I would recommend this walk to anyone who is reasonably fit. The views were amazing and no two days were the same. We are a couple in our fifties and have never done anything like this before but we both loved it. We stayed in...More
Hello, quite a few solo female hikers do this route, and if you scroll back through the reviews of the WHW, you will find some accounts of their feeling safe throughout. Generally its my experience that walkers on this trail... More
Hello, quite a few solo female hikers do this route, and if you scroll back through the reviews of the WHW, you will find some accounts of their feeling safe throughout. Generally its my experience that walkers on this trail look out for oneanother, help eachother along and are supportive. Certainly you will make friends with the people who are walking at your pace, and that's one of the great things about this hike. It is very social and you will be in great company! Glasgow of course is a big city, so you need to adopt a big city attitude to taking care. The start of the WHW is a short train ride out of town, and once you are on the trail, you are in a different orbit. For the map, the one to get is the Harvey map. They are a small Scottish company who specialise in UK hiking maps. Trip advisor won't allow web addresses to be posted, but if you search 'harveymaps' they have a UK website, and you will find it there. It is full of extra detail that you don't normally get on maps, like day by day planning, and where the shops and restaurants are. You can buy maps from them direct, and for the WHW, it was the very first thing I did in making my plans - my advice is buy one! As for an agency, I'm sorry I can't help since I went independently. However, I did hear overseas travellers say that they wish they had booked their bag transfer in the UK since they were overcharged by their local travel agent. Expect to pay about £50 for the whole trip if you buy it in the UK, or £7 per stage. Again you will find offers on the web. People shift quite large bags up and down the trail like this - I guess international travellers simply move their entire kit around while they do the walk (I saw it all piled up in the accommodations) - it makes sense. Sites like AMS for bag transfer also include route info and links to accommodation in each node of the trail - but I can't vouch for any since I did not use any agency and camped. Finally, don't rent boots! You will need to be using your own or it will quite likely be trouble. Have fun!