“Go North Young Man” – John’s West Highland Way Walk and Ben Nevis Climb 29th June – 5th July 2013

I’m writing this in May 2024, almost 11 years after completing the 93 miles of the West Highland Way (although the official guide says 96 miles – guess I must’ve taken a couple of shortcuts!) mainly because I’m updating the pages of all my long distance footpath walks and also because I’m preparing to tackle the Hadrian’s Wall Path in July as part of a “celebration” of my 75th birthday!

During all the other long distance trails I’ve walked I kept a day-by-day diary and later put together a “blog style” website (see gillatt.org).  For some unfathomable reason I didn’t during the hike from Milngavie to Fort William. It’s a pity because, with the walk along the full length of Loch Lomond, the majestic trail through Glencoe and the amazing descent into Fort William it’s a very special trek.

I started the walk from Milngavie on 29th June 2013 and finished in Fort William 6 days later on 5th July with daily walk distances of between 10 and 20 miles. Here are the details with links to a few words and some images from each day.

For a complete guide to the West Highland Way this is the best place to look – https://www.westhighlandway.org.

DateDayRouteDistance (miles)Mostly Images
29/06/131Milngavie --> Balmaha18.54Day 1
30/06/132Balmaha --> Ardlui18.28Day 2
01/07/133Ardlui --> Crianlarich10.13Day 3
02/07134Crianlarich --> Bridge of Orchy10.29Day 4
03/07/135Bridge of Orchy --> Kinlochleven20.64Day 5
04/07/136Kinlochleven --> Fort William15.02Day 6
Total = 93
05/07/137Ben Nevis walk/clamberDay 7