We have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of the West Highland Way over the past few weeks and it has given us the chance to reflect on what it means to us. Since 2011 Thistle Trekking has spent a lot of time on the route, enjoying it in all sorts of weathers, and sharing the experience with hundreds of our wonderful customers.
From the lush green forests of Loch Lomond shore to the harsh expanse of Rannoch Moor the WHW truly has everything. Each of our guides has plenty of memories and tales to tell about their experiences on the trail. My first trek along the route was gloriously sunny with a group of happy Americans who delighted in the ever changing scenery. We made friends with other groups who we met each day and this culminated in a foot race along Fort William High Street, between one of our group and a man whose boots were held together with gaffer tape! The finish line is always a celebratory place and on any given afternoon it is a cheerful place full of tired satisfaction.
I asked our guides about their favourite bits of the WHW and to indulge in a bit of reminiscence. Here are a few of their responses.