West Highland Way – Day Two

Drymen to Rowardennan – 22km

Leaving Drymen the walk heads up through the Garadhban Forest until the first views of Loch Lomond appear.  From here it was a beautiful walk through gently rolling hills to the bottom of Conic Hill.  From the top of Conic Hill Loch Lomond spreads out as far as the eye can see.  Heading down Conic Hill lunch is in a park on the shore of Loch Lomond in Balmaha.

After lunch the trail continues along the shore of Loch Lomond in and out of the trees.  Great day walking in bright sunshine.  Eventually the trail makes it’s way to Rowardennan and the stop for the night is at the Rowardennan Hotel.

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West Highland Way – Day One

Milngavie to Drymen – 19km

Started the day by meeting up with the group at the Glasgow Queen Street railway station and taking  a short train ride to Milngavie just north of Glasgow. Dropped my luggage off with the porter company who would be taking the bags to the next stop and started walking from the center of town.

Very pleasant walk in the sunshine through farm and pasture land.  Stopped for lunch at the Beech Tree Inn.  Further walking through the afternoon led to Drymen and the Hawthornes B&B.  Dinner was a four-course meal at the nearby Winnock Hotel.

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Nihahi Ridge

Solo hiking adventure up Nihahi Ridge – June 4.  Always liked this hike and it was a great way to break in my new hiking shoes.  Starts a bit boring along a dirt road near the Little Elbow Campground but quickly gets interesting when you take the trail up towards the ridge.  Once you break out of the tree line it is a very easy scramble to get up to the top of the ridge.  You can run the ridge quite a few kilometers but the thunder clouds were rolling in so I turned around and came back down.

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