Long walks are good for the soul. After nine days of walking from Glasgow to Fort William, I feel refreshed and relaxed. There’s something especially enjoyable about exploring a country by foot. Along the West Highland Way, one passes through quaint little villages, mysterious inky black lochs, ancient ruins, and some of the best mountain scenery the country has to offer.
You could complete this walk more quickly (even a single day!) but why rush it? There’s so much good scenery and, if you have the inclination, countless peaks to climb along the way. Taking a little more time also helps avoid blisters and sore feet. I’ve never seen so many people limping around camp!
I did make one mistake. We started on a Saturday and finished the following weekend. That made for a pretty busy start and finish and it was nearly impossible to find a restaurant with room on arriving in Fort William at the end of the trail. Start on a Monday or Tuesday.
Scotland is a wonderful country to explore by foot, and the West Highland Way a particularly good introduction. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you like. Stay in B&B’s and inns the entire way (with lots of advance planning), wild camp every night (again, with some planning), or a mix of both (with very little planning necessary).
Now, where should I walk next?