Walk completed August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 67 – Saturday, August 06, 2011 – Kirkintilloch to Drymen, 17 miles

Underpass near Lennoxtown
Today’s walk was a connecting route from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the West Highland Way. The route out of Kirkintilloch follows another rails-to-trails route until it reaches Strathblane. From there, a pleasant walk through the forest along a creek named Blane Water connects to the West Highland Way.

This is my third time on the West Highland Way, so the sights along the way were familiar to me. A few things have changed since the last time I was here, 9 years ago, when Janet and I walked the WHW with our Canadian friends, Keith and Cathy. First, there was an early section of a mud slog where cattle were frequently penned. The route now bypasses that on a clean, dry path.

Second, in the village of Gartness, Rory has established an “honesty shop” with soft drinks and ice cream – help yourself and leave the payment.

View from WHW
The biggest change appears to be the number of walkers on the WHW. In the past, I encountered other walkers only occasionally. Today, I encountered at least a dozen on the three hours I was on the WHW. We’ll see how many I encounter over the next 10 days. Obviously, with so many walkers, I can’t talk with and photograph everybody.

© 2011 Ken Klug


  1. Ken:
    Was it really nine years ago?
    Anyway, there were lots of people at the start then - it just thinned out a lot as we went north.
    I notice you do not mention rain. Are you enjoying good weather, or just getting so used to rain you do not mention it anymore?

  2. Greetings from the wet and windy Shetland Isles! Enjoy the West Highland Way

  3. You are soooo close to the top.....just to celebrate I shall have a cappuccino for you, then a latte too because not too sure which one you'd want. Will be totally wired for the rest of the day, but I'll wear myself out around Sunriver thinking of all the miles you've already logged.
    Hang in there Ken, you are doing great!