William, the end of the West Highland Way. After our final evening, our time together in Scotland will end on September 14. From here, you can continue your independent travels or return to Glasgow. Following a few weeks of integration, we will connect once again as a group and for 2:1 coaching. The post-trip calls will allow you to share your experience highlights and low lights with the community, plus the individual coaching will offer new insights and tactics to support your continued self discovery.

We will build a community of support that goes beyond the eight days in Scotland and together we will learn lessons that last a lifetime.

Why the WAy

In April 2019, I spent two weeks solo traveling in Scotland. The focus of the trip was to walk the West Highland Way. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about myself while walking. Covering almost 100 miles on foot is a beautiful way to experience a country and forces one to slow down. It took almost 3 days for the chatter in my head to quiet before I could be in the moment and step into the experience. While walking I started dreaming of creating a coaching/ leadership program on the Way. Walking the West Highland Way was a great experience yet I knew it could be much more powerful. This led me to create Women on the Way, combining coaching and personal development with tranquil Scottish countryside and self discovery.  

The Price

2021 pricing will be coming soon 

A 10% non-refundable deposit reserves your spot today! 

Included:

  • A personally guided walk on the West Highland Way in Scotland
  • 8 days of coaching and facilitated group activities
  • 4 group coaching calls with all 10 women (two before the trip and two after)
  • 2 personal coaching calls with both leaders (one before the trip and one after)
  • 8 nights lodging at B&Bs and country inns along the West Highland Way
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Baggage transfer
This trip is an investment in the change you will make in your life and the dreams you are working to achieve. Purchased individually, a guided trip on the West Highland Way, a week of personal development and six coaching calls would cost much more than this program. Dreams are priceless.
 
Not Included: Air transportation to Scotland; transfers to hotel in Milngaive and from Fort William to departure airport; lunches and 4 dinners; gratuities; alcoholic beverages and other items of a personal nature.

The Route

The Details

2021 dates coming

  • Day 1: Arrive in Milngavie around 3pm
  • Day 2: Walk 12 miles from Milngavie to Drymen: Along this relatively flat first section of the route you will walk along a river and a few small lochs before ending the day in Drymen on the edge of a National Park.
  • Day 3: Walk 14.5 from Drymen to Rowardennan: The day begins with a slow climb towards Conic Hill as you start to see views of Loch Lomond.  Descending Conic Hill you walk along the loch to Rowardennan.
  • Day 4: Walk 13.5 miles from Rowardennan to Inverarnan: This day is spent along Loch Lomond with amazing views as the landscape starts to change from the softer lowlands to the highland.
  • Day 5: Walk 12 miles from Inverarnan to Tyndrum: Starting along the River Falloch, you will pass the halfway point around lunch time and then follow the River Cononish into Tyndrum.
  • Day 6: Walk 19.5 miles from Tyndrum to Kingshouse: This is the longest day on the way and will also cover some of the most remote landscape as you cross through beautiful glens with amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Day 7: Walk 8.5 miles from Kingshouse to Kinlochleven: A shorter day that starts with a climb up the Devil’s Staircase.  This pass offers some amazing views and is followed by a long slow descent into Kinlochleven.
  • Day 8: Walk 15 miles from Kinlochleven to Fort William: This last day has it all, a bit of a climb, traversing glens, views of lochs, and a forested decent into Fort William where the last mile takes you through town to the official end of the West Highland Way.
  • Day 9: Onward travel from Fort William

More information on each section of the trail can be found through the West Highland Way Management Group

 
Lodging

Women on the Way trip includes overnight accommodation in a mixture of country inns, small hotels, guest houses and B&B’s. We partner with Macs Adventures to arrange the accommodations and they have worked with many of these locations for over 10 years.   

B&B in Tyndrum

Macs Adventures carefully selects each accommodation choosing locations that are especially welcome to walkers and showcase traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Rooms are always en suite and will be a mixture of shared and single occupancy.  If there is a need for only single rooms please contact me to discuss details.  

Food

Breakfast is included each morning and the accommodation may be able to provide a packed lunch on request which can be arranged on arrival. Alternatively, there are local shops and lunch stops along the way. Dinner in Milngaive, Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Kingshouse, and Fort William will be included.  Other nights, you will be free to explore the area and eat at a restaurant of your choosing.  

Dietary restrictions can be hard to accommodate as there are not a lot of dining options.  I am vegetarian and found myself eating a lot of pub veggie burgers.  If you have dietary restrictions please contact me to talk about the options.

Needed Equipment

  • Day pack (21L-35L, waterproof or with a rain cover)
  • Hiking boots or trail running shoes (waterproof)
  • Comfortable clothing for walking: hiking pants, long sleeved shirt, and short sleeved shirt (synthetic, quick-dry, lightweight)
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Rain gear: jacket and pants (waterproof, breathable)
  • Water bottles (two 1-quart) or hydration system

Travel Documents

  • Airline tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
  • Final Women on the Way itinerary (emailed prior to departure date)
  • Valid passport

Additional Items:

  • Luggage (1 piece, weighing no more than 45lbs)
  • Casual clothing for evenings in town
  • Lightweight, breathable shoes for evenings
  • Fleece/Wool jacket or sweater
  • Liner socks (synthetic)
  • Underwear (quick drying)
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Toiletries and personal medications 
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Trekking poles

You might also consider

  • Camera and accessories
  • Electrical adapter/converter
  • Energy snacks or granola bars
  • Lightweight reusable container for lunch

When should I purchase my airline tickets?

After your trip is confirmed.  You will receive email confirmation when the trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants signing up.  If you haven’t received this email, please check with us before purchasing your tickets.

How to I get to Milngavie?

Most people will choose to fly into the Glasgow Airport which is located 8 miles west of the city. From there you can catch a Citylink bus to the Glasgow Central train station. Regularly scheduled ScotRail trains provide service to Milngavie (about a 25 min train ride). If you wish to explore Scotland before the trip, most of the country is connected by the Citylink bus and ScotRail.

What happens once I reach Fort William?  

If you wish to explore more of Scotland onward travel to Inverness or Mallaig is possible by ScotRail train. Or you may wish to, return to Glasgow on the West Highland Line railway line (approx. 4 hours) to catch a flight home. 

Do I carry all my bags?

No.  You will carry a day pack and your main bag will be collected from your B&B each day and moved on to your next location. Because of this, luggage is limited to one bag weighing no more than 45lbs. Additionally, it is recommended that valuables are carried each day in your day pack.

How fit do I need to be?
 
At 96 miles the West Highland Way is not a distance to take lightly. The more ready you are to walk 15 miles a day, the more fun you will have. If you currently don’t enjoy that level of fitness, there is plenty of time to prepare. Regular walking in hilly areas coupled with cross-training is recommended. There are many sample training programs online for walking a half marathon. Following one of these may help provide a plan to prepare for walking long distances.    
 
Is there cell service and WiFi on the trail?
 

I found that my Verizon cell phone with an international service plan did not have good service much of the time on the trail. However, Scottish phones do and I will be carrying a Scottish phone in case of emergency. Each night the accommodation will have WiFi so you can check in with family and friends. Apps like WhatsApp have WiFi calling options that don’t need cell service.  

Is this part of Scotland safe? 

Yes, it is safe. My experience is that beside the occasional feral goat there are no big predators and the people are very kind. The West Highland Way is infused with, what I would call, Trail Culture. Hill walking is a favorite past time in Scotland and everyone I met out on the trail was supportive of each other. 

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance will be provided for everyone and is included in the price of this trip.  

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at time of booking to secure space. Full payment is required 60 days before departure date. Because accommodations are booked in advance and there are costs to cancelling a trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:

  • 61+ days prior to departure = $500 deposit
  • 31 to 60 days prior to departure = 25% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
  • 15 to 30 days prior to departure = 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
  • 0 to 14 days prior to departure = 75% of the trip cost is non-refundable

If a trip has to be canceled or cut short due to a medical emergency, this will often be covered by the travel insurance.  More details on covered instances will be included in pre-trip information packet.

What is the weather like in September?

In September, the climate is generally cool with daytime temperatures in the high 50s and evening temperatures dropping about 10 degrees. Rain showers are likely so proper rain gear is important.  

We look forward to having you join us for Women on the Way! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Photos from the trail in 2019

the WEst HIghland Way by Drone