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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The Southern Terminus of the WHW

    In the village of Milngavie (pronounced Mul-Guy for some reason), there is an obelisk marking the southern terminus of the West Highland Way, and my end of this section.
    I always convince myself that completing a section is a good reason for a reward. Although, I stick to a pretty tight budget, a donation from Lauren in Fort Wayne, Indiana let me sit down to a giant cafe latte and carrot cake without guilt. Thank you Lauren!


    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Loch Lomond

    Guess which part of this picture reminded me of home back in Indiana?

    Not only was the trail dry and bogless, I wasn't rained on every day on The West Highland Way. It's amazing what that does for morale.

    The trail skirted the forested east side of Loch Lomond for about 20 miles. This was one of my favorite sections of the West Highland Way, primarily because I was surrounded by trees.

    This forest is home to many feral mountain goats.
    A few miles in, the trail passed the Falls of Inversnaid. A great place to hike with the fall foliage.

    A tree on the shore of Loch Lomond that I loved. I'm not exactly sure why, but I think because it looks like it could have walked there from the forest.

    Near the end of this section of trail, I was lucky enough to spot the elusive 8-legged cow.

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    The Start of The West Highland Way

    This is Ben Nevis in the morning fog on my way to start the West Highland Way.
    First opened in 1980, this 95-mile trail is the first and most popular long distance footpath in Scotland. Somehow I always find myself doing the trails backwards, so I never meet anyone else going my way.
    I had no idea until seeing this "white blaze," that the West Highland Way joined the International Appalachian Trail in 2010.

    Imagine this being your yard, walking out of your front door every day to distant views with no neighbors or development of any kind in sight.

    Also imagine running out toilet paper or pouring a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch then realizing you have no milk. 

    This is the top of what is called The Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the West Highland Way at 1,850 feet.

     It was actually nice to be on easy trail for a few days. And best of all, it's all well-maintained, well-marked, hard-packed trail with no bogs or going days with wet feet. A nice change of pace after the Cape Wrath Trail.