Suz x the West Highland Way


I'm a 42 year old mostly-fit (head-strong, at least!) mom, wife, and vagina designa heading over to Scotland on my own, to walk the 96 mile West Highland Way (over 7 days). I've booked accommodation along the way (well, the fabulous Julie (from Gemini Walks) booked them for me, and I'm wisely making use of the included inn-to-inn baggage transfer service. I'll be spending 3 full days at the end of the walk in Fort William, and my husband is treating me to a caravan stay in my favourite place ever, Glen Nevis. While there, fingers crossed my knees will carry me up Sgurr a'Mhaim for a day trip, and I'm aiming for Beinn na Lap (remember the scene in Trainspotting?) as an 'easy' day (hahah I'll be dead). My last day in Glen Nevis will be spent lifting Guinness, eating chips, and doing nothing. What a trip it will be :)

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What's in my luggage (work in progress)
Day pack kit list (work in progress)

Itinerary

Monday
Arrive Glasgow airport, 9.30am
Grab SIM card
Shuttle to Glasgow Central Station to meet up with in-laws
Do lunch and stuff
Wind my way to Milngavie ("Mull-guy")
Check-in to b+b for 4pm.
Shop: Tesco for snacks + Irn-Bru for few days, pack extras in case
Dinner:

Tuesday, Day 1
Milngavie > Drymen
19.25km (12 miles)
AM: Stop in at Tesco for fresh packed lunch
Glengoyne Distillery "Wee tasting tour"
Lunch: bought that morning
Check-in 4pm Drymen b+b
Shop:
Dinner:

Wednesday, Day 2
Drymen > Rowardennan
22.5km (14 miles)
AM: buy lunch, and lunch for Day 3
Conic Hill summit route
Lunch: Balmaha?
Check-in 2pm Rowardennan hotel
NO SHOP
Dinner: Rowardennan hotel

Thursday, Day 3
Rowardennan > Inverarnan
22.5km (14 miles)
Pre-Walk: shop at Rowardennan hostel? And no shops along Day 4, so maybe stock up
Tough day along loch, wear Salomons, leave boots packed
Beinglas Farm has a shop just before Inverarnan, stop for fruit, snacks for Day 4
Lunch: bought day prior in Drymen
Check-In 4pm Drover's Inn
Dinner: Inn pub

Friday, Day 4
Inverarnan > Tyndrum
21.25km (13.25 miles)
*No shops or restos along this section*
Lunch:
Check-In 4pm Tyndrum b+b
Shop: Green Welly Stop
Dinner: Real Food Cafe?

Saturday, Day 5
Tyndrum > Kingshouse
30km (18.75 miles)
Pre-Walk: Green Welly Stop, buy lunch
Lunch: bought that morning, or Bridge of Orchy
* Rannoch Moor *
Descend to see Buachaille Etive More
Feed deer, have pint at Kingshouse, then call the pre-paid taxi to get to the b+b in Glencoe
Check-In 4pm Glencoe b+b
Dinner:

Sunday, Day 6
Kingshouse > Kinlochleven
14.5km (9 miles)
Arrange for taxi to drop-off at Lost Valley car park, hike into Coire Gabhail, then walk to rejoin WHW trail at Altnafeadh (Buachaille Etive Mor) additional 12km?
Devil's Staircase and down into Kinlochleven
Check-In 4pm Kinlochleven b+b
Stop by Ice Factor, take a peek
Dinner:

Monday, Day 7
Kinlochleven > Fort William
24km (15 miles)
When passing Glen Nevis lobby, ask if can drop pack
Alt end route past caravan, around Cow Hill to Finish line.
Check-In 4pm Glen Nevis caravan

Tuesday
Steall Falls walkabout?

Wednesday
Corrour
Fort William - Corrour Station train (50mins)
Walk up Beinn na Lap (munro)
* boots for this, boggy *

Thursday
Ben Nevis?

Friday
Bus to Glasgow airport
Check in to Holiday Inn Express

Saturday
Ungodly hour check-in at GLA
Back to hotel for breakfast
Hame