Sunday, March 13, 2011;
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.
Ardlui, Loch Lomond
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
Right on the shore of the loch. Bunks $31.
Hebrides Guest House
120a Glenurquhart Rd., Inverness
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
A gastro-pub with modern spins on Scottish classics. Main courses from $16.
Real Food Cafe
Main St., Tyndrum
Fish and chips plus natural foods. The Fish Tea Deal, a complete meal, is about $14.Information
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.