Those buying walking boots
and waterproof jackets
for the challenge of completing the West Highland way have been challenged to go a bit further with the launch of a new guide to the detours people can enjoy along the route.
The British Mountaineering Council has produced a guide called NOT the West Highland Way, which notes the trek from Milngavie to Fort William passes through several mountain ranges without climbing any peaks.
Aiming to put this right, the book notes how walkers who fancy doing a bit more can leave the path beside Loch Lomond to walk up Ben Lomond, or take on other peaks such as Beinn Dorain or some of the Mamores.
Those attempting this may wish to ensure they have Ordnance Survey maps
to hand to make sure they can trace the route to the summit and then back to the path.
One extra walking challenge recently added to the official route is to add another mile from the old end at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Fort William, with the new finish to what is now a 96-mile challenge being located in the town centre.
Posted by Dan Mirza