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First walk in Scotland: WHW

First walk in Scotland: WHW


Postby StevenF » Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:48 pm

Date walked: 24/03/2008

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 33 km

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Hello everyone, I'm a long time lurker and visited Scotland twice and Wales as well. As I used walkhighlands to prepare the last three hollidays and am planning a fifth visit to the UK I decided to start making trip reports. It's fun and maybe some of you will enjoy them :-)

The first time was during easter 2008. The plan was to visit Glasgow, walk a part of the WHW, visit Fort William and then take the train to visit Edinburg for two days.

After some sight-seeing in Glasgow we took the bus to Drymen (we only had two days so decided to skip the first stage).

The WHW is considered a beginners walk on this forum, but it certainly is worth it in my oppinion!

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Setting of, all smiles

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Suddenly it starts snowing after 45min walking: unexpected!

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First view of Loch Lomond

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Conic Hill

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The first view of Ben Lomond

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The summit was crowded, although it had snowed a bit in the morning the sun was coming out and I think a lot of people were of the opinnion that going up Conic Hill and a drink in Balmaha afterwards was a good idea. They were right :-)

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Clear skies after the decent to Balmaha.

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Fire in the oak three inn. (nice food as well)

We spent the night in a bunkhouse in Balmaha. The first day was a succes, although the walk was a bit too short.

The next day we had planned to walk to Rowardennan, and if time permitted walk up Ben Lomond.

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Start of the day: the weather was brilliant, blue skies everywhere!

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Ben Lomond was almost always in sight, taunting :-)

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Problem with my shoe

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Problem solved!

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We reached Rowardennan at 12:15 and decided to leave our backpacks at the hostel and climb the Ben with a small backpack (some food and 1l water). 1l water for two people turned out to be way too little, lessen learned for future walks :-)

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start of the ascent!

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going up

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The views of Loch Lomond are becoming better and better.

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Closer and closer, but it took longer then expected.

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I think we were the only ones who had the summit for ourselves. As we were going up over 100 people descended, must have been crowded at 12:00 with everyone having something to eat on the summit.

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My boot solution failed during the last km's of descent...

Two nice days in the highlands and when the holliday was over I decided that next time I would spend more time in the hills and less time (preferably none) in the cities.
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Re: First walk in Scotland: WHW

Postby whirlwind17 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:33 pm

Nice reading your experience. I am so sorry for what had happen to your shoes. But nevertheless your trip is awesome. :clap:
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