The West Highland Trail officially begins in Milngavie (pronounced Mull Guy – this GUY will probably be MULLing over why I am doing this already) and ends 96 miles northwest at Fort William. I will start in Glasgow and walk 9 miles with a good friend, Tom Byrne, to Milngavie the first day. The second day we walk 12 miles to Drymen (pronounced Drimmin). Tom heads back to London after that and I will continue on the trail. I will stay in hostels, bunks or a tent for 5 or 6 days and then have lodging the last 3 nights. I am planning to climb Ben Lomond on the 3rd or 4th day and a couple of other mountains on the 6th or 7th day and then Ben Nevis near Fort William the last day or so. These are a few of hundreds of Munros which are defined as any mountain over 3,000 feet high. Ben Lomond is the most southerly while Ben Nevis at over 4,000 feet is the tallest in Great Britain. I am supposed to have “a wee dram” after climbing a Munro which shouldn’t be hard to find.
On the days that I am not climbing a Munro I will be backpacking from 9 to 15 miles with the average being about 12 miles with an elevation of between 800 feet and over 2,000.