Ration Packs And Survival Food.
To get the best from a day in the mountains it is essential that you get enough food and drink. A a normal day’s activity is about 3000 kcals.
Yellow orange urine indicates dehydration , the darker the colour the more serious the problem so make sure you do not get dehydrated and drink plenty of water.Make sure that you have enough food and drink to last you to your next supply stop. Keep some emergency rations in your rucksack. You never know when you might need them. Hunger can make you give up.
The weather can be unpredictable at all times of the year and the West coast is prone to being very wet. Always be prepared for bad weather
A it is also sensible to keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Strong wind and rain in our faces will present a whole range of problems, not least of which is morale. More people give up a long trek because of low morale than through injuries .
Some people are advised to get a health check before embarking on long walks in the Scottish hills.Parts of the West Highland Way can be strenuous, wet and very muddy although improvements and paths are now being laid down. When it is hot you will need some sun barrier cream.
There are some camp sites along the walk. See details in the Harveys West Highland Way map and guide.
Midges can be very troublesome. Make sure you have some protection.
The West Highland Way is 95 miles long from Milingavie to Fort William
Take a train from Queen St railway station to Milingavie
Train times from Queen St. are 10 minutes to the hour and 20 minutes past the hour.
Train times etc Tel 0345 484950
Buses leave from Buchanan St bus station 200 meters north of Queen St station.
Bus information Tel 0141 332 7133
In emergency Tel 999 and ask for Police.
FOR THOSE WALKING AND CAMPING.
A tent is essential if not booking, in advance, for accommodation.
Sleeping bag. It is important to get the correct temp rating.
Sleep mat– not essential but adds a little luxury to a nights sleep.
A rucksack to carry all your equipment with some room to spare.
A good pair o walking boots and spare laces.
A change of socks and underwear. A minimum of 3 pairs of socks. Loop stitch if possible. Blister pads.
Cooking equipment / cooker/ plates /knife fork and spoon /can opener mug, matches
A good waterproof jacket and trousers. Ponchos can be useful A woolly hat in winter or sun hat for summer.
A fleece jacket . Gloves when it is old.
Trousers /shirt t-shirt. Remember that jeans soak up water. Wear light weight walking trousers.
Plenty of food for your daily journey.
Water bottle or flexible water bottle for inside backpack.
Safety whistle and torch. Insect repellent (mosquito net for head and bed optional)
Map or guide of the walk. A compass especially if you are going to make detours.
A small first aid kit. A watch or phone.
If you want to wash then you will need soap and a towel (lightweight camp towel)
Try not to overload your bag. Try and keep your bag as light as possible see front cover
A plastic survival bag can be useful.
Gaiters. These protect the bottom of trousers form getting wet and muddy.
A length of Para cord, has a great many uses, small pen knife, pencil and paper.
Toilet paper– small poly ,waterproof, reusable bags.Sewing kit.
The above equipment is for guidance only . You may not need all of it.
You can get the Scottish Tourist Board to book your accommodation for you. TEL 01389 722 199 or Glasgow Tel 0141 204 4400.
RUCKSACK TRANSFER SERVICE.
Rucksack transfer for the west highland way. Rapid uplift and drop off to the door of your accommodation. £29.99 per rucksack.
AMS. Tel 01236 722795.
Travel Lite. Tel 0141 956 7890.
Rowardennan Tel 01360 870259.
Crianlarich Tel 01838 300260.
Glen Nevis Tel 01397 702336.
For further information contact the Scottish Youth Hostel Association at 7 Clebe Crescent Stirling FK8 2JA TEL 01786 451180.
I t is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. In busy periods accommodation is easier to find if you start mid week.
Easyways Accommodation Booking Service for the the West Highland Way , St Cuthbert's Way and the Great Glen Way.
Easyway will do all the administration work for you and book good quality accommodation. Brochure available.
Address– room 32 Haypark Business Centre, Larchmont avenue,Polmont, Falkirk, Stirlingshire FK2 0NZ
TEL 01324 714132 FAX 01324 887766.
Guided walking holidays in the United Kingdom. They will organise accommodation and all meals and transport.. Tel 0044 1889 57 5646.
Bespoke Highland Tours.
They specialise in tours for individuals who wish a self guided walking holiday with a tour customised to their needs. Package includes detailed itineraries, maps and daily baggage transfer. Tel 0141 334 9017
C-N DO Scotland
Specialise in West Highland Way trips. Fully trained guides. All meals , transport and accommodation provided. Tel 01786 445703 24 hrs
Contours walking Holidays
West Highland Way and other tours. Small groups with trained guides. Accommodation and luggage transfer with maps.
Make Tracks Walking Holidays
Self guided walking holidays on the West Highland Way and others.
Guides and maps, luggage transfer and accommodation.
10 years experience
Tel 0131 229 6844
Easter Drumquhassle Farm [NS486 871] One mile south of Drymen, small campsite (20 pitches) with drying facilities.
Garadhban Forest [NS453 918] Two miles north of Drymen this is a backpackers site with no facilities. It is intended for single night-stays and the only restriction is that we ask people not to light fires; (can be a bit midgy).
Milarrochy Bay Camping & Caravan Club Site [NS407 926] Large campsite full facilities 1.5miles/2.5km north of Balmaha.
Cashel Campsite [NS] Large campsite full facilities 4 miles/6.5km south of Rowardennan.
Ardess [NS 359 995] Backpackers site no facilities. Follow the waymarker to the right of the youth Hostel entrance for 200m .It is intended for single night-stays and the only restriction is that we ask people not to light fires.
Rowchoish Bothy [NN338 043] 4miles/6.5km north of Rowardennan. Basic roofed stone building with a sleeping platform and a fireplace.
Inversnaid Boathouse [NN336 094] 400m north of Inversnaid backpackers site. It is intended for single night-stays and the only restriction is that we ask people not to light fires.
Doune Bothy [NN332 144] 4.5 miles/7km north of Inversnaid. Basic roofed stone building with a sleeping platform and a fireplace.
Beinglas Farm/Campsite [NN321 187] 40 tent pitches and 4 wigwams with laundrette, shop toilets and showers.