2014-05-00: West Highland Way

When we talked to other walkers during the Hadrian Wall and Coast-to-Coast walks, the West Highland Way was mentioned as a walk they aspired to. As usual, Susan planned the trip.

The walk began in Milngavie (pronounced MILL-guy), a small town just north of Glasgow. We took a bus there after spending a couple of acclimating days in Glasgow, and stayed in a B&B before the first day of walking. Our stages along the way (with nominal distance ?) were:

  • Milngavie to Drymen
  • Drymen to Rowardennan
  • Rowardennan to Inverarnan
  • Inverarnan to Tyndrum
  • Tyndrum to Inveroran
  • Inveroran to Kingshouse
  • Kingshouse to Kinlochleven
  • Kinlochleven to Fort William

The end of the Way has been changed in recent years. Instead of ending at the edge of Fort William, they’ve added a mile or more of city sidewalk to the downtown shops district, presumably to increase business in the town. This was the least pleasant part of the walk.

Walkers we met along the way mentioned the Great Glen Way as an easier walk, continuing from Fort William to Inverness.

An amazing coincidence occurred on the walk. When we walked the Coast-to-Coast, for a few days we were near two men, Gordon and Brian, who were walking more-or-less together (not planned, just compatible starting and pace). Brian is from Australia, and we learned that he was doing the walk as a celebration of a “significant” birthday (50, I think). His family did not accompany him to England. One day (Susan remembers where) we encountered Brian walking the other way! Susan recognized him, and he recognized us, and we had a rather funny reunion on the path. This time he had brought his wife, and he was just doing parts of the WHW, while she stayed in their caravan. It was just luck that he was going south while we went north on that stretch. We exchanged email addresses to send pictures of the reunion, but we never heard back from him. Here’s one of those pictures:

 

 

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