From time to time we like to hear about how some of our friends have embraced their inner goat.
Where have you been walking recently?
The Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness
How long is that path?
In theory it’s 75 miles but there are places where you can take either a higher or lower level walk and on occasions I detoured to get a better view from up a nearby hill so I took some 80 miles
How many days did you split it over?
The walk took a full week but there’s also a lot of travelling to get to the start and back home!
What did you do for accomodation?
The accommodation was a real highlight of the trip – a large, old barge. Each morning after breakfast the boat and 7 walkers departed and met up again early afternoon. There was a crew of 4 – Captain, Guide, Cook and a man who did all the other jobs necessary on a barge.
What is the scenery like?
Stunning scenery especially the 25 miles or so along Loch Ness made all the better given the wonderful weather and absence of midges
What was your highlight from the walk?
Most of the other walkers were very fit and wanted to walk fast. A couple struggled a bit with this so spent a couple of days on the barge. The result was that I spent most of the walk alone with the professional Guide who was a great guy full of stories about his experiences guiding in the Alps and who was very knowledgeable about the countryside we were passing through.
There were no real problems on the trip but it’s worth bearing in mind that you are likely to be in close company for a week with a group of people you’ve never met before. You just have to hope you all get on well together!
Would you recommend this walk to others? If so, any tips or things you’d do differently?
This is a great way to walk if you don’t want to carry your stuff around with you or worry about accommodation and where to eat each evening. The bedrooms were en suite with a wonderful, powerful shower and the food was excellent.