Where can I get food?

The West Highland Way is better than many walks for getting supplies each day, you're never far from a shop or a pub apart from the Loch Lomond section. Below is a guide to help you find food, water and supplies along the route.

Fort William

There are many shops in Fort William to stock up on food if you want and plenty of places to get something to eat and drink before your West Highland Way walk starts and food to take with you to eat on the first day. There are small shops and even a large Morrisons supermarket near the start and plenty Outdoor shops if you feel you have forgotten something to take with you. No point taking a load of food though as you can get some most days.


There is a small Co-op shop in Kinlochleven which is open from early in the morning until about 10pm at night so it's handy for grabbing a sandwich to take with you the next day or to grab something to cook if you are staying at the Bunkhouse. There is also the choice of eating in Pubs, cafes or the chip shop. Kinlochleven also has an ATM machine if you want to withdraw some cash.


A West Highland Way wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Kinghouse Hotel and a drink and a rest in the Hikers Bar at the back of it and maybe a bite to eat. A little further on, Glencoe Ski resort has a cafe just slightly off the path but it's well signposted.

Bridge Of Orchy

You might be getting the bus or train from here to somewhere cheaper to stay the night but if you have some time to wait, pop into the Hotel and have a rest and a drink and maybe something to eat if you can't wait until you get to your accommodation. If it's a cold day, it's far better to wait here in the warmth and have a drink than stand at a cold bus stop across the road or up the hill at the train station where there are no indoors waiting rooms.


There are a couple of shops as you enter Tyndrum, one is open until about 8pm and also a couple of cafes. At the other end of the Village on the main road is an expensive but tasty chip shop where you can either eat in, or take it away to your accommodation if you prefer. There are also a couple of pubs if you fancy a drink.


You probably won't visit here unless you are staying the night at Crianlarich as it's a bit of a trek down a hill then back up again. If you visit Crianlarich though, there are a couple of pubs/hotels in the village plus a Londis shop which opens early every day but closes about 6pm.


Inverarnan has no shops but the Beinglas Campsite which you walk beside as you enter Inverarnan has a small shop in it, selling the basics but also things like blister plasters. There is also a pub and restaurant here or the Drovers Inn is a short walk from the main trail which is where you might get a bus if you are staying the night at Tyndrum or Crianlarich.

Loch Lomond Section

The section between Inverarnan and Balmaha is quite secluded and getting food or drink along the way is very limited so make sure you have water before you leave Inverarnan. About 6 miles from Inverarnan is the Inversnaid Hotel, where I often stop for a drink, a rest and for a bit of warmth. The next place you can get such "luxuries" is much further away at Rowardennan, which has a Pub and then Millarochy Campsite has a small shop but this is only about 2 miles from Balmaha.


If you are staying at the Bunkhouse or in a Bed and Breakfast, you might eat at the Oak Tree Inn but if you prefer, Balmaha has a village shop which is open until about 8pm, you'll find enough choice here to eat and drink and you can grab a sandwich and water here in the morning before you set off.


If you are staying the night in Drymen or simply taking a detour there for a rest before the last section to Milngavie, there is a Spar shop open until about 10pm at night to grab some lunch from and water, there's also a cafe just around the corner and a couple of pubs.


There are plenty little shops and cafes in Milngavie if you fancy something to eat before setting off for home or for taking with you for the journey. The finish is in the Shopping Precinct so you don't have far to go to get food and the Railway Station is close by.