By: Blonde One
This is a long distance route that cuts across Scotland, covering 96 miles of stunning mountain and loch landscapes. Brummie, our ex-Young Leader, now friend, has always wanted to walk it. I can now see why! I did a short section of it recently and was rewarded with very well marked paths, stunning mountain vistas, lochs shimmering beautifully in the sun and little villages doing their level best to survive being in this harsh winter environment.
The route was occasionally decorated with sculptures celebrating the area. In this case the salmon that inhabit the River Leven and the birds of prey that hunt them.
I too, like Brummie, would love to walk the whole thing. The site Www.west-highland-way.co.uk seems to be full of information to make this wish more of a reality. There are links to accommodation, luggage transfer and detailed notes on each section.
The section I walked headed south east from Kinlochleven. I spent several solitary hours moseying along, enjoying breathtaking mountain views, initially following the River Leven, then the industrial pipes. The ‘Old Military Road was well defined and fairly easy going (once I got to the top of the 450m climb and if you avoid the ice) and took me part way on the West Highland Way.
I was sorry to have to turn back to return to my starting point but the pill was sweetened when I got chatting to a lovely lady – Inga – from Belgium, who was going the same way. We walked the last hour together and compared notes about our Scottish adventures. I think in this case my Mum would be ok with me ‘talking to strangers’ and ‘going off with strangers’!