Max Bronstein | West Highland Way
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West Highland Way

Scotland

West Highland Way

I walked 96 miles over 6 days through the West Highlands, which are one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. The walk took me through Milngavie, Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Glencoe, Kinlochleven and Fort William. The lochs are vast and dominate the landscape as I walked the small and winding footpaths, which run alongside them. I was very lucky with weather and only during nights did the rains come, which allowed me to often strip down to one or two layers, giving me more breathing space when walking. There were wonderful family-run pubs near each campsite, allowing me to taste the local fare and drink – a perfect end to each day. Wild camping is banned in many areas, so I had to often keep walking a few miles more than expected on certain days, till there was a sign for the next campsite, which towards the end of the trip was a welcome relief. Ben Nevis (1345 metres) is an optional part of doing the West Highland Way, as it is in Fort William itself. I had to do this of course (it’s the highest peak in the UK) and last minute adrenaline and a desire to reach the summit helped me through, but photos were difficult due to my GoPro running out of battery by this point and there being a low cloud, meaning every photo I took was unfortunately white. The perk of walking through the highlands are the distilleries and I picked up some gorgeous single malt whisky at the Ben Nevis Distillery and the Glengoyne Distillery for myself and friends. My souvenir from the trip was the portable whisky glass, which is telescopic and folds away neatly into a small case. I will definitely be doing this walk again in the future!

 

Date

August 18, 2015

Category

Hobbies