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?
4 thoughts on “A Journey Complete”
Congrats guys on completing the trek. Looks like the weather really cooperated. Were you able to dodge the midges??
Thanks Jim! The weather was completely unexpected. I was prepared for cold and rain. Instead, it was hot and sunny. That did mean that the midges were beginning. They were tolerable but irritating in the morning and evening. Much later in the spring or summer and I think they’d be horrible. If I were to do it again, I’d go earlier in the spring or wait until fall.
Hi Justin, The area you hiked looks very rugged and beautiful. Wish I could be there in Scotland. Thanks for the photos.
On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 7:50 AM, Eating Snow Around the World wrote:
> Justin posted: “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 littl” >
Looks like another amazing hike and so wonderful that Silvi could join you this year! Maybe you can let her pick the route for the next hike.