I play a location-based game called Ingress, which requires you to visit real-world landmarks and monuments during the course of the game. If you haven't heard of it, check it out (join the Enlightened), but if you have, you're probably here because you want to know if it's possible to walk the West Highland Way and keep your Sojourner achievement. Well, luckily, the answer is yes.
Below I include a set of maps from the Ingress intel site. There's 12 maps from the 12 towns you pass through, not including Fort William at the end (it's full of portals). On most days you will pass through at least one of these locations.
Note that you'll need to keep your phone charged to play, and this really isn't an issue. If your phone will a day on battery saver with the WiFi off, you won't have problems. Most days you can pass at least one pub or cafe for lunch/dinner and I had no problem charging my phone while eating. I also brought a small battery pack - light weight is best, 5,000mAh should be plenty. It's only for 'just-in-case'.
I haven't described each one in huge detail, so in the areas with only one portal be sure to check ahead of time each day.
Right at the start of the way is Milngavie. There's plenty of portals in the center where the walk starts.
It's been a while since Part 1, but I’m back with a second interesting historic remnant in Rotherhithe - an old lock depth gauge. It’s situated not far from the Bascule bridge on Redriff Road I described previously, on the footpath that starts between the Moby Dick public house and the monument to James Walker and leads to the Russia Dock Woodlands. Above the footpath is a modern bridge that is host to Redriff Road.
The West Highland Way is Scotland's first official long distance trail. It covers 96 miles between Milngavie (pronounced mull-guy) and Fort William, passing through some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery I've ever seen; rolling grassy hills, dense forest, and loch-side shingle beaches, giving way to sharp boulders, barren mountainsides, and rough fissures in the ground as you head North. It’s recommended to head northwards since the earlier stages are slightly easier, but can be done in either direction.
The Way is beautiful, well maintained, well signposted, and supported by a whole string of businesses along the entire route that help with food, accommodation, and supplies. I recently walked the WHW with my girlfriend and not once did we have to check a map or compass to figure out which way to go. If there was a crossroads it was always signposted unless it was unnecessarily obvious. Not once did we have to make a diversion due to the quality of track. Not once did we spend a day without passing somewhere that provided food or accommodation. If you haven't tried long distance waking before, the Way is a great walk to get started.
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