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New end for West Highland Way

See Jimmie MacGregor walking the West Highland Way in 1987

The new end point for the West Highland Way is set to be officially launched in Fort William.

Until now the 96-mile walking route from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William ended at an uninspiring roundabout in the town.

The new end point features sculptures and a seating area which is proving popular with walkers, tourists and locals.

The launch event is due to take place on Saturday.

Gordon Forrester, West Highland Way manager said: "Walkers completing the route felt a great sense of anticlimax after completing what was an inspirational walk.

New end at West Highland Way in Fort William
Walkers can now end their journey beside the Sore Feet statue

"There was no great sense of arrival, finishing beside a glorified road sign.

"The new end has a Caithness stone map of the route, benches to sit on and a sculpture to have your picture taken with. The backdrop is now of Loch Linnhe and Ardnamurchan rather than traffic."

Events on Saturday will include a "last mile" walk and a ceilidh. The Edinburgh Postal and Lochaber Pipe Bands will lead walkers along the last mile.

Everyone who has ever walked the West Highland Way is being invited to take part and a wide range of West Highland Way representatives are also expected to attend, including civic representatives from all the areas the West Highland Way passes through.

Local Councillor Brian Murphy said: "This will be a fitting celebration which we hope everyone will enjoy.

"We hope that many people who have completed the walk in the past will take this opportunity to walk the last mile and possibly renew old friendships with those who accompanied them the first time."

In pictures: The West Highland Way
06 Sep 10 |  Nature & Outdoors


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