Following on from the Offa’s Dyke, and bringing two friends, in May of 2016 I combined the West Highland and East Highland Way walks in Scotland to form a 176 mile route.

We started just north of Glasgow, winding alongside Loch Lomand, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Glen Coe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase and then descending to Loch Leven, up to Lairigmor and Glen Nevis, through Fort William skirting the Nevis Range, crossing the deep gorge of Allt a’ Mhuilinn, the woods of Mointeach Dhubh, up to the ancient Pictish hill-fort of Dun da Lamh, through the ancient Caledonian forests of Inshriach, into the Creag Meagaidh group, and then finally the mighty Cairngorms, finishing in Aviemore.

The route was filled with spectacular views from start to finish, ever increasingly becoming wild and off-track, with certain parts of the East Highland Way directed off a compass bearing into the mountains, with river crossings and a deep feeling of isolation.

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