Fully revised 6th edition. The West Highland Way passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Britain. From the outskirts of Glasgow it winds for 96 miles (154.5km) along the wooded banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor, over the mountains above Glencoe to a dramatic finish passing Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain - into the centre of Fort William. *4 large-scale town plans, 8 overview maps and 53 large-scale walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest and much more. These are not general-purpose maps but fully-edited maps drawn by walkers for walkers.
*Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over a week to 10 days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks *Practical information for all budgets - camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; Glasgow through to Fort William - where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plans *Comprehensive public transport information - for all access points on the West Highland Way *Climb Ben Nevis - route descriptions to the top of Britain's highest mountain and other peaks *Flora and fauna - four page full color flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife *Green hiking - understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on it *Includes GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website* *Plus extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 10pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.
Charlie Loram was the series editor who developed this British Walking Guides series for Trailblazer. He has hiked in the Himalaya as well as in Wales and Scotland.
INTRODUCTION West Highland WayHistory 8 - How difficult is it? 9How long do you need? 10 - When to go 12 PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK Practical information for the walkerRoute finding 17 - Accommodation 18 - Food and drink 22Money 24 - Other services 25 - Walking companies 25 - Information for foreign visitors 26 - Walking with dogs 28 - Mountain biking 29 Budgeting 29 ItinerariesVillage and town facilities 31 - Which direction? 32Suggested itineraries 32 - Hillwalking side trips 33 Day and weekend walks 34 What to takeKeep your luggage light 35 - How to carry it 35 - Footwear 36Clothes 37 - Toiletries 38 - First-aid kit 38 - General items 38Sleeping bag 39 - Camping gear 39 - Money 39 - Maps 40Sources of further information 40 - Recommended reading 42 Getting to and from the West Highland WayNational transport 42 - Getting to Britain 43Public transport map 46 - Local transport 48 PART 2: MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING & OUTDOOR SAFETY Minimum impact walkingEconomic impact 49 - Environmental impact 50 - Access 53 Outdoor safetyAvoidance of hazards 56 - Weather forecasts 56 - Water 57Blisters 57 - Bites 57 - Hypothermia 59 - Hyperthermia 60 PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT & NATURE Conserving Scotland's natureScottish Natural Heritage (SNH) 62 - Campaigning & conservation organisations 63 - Beyond conservation 64 Flora and faunaFlowers 65 - Trees 67 - Mammals 71 - Reptiles 74Butterflies 74 Birds 74 PART 4: GLASGOW City guideOrientation 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 WilliamMilngavie 100Milngavie to Drymen 103Drymen to Balmaha 116Balmaha to Rowardennan 121Rowardennan to Inversnaid 128Inversnaid to Inverarnan 134Inverarnan to Crianlarich 139Crianlarich to Tyndrum 143Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy 149 Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse 155 - Glen Coe 162Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 170Kinlochleven to Fort William 174 - Climbing Ben Nevis 180Fort William 187 APPENDICES A: Map keys 192B: Gaelic 193C: GPS Waypoints 195D: Taking a dog along the Way 198E: Distance chart 200 INDEX 203 OVERVIEW MAPS & PROFILES 211