On Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 15 Mid Tipp hillwalkers flew to Glasgow to undertake the iconic long distance Scottish walk, the West Highland Way, a journey of 96 miles from Glasgow to Fort William. The walk took six days to complete and took in some of the finest scenery in Scotland from Loch Lomond to Glen Nevis under the towering bulk of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The walk is listed in National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 trails and the route is steeped in Scottish history.
The six days allowed us to complete the walk in manageable chunks, although there were two long and arduous days of over 20 miles each. The weather was reasonable and we were rewarded with fantastic views throughout the week.
Our accommodation during the week was in charming village B&Bs and remote hotels along the route whose principal livelihood appears to be provided by hikers. Hospitality was first class and hearty Scottish breakfasts each morning set us up for the day.
All in all a really enjoyable walk and achievable for anybody with a good level of fitness who is used to long days in the hills.