Day 21 – Balmaha to Milngavie

Weather: 🌤

Feeling Today: 👍🤞

So Far: 326.25 miles, 106:20 hours

It was a warm start to the day as we gave the Tom Weir statue a salute and headed away from Balmaha and up Conic Hill. It was an immediate and steep climb and I was really overheating by the top.

The effort was well worth it though, with superb views over Loch Lomond and beyond. I remember reading that the panorama from Conic Hill (aye Conic, Jos!) is in the ‘top ten’ of views in the UK.  With justification, I think, and you can see why the loch is called Bonnie!


I was at the same spot with Bev last May and I remember discussing how Judith had done LEJOG and when and how I might tackle JOGLE.

Coming off the hill, within a few miles the landscape is transformed, and we were walking through fertile fields and along country lanes. I could have been in Wiltshire …

The trail was again very busy with walkers coming towards us, south to north. We’ve had several comments of ‘you’re going the wrong way!’, but I think north to south is best overall. At times there have been so many coming towards us a ‘crocodile’ has formed or there have been queues at pinch-points. I prefer to give a cheery ‘hello’ and crack on at my pace, unhindered.

Most of today was flat and uneventful and it was a long but pretty walk into Milngavie (pronounced Mil-Guy) where the West Highland Way ends. Malcolm and I kept expecting to come over a ridge and find Glasgow and the Clyde laid out in front of us, but it didn’t arrive and instead we found our way though to the less pretty Milngavie High Street.

We soon found out why, at £31.50 for both of us, our Premier Inn room was the cheapest of the whole walk – it wasn’t in the best area … but great value!


I’m ready for those midges …!

9 thoughts on “Day 21 – Balmaha to Milngavie

  1. Looks good on you.
    Can’t fail to notice you are showing a little sliver of neck. Midges will be all over that.

    Hope you don’t need to use it.


  2. Chris, I know that over our occasional small sherry we have rarely discussed my favourite poetry – but your photos of the landscapes do remind me of ‘Leisure’ and in particular “A poor life this, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare” – albeit that W H Davies was Welsh not Scottish.


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