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   YOUR GUIDE TO HELP  A LO NG THE  W A  Y  WHERE TO ST AY BA CKP A CK C A RRIERSESSE NTIA L I NFOLOCH LOMO ND W A TER BUSOUTDOOR  ACCESS CODE SLIGHE NA GÀIDHEALTACHD AN IAR  T H E O F F IC I A L 201 4   W E S T  H IG H L A N D  W A Y   POC K E T CO M P A  N IO N  Ardlui White Corrie Ski Area Glengoyne Distillery Onich Ballachulish Ben Nevis   W   E  S    T     H   I  G  H  L A  N   D      R   A      I      L    W     A       Y           L        I      N        E   Tyndrum53 miles Bridge of Orchy 60 miles   Inveroran 62 miles Kingshouse 72 miles Kinlochleven81 miles Fort William96 miles Crianlarich  47 miles Inverarnan  41 miles Inversnaid 34 miles Rowardennan 27 miles Balmaha 20 miles Drymen 12 miles Milngavie START LussBen LomondBallochCarbeth Loch Lomond& The TrossachsNational Parkboundary ROUTE MAP       ©     C   r   o   w   n    C   o   p   y   r    i   g    h   t   a   n    d    d   a   t   a    b   a   s   e   r    i   g    h   t    2    0    1    3 .    A    l    l    r    i   g    h   t   s   r   e   s   e   r   v   e    d .    O   r    d   n   a   n   c   e    S   u   r   v   e   y    L    i   c   e   n   c   e   n   u   m    b   e   r    1    0    0    0    3    1    8    8    3 Please do not navigate using this map, it is intended for illustration purposes only. Ensure that you are equipped with the appropriate map.   Welcome to the 2014 Pocket Companion. This booklet aims to help you make the most of your experience by including essential information about the route, a range of accommodation, bag carrying services, transport, and useful telephone numbers. The route can be walked continuously, completed in sections, or used as a base accessing paths linked to the Way during shorter breaks. SCOTLAND’S GREATEST Scotland’s first official long distance route links Milngavie to Fort William  – a distance of 154km (96 miles) - from the northern outskirts of Glasgow, through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to the foot of Ben Nevis at Fort William.The terrain ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands. These environments provide habitats for a diverse range of wildlife species, both flora and fauna. GEOLOGY The hard rock of the north meets the younger sandstone and conglomerates of the south and is known as the Highland Boundary Fault line. The division between the highlands and lowlands is best seen from Conic Hill. HISTORIC ROUTES The route echoes with the stories of the past including Rob Roy MacGregor as it follows historic routes - making use of drove roads, Military roads built by troops to help control the Jacobite Clans, old coaching roads and disused railway lines.  AMAZING WILDLIFE Red deer on the hill, golden eagles soaring over the tops and the elusive feral goats left behind by long-gone communities - watch carefully for these and much more Scottish wildlife to be seen along your Way. THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY SLIGHE NA GÀIDHEALTACHD AN IAR S C O T L A N D ’ SP R E M I E R LONG DISTANCE ROUTE  The West Highland Way is way marked along its length using the official Long Distance Route ‘thistle’ symbol.   Sections at the southern end of the Way are suitable for inexperienced walkers and family groups. North of Rowardennan on Loch Lomond - side the Way enters more remote country with little shelter, often rough and muddy path conditions for which vehicle access is difficult. Rowardennan is the furthest north private vehicles can access the east side of Loch Lomond from the south. Road access to Inversnaid is from the east, via Aberfoyle. The next point northwards for vehicle access is Inverarnan.Walkers planning to tackle the whole route are strongly recommended to walk northwards from Milngavie to Fort William. The southern section provides a ‘warm up’ for the more strenuous northern stages. For those who intend completing the route in sections over a period of time you can use the transport information section to help plan the trips. For short breaks see the section with two/three day suggestions.The time taken to complete the whole route will depend upon your fitness, the size of your pack and how much you wish to enjoy the scenery and villages you walk through. The whole Way can be completed in a week averaging around 21km (13 miles) a day. Remember, the West Highland Way is a long hill walking expedition and walkers should be equipped accordingly. Stout boots are essential, as is waterproof and windproof clothing. The Weather on the Way can change rapidly so be prepared. There is nothing quite like walking the West Highland  Way. It really is a journey to remember. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION  THE WEST HIGHLAND W    AY SLIGHE NA GÀIDHEALTACHD AN IAR
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