Three Men on the Way Way: A Story of Walking the West Highland Way Paperback – 19 Feb 2013
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'Many books have been written about the West Highland Way. Few are joyous, or enjoyable, as this one. ... Our three protagonists are clearly fitter and more experienced than many who walk the West Highland Way, but their hillwalking background tends to make them fairly relaxed about detailed route planning, and as interested in diversions to mountain tops and (especially) pubs as in the precise line of the walk itself.Combine this with the fascinating interplay of three very different characters and the sometimes weird and often wonderful people they encounter, and the result is by turns whimsical, amusing and thought provoking. ... The result is a book which engages you at the beginning, and keeps you engaged and amused all the way through.' Undiscovered Scotland 'This is not to be missed if you're planning your own adventure down this legendary trail.' The Great Outdoors '... you will enjoy this gentle tale of the Physician, the Blacksmith and the Museum Curator. ... The book is greatly enhanced by the historical snippets slipped in by Hamish Brown and by the short, but informative appendices on Wade and Caulfeild, and the 1889 Rannoch Moor fiasco. ...will prove a welcome and informative companion on the Way Way'. Loose Scree 'A livelt account of three friends, the people they meet, and most importantly an adventure shared. There are plenty of interesting snippets of historical detail about the route too... ...if you've already walked the "Way Way", hopefully Hamish's tale will bring back some happy memories'. Scotways ...Hamish Brown, has added another volume to his considerable contribution to Scottish outdoor literature with his light-hearted...account of a walk along the West Highland Way... ...many who have walked the Way, or might be contemplating the journey, will find it fun and... quite imformative'. Cothrom '...the entertaining tale of three friends' incredible journey walking the West Highland Way in Scotland... ...a detailed account of the highs, lows and challenges the trio faced, looking back on their encounters, amusing memories and the rich variety of landscapes they crossed'. LandLove '...the book does give an interesting, and at times amusing, account of walking the West Highland Way. It should appeal to those who have already undertaken this challenging journey as well as anyone considering doing it in the future'. Scottish Home and Country
About the Author
Hamish Brown is well-known for walking the Munros (Hamish's Mountain Walk), or foot-linking the summits of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (Hamish's Groats End Walk), his The Atlas Mountains and The Mountains Look on Marrakech. He also has studies of Scottish oddities, gravestones, anthologies of British and Irish mountain poetry and the works of Seton Gordon (Seton Gordon's Scotland; Seton Gordon's Cairngorms).
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Hamish presents this with humour and increases the human interest by telling a story of three travellers, rather than writing a travel guide or 'memoir'. There are lots of entertaining incidents to amuse the reader as well as interesting descriptions and plenty of helpful information. On top of this, Hamish adds sections of commentary and factual information: for example, the anecdotes about the road-builders are priceless. Good photos too !
Hamish has the Fife blacksmith using a gross (or two!) of F... words as adjectives and nouns (and as adverbs one of the other characters claims) - (spurious I felt, didn't impress me). I would have liked a little more about positive encounters with those young/new/optimistic wayfarers such as bepeopled Hamish's classic works (as in 'Hamish's Mountain Walk', '...Groats End Walk', 'Travels', 'From the Pennines to the Highlands' etc. Readers of most of Hamish's other works may recognise one or two of the jokes!
As always with Hamish, there is a great commentary on place names and use of vernacular Scots language: he'll have you searching in your Doric or Lallans Scots dictionary to check 'the white HARLING of the tasteless modern extension..(to the youth hostel)!