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West Highland way to get new ending

Posted 5 December 2011
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West Highland way to get new ending
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Walkers on the West Highland Way are to get a new watering hole in which to toast their success, following the demolition of a hotel in Fort William.

The Grand Hotel has been demolished after spending 72 years standing on the corner of High Street and Gordon Square, with a new Wetherspoons pub, outdoor clothing shop and Travelodge set to take its place, the Highland News reports.

In recent years the building has been boarded up but in the meantime, Gordon Square has become the new end of the West Highland way, extended by a mile from its former finishing line across town at the end of the road out of Glen Nevis.

While weary walkers have been able to share a bench in the square with a statue of another hiker sitting down after completing the hike, they may not have been quite so impressed with their immediate surroundings.

The West Highland Way starts at Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, with highlights along the way including the east bank of Loch Lomond and the West Highland Wall at the Ben More hotel in Crianlarich, where walkers en-route can sign their names.