The West Highland Way (Slighe na Gàidhealtachd an Iar) is the second formal footpath I will be using.
It is 96 miles (154.5 km) long, running from Fort William in the Scottish Highlands to Milngavie, just north of Glasgow. I'll be walking the entire length of this little beauty as well.
The path uses many ancient roads, including drovers' roads, military roads and old coaching roads, and is traditionally walked from south to north... but not by this fella!
The route is commonly walked at a leisurely seven to eight days, but the route can be covered in considerably less time than this. I'll be aiming for around 5 days.
The midges (biting flies) and mosquitoes begin swarming in May and last well into August, some years even September... so I'll have to take on those little blighters and as Scottish weather can be particularly variable, and often unforgiving, the fact that I'll be trekking along this trail in June is no guarantee of bright and dry weather.
The West Highland Way (if walked north to south) passes the foot of Ben Nevis and Fort William, skirts the Mamore Mountains on a military road, ascends significantly from sea level at Kinlochleven before descending the Devil's Staircase. Climbing up from Glen Coe the route crosses the beautiful, but desolate, Rannoch Moor towards Glen Orchy. Then briefly, it's Glen Falloch, Loch Lomond, Conic Hill on the Highland Boundary Fault, the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, an abandoned railway and finally, Milngavie.
The highest point is The Devils Staircase at550 m (1,800 ft) - so although I may be trundling along with my head in the clouds, this will certainly be no walk in the park.
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