West Highland Way

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The West Highland Way (Scottish Gaelic: Slighe na GĂ idhealtachd an Iar) is a linear long distance footpath in Scotland, with the official status of Long Distance Route. It is 154.5kilometres (96 miles) long, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route. It is managed jointly by West Dunbartonshire Council, Stirling Council, Argyll & Bute Council and Highland Council and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority. About 85,000 people use the path every year.



The trail was the first officially designated long distance footpath in Scotland. The trail was approved for development in 1974 and was completed and opened on October 6, 1980 by Lord Mansfield.[1] In June 2010, the West Highland Way was co-designated as part of the International Appalachian Trail.[2]

The route

The path uses many ancient roads, including Drovers' roads, military roads and old coaching roads and is traditionally walked from south to north. As well as increasing the sense of adventure, taking the route in this direction keeps the sun from one's eyes.

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