How to prepare for the West Highland Way
So, you’ve made the decision to take on Scotland’s famous West Highland Way! Congratulations!
First of all, it is vital that you implement a training plan. If you’re completely untrained and not an avid walker, try walking for 30 minutes over a space of a few days. Work up to 45, 1 hour etc until you’re able to walk for around 4 hours without struggling too much. Try to emulate the West Highland Way walk as much as possible, too. This means walking up and down hills, rougher terrains and through mud and water.
Finding the time, especially around work and a family may be difficult but try to make walking part of your daily routine. If it means alighting from the bus a few stops earlier or walking to and from the supermarket for your weekly shop, there is always time to walk!
Also, try to ensure that you’re walking in all kinds of weathers. The weather in Scotland is unpredictable at best and even if you’re doing the West Highland Way during the height of Summer, chances are, it’s going to rain!
Finally, once you’ve been walking for a while, consider packing your bag with everything you intend to take with you on your hike and take that on your walks. This will help you build up stamina and get used to such a weight on your back.
What to pack for the West Highland Way
- Microfleece jackets are great for keeping you warm in chillier climates, such as hiking in Autumn
- Walking boots! Ensure that you get professionally fitted for these as poorly-fitted boots could leave you unable to finish the West Highland Way due to injury or severe discomfort. They’ll be your best friend throughout your trip so it’s best to invest!
- Plenty of spare socks
- First aid kit
- Thermal wear
What EasyWays can do for you
If you’re looking for more advice on what to pack, what to expect or anything else, contact us! We are always happy to help.
We provide self-guided and fixed price walking holidays for the West Highland Way and we can ensure that your trip is as organised as you are!