West Highland Way

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s premier long distance path. The 154km (96 mile) route starts at Milngavie near Glasgow. It passes through Mugdock Country Park, follows the shores of Loch Lomond passing Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, crossing Rannoch Moor, and past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe. After climbing the Devil’s Staircase it then descends to sea level to cross the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis. The path finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.

I have wanted to undertake this walk for many years and now have the opportunity to do so. Taking the Caledonian Sleeper train from London’s Euston station this evening I shall leave it at Westerton station just to the north west of Glasgow before 6 a.m. Monday morning. A couple of miles walk will see me at Milngavie where an obelisk in the town centre marks the start of the walk.

Come with me as the terrain progresses from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands. I intend to complete the walk in 5 days, staying in hotels or pubs along the way, but without using the services of a baggage transport company. I shall instead carry everything with me, aiming to get underway earlyish each morning so as to leave plenty of time towards the end of each day to write about my experiences.

I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!