The West Highland Way: A Scottish Treasure

Scotland’s West Highland Way has become one of the world’s most popular long-distance treks. Sue and I used Charlie Loram’s guidebook to plan our 96-mile walk from Milngavie (Mul-guy) to Fort William. We started in Glasgow, adding 10 miles to the official path.

Loram’s 53 hand-drawn maps were our favorite feature and the guide goes well beyond the usual narrative with many pages of information about accommodation (including camping), food, weather, and much more.

Paul Bissett’s journal of his Highlands walk, From Milngavie to Midges, would work well as a companion to Loram’s guidebook. Bissett completed the walk in just six days and admits he should have taken longer. He offers alternative itineraries and websites that would help hikers plan their walk. His narrative is an easy and quick read.

If you are as fortunate as we were with Scotland’s unpredictable weather, the Highlands walk will unveil spectacular scenery unlike any other. And, if you want to keep going, the Great Glen Way extends the trek to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness.

2 thoughts on “The West Highland Way: A Scottish Treasure

  1. That does make sense. Also looking at your great blogs, so does walking. Like you I have done many long distance paths although I confess I am a lazy trekker and usually go home each evening (my wife kindly drives). West Highland and Southern Upland Way are both in progress although lockdown is getting in the way!


    1. Thank you, Pete. I am nearly finished with my second trekking book and it will include four paths, including the West Highland Way. If you’d like an alert when it is available, send along your email. Best wishes and keep on trekkin’ I appreciate your note!


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