4. The West High­land Way

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Eas­ily Scot­land’s most pop­u­lar long-dis­tance path and the flag­ship of its 29 Great Trails, the WHW usu­ally scores highly in every sur­vey of read­ers’ am­bi­tions that CW com­piles. It’s not hard to see why: start­ing just north of Glas­gow, it runs for 96 miles through the heart of the Grampians (qv) up to Fort Wil­liam. The three-day sec­tion along Loch Lomond di­vides opin­ion; it’s beau­ti­ful but there’s a lot of clam­ber­ing across gnarly tree roots along the steep shore­line, with not much sight of the loch. But the north­ern end– across Ran­noch Moor, up the Devil’s Stair­case (above) and through Lairig­mòr – is mag­i­cal. It stays mainly low, but if you want big stuff there’s a high-level vari­ant – just Google ‘Not the West High­land Way’. WALK IT: Check out the of­fi­cial web­site at www. west­high­land­way.org; route is way­marked and on OS maps.

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