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Thank you so much for your support. I found the walk busy to start with, probably because I started at peak time. I had wild camped in the open by the river last night, and the breeze was good, so I had no issue with condensation. by Entropy » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:05 am . Sitting there resting for an hour made up for this slightly, as I was feeling the mileage of the past couple of days. Long-distance walking and wild camping in the UK. From all the guides and information on the route, it seems people tend to prefer hostel and B&B stays along the way. However, one place where this is prohibited is the restricted zone along the east side of Loch Lomond. I put the tent up, filtered some water and soon a lovely couple came past and asked if I minded if they camped nearby. Wild Camping on the West Highland Way. The final night of my trip sees me camping by the Victoria Bridge, a short distance past Inveroran. We pick 10 of the best from Wild Guide Scotland The country’s best loved-long distance walking route passes a few metres from our doorstep and has established the Kingshouse Hotel as an essential walkers watering hole. I took them off to have a closer look at them (the pub was deserted), and the bar staff were straight over telling me that there was a rule about no bare feet. We would be extremely grateful if you could consider using our links when you next need to buy something from our advertisers. My forecast from two days ago showed light winds, so I hoped it would settle later. From leaving here, it was better, more level walking by the river. It was a gorgeous morning with a bright red sun coming up. Your email address will not be published. Otherwise it would mean climbing it with the crowds and missing the shops once I got down, as they would be closed. Once I left the hotel, the rain got heavier. All I had eaten so far today was one pasty and a few chocolate chewy bars. These are the essentials. It wasn’t the total silence that is often found in remote Scotland. Also while there are the After my meal, I walked the entire length of Fort William high street and only found a couple, including Cotswolds Outdoors worth shopping in. Wild camping is permitted in Scotland, including along much of the West Highland Way route. It was also great to camp with a dry tent. The upside was that I had no condensation and I loved the novelty of dry gear. He gave me some useful information on the route, including the fact that there’s no camping allowed where I was planning to stop. I would have happily chatted for longer, but it got pretty cold. Day 2 has one of the West Highland Way’s biggest challenges, Conic Hill. There seemed to be an equal mix of male and female groups, most fairly young but some older walkers and a few single walkers. I made it to the hotel near Inversnaid, which was a big posh hotel in a gorgeous setting. They also made me very welcome and I had a great chat with people who really knew their stuff. Recommended guide book: Cicerone’s West Highland Way. Stopping before reaching Loch Lomond would be a better plan, or using one of the paid loch-side sites. The route then left the loch and followed the river, until I found a campsite bar at Beinglas Farm (Inverarnan). I was late getting to my pitch last night, and still felt tired in the morning, so I left at about 8am. You shouldn’t need to carry too much water either, there are numerous places to fill up or rivers to filter water from. It crosses the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor, then Glencoe, before crossing the hills to lovely Loch Leven. If you wish to challenge yourself further, you can walk the 11 miles from the centre of Glasgow to the start in Milngavie on the Kelvin Walkway. There was plenty of room, and he had heard this was a good spot – I really should have read up more on this walk, then I’d know these things. Follow me on Twitter: @wildwalkingUK. Everyone was super friendly though. I bought new socks, three dehydrated meals and two breakfasts, so perhaps I will eat better in the mornings. Providing guided walking holidays in the UK, including West Highland Way, Independent, Self-Guided Walking Holidays Across Scotland. Hiking and wild camping on the West Island Way. There are enough well placed camp sites that are well worth using. I found a pub for a sit down, and realised that my Teko socks had given up. There are no facilities, but you are welcome to eat with us if you let us know in advance. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Unexpectedly, one of the toughest parts of the walk is up the side of Loch Lomond. I started the climb at 8am, and reached the summit at 10.45am. After about an hour, or 2-3 miles, there were a few more options. Worry free walking adventures across Scotland's most beautiful and awe inspiring landscapes. Here’s what we stripped it down to: Wild camping on the West Highland Way is possible every night of the walk, if you plan things carefully. I set off by 6am with my head torch, following a good path through old woods. Camping is permitted within an area 400m past the hotel. Your email address will not be published. I celebrated my final peak by having starter, main and pudding, which I decided was OK at these prices and the first time on the trip that I’ve ordered three courses. Wildwalkinguk is a blog run by myself and my wife in our spare time, and we pay for its running costs ourselves. The West Highland Way is 94 miles (151km) long, starting in Milngavie (on the outskirts of Glasgow) and ending at the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort William. Wildwalkinguk is a blog run by myself and my wife in our spare time, and we pay for its running costs ourselves. Wild Camping on the West Highland Way TGF0bzpyZWd1bGFy Note that there’s a seasonal ban in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with more details to follow. #wpls-logo-showcase-slider-1 .wp-post-image img.wp-post-image{max-height:250px; }. Here at Scottish Hill Walking and Wild Camping we will not only help you with everything you need to know to start your adventure, but you will be part of a community of like minded people all interested in exploring everything that Scotland has to offer. Wild Camping . I enjoyed a great Lamb Madras with a pint! The track remained easy going all afternoon, through big, long open valleys (with the road and the railway running through too). I reached Milngavie and waited for a cafe to open at 9am. Alternatively, you can buy us a coffee here. I dived out of bed to find them, relieved that they hadn’t been washed away. It was a nice place but a bit pricey, I couldn’t charge my phone, and I didn’t feel particularly welcome. It led me into Glen Nevis by the Youth Hostel and camp site, ready to climb Ben Nevis. Dover to Cape Wrath gear list; … As soon as I was out of the park I dropped immediately to the loch-side to camp at about 8pm. I put the tent up, stripped off, and washed in the loch, which was absolutely freezing. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/scotland/glasgow/west-highland-way However, I was now running even later and was still none the wiser about the wild camping ban zone. Officially, no – we don’t have a campsite! The scenery had really changed since leaving Milngavie, and I can definitely see the attractions of the West Highland Way. The path up Ben Nevis had been rougher than I remembered, and I was feeling the climb. If you don’t know what the West Highland way is, you’re not from around these parts. The route offers a fabulous introduction to the Scottish Highlands and it traverses a very diverse landscape. It was a route that I have previously avoided as I thought it would be too busy, but in fact I loved it. You can then walk into Fort William or climb Ben Nevis with a lighter pack. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one place. I felt a lot better that evening after the curry – it’s amazing what difference decent food makes. It was a hard climb loaded down with a full pack. The sun had softened the snow so I could get a good grip. I felt pretty sore after yesterday’s mileage through Glasgow, and wasn’t sure how far I would get today. As far as long-distance walks go, the 96 miles of the West Highland Way is pretty short (in the opinion of an American more familiar with the much longer Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails). Create New Account. My ankles were throbbing. My pitch was well away from the path and I knew I was allowed to be there, so there was less of the usual urgency to be on my way. 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Walking the West Highland way can be done anyway YOU want! No wind, bright sunshine and amazing views. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), The Weavers Way (Acle to Cromer) with children. Glas Bheinn Chaol, Glen Etive. We would be extremely grateful if you could consider using our links when you next need to buy something from our advertisers. During this time camping is only permitted in campsites and designated permit areas. Boots or shoes: which are best for hill walking and backpacking? You could also continue from Fort William to Inverness on the 80 miles Great Glen Way. Scottish Hill Walking & Wild Camping. See more of Scottish Hill Walking & Wild Camping on Facebook. Highly recommended. Another couple arrived who looked like they were also about to start the West HIghland Way. A group of youngsters were in the car park, and they asked me directions to the top of the mountain. The trail is divided between Loch Lomond National Park, open countryside, and in the forest surrounded by streams. Half an hour down and I passed a family just putting their crampons on for the ascent. There was some road and railway noise, but this is unavoidable as the West Highland Way shares the same valleys as the transport. You can find out distances between various locations along the West Highland Way using the mileage chart lower down the page. Awake and making coffee at 5.30am, and away at 6.15am, as soon as it got light. The West Highland way is well marked on good paths and it avoids the high tops. It was Scotland’s first long distance path and has since become very popular with walkers. This money goes towards the costs of hosting the blog. I climbed it fully loaded because I was descending to Fort William a slightly different way, and didn’t want to back track to the campsite. It is ideal for those walking the West Highland Way as it is the first campsite you come to as you walk down into the village from Glencoe. I stopped when I came across a bothy. I needed to do a long day if I could to get closer to Ben Nevis. The Big Five! Everywhere was pretty wet and boggy. I then started to meet a few people, some asking if they were going to need their crampons, and how far was it to the top! I was also more relaxed as I knew finding a camp site each night wouldn’t be as difficult as it has been on earlier stretches of my route. or. The climb had been dangerous and I quickly realised I should have had crampons on. The start of the West Highland Way was well-surfaced, easy going but very busy. and Wild Camping Here at Scottish Hill Walking and Wild Camping we will not only help you with everything you need to know to start your adventure, but you will be part of a community of like minded people all interested in exploring everything that Scotland has to offer. Thanks to this we have a unique insight into both. What’s the best footwear for hill walking and backpacking, boots or shoes. Our camping equipment was basic, a deliberate choice to keep the weight low. I was reluctant to go in, as I knew I could get a discount there, but I didn’t have any of my cards with me. As soon as I could, I got into my sleeping bag and started cooking tea to warm up. I decided the best thing to do was to keep putting one foot in front of the other and trust that it would all be okay! It was a steep climb and descent into Kinlochleven and Kinlochmore. We do have some Amazon affiliate links and adverts on the site. A few times we camped in the wild, once on a campsite, twice in a hobbit house (kind of garden shed) and once in a bothy. There were no other people at the summit when I got there, and I was wearing just a T-shirt. The campsite in Glen Nevis is a good place to stop for the night and drop all your camping gear. Longing for a sense of freedom and brief respite from Coronavirus restrictions the West Highland Way sounded like the perfect escape plan. We did a mixture of camping and staying in hotels and hostels during our walk. You can also have any luggage delivered to, or collected from, the hotel through AMS or Travel-Lite. Here’s what the walk’s official site, westhighlandway.org, says about wild camping: “Under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, wild camping is permitted. This meant I would either have to walk 7 miles further past Rowardennan or break the law. I passed the Falls of Falloch which were pretty good. Can I camp at Kingshouse? The path has also been quite strenuous in places. The West Highland Way is an iconic long-distance trail that explores some of Scotland’s most enchanting landscapes. We are trying to keep the expenses down so that we can enjoy a good earned bevy when the opportunity arrises along the way! The trail also lost the road and railway line, which was lovely. Not the smell? I had just washed them in the shower! Wild Camping on the West Highland Way. I finally wild camped next to a gorgeous river with views of the next day’s target – Ben Nevis. Scotland is quite pricey, especially compared to Wales. Mark and Emma. Wild Camping. I walked the West Highland Way as part of my 1,200 mile Land’s end to John O’Groats + 3 peaks walk in 2019. Log In. I made it down to the Ben Nevis Inn at 1pm for a well earned pint. Offering walking and hiking experiences through the Scottish Highlands. It all starts in Milngavie, at the very edge of Glasgow’s urban sprawl, before heading north through glens and over moor and hill to the finishing point at Fort William, below Ben Nevis. The West Highland Way. That 5 minutes was important – it got me a cooked breakfast and coffee at the Real Food Cafe before breakfast service stopped at 11am. See more of Scottish Hill Walking & Wild Camping on Facebook. The day started dry, but overcast with a cold breeze. The wild camping was not particularly easy, though, as there’s not that much flat ground and it tended to be overgrown. The next day began with a short train ride to Milngavie, the start of the West Highland Way. It didn’t look too far away and was totally clear, not a cloud in the sky. We do have some affiliate links and adverts on the site. Moving on from here was hard going on a rough stony track, but it did get nice and remote with good views. Forgot account? Camping Gear for the West Highland Way. The trek takes you along the West Coast of Scotland and this West Highland Way packing list will advise you on what best to … I passed a few campers within half an hour of setting off, but there were very few possible camping spots initially on the trail. The sun had been out all day today which meant my solar panel had charged my Flip 10 power pack fully. There were still people looking at them at 6.30pm. I had walked further than I expected today, which put me in a great position for tomorrow and also left time for shopping. By 7am I was on the move again. But we all soon spread out and after the first day, I didn’t see many people at all. 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I would also recommend wild camping on the West Highland Way for first-timers, because if you can’t find a suitable wild camping spot there are campsites available. Tips on Camping on the West Highland Way. We had a good conversation about the down sides of GoreTex boots! Between May to October, for wild camping spots along Loch Lomond, you need a camping permit. Walking and Wildcamping the West Highland Way This was an impulsive decision made whilst visiting an overcrowded beauty spot near my home in West Yorkshire. It is well supported with pubs, hotels, campsites and shops, making this is an ideal first long distance hike. A winter weekend wild camping trip to the Gower peninsula; Wye Valley Walk; Gear lists. A proper wild camp again, … Wild Camping the West Highland Way Scotland is one of the best countries in the world for hiking, not just because of its stunning landscapes but also because of the wild camping laws. I managed to get a shower here, which was cold but better than nothing and no limit on the water. There was a queue of people going out of town. Wild camping on the West Highland Way is possible every night of the walk, if you plan things carefully. It was Scotland’s first long distance path and has since become very popular with walkers. I needn’t have worried – they gave me the discount anyway by checking my spend history. I'm planning on taking on the West Highland Way come monday. The West Highland Way is Scotlands first long distance route, and remains it's most popular. I put the tent up on the shingle, which was my only chance to wild camp. The West Highland Way is 94 miles (151km) long, starting in Milngavie (on the outskirts of Glasgow) and ending at the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort William. Night time temperatures had also been warmer, at around 6 or 7 degrees. Download here a GPS track for the Rowardennan to Inverarnan route section for your mobile app or GPS navigation device. I was in a breeze again so hopefully the tent would be fine in the morning. But there’s nothing to say you can’t set up camp nearby (in the ‘wild’) and make use of The Way Inn.After all, where else will you find a proper pub with proper grub slap-bang in the middle of nowhere? #wpls-logo-showcase-slider-1 .wp-post-image, This was another very welcome break. I needed it, too, as I was struggling today; the paths weren’t as rough as yesterday, but there were still some stiff climbs. For example, when the West Highland Way passes under the A82 and West Highland Rail Lines the reduced headroom would require cyclists to dismount. ! I stopped at the Bridge of Orchy for fish and chips and a beer, but the prices were horrific so I won’t be going here again. Required fields are marked *. West Highland Way - Wild Camping + Food Showing 1-7 of 7 messages. There were a couple of paid (but cheap) park-controlled areas you can camp in but I passed them and pushed on. At no point had I set the solar panel directly facing the sun, so it was never ideally placed to charge it. The paths were good and well signed. West Highland Way – Wild Camping; West Highland Way: A 19 year old beginner’s perspective; Possible additions to the West Highland Way; Wales. https://ramblingman.org.uk/planningatrip/planning-west-highland-way-tri Wild camping here is quite popular. Mark and Emma. It attracts about 85,000 people every year, of whom more than 30,000 walk the entire route. Create New Account ... Ginger Routes for your bags and boots on the west highland way Www.gingerroutes.com. If you click on these adverts or links and buy what you need (it doesn’t have to be the item we’ve linked to), the company will pay a small commission to us. Climbing to the summit of Ben Nevis is not strictly part of the West Highland Way, but is recommended if the weather’s OK. I think this is a really good first long distance hike. I made it to the Loch Ba bridge and saw a good wild camp spot. As I fell asleep, I was considering the mileage for the next day. I passed two herds of deer, which was lovely (and later a coach load of tourists, which was not). More happily, it was the second night running that I had put up a dry tent, which was great considering the weather had been quite damp. The route is therefore within the capabilities of most walkers. The West Highland Way is a 96-mile hike which starts just outside of Glasgow in Milngavie and ends in Fort William (many then go on to hike the Munro, Ben Nevis). The West Highland Way is definitely best walked from south to north, as the scenery just gets better and better. The valley opened up ahead of me as I went over the pass to Rannoch Moor. I had always been against it purely due to its popularity, but if you are new to walking, I can see its appeal. The phone has never got below 50% on the whole trip and it has been essential for my camera, GPS and checking in with my family. If you click on these adverts or links and buy what you need (it doesn’t have to be the item we’ve linked to), the company will pay a small commission to us. The West Highland Way winds through the scenic countryside of Scotland. I was happy it had as it meant I could half charge my phone (it has a big battery). I had no worries about wet feet, though, as the path was well surfaced. I definitely was in no rush for my breakfast, and more than happy to sit and wait. West Highland Way – my 19 year old sons first long distance walk on his own, My Lands End to John O’Groats and 3 Peaks walk, Possible additions to the West Highland Way. The snow was frozen solid and very slippery, and I had seen two men leaving the summit before I got there with ice axes and crampons on. Many of our guests tell us it’s, “The best equipped site along the West Highland Way”. I met a middle-aged teacher at a surprise animal farm bar, who was on his first long walk. Q. You can but it is worth noting that the West Highland Way was designed as a long distance walking route and consequently cyclists will come across terrain, underpasses and gates which were designed specifically for walkers. It was really dramatic here and will continue to be tomorrow, with views of Ben Nevis, dropping into Glen Nevis and ultimately Fort William. This was an extremely high mileage day; I don’t recommend trying to walk this distance in a day. I had a nice chat with them, and it turns out he was also called Mark, and from King’s Lynn (about an hour from me), now moved to the Lake District. The 96 miles (154 kilometers) of the trail takes you beside tranquil lochs and crystal-clear rivers, into ancient woodland, through serene glens, up awe-inspiring mountains and deep into remote moorland. Scotland offers idyllic wild camping, with spaces beside some of the UK’s loveliest beaches, lochs and mountains. The path is sometimes fairly rough going. It was a nice walk on an undulating foot path in the trees, with views through to the loch and the mountains beyond. Or push on further, continuing south on Hwy 101 through the towns of Hoquiam and Aberdeen, then detour onto Hwy 105 heading west towards the coast again and the town of Westport, Washington. Wild camping the West Highland Way? Wild camping permit spot next to Loch Lomond Due to the popularity of wild camping in this beautiful area of the national park to reduce waste and help manage the number of people camping there are some restrictions on the West Highland Way section. 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