West Highland Way, May 2012. Reflections

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 – a new tent and it was the first time that I’d used trail shoes instead of boots.

But it was a great experience – dappled woodland, primroses, cuckoos, mountain views and really not many people at all. The few people that I met were friendly and helpful. My footwear was fantastic – not even a hint of a blister in spite of the heat and my legs held up pretty well.

Obviously, I was incredibly lucky with the weather – not a drop of rain in 6 days and it was too early for midges.  My favourite section was from Balmaha to the head of Loch Lomond  but every day was enjoyable. It was great to meet up with woodcarver Ian again after so many years and to see old friends at the party at Glenuig – I had anticipated a solo week but it turned into a social occasion.

Roll on the TGO Challenge 2013.

I’ve rearranged my daily posts so that they are ordered from Day 1 rather than in the order in which they were posted.  This makes it a bit easier to follow the trip.

West Highland Way. Day 1. 30th April 2012

I found other blogs on the WHW quite useful before I started. Some of these are:

Northern Focus              4 day walk of the WHW         Dan’s Adventure

Helen’s Wondering Wanderings               Adventure Journal

6 thoughts on “West Highland Way, May 2012. Reflections

  • May 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Ian,

    glad you found my WHW blog useful! Right, I have a cup of tea in hand … time to read through your blog and reminisce!

  • August 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Ian. I have enjoyed the reading and the education it gave me.
    One question I would like answered though is, “just how cold were the mornings?”. My wife and I are looking at walking the WHW next May and I was wondering how much ‘warm’ gear to take (or hopefully not).

    • August 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Hi Malc,

      May is a great month to walk the WHW as there are long days, no midges and a good chance of sunshine. But the temperatures can be all over the place – below zero in the mornings to 20+ in the afternoons. I had a couple of frosty mornings so you should definitely take some warm gear. I took layers – 2 merino wool baselayers (I only needed to double up once) + a fleece and this was OK.

      • August 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm

        Really helpful info, loadsa thanks Ian, We can stand frosty mornings but we’re not so keen on frozen-nose nights. 🙂

  • January 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    What make of trail shoes did you wear and did you need boots at any time

    • January 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Jim

      I used Inov-8 Roclite 295 shoes which I now wear all the time in the hills between April and October. I didn’t need boots at all. I’ve now walked about 800 miles in trail shoes with no blisters at all.


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