O ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland a’fore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.
What does it mean? If you’ve heard this song, you’ve wondered over that very question; What does it mean? And if you haven’t heard the song, well, you will. We’re talking, of course, about The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond. And what better place to first hear this tune (or renew your rumination on its meaning) than while gazing out over her dark waters, all the way ambling along one of the world’s most celebrated and stunning hikes: The West Highland Way And who better to belt out the acapella tune for your listening pleasure than Rusty, who is 100% mad for this adventure. Well, probably many, many singers are better suited to carry the tune. But, if you’re after Jacobite-style sincerity in the lament and a few good stories along the way … Russ is your man. The lochs, walking, whiskey, stories, glens, and peaks. Yep, that’s Rusty to the tee.
The West Highland Way is a 150 km (95 mile) route that attracts more than 15,000 hikers each year to its beauty. The Way starts just outside of Glasgow and finishes at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, alongside the charming Highland town of Fort William.
The landscape is ever-changing and almost always breathtaking. We’ll walk some of its most celebrated sections up in the true Highlands. For much of the way we’ll be following ancient and historic routes along Drove Roads, 18th Century Military Roads, and abandoned railway tracks. Beginning with an overnight at The Bridge of Orchy, we’ll then amble to Kingshouse, through Kinlochleven, before ultimately finishing up in Fort William. And for the true Scots among us (ie, anyone in the mood for well-earning some of the most stunning vistas in the British Isles), we’ll top off our time in the Highlands by climbing ol’ Ben.