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HELP - Long distance walk
by onderhetgraan » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:34 am
I'm a Belgian student and I'm planning to come to Scotland this summer. I would like to walk for 10 days in the Scottish Highlands. I would love to travel by ferry and train and sleep the first day in a hostel and than walking for almost 10 days with my tent. I'm traveling with another person. Are their any suggestions for routes to do? A start and end point that is easy to travel to from Belgium.
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by Marty_JG » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:31 am
Finally, as to the main question where to go... why not have a look at the well-maintained Long Distance Walks section?
One idea might be to skip the early, lower-land parts of the West Highland Way by taking a train to Tyndrum, continue to Fort William, after that continue on the Great Glen Way or East Highland Way.
There are lots of hostels, bunkhouses, and some affordable B&Bs along the way. Once you have a clearer idea of your route people can chip-in with local suggestions, else you can see where Youth Hostels are along the route you eventually decide upon.
by Caberfeidh » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:35 am
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by IanEzzi » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:13 pm
7 days walking gets you to the top of the island and the end of the trail. It is entirely possible to get back to Edinburgh or Glasgow from there, using local buses and the train.
If you were very efficient, an excellent two day addition to the trail would be to take the ferry to Raasay and walk to the north tip of the island via the east coast, before returning along the central ridge of the island over Dun Caan.
Of course, there are endless options on the mainland, and the West Highland Way is a good base for further exploration, perhaps detouring at Victoria Bridge and visiting the east bank of Loch Etive before rejoining the trail at the Devil's Staircase. You could also detour from the trail at Kinlochleven to explore the backcountry behind Glen Nevis.
by onderhetgraan » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:24 am
Well, is it possible to walk for 10 days without any human buildings on the road?
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by Marty_JG » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:58 am
Scotland has a lot of islands and they're served by ferries, there are also many small operators doing shuttle runs across bays, lochs, etc. I give you a link for general information on Scottish ferries. One thing that might interest you is the Cal Mac (Caledonian MacBrayne) island-hopping "hopscotch" ticket, so if you love your ferries that would get you on several and you get to see several different islands.
https://www.visitscotland.com/travel/ge ... and/ferry/
As for a 10 day walk without seeing signs of humanity or the nearest Scottish equivalent, nope, not realistically ,though you can get to some quite remote areas if you plan.
If you want some long ferry trips to beyond-the-removes, look at Orkney and Shetlands, Aberdeen to Shetland is 12 hours. And they have lots of wee islands with smaller ferry runs, look at the "Island Explorer".
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