WHW DAY 1
FROM: Milngarvie TO: Dryman (17km)
Total kms walked on this walk: 17
Accumulated kms walked:
Today we left Glasgow by train to the starting point of The West Highland Way, Milgarvie . On the train we met a man attempting to hike all mountains over 1000ft in Scotland. I think there is over 100 of them
When walking, I like to get up early and try to walk at least 10km by morning tea, so today’s late start doesn't fit well with me. However starting with cake and coffee in the Main Street of Milngavie was a pleasant surprise. Sitting outside in the morning sunlight watching fellow walkers, walk past was a little surreal. This walk is living up to our plan of taking it easy and really enjoying the scenery.
We are both trying out new shoes The Spunky Rooster has bought the newest in sandal technology with a pair of Keens Arroyo II. I have gone back to my Keen Terradora's this time the shoe rather than the half boot, these seem to give my feet the least amount of problems.
These boards where located in several location along the way, telling the stories of the different people that would have lived along then s trail in history.I really enjoyed reading the stories.I wonder if our life will ever be on a story board?
Today was so picturesque typical country Scotland rolling hills, little creeks and a loch thrown in for good measure. And a guy walking to the local pub 4km away, The Spunky Rooster was impressed by his dedication.
"Lives have swivel and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.”
― Bryce Courtenay
THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY
DISTANCE: 154km 7 days
DESCRIPTION: Ending in Fort William this trail takes in a huge variety of scenery along the way. From countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains.It is both spectacular and serene.
This walk was never on our radar until we got a Workaway offer from someone in Lochailort in the Scottish Highlands. Hannah who we were walking with at the time said we had to visit the Highlands it was a magical place. So true to our 'New' life ethos, to trust in the universe we said yes to the Workaway, and started researching The West Highland Way. This was the only long distance hike we knew about in Scotland. After a little research we realised that The West Highland Way ends at Fort William, a short train trip from Lochailort. Trust in the Universe!!!
The walk can be done in 5 days, but we have decided on the7 days option to enjoy the promised scenery. Catching an overnight bus from London to Glasgow sets us up to catch the train to Milngavie tomorrow. Which means we should start walking about 10, it’s at a leisurely start to hopefully, a meander in the highlands, and the weather gods are smiling on us, with the forecast indicating 7 day of blue sky.