Hiking destination: West Highland Way. 96 miles of Scotland’s rugged beauty.
August 27, 2015: My sister, Joan (the accountant/flight attendant, travel guru extraordinaire), has the spreadsheet analyzed and revised multiple times. Following months of research, the departure date has finally arrived as Joan pulls up to park her vehicle, saddle up her backpack and hands me a copy of the FINAL spreadsheet for our three-week adventure. As for my husband, Randy, and I? Well, we did show up on time so give us credit for that. Thank goodness for Joan!!
Public transportation is how we roll…
First bus – Chanhassen, MN/downtown Minneapolis/transfer to the airport. Bonus for Joan since she can ride the whole way for 75 cents. What a deal.
After landing in Glasgow mid-afternoon August 28th, we take a convenient bus from the airport to Buchanan Station where we hop on a transfer bus to Milngavie, Scotland, the starting point for the West Highland Way.
Are you sure this is our bus?
Really? We get a double-decker bus?
Wide eyed, even with lack of sleep, I gaze at the views of Glasgow from the top level, as we sit in the front seats of the bus.
School has now dismissed, so our bus quickly fills with chatty students releasing their pent-up energy. Just like home, except our students ride on school buses instead of city buses. Unsure as to our stop, we ask a 12-year-old in the next seat who, luckily for us, ignored any previous stranger danger lessons and informed us that he gets off at our stop.
Not a great day for this truck driver. Our B & B for the night is on the other side so we now must figure out a way to get around it. Have no fear, a friendly, born & bred Scottish trail angel has already arrived to show us the way and we cut through the park. Safe and sound, we arrive at Best Foot Forward Bed & Breakfast to rest up for our first day of hiking the West Highland Way!
Well… maybe find a pub first and then we’ll rest up…