The West Highland Way by Wonderful Wild Women

3rd – 6th December 2021

Day 1 - Milngavie to Balmaha (21 miles, 2,100 ft elevation)

A leisurely start; we catch the train from Oxenholme and onwards to Glasgow. In amongst the

catching up, laughter and snacks it was easy to forget where we were going and what was ahead

of us!

A midday arrival into Milngavie and time felt of the essence with 20 miles to cover that day and

fading light in just a few hours.

We find the official start and sheepishly ask the unlucky passer-by who makes eye contact if they

will take our picture. Formalities complete its time to get running. The terrain is flat and good

underfoot, so we find ourselves ticking off the miles comfortably, leaving the city behind and

looking ahead towards the Campsie Fells.

The weather is surprisingly mild for December. Our laden packs feel heavy and overpacked as

we find ourselves in t-shirts, but the forecast on days ahead looks uncertain and unsettled so

hopefully we will get some use out of all the extra layers.

We’re in a good flow. Energy is high and conversation a plenty then… we realise we’ve taken a

wrong turn! The route is incredibly well signposted, so we feel a bit daft but never mind, back we

go with an extra mile in our legs for the day.

Before we know it, we’re heading towards the one and only hill of the day, Conic Hill, guarded by

some gorgeous Highland Cows. Fatigue from the faster flat miles has set in. The light fades

quickly but we hold off as long as possible before getting the head torches out. Reaching the

highest point on the hill, Loch Lomond stretches out before us.

The final decent towards our lodgings for the night finds us sliding uncontrollably down the

eroded hillside, but the hard work is done for the day. We relax as the bright lights of Balmaha

appear and hunker down in a cosy pub for tea.

Day 2 - Balmaha to Crianlarich (30 miles, 3,000ft elevation)