Downsides West Highland Way

Things I didn’t like about the West Highland Way

Last time, I shared my best bits of the West Highland Way, the first long-distance trail I’d ever hiked. Sure, it was amazing or ‘awesome’ as everyone keeps telling each other nowadays. I’m an optimistic person, but I don’t believe that long-distance hiking is continuous happiness. I mean, come on! For me at least, hiking – as life in general – is with ups and downs.

“They made me a heartless murderer – although I plead self-defense: it was them or me”

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Best bits of my West Highland Way hike

The West Highland Way is the most famous long-distance trail in Scotland. Not without reason; it is perfect for novice hikers who wish to enter the realm of the highlands. Being a newbie to multiday hiking at that time (or any hiking in general if I must be honest), but longing to discover Scotland by foot, my friend Eve and I decided to walk the WHW.

Five years ago, a hiker was born. The West Highland Way has infected me with the hiking virus and since then, I can’t think of anything else to spend my holidays.

Given the immense popularity of the WHW, much has already been written about it. So I won’t bore you with numerous facts or long walking reports. I’d rather share the best and the worst, learned lessons, and some personal insights and tips about the WHW in an upcoming blog series.

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Dream big, think small: 10 ideas for small-scale adventures – part II

Last time, I shared the first five ideas for small-scale adventures like section-hiking Holland’s Coast Path. I could continue listing nearby places that I would like to adventure (I know it’s not a verb, but it should be!), such as the Vosges in France and the Mosselsteig in Germany. I could also tell you that it is possible to visit volcanos and a geyser without going to Chile, Iceland, Yellowstone or New Zealand. And although I have to admit that these volcanos are not active anymore and that this particular geyser only spouts cold water, the Vulkaneifel in Germany is definitely on my to-hike list.

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Dream big, start small: ideas for 10 small-scale adventures – part I

It’s tempting, dreaming about big adventures. But hey, life is happening here and now, and not only when the time and money  is there to finally go on a “life-changing trip”. So let’s put some money aside for the big stuff, but let’s introduce smaller-scale adventures that can change our daily lives. I will share my ideas for some great, but short and inexpensive trips with you and I hope you will do the same in the comment section!

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Trolltunga: Hiking Norway’s Troll Tongue

Trolls, the giant creatures from Norwegian mythology, are said to orginate from stone. They usually avoid sunlight, as the story goes that sun exposure will turn them back into stone. Once upon a time, there was an adventurous (or rather a stupid!) troll living in the mountains nearby the West coast of Norway. In a rebellous attempt to test if the story was true, he showed himself to the sun. First, nothing happened, so he thought to taunt the sun by sticking out his tongue. Provoking the sun was not his smartest move, and soon he turned into stone.

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