The idea originates a few years back, when my father and two
brothers organised a “bachelor’s party” for me, two weeks
before my marriage. The bachelor’s party was a weekend of walking in the Vosges area in France. We took our rucksacks and two tents, drove by car to France, walked a few days and returned home.
The success of this exercise needed a follow up. Soon we took up a
plan to walk in the autumn or winter, as to add the factor of bad
weather to the experience. As we all love the Scottish countryside,
it was soon decided to walk our next walk in Scotland. At this point
we are not too familiar with walking in the winter, and therefore, we
decided to walk in autumn.
The West Highland Way being a famous and well-known walk in our
country, we chose the West Highland Way as our route. The preparation took quite some time, as we all did not have appropriate clothing for the harsh Scottish weather in the autumn.
As we are all limited on off-days, we decided not to walk the
complete route, but skip the first two and a half stages though the
lower Highlands and dug right into the higher Highlands. So, we
skipped the part from Glasgow/Milngavie to the northern part of Loch Lomond. To compensate for this, we included the climb of the Ben Nevis in our plan.
On the above picture, which is a wall painting in the MacDonald Hotel in Kinlochleven, you can see the route. We skipped the first 2 or 3 stages from Milngavie to Inverarnan and got off the bus in Ardlui. The first night was in Inverarnan. Lees verder