With Anna and Christian.
The West Highland Way is a 153km long distance walking path in West Scotland that connects Milngavie (mɨlˈɡaɪ) near Glasgow with Fort William. It leads through the lowlands of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park up to the Scottish Highlands. This is my first time in Scotland and we’ll do the walk in 8 stages with 2 days of rest in between. We will walk with our monstrous backpacks from accommodation to accommodation with self-supply during the day.
Before we started the walk, we had to overcome our first challenge: getting there. We hadn’t even left England yet and got stuck in Carlisle because of a faulty train in front of us that blocked the entire Scottish railway network northwards. Didn’t someone say that Scottish trains are unreliable and I should better take the bus? Too late. Well, actually, replacement buses were promised but they never came. Luckily, we go another train to Glasgow and arrived with a delay of 2 hours. Means: Virgin Trains has to pay for our tickets. Good start!
Another surprise was that the owner of our accommodation, the Auchenhowe Cottage B&B, offered to pick us up from Milngavie station and drove us directly to the pub near the B&B. What a service. That saved us a 4k walk. Oh my: the Scottish accent: sssexy. I love the Scottish English.
The B&B is fantastic, peaceful area, very spacious rooms, lots of details in the house, run by a lovely couple. And hell, there were a LOT of bunnies running around. When we got to bed at 10:30pm it was still bright outside. Of course, we’re way up north, but that’s something I didn’t think about at all. I should have brought my sleeping mask.