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A new windfarm is proposed between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht. This will have profound effects on the local landscape and my objection to this development is here.  Please join me in objecting to this inappropriate industrial development – feel free to reuse and amend any text from here. More information on the MCS website. […]

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I had some doubts about walking the West Highland Way – I didn’t know if I was up to walking 15 miles+ per day for 6 days, especially if the weather was bad.  I was concerned that it would be over-developed and far too busy and I had a load of untried kit with me […]

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I woke up to a wet morning in Edinburgh so didn’t feel inclined to rush off. Leisurely breakfast and then made my way to Haymarket station where I looked a bit incongrous amongst the commuter with poles, Paramo and pack. As we travelled west, the weather improved and by the time I arrived in Milngavie, […]

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After a cold night, woke up to bright sunshine in Garadhban Forest. We only had muesli for breakfast and it was just as bad as I had anticipated.  There was quite a lot of logging going on in the forest which had the upside that there were more open views; the downside was that some […]

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We camped up the hill from Inversnaid and woke to another cold morning. The mist rising from the hills promised another sunny day. Ian drove me back to Inversnaid and I set off on the lochside path. This was the roughest walking of the Way. Lots of ups and downs over rocks and tree roots […]

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Woke up to cloud and quite a lot of condensation on the tent but it looked as if it would burn off and so it did. This was a relatively short day so no rush to break camp – a leisurely breakfast – sausages and black pud was so much nicer than muesli. Set off […]

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The weather forecast was for colder weather and it was absolutely spot on. Today was more like early March than May with a bitterly cold wind blowing from the east. I set off early as this was a long day – I planned to be at Kingshouse for lunch then Kinlochleven in the evening.   […]

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A quick trip back to Kinlochleven and I set off about 9.30 up the hill in the sunshine on the last leg of the way. For once, there were lots of people around – then I realised they were the spectators for the trail biking. I anticipated being buzzed by bikes all day but, in […]

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West Highland Way, Day 0

Leaving tomorrow morning for my walk on the West Highland Way – currently chucking it down so I’m really hoping it improves. The weather forecast is for the rain to clear later in the morning so perhaps best to avoid an early start. My aim is Fort Bill by Saturday so that I can get […]

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The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way (warning, horrible looking site)  is a trail from just outside Glasgow to Fort William – about 96 miles or 154km. It was opened as Scotland’s first long-distance footpath in 1980. I remember at the time being a little contemptuous of this walk – I shared the view of the mountaineering community that […]

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