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Rucksack Readers => West Highland Way, from near Glasgow to Fort William, Scotland => Topic started by: davem on February 15, 2007, 08:16:58 pm



Title: Luggage carriers
Post by: davem on February 15, 2007, 08:16:58 pm
hello all

Tip for those thinking of walking the Way - don't carrry your luggage. After trudging through my first two long distance walks I found it much more enjoyable  with only a day sack.

On the WHW I can recommend http://www.ams-scotland.com/mainframe.html and they were great. They delivered door to door at all the stops for a very reasonalble price. Enjoy the walk ;D

Dave



Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: Jacquetta on February 16, 2007, 12:36:58 am
Another perspective on Dave's point: if you can't travel light, consider using a baggage service, such as Travelite or AMS.  Personally I find that water is the heaviest single item I need, and since waterproofs and a camera and a few other things would be with me in the daysack anyway, it's easy enough to cut down the overnight stuff to a small percentage of what I'm carrying.  But this is based on staying in B&Bs not carrying a tent, sleeping bag+mat, cooker and food etc.

It's a very individual thing to decide what you need for a week. If you can't travel light, then I'd agree with Dave.  But I rather enjoy the simplicity of having minimal belongings for a week, and it certainly makes packing up each morning quick and easy!


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: JennieL on March 15, 2007, 04:21:11 pm
Well I and my friends used Travel-Lite who've been doing it for over 12 years and they were great: friendly, helpful and good value at GBP33 :)  I can't imagine travelling so light I'd want to carry everything :o

We had already bought the Giftpack from Rucksack Readers (book, map and DVD for only £25) and found all three bits excellent, so there were no surprises. Recommended!
Jennie


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: TomAMoore on April 20, 2008, 07:10:21 pm
Since I have to use a medical device, a CPAP machine, there is no way I could carry it and the needed overnight material. A service like this is a godsend to me. We don't have anything like this in the States on the long trails.

Tom


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: steve-o on February 22, 2011, 09:45:12 am
Just an update and question on this: AMS do north to south, they do NOT visit Inversnaid, charge is £45.00 per bag per person up to 20kg weight limit.  Travel-Lite do NOT do north to south, £40.00 per bag per person.

Anyone got any more recommendations for luggage carriers, please? I'm still keen to do north to south.


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: Buggiba on February 22, 2011, 12:22:40 pm
I assume from your comments that you intend staying at Inversnaid. Would it not be possible to carry on to Rowardennan, where there is a hotel and a youth hostel? I am sure AMS call there :-\


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: steve-o on February 22, 2011, 07:33:41 pm
Not any more  :) ... I've reworked my plan now and will be walking that section from Inverarnan to Rowardennan ...TBH it was your mention of the YHA that helped  :)


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: Buggiba on February 22, 2011, 10:42:25 pm
My pleasure. According to their website they have full availability for your proposed period and they come in at about £18-75 a night including SYHA membership :).


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: Allan on March 16, 2011, 11:36:26 am
Not many people do the trip north to south so AMS is the only bag carrier option. I found them 100% reliable and would recommend them (I have used the other service south to north on 2 occasions with only one problem)


Title: Re: Luggage carriers
Post by: Buggiba on August 12, 2016, 05:10:51 pm
I have used Travel-Lite for each of the 3 occasions I have walked the WHW and never found them wanting. An excellent service at a very reasonable price. Much better than carrying your home on your back.