5 hiking highlights – Scotland’s West Highland Way: Stage 1

Stage 1 of Scotland’s most famous long-distance hiking route. Milngavie to Drymen. The feeling of Getting Started (& getting finished!). Walking into Milngavie to start the walk, take the photo opportunity at the obelisk with the West Highland Way thistle logo carved into it – this marks the offical start of the walk. Pass under the big steel gateway and after so much anticipation, the … Continue reading 5 hiking highlights – Scotland’s West Highland Way: Stage 1

Everything* you need to know about walking the Rob Roy Way – Scottish long distance walk.

ROB ROY MACREGOR Rob Roy: This walk follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th & 18th centuries as he worked fought and lived the life of Scotland’s most notorious outlaw. Starting from Drymen on the West Highland Way, The Rob Roy Way takes another route, north-east to finish in Pitlochry. There are different route choices so the route can be … Continue reading Everything* you need to know about walking the Rob Roy Way – Scottish long distance walk.

Hiking “the Cobbler” (Ben Arthur) in Arrochar, Scotland

The distance up the Cobbler is about 7 miles (that’s about 11km non-British guests) and the hill (Corbett) is 884 metres  / 2900ft tall. To put that in perspective, Ben Lomond the most popular Munro is 990m / 3248ft and Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain, is 1344m /  4409ft. The Cobbler is about 42 miles from Glasgow, 88 miles from Edinburgh, 58 miles from … Continue reading Hiking “the Cobbler” (Ben Arthur) in Arrochar, Scotland

…but what does “Sauntering” mean?

“Sauntering” is a fairly common word in Scots, in daily life “sauntering” means to amble/ ramble/ meander. It’s an unhurried way to get somewhere or get something done. If you say someone is “sauntering around”, it can also imply a cockiness or confident and you might hear the phrase, “sauntering around like he owns the place”. It’s a late Middle English word, which probably dates … Continue reading …but what does “Sauntering” mean?

The complete* A-Z packing list for walking Scotland’s West Highland Way

A Attitude – the right one, not the one Secondary (High School) Teachers encounter. Your attitude from the outset will determine how well the ups and downs of the Walk goes for you. If travelling with someone else, it’s worth agreeing aloud that you’ll both (or all) be putting the effort in physically and mentally to make sure your trip gets off on the right … Continue reading The complete* A-Z packing list for walking Scotland’s West Highland Way

3 tips to avoid Midge Misery in Scotland – Know your Enemy

Scottish / Highland Midges are attracted to the CO2 in your breath, dark clothing, love hovering around marshy, wet, boggy ground, undergrowth in the cool, still, gloomy weather conditions typical of dusk and dawn and may also harbour a hatred of Vitamin B1. They are reportedly bad Tindr dates as a result of these characteristics. PREPARE: We humans have at least one distinct advantage (and possibly … Continue reading 3 tips to avoid Midge Misery in Scotland – Know your Enemy