West Highland Way – Day 1 – Milngavie to Easter Drumquhassle farm

  • June 5th, 2018

  • 17.8km | ascent 238m | descent 241m

  • Easter Drumquhassle farm, £5 to camp

London to Glasgow train

I took the train from London to Glasgow

West Highland Way start marker, Milngavie

then changed to a local train to Milngavie and the start of the West Highland Way

West Highland Way information board

The first few kilometres were delightful through woodland

Scotland's Great Trails official thimble way mark

Scotland’s Great Trails official thimble way mark

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Strathblane hills and Dumgoyne

Then the terrain changed with views of the Strathblane hills and Dumgoyne (on the left)

Dumgoyne peeking out beyond the farm and trees

Dumgoyne peeking out beyond the farm and trees

The Beech Tree

This looked terrific but it was unfortunately closed by the time I arrived

Honesty box

One of the best signs you can come across when hiking!

Honesty box

Honesty box

Post box

I’ll always be a tourist in the UK and couldn’t help but take a photo of this cute little post box!

camping in a field at Easter Drumquhassle Farm

Home for the night in my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 in a field at Easter Drumquhassle Farm

West Highland Way day 1, Milngavie to Easter Drumquhassle farm

West Highland Way day 1, Milngavie to Easter Drumquhassle farm

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13 responses to “West Highland Way – Day 1 – Milngavie to Easter Drumquhassle farm

    • Hi Aidan, I wasn’t expecting the trail to be so busy so I wasn’t originally planning ahead or even making a plan but I did end up calling a few campsites on the same day just to find out if I needed to reserve or not. Most said just come along – Glencoe Mountain Resort and Kinlochlevin (Blackwater Hostel) were the busiest campsites. I was also expecting to find more places to wild camp than I did. I’m sure it would be a different story and quieter outside of the summer season.

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  1. Hi Kate
    Great to see you are walking again. I did this walk in 2012 prior to doing the Comino. When you get close to Glencoe the scenery is to die for/ I did it later in the year and there were very few hikers.
    Wonderful to read your adventures.
    Stay well.
    Iain ( Melbourne)

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    • Thanks Iain,
      Glencoe certainly was beautiful (through dark and moody skies) 😉 I think the WHW is a wonderful mix of terrain and scenery… I hope to walk it again at a quieter time of year.

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  2. Hi Kat: Would you please let us have more information about your tent. If you had to choose another one which one would you choose. Thank you kindly. Cheers, Tony…

    …stay hungry, be foolish, and live fearlessly.

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    • Hi Tony,
      It’s the Big Agnes Coppur Spur UL 1 person tent. I took this tent with me because it’s freestanding and I didn’t know what kind of surfaces I would be pitching the tent on. It’s a terrific tent and it worked out perfectly.

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