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West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William

West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William

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Contents List


Contents List | Introduction | About the West Highland Way | When to go | Itineraries and Direction | Minimum Impact Walking | Sample route guide: Rowardennan to Inversnaid | A new way to end the Way | Stage map and profile: Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse


 

INTRODUCTION

West Highland Way
History 8 – How difficult is it? 11
How long do you need? 12 – When to go 13

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK

Practical information for the walker
Route finding 17 – Accommodation 18 – Food and drink 22
Money 24 – Other services 25 – Walking companies 25 – Information for foreign visitors 26 – Walking with dogs 28 – Mountain biking 29

Budgeting 29

Itineraries
Village and town facilities 31 – Which direction? 32
Suggested itineraries 32 – Hillwalking side trips 33
Day and weekend walks 34

What to take
Keep your luggage light 35 – How to carry it 35 – Footwear 36
Clothes 37 – Toiletries 38 – First-aid kit 38 – General items 38
Sleeping bag 39 – Camping gear 39 – Money 39 – Maps 40
Sources of further information 40 – Recommended reading 42

Getting to and from the West Highland Way
National transport 42 – Getting to Britain 43
Public transport map 46 – Local transport 48

PART 2: MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING & OUTDOOR SAFETY

Minimum impact walking
Economic impact 49 – Environmental impact 50 – Access 53

Outdoor safety
Avoidance of hazards 56 – Weather forecasts 56 – Water 57
Blisters 57 – Bites 57 – Hypothermia 59 – Hyperthermia 60

PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURE

Conserving Scotland’s nature
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 62 – Campaigning & conservation organisations 63 – Beyond conservation 64

Flora and fauna
Flowers 65 – Trees 67 – Mammals 71 – Reptiles 74
Butterflies 74 Birds 74

PART 4: GLASGOW

City guide
Orientation 78 – Arrival and departure 78 – Getting around and to Milngavie 79 – Services 82 – Festivals & events 83 – Where to
stay 83 – Where to eat and drink 87 – What to see and do 91

Walking from Glasgow to Milngavie 95

PART 5: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS

Using this guide  99

Milngavie to Fort William
Milngavie 100
Milngavie to Drymen 103
Drymen to Balmaha 116
Balmaha to Rowardennan 121
Rowardennan to Inversnaid 128
Inversnaid to Inverarnan 134
Inverarnan to Crianlarich 139
Crianlarich to Tyndrum 143
Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy 149
Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse 155 – Glen Coe 162
Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 170
Kinlochleven to Fort William 174 – Climbing Ben Nevis 180
Fort William 188

APPENDICES

A: Gaelic 193
B: GPS Waypoints 195
C: Taking a dog along the Way 198
D: Distance chart 200
E: Map Keys 202

INDEX  203

OVERVIEW MAPS & PROFILES 211

 

West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William

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