Scotland – West Highland Way 21-30 June 2013 - 10 Days.

Scotland

The West Highland Way

http://www.west-highland-way.co.uk/home.asp

Best described as Scotland’s finest long distance walk the West Highland Way runs 96 miles (154 km) from Milngavie, just outside Glasgow, to Fort William. Opened in 1980 as the first official long distance footpath in Scotland the West Highland Way remains the best and most popular long distance walk in Scotland.

West Highland Way (Glencoe and Lochaber) has everything: peak, plateau, precipice, the thinnest of ridges, and green valley, all set between the wildest of the wild moors and a narrow sea-loch.

Join us for 10 days/9 nights’ for a truly inspiring experience and totally unforgettable, along Scotland’s first and most popular long distance walk, and if you have any energy left after completing the West Highland Way you can always finish off the adventure by climbing Scotland’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis (1344m).

West Highland Way (Glencoe and Lochaber) are equal in beauty to anywhere in the world. The Way has become a pilgrimage for mountain lovers keen to travel simply on foot into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. A better introduction to this stunning region could not have been designed and, what is more, you don’t have to wait until the end for the highlights. Right from the start the Way gives walkers a taste of the magic of Scotland’s wild land and within a week you will have walked through some of the most fabulous scenery in Britain with relative ease, safety and comfort.

The Way begins kindly just 20 minutes from the centre of Glasgow, gently undulating through woods and farmland, easing you in to the new demands of long-distance walking. As you stroll along the length of Loch Lomond’s celebrated wooded shore, lowland subtly transforms into Highland and rugged mountain grandeur begins to dominate the scene.

The character of the Way becomes more serious as it climbs across the bleak, remote expanse of Rannoch Moor, skirting the entrance to Glen Coe and climbing of the Devils’s Staircase, the highest point on the trail. This is true hillwalking country and the extra effort is amply repaid by breath-taking mountain views. As you approach Fort William, the end of the Way, Ben Nevis comes into view rising above the conifer forests. If you have energy left after this superb 96-mile (154km) walk, an ascent of the highest mountain in Britain makes a fitting climax.

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Friday - Day 1:
Arrive in Glasgow – sightseeing and/or evening get-together dinner.

Daily Walk Stages
Saturday     - Day 2: Milngavie to Drymen 12 Miles
Sunday       - Day 3: Drymen to Rowardennan 14 Miles
Monday       - Day 4: Rowardennan to Inverarnan 13 Miles
Tuesday      - Day 5: Inverarnan to Tyndrum 12 Miles
Wednesday - Day 6: Tyndrum to Kingshouse 18 Miles
Thursday    - Day 7: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9 Miles
Friday         - Day 8: Kinlochleven to Fort William 14 Mile

Optional Days:
Saturday - Day 9:
We have allowed for an extra night in Fort William so you can hike Ben Nevis (1344m) after walking the West Highland Way. This walk is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty of Scottish Highlands. Return to Glasgow late afternoon after hiking Ben Nevis.
NOTE: It is possible to fly back to London the same night.

Sunday - Day 10:
Return to London via Glasgow (sightseeing).

The above agenda is subject to change based upon ability and fitness, and taken into account the opportunities available to explore places of interest along the route.

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WE'LL TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF YOUR TRIP.

Sherpa Services
The beautiful West Highland Way in Scotland is best appreciated when travelling light. To allow you to fully enjoy the walk we'll be using a Scottish Sherpa service company who will provide a reliable baggage delivery service. Collecting and dropping your rucksack safely at convenient stops along the route. The Sherpa Services pick up and drop off luggage at all the main stops along the way including Milngavie, Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inverarnan, Crainlarich, Tyndrum, Inveroran, Kingshouse, Bridge of Orchy, Kinlochleven and Fort William.

This will allow you to travel light and in comfort with just a day-pack for your essential needs and allow you to really appreciate Scotland’s most famous long distance walking route.

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Walks & Mileage Chart:
http://www.meetup.com/Natural-Born-Hikers/files/

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Meeting Point: exact location will be confirmed nearer the time of the event.

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Price Includes:
WHW Guided Walk
Sherpa Services (baggage transfer between stages)
6 nights’ hostels and B&B along the WHW
Overnight stay in Fort William
The chance to meet new people
The opportunity to explore a part of the UK that may be new to you
Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.

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Price does not include:
Return flights to Glasgow
Train travel
Pack Lunch
Evening Meals or drinks
Overnight stay in Glasgow
Personal insurance
Walking equipment.
Return flight from London Stansted to Glasgow.

EasyJet return flight ticket is currently £82.98 with checked-in luggage (20kg).

Please book your flight before you RSVP and send me an email to confirm your booking.

OUTBOUND Friday 21 June 3013
London Stansted to Glasgow
Flight 215
Dep Fri, 21 June[masked]:45
Arr Fri, 21 June[masked]:00

INBOUND Sunday 30 June 2013
Flight 216
Glasgow to London Stansted
Dep Sun, 30 June[masked]:45
Arr Sun, 30 June[masked]:00

Remember to add checked-in luggage (20kg).

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PAYMENTS
Scotland West Highland Way – 10 days - £360

Please note the event payment will be required upon reserving a place, only a payment confirms your placement on this event.

An initial payment of £120 is required when you RSVP, via bank details below.
Please use the account details below and e-mail us to let us know you have confirmed.

1st Initial Payment: £120
1st payment due no later than 31st January 2013

2nd (Second Payment): £120.00
2nd payment due no later than 31st March 2013

3rd (Final Payment): £120.00
3rd payment due no later than 30th April 2013

Payments for this trip can be made to the following account:
Account Name: NBH
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Reference: Scotland 0613 + Your Meetup Name.


After you RSVP yes, an initial £120 payment is needed to secure your booking to be paid no later than 31st January 2013. After the payment dates, payments are non-refundable but transferable. The final balance should be paid by 30 April 2013. See above payment details.

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Natural Born Hikers operate within:

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:
http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topics1/facts/package.htm

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation http://www.travelwatchdog.com/Travel%20Regs.htm/

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IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx


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  • Michael.

    Hi Everyone, I've uploaded Klaus's West Highland Way photos onto our Facebook page. Please see Facebook link in left-had column. Thank you Klaus :)

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Klaus

    They're all up!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonviking/sets/72157634505748590/
    Pls feel free to comment etc!

    July 8, 2013

    • Michael.

      HI Klaus, can you create a link from your Facebook to the NBH-Hikers Facebook Album: Scotland West Highland Way 2013. If you click the Like button I can make you an Administrator :)

      July 23, 2013

    • Klaus

      I suspect I may have to put them on Facebook in order to link them. Don't think Flickr will link...

      July 23, 2013

  • Solomon

    Excellent set of photos Klaus, I can see a second career for you here :-) What's the process for getting copies? I assume just copying from the flickr site isn't ideal.

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Michael.

      Klaus, I'm happy to pay for the photo/video book if you decide to go ahead. Also, do you have a good panoramic photo of the mountains?

      July 9, 2013

    • Klaus

      Find one on Flickr and let me know which one - I'll mail it to u!
      Have had zero interest in a photo-book. So not doing one.

      July 9, 2013

  • Michael.

    Was this a stag holiday, as there are no comments from the girls.......Alicia, your one of the lads :)))

    July 9, 2013

  • Klaus

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Michael.

      Fantastic photos with soooo many great memories :) Thank you Klaus.

      1 · July 8, 2013

    • Klaus

      :). More to come. Was up till 2am this morn trying to uploAd to Flickr. Will try again later. K

      July 8, 2013

  • Klaus

    Hey guys!
    Thanks for various emails, I will reply soon - busy times!!
    Meantime, here are pix from the first 3 days of the trip - more to follow soon!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonviking/sets/72157634505748590/

    Hope you're all keeping well,

    Klaus

    July 6, 2013

  • Klaus

    Sardine Song by Simon can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KBaM5NjU_A

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • alicia

    thankyou all so much for such an awsome time! I cant belive its over. Thakyou Micheal and Danny for all your hard work in organsing this and to Klaus for the photography and Simon for putting up the photos. missing you all already! hope everyone had a pleasent and safe journey back =)

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • Danny W.

    What an amazing week. Well done to everyone!
    Really enjoyed hiking though the stunning scenery of Scotland with an amazing bunch of people.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Simon C.

    Just put all my photos up. I hope you like them. Will put them up on Facebook later.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Simon C.

    Damn all those fatty high calorie Scottish full breakfasts. I actually gained weight - not lost it - in 7 days of hiking the West Highland Way.

    July 1, 2013

    • Danny W.

      I lost 1.5 kg!! WIN

      July 1, 2013

    • Michael.

      Danny, thats fantastic. I lost 0.5kg and feel much better for it :)))

      July 1, 2013

  • Simon C.

    Great well organised week of hiking and a real fun bunch of people.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Solomon

    An absolutely brilliant week, even though I didn't make the start but still, a delight to walk with such a great bunch.  May the 'hike' be with you!

    1 · June 30, 2013

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