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 on: June 25, 2013, 09:14:31 am 
Started by Louise - Last post by Jacquetta
At last, the Footprint map has appeared – at a new scale (1:40,000) and at a new price (£9.50). Compared with previous Footprint maps, this is slightly more detailed and more spacious. It has all-over relief colouring with contours at 10-m intervals; it shows altitude profiles for each section as well as the whole route, and it features text boxes that clarify points along the route. Once you've got used to reading each text box from the bottom up, these are helpful and much clearer than the old, scattered route notes. And it still features the familiar Footprint mileage blobs along the route line which seem to be popular with walkers, even those who normally think in km. It also devotes two panels to an overview map at 1:275,000 which shows a useful level of detail, as well as letting you locate each panel.

Compared with other Footprint maps at £5.95, many will baulk at the 60% price hike, albeit arguably Footprint maps have been underpriced for years. The only competition is the Harvey route map at £12.95: it is at the same scale, is printed single-sided and is taller again when folded (24 cm tall cf Footprint's 22.5 cm but formerly 21 cm). People may differ about which is easier to use in practice: personally I find the highlighted route line in Footprint easier to follow and I like its new features such as altitude profiles.

And whether you pay £9.50 or £12.95, either of these route maps beats the pre-2012 situation where you had to buy 4 Explorers at £7.95 each! It's just a pity we had to wait over a decade for a route map, and then two come along in quick succession. But we welcome the fact that walkers now have a choice.

 on: June 20, 2013, 02:05:26 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
Now on VisitScotland if you want to have a look.


 on: June 16, 2013, 08:54:06 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
The 'Great Glen', Wetherspoons new hostelry in Fort William, is now open. Located on the High Street and only yards from the 'new' end of the WHW and beginning of the EHW. The manager previously managed the company's establishment at Glasgow Airport.

 on: June 11, 2013, 06:54:35 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Buggiba
Hi Mason, I'm glad you enjoyed Knoydart. The bothy was a bit basic but the 'Stables' where I stayed was a bit more upmarket Wink.
We walked it the opposite way to you, from Inverie to Kinlochhourn and it rained the whole way Angry. On arrival at Kinlochhourn we then had a 100-mile drive to Mallaig to collect the other car. Certainly a lonely a desolate stroll to take on on your own. Well done.

 on: June 03, 2013, 08:26:12 am 
Started by Mason - Last post by Mason
Thank you Buggiba and Jacquetta!

I have not been on this site for a very long time. I did walk from The Eagle Barge Inn along the Great Glen Way to Inverie in summer 2012. It was in every essence spectacular and i really enjoyed walking along Loch Garry and Loch Quoich. This is UK longest dead end road but i liked picking chantarelles along the way and it was desolate, lonely and just what i like when walking. The scenic view from the last bride along Loch Quoich was amazing as the last walk down to Kinlochhourn Farm where i had some food. I walked to Barrisdale and slept in the bothy. Me and another walker made food, boiled water that we cooled down in the burn outside... Woke up around 5 and started walking up the mountains and saw loads and loads of red deer. Had about a dozen bites from horseflies, that got to my mood, but as i reached the peak, it had started raining vertical nails, and with that wind on the top, all horseflies on Knoydart must have died instantly. Then it was a nice and smooth walk down to Inverie and it was stunning to see and walk along the Loch an Dubh Lochain. Alone in the world. This is not my picture but this is part of the reward:


I have not yet decided where to walk this summer, but it might be WHW again with my gf.



 on: April 10, 2013, 06:47:16 pm 
Started by Mason - Last post by Jacquetta
We tried to sleep in Sourlie's Bothy but the mice drove us out
Great to have your input, DezHowl, but is this for real? Are these are killer mice on steroids or timid hikers? Cheesy

 on: April 10, 2013, 01:47:58 pm 
Started by JennieL - Last post by Jacquetta
Apologies, Buggiba, but you are alerting us all to the fact we are straying off-topic Sad

For those who want to read about good beer, Buggiba's has posted about both the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way.

 on: April 10, 2013, 01:40:24 pm 
Started by JennieL - Last post by Buggiba
Just as an add-on I also have a good beer guide to the East Highland Way should anyone ever need it Undecided.

 on: April 10, 2013, 01:36:34 pm 
Started by JennieL - Last post by Buggiba
Hi Jacquetta, my Good Beer Guide to the GGW appears under a different heading on the forum and the Benleva is definitely mentioned. Bsmyth you are also correct. The Benleva Hotel is concealed off the main road and behind trees. Personally I would crawl there if I had to Smiley. Not only is the Loch Ness Backpackers close to the route, it also has a licensed bar  Grin. I also recall there being another hostelry at the Lewiston end of 'town'. I cannot recall the name but I am sure it had something to do with Loch Ness or Nessie. Hope this helps.

 on: April 10, 2013, 08:19:55 am 
Started by JennieL - Last post by bsmyth
Hadn't read the report until now, but what a good and interesting report it is. Benliva - we had a couple of pints there in the evening but unfortunately didn't notice it on the way into Drum at about 3.30pm. As I recall Benliva is kinda hidden out of the way up a drive and in trees. The point I was trying to make is when you walk into the centre of Drum there were a few hostelries and licensed premises within a short distance of each other, none of which were open for selling beer at that time. Having just completed that day's walking, we weren't of a mind to wander around looking for a place as we were staying at the Fiddlers in the centre of Drum (it wasn't open for business either). To be fair we may have passed a place just as you come to the first properties in Drum (is that the Backpackers?) but we thought we would walk into the centre and not have a problem finding somewhere on a lovely sunny day in what we thought was high tourist season. There were plenty of tourists but no real ales available. Not that we were desparate (!!!!) but we ended up asking for a shandy from a cafe beside the village green and we got ... wait for it ... a tin of a famous lager (which tastes like nits p***) and a tin of lemonade and had to mix it ourselves. Wow. A great advert for Scotland's tourism. Even when desperate for some liquid, it didn't quite hit the spot.

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