Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow.

Moor of Rannoch

Will fly to Glasgow on Monday 8th May 2017. On Tuesday 9th May will begin my walk at Milngavie. Will walk the 96 miles to Fort William on my own. Am due to complete the walk on Sunday 14th May. On Monday 15th May I intend to climb Ben Nevis. Will return by train to Glasgow on Tuesday 16th May: then on to Edinburgh and Innerleithen; with RCET Committee of Directors meeting in Edinburg, Wednesday 17th May. 

This will be a sponsored walk on behalf of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET).

The route is rich in historical associations. Walking along the side of Loch Lomond I shall make references To Walter Scott's 'Rob Roy'; crossing the Moor of Rannoch will compare my experience with that of David Balfour and Alan Breck in RL Stevenson's  'Kidnapped; andd at Glencoe revisit John Prebble's account of the February 13th 1692 massacre.

Will blog each day from Tuesday 9th to Tuesday 16th May.

Raising funds for the Royal Caledonian Education Trust

Starting on the West Highland Way

Day 1 - Tuesday 9th May Milngavie to Drymen 12 miles.


This section starts with a stroll through the Murdock Country Park. There is then something of a gentle climb as the path leads towards Loch Lomond. The photo below shows my b&B accommodation right next door to the Clachan Inn: the oldest licensed public house in Scotland.

Drymen: Hillview B&B and The Clachan

Ben Lomond overlooking Rowardennan on Loch Lomond.

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The Lady of the Lake

Sir Walter Scott's poem is set in this country between the Trossachs around Loch Kathrine and Loch Lomond. In the early 15th century this was 'bandit country': lying as it does, just south of the Highland Line. The poem tells of Roderick Dhu a rough Highland Chieftain. The poem was st to music in 1810. The tune 'Hail to the Chief' is played every time an American President appears on a formal occasion. The 'Chief' in question though was Roderick Dhu.

Loch Lomond

Day 2 -  Drymen to Rowardennann and over Conic Hill.


lots of fine views over Loch Lomond. Met and talked with many interesting walkers. There were the three American girls, walking in memory of their late mother, two Austrians, two Germans and a number of English men and women.

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

Eastern side of Loch Lomond

Day 3 - Rowardennan to Crianlarich  20 miles

Hard going along the loach side especially. No real path and much clambering over rocks.The last 7 miles from Inveranan was fine. Got to Cranlarich nearly 10.00 pm after 13 hour walk.

The small hamlet of Inversnaid lies 7 miles along the Loch side froM Rowardennan. This is Rob Roy country. ' The lofty peak of Ben Lomond, here the predominant monarch of the mountains, lay on our right hand and served as a striking landmark. The eastern side of the Loch, particularly rough and rugged, was at this time the chief seat of Macgregor and his clan, to curb whom a small garrison had been stationed in a central position between Loch Lomond and another Loch. The extreme strength of the country, however, with the numerous passes, marshes, caverns, and other means of concealment or defence, made the establishment of this little Fort seem rather an acknowledgement of the danger than an effectual means of securing against it' - Francis Osbaldistone.

Exactly so, still 'rough and rugged''.

Rob Roy - 'Do not maister or Campbell me. I am on my native heath  and my name is MacGregor'.

Sir Walter Scott - Rob Roy.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Glen Falloch to Glen Orchy

Day 4 - 14 miles from Crianlarich to Bridge of Orchy. After Tyndrum high mountain country and walking along General Wade's rough roads fro around 1719.

Three of the US 'Highland Four' and me at Bridge of Orchy.

Day 5 - Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven.Walked 21 milles arriving 8.00 pm.


Stated Rannoch Moorr, climbed hop fitm devil's staircase by Glencoe and over the hills to my destination  




'The mist rose and died away, and showed us the country lying as waste as the sea. Only the moorfowl and the peewees crying it, and far over tipi the east, a herd of deer moving like dots. Much of it was red like hearted, much of ihe rest broken up with bogs and peaty pools; some of it had been burnt black in a Heath fire.; and in another place there was quite a  forest of dead fiirs standing like skeletons. A wearied looking desert a man never saw. But at least it was clear of troops which was our point.'

Davjid Balfour - Kidnapped: on Rannoch Moor.

RL Stevenson

Buchaille Etive Mir from Rannoch Moor

The end of the walk at Fort William.

With 2Scots at the finishing line.

Official passport for the wak: all stations stamped from start to finish.


* Followed by 34 people on Facebook with likes and encouraging comments.

*  Donations to RCET as at 17th May £652.

* Photo with most likes (21) - me with the three American girls.

* I did it in 6 days. Apart from the three American girls, and two Scottish nurses everyone I met took 7 or more days.

* The schedule:

Day 1 - Milngavie to Dryden 12 miles

Day 2 - Dryden to Rowardennan  15 miles

Day 3  - Rowardennan to Crianlarich 21 miles

Day 4 - Crialarich to Bridge of Orchy 15 miles

Day 5 - Bridge of Orchy to Kinlochleven 20 miles

Day 6  Kinlochleven to Fort William 15 miles

Total - 98 miles. 

* Most difficult stretch - roughly 12 miles between Rowardennan and Inveranan day 3 along the loch side; arrived at Crianlarich, my destination, just before 10.00 pm.

* Historical references were to: Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy; R.L. Stevenson' Kidnapped; John Prebble''S Massacre at Glencoe; John Buchan's Montrose (on the battle of Inverlochy).

* Enjoying - 'To travel is much better than to arrive' RL.L. Stevenson.

* Crossing the finish line - 'There must be a beginning of any great matter but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true gmlory'. Sir Francis Drake.