There’s a hidden valley!
Dr Terry Marsh, guidebook writer
Some years ago, when my guide to the Way was first published, someone from the Daily Telegraph rang me saying they were writing a feature about the West Highland Way. ‘It’s 95 miles, right?’, he said. ‘So what’s the best bit?’
I said it was the 93 miles in the middle. The Way starts in a commercial car park, but within minutes is in Mugdock Country Park. Every step after that is a delight, all the way to the final walk out alongside the road in Glen Nevis. I still stand by that. You can’t fault any part of the West Highland Way for walking pleasure. But if I had to single out one section, I’d say it was the Lairig Mòr, the hidden valley above Kinlochleven that leads right through to Fort William. It’s hard to beat for solitude and sheer joy. Terry is the author of The West Highland Way, Cicerone, £14.95.