West Highland Way

The nights are getting longer, the days shorter (a bit self evident) and the weather is becoming colder.

It means the fire is lit every evening and the central heating is on around 16.00 – I’m warm blooded, you see. Really I was meant for sunnier climes!

But the Scottish climate never fails to amaze – was a beautiful sunny day so Dorothy and I decided to do another stretch of the West Highland Way. This is a 96 mile walk from just north of Glasgow to Fort William. Lots of people walk it in a week.

Dorothy and I decided to do it in short bursts and started in 2011 !!. We may Loch Lomond WHWwell get into the record books as the longest elapsed time to completion. And at the rate we are going the last part may be with zimmer frames for support.

As my excuse I tend to be book signing every weekend during the summer months. But the other reason is we only walk on sunny days when there are no midges. So yesterday was perfect.

We drove to Tarbet and took the ferry to Rowardennan.

The weather was warm and sunny, the ferry small and cosy, the free coffee more than acceptable. We met a very nice Scot called Peter. Peter now lives in New Zealand but had returned to Scotland to visit family and friends.  As we (i.e. Dorothy) had forgotten a camera, Peter kindly took our picture as we got off the ferry at Rowerdennan.

From there we walked to Inversnaid – 7 miles! It was a case of up hill and down dale, walking through the woods.The walk was exhilarating and at the end of the 7 miles we had a glow of achievement. I know, I know! Not much of an achievement, not when compared to my sister-in-law, Patricia who can climb a Munro (hill over 3,000ft) before breakfast. Or Nick and Ruth yomping 20 miles through the desert in Mayhem.

Still, Dorothy and I enjoyed the day, we are now over a third of the way with only 62 miles to go.

Anyway, I’m out and about most weekends from now to Christmas. Please take a look at my schedule on the website  and if you have the time, I hope to see you at one of the events.


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