The West Highland Way is a long distance walking route on many walkers must-do list.
This famous 153km route is perhaps the most popular walking route in Scotland with over 80,000 people walking it each year.
The route starts the East Dunbartonshire town of Milngavie and winds it’s way North to the Highland town of Fort William through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.
Outdoor publisher Cicerone and well-known author Terry Marsh have joined forces to produce a guidebook for the walker wanting to tackle this epic route.
Beginning an epic journey
The book begins with an introduction to the route, it’s history and what to expect of the route if you decide to take on the challenge. The author then moves on to a very comprehensive section covering the planning of your trip. Planning is key to walking the West Highland Way and the advice given in the guide is good place to start.
The guide splits up the route into 7 manageable stages. Each stage begins details of the starting and finishing points (with OS grid references), distance, ascent & descent, walking time, terrain and suggested accommodation.
The style of writing is clear, concise and easy to follow making the guide ideal for the walker new to guidebooks. The author includes fascinating snippets about the area you are passing through along with well shot photographs of key points along the stage.
There are map extracts denoting the various legs of each stage but for more detail the guide is accompanied by a map booklet containing 1:25,000 OS maps segments covering the entire route. This pocket-sized booklet is well produced and can be used to navigate the route but I would suggest carrying maps of the route as well just in case you mislay the booklet.
I walked the West Highland Way many years ago and I wish I had been given this guidebook prior to setting off. It is packed with useful advice and the snippets throughout make some often overlooked aspects of the route come to life. Well researched and well produced – a excellent reference book.