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West Highland Way Pocket Guide

This pocket guide has been written for anyone walking The West Highland Way. Over the years I have gathered a lot of local knowledge while walking through the area and visited numerous museums to help increase my knowledge of the trail and the region in order to give the people I am guiding a real insight to the history and culture of the beautiful landscape we are trekking through. During my search for this information I have never been able to find a simple resource, crammed full of information on things you can actually see along the route, which is free for all to read and use, so I have written one and hope it is used and enjoyed by many people.

Introduction to The West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is 96 miles in length, you may see other sources saying it is 95 but the route has been extended (a number of times) and it is currently closer to 96 miles. It begins in Milngavie (near Glasgow, Scotland) and finishes in Fort William and it was first officially opened on 6th October 1980 by Lord Mansfield, the Minister of State at the time. The actual idea of creating The West Highland Way really started forming in the 1960s, with the opening of the Pennine Way, a long distance trail in England, and the Countryside (Scotland) Act 1967 being passed, this was the legislation to create long distance trails in Scotland.

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Starting obelist of the West Highland WaySection 1 – Milngavie to Drymen: The first day of the West Highland Way; discover the fire-sitters of Craigallian Loch, learn about the hutter community in Carbeth, the formation of The Campsie Fells and more...

The Arrochar Alps from the East side of Loch LomondSection 2 – Drymen to Rowardennan: During the second day of the trek you will use the famous old military roads, created during the Jacobite rising. Understand the history of these risings and discover Loch Lomond and The Arrochar Alps.

Arklet Falls on the Inversnaid BurnSection 3 - Rowardennan to Inverarnan: On the third day you will pass Bill Lobban’s Memorial, cross The Cailness Burn, visit the impressive Arklet Falls and discover an area infamous for being the home of Rob Roy MacGregor.

The Falls of FallochSection 4 – Inverarnan to Tyndrum: On the forth day of the trail you can see The Falls of Falloch, walk through Bogle Glen, learn all about St. Fillian, an Irish monk who lived in the area, and see The Field of the Battle of Dalrigh.

The Blackmount of a sunny day with snow of the peak Section 5 – Tyndrum to Kingshouse: On the 5th day you will have 20 miles to enjoy views of Beinn Dorain, Beinn Odhar and Loch Tulla. Cross Rannoch Moor using Thomas Telford’s Parliamentary Road and see Peter Fleming's memorial.

View from the top of the Devil's Staircase in Glencoe Section 6 – Kingshouse to Kinlochleven: Day six will give you an understanding of the formation of Glencoe and the atrocity known as the Massacre of Glencoe, climb The Devil’s Staircase and discover The Blackwater Reservoir.

The West Highland Way Section 7 – Kinlochleven to Fort William: On the last day you can see the ruins of Tigh-Na-Sleubhaich and Lairigmor, pass the Dun Deardail iron age Fort, learn the myth of Clach Comhairle and reach the end of The West Highland Way!

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