REWALK SEPTEMBER 2014
Walks Fort William & District Authors: John & Trina Wombell
Re walked by Bruce Anderson
This book covers a big area full large, dramatic features: lochs, sea lochs, glens and mountains. The biggest of the latter is Ben Nevis – the biggest of them all – and if it is not the most exciting climb in Scotland, it is one which many people feel obliged to do. Avoid the effort if you are unfit or ill-equipped – the views, though stunning, are rarely visible, and it is cold up top, even in the Summer.
Other large features included in the guide are the Great Glen (this guide covers up to Invergarry; for the northern half look at Walks Inverness) and its southern extension, Loch Linnhe. To the east is the stunning scenery of Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor; to the west the winding roads leading through moorland to Glenfinnan and Loch Hourn, with the Rough Bounds beyond.
For scale, variety and drama only Wester Ross and Skye can hope to match the landscape around Fort William. As in those areas, we have avoided the routes better left to mountaineers and concentrated on paths through the mountains and up the lower hills (such as The Pap of Glen Coe – see left), but that should be enough for the casual walker: the walks and views (always assuming you manage to avoid the rain…) are outstanding.
The guide has been completely rewalked, but few significant changes were needed. The only major alterations were to the organised paths around Glenfinnan, where there have been changes to the car parks and signposting.