The West Highland Way is the first and most famous of Scotland's long-distance walks. It begins on the outskirts of Glasgow, its largest city, then goes through Scotland's first National Park, along the shores of its largest loch. After 95 miles (152 km) of superb scenery, the Way ends in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The second edition of this popular guidebook was fully revised in 2003, with many improvements, including more photographs, details of the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code and a Fort William town plan. It contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: drop-down map showing the whole route in six panels; waterproof paper throughout; the Way in sections, with summaries of distance, terrain and where to find food and drink; concise background on the history and wildlife; information about side-trips and mountain climbs including Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis; planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane; in full colour, with 60 photographs.
Jacquetta Megarry is a late-onset long-distance walker resident in central Scotland. On her first long walk, the West Highland Way, she found the traditional design of guidebook impractical in rain and wind, so she created Rucksack Readers® - guidebooks in a new, rucksack-friendly format.
Since 2000, she has written or coauthored 14 other titles in the series, including the Rob Roy Way which she co-devised in 2001. She has edited a further 16 Rucksack Readers® and walks every route that she publishes, some repeatedly - to clarify route directions and to gain first-hand comparative experience of all the walks.
She has summited Mount Kilimanjaro by four different routes, and completed high-altitude treks also in Nepal, Peru and Morocco. Her experience on Aconcagua led her to devise the Rucksack Pocket Summits series for "seven summiteers". Her website is at www.rucsacs.com.