West Highland Way - Page 1



West Highland Way So far I’ve been running in southern areas, so I was fascinated by the idea of being on the road with the tent in a somewhat rougher area. And it was supposed to get really cold, but I was spared the notorious Highland midges, small but mass-present biting mosquitoes. From Schönefeld I started with Ryanair and after a hard landing I found myself in Glasgow in cloudy weather. There I first exchanged a few euros in pounds and then took the shuttle bus to Glasgow Central Station.

West Highland Way 500 m towards Clyde-River was my booked Euro-Hostel, a kind of youth hostel, very inexpensive. After I had occupied my bunk in the dormitory room, I went to the city. First I had to buy herrings for my tent, which had been taken away at the security check in Berlin. Coincidentally, there was just around the corner not only a lidl for my food tomorrow, but also a shop where everything cost 1 pound. And they even had tent herrings.

West Highland Way I didn’t find the inner city itself so outstanding, but some of the sights were also a bit outside, I couldn't look at that anymore today. So I went over George Square, past the beautiful Central Station, then to the former St. Enoch Station (now Cafe) and finally a few kilometers along the Clyde River. Was already enormously noisy and hectic here, what made me a problem as a pedestrian, was the left-hand traffic. Really needs getting used to: you look to the left and everything is free and suddenly you are flattened from the right 🙂

Milngavie - Milarrochy

West Highland Way So off to WHW ... after breakfast at the hostel I took the train to Milngavie (spoken Mulgay), about 12 kilometers outside of Glasgow for £2.50. Just behind the station, the Westhighland-Way began, here is an obelisk with a stylized thistle. At the beginning the trail leads through a park, then through a forest. Passing small lakes, isolated houses, gates with cows and the Glengoyne Distillery, the path winds over gentle hills into the Lowlands.

I didn’t have any special accommodation plans, I just looked on the way, where I could pitch my tent. Despite increasing rain I skipped the campsites Gartness and Easter Drumquhassel Farm, because there was nothing but a muddy meadow. It was also too early, so I wanted to find a signposted place to camp after Drymen. However, I did not find it, so I just decided to run as far as a good tent site comes. The rain increased, it became more mountainous. Through the Garadhban Forest we went to Conic Hill. In pouring rain, I met a young student, Stefan, at the foot of the mountain. We got along well and ran together for the next few days.

West Highland Way After the strenuous climb, the reward was a huge view over Loch Lomond and the Highlands behind it. In Balmaha we refueled food and beer, 5 km further on we reached our destination: the campground Milarrochy. In the rain we set up our tent, shower was just repaired and a small kitchen building was freezing cold. There was no way to warm up. Later 2 Israelis came and we spent the evening freezing together with storytelling and food, I of course with a few beers.

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