Hiking the Highlands for Project Africa
Our own Connie Beall is walking 96 miles across Scotland to raise needed funds for Project Africa. She will walk with her brother Scott across Scotland’s first official long distance route linking Milngavie to Fort William – a distance of 154km (96 miles) - from the northern outskirts of Glasgow, to the foot of Ben Nevis at Fort William.
The Route passes through Mugdock Country Park, follows the shores of Loch Lomond, passing Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, descending to sea level to cross the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis.
The terrain ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands.
This is her third Walk for Africa and she has raised thousands for Project Africa.
Check back to see personal notes from our Walking Lass!
Walking Notes from beautiful Scotland
Sept 12, 2010 via text
"Arrived in Drymen, tired feet but reviving tea in the B and B, right next to the Clachan. Lots of cats"
"The Clachan is the oldest liscenced pub in Scotland, since 1734. "
"Might be pouring tomorrow."
"Milnavie was a zoo this am! Starting on a Sunday nor recommended. A group of 16 we raced ahead of at our lunch stop. We walked to a castle ruin out of Mugdock wood."
Sept 13 via text
"Conic Hill lost in the mist. Heavy rain all day! Boots failed at dryness completely sloshed."
Email on September 17
"I'm happy to report that we've completed 6 days so far and the weather is much improved! In Scotland, the first topic of conversation is always the weather. Whatever the forecast, it's usually sunshine and showers and back again. Today we finished at Kingshouse in Glen Coe having crossed Rannoch Moor, the largest wilderness area in Britain. It was a beautiful 9 mile walk, cold but lots of blue sky and huge mountains all around. Water, water, everywhere here. I've been thinking of the dry conditions in Namibia and how this country is such a contrast.
This must be a popular time to walk because at least 100 started the walk on the same day as we did. For a while I thought we were on the West Highland Freeway. Things thinned out as people walked at various paces and many are doing it in fewer days than Scott and I. There are about 3 other groups on the 8 day plan and in the evenings we meet them in the pub for some good conversations and laughs and for most of the rest of them, lots of ale. I stick to cider. It's been a good walk...."