(Not) The West Highland Way – Day 0

Set out from home in South Devon at 0900 to catch two buses, a plane, another bus and then a train.

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At 1700, I’m in Milngavie, ready to start the WH Way. welcome

The path heads north and you are soon walking through a country park, heading through the Kyber Pass.khyber-pass

Apart from signs, the route ahead was pretty clear – easy to follow, but tough on the feet.

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After the country park, the first glimpses of the highlands appears on the horizon

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The route continued onwards, mainly following very obvious tracks, paths and roads

Just before 10pm, I arrived at Garadbhan Forest, 14 miles of the trail completed. Being so far north, there was still plenty of light to get my tent set up; nevertheless, camping sites were not exactly abundant, so I wandered off a side trails and pitched on the first flat spot, feet and shoulders aching and ready for some sleep.

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My (Not) The West Highland Way route

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My (Not) The West Highland Way route – click to open in Social Hiking

My route for walking (Not) The West Highland Way has now now been plotted and printed and to keep family updated. I have set it up in Social Hiking as well, which you can access here.

As with all plans this is subject to change; for each of the mountain stages, I have foul-weather alternates, which basically mean sticking to the official West Highland Way route.

Thanks to Viewranger BuddyBeacon, I should be able to report progress to the map when  mobile service allows.

Nevertheless, can’t wait to get started.

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