TLC Work Begins on West Highland Way
Major upgrade work, the first of its kind for years has begun on the West Highland Way.
Did you know 80,000 people embark on this historic, 96 mile long distance walking route every year? This world renowned route starts in Milngavie and finishes in Fort William at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United Kingdom along the way.
Work has now begun on various sections of the route which includes a 5 km stretch at Ptarmigan and sections linking Balmaha to Rowardennan. It is particularly exciting for Rowardennan, on the east of Loch Lomand and at the foot of Ben Lomand. A lower path will be restored as part of the work so walkers will then be able to enjoy not just Loch Lomand and the mountains but also native woodland. This naturally will be an added attraction for those doing the full 96 miles but also day walkers. These improvements will benefit visitors to the route, making it more user friendly, and hopefully encourage even more to do so in the future.
Coordinating such vast improvement work in Special Areas of Conservation is never easy and the upgrade work has taken far longer than expected to start but all should be completed by April 2014. The organisation of work and the processes involved in carrying out have been meticulously planned ensuring minimal impact on the surrounding environment at every stage and as importantly, ensuring those enjoying the route during the work are unaffected too.
The West Highland Way is a must for any keen walker. Just think about how beautiful this route is if you’ve ever driven from Glasgow to Fort William along the spectacular A82. Both road and the West Highland way go alongside Loch Lomand, across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe comprehensively taking in the West Highlands of Scotland. Imagine how even more beautiful and wonderful it is when you’re walking through that landscape.
We offer West Highland Way walking holidays in durations of 6 to 9 days of walking depending on time available and your preferred pace.