On occasion we leave central Ohio to experience nature in a different location. A few weeks ago we travelled to Scotland to hike the 96 mile West Highland Way which runs between Milngavie and Fort William. You can hike part or the whole thing. Deciding to be nice to our “We’re not 25 anymore” bodies we stayed in Inns or B&B’s each night. The scenery was spectacular and the weather, while wet at times, never was so bad that you couldn’t enjoy the day. Because many of the birds seen for the first time were common, it was pretty easy to add 39 life birds to our list.
If you love being out in nature and enjoy walking, we highly recommend hiking in Scotland and the West Highland Way is one of the best long treks. Because some days could be as long as 16 miles, and some terrain rugged, we kept camera equipment to a minimum using a Canon SX260 and an older SD850. We wore all synthetic fabrics while on the trail and, because the weather could be very changeable, carried extra clothing, raingear, as well as water and snacks/lunch in our day packs. We set up our trip through Hillwalk Tours and were very happy with in the arrangements.