There’s a hid­den val­ley!

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover | The West Highland Way -

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.

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