Details, walking the Scottish Highlands

Sunday, March 13, 2011; F04

Details
Getting there

British Airways offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles and BWI Marshall to Glasgow from $692 round trip.

Trains depart for Milngavie from both Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street several times an hour. One-way fare is about $9. Trains return to Glasgow Central from Inverness every two hours. Fares vary widely

but are usually around $50 one way.

Where to stay

The Ways are served by a wide assortment of bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs and hotels. Easyways (www.easyways.com), a walker's accommodations service, will make arrangements for you at several different price levels.

Some favorites:

Ardlui Hotel

Ardlui, Loch Lomond

011-44-1301-704-243

www.ardlui.com

Across the loch from the trail with its own boat to ferry you. Singles about $115 per night.

West Highland Way Sleeper Bridge of Orchy Station, Bridge of Orchy 011-44-1838-400548

www.westhighlandwaysleeper.co.uk A bunkhouse in a train station. Bunk with linens, dinner and breakfast from $54.

Loch Ness Youth Hostel

Glenmoriston, Inverness-shire

011-44-1320-351-274

www.syha.org.uk

Right on the shore of the loch. Bunks $31.

Hebrides Guest House

120a Glenurquhart Rd., Inverness

011-44-1463-220-062

www.hebrides-guesthouse.co.uk

A classic B&B just a mile from the end of the trail. Rooms from $33 per person per night.

Where to eat

Oak Tree Inn

Balmaha, Loch Lomond

011-44-1360-870-357

www.oak-tree-inn.co.uk

A gastro-pub with modern spins on Scottish classics. Main courses from $16.

Real Food Cafe

Main St., Tyndrum

011-44-1838-400-235

www.therealfoodcafe.com

Fish and chips plus natural foods. The Fish Tea Deal, a complete meal, is about $14.

Information

www.west-highland-way.co.uk

www.greatglenway.com

Both trails have bag-carrying services. Travel-lite (www.travel-lite-uk.com) covers the West Highland Way. Several companies serve the Great Glen Way and are listed on the trail's Web site.

Make Tracks (www.maketracks.net), Contours Walking Holidays (www.contours.co.uk) and Sherpa Expeditions (www.sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk) provide a package of bag transport and accommodations booking for the entire route.

B.Y.

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