Saturday, November 03, 2018

The West Highland Way Completed

In 2018 we finally finished the West Highland Way walk which starts in Milngavie and travels 95 miles through the Glens of the West Highland to finish in Fort William.  We started the walk as an idea of a Family Project back in October 2014, Anne and I thinking that it would be an ideal way to focus the family and bring the then emerging teenagers together onto one project. It proved a great idea.  The plan was to do it in stages as and when we could fit it into family life, which often required use of Gran (resident if Milngavie) and Uncle Campbell (resident of Killearn, part of the route) for stop overs and car drops, plus creative use of the west coast Highland railway, cycling, caravanning, and staying in hostels.

October 2014 - at the start in Milngavie Centre.  Matt (left) aged 14, Helen aged 9, Angus aged 12.

October 2018 - completed in Fort William.  4 years on!
It has been an amazing family project, 100% a great thing to do, everyone got around it and whatever was going on with work or GCSEs or A levels, it was always a great relaxation to know we were spending some or two days walking through the Highlands.  Absolutely lovely.  The hardest part was the banks of Loch Lomond (deceptively up and down, bad underfoot), and the most beautiful part was from Bridge of Orchy over Rannoch Moor to Kinlochleven.  Thoroughly recommended!
October 2016, Descending to Inveroran Inn 

April 2018, Crossing Rannoch moor with Glencoe in the Background

A few of the Flickr albums are here:
The middle part October 2016 


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