The West Highland Way celebrates 40 years as Scotland’s premier long-distance route on 6th October 2020.

The landmark date is being marked by the official 40th Anniversary Exhibition website. During the run up to this anniversary, the West Highland Way management group invited walkers to share their favourite memories from their walks. And the result is the Virtual Exhibition, curated through the stories, photographs, videos, poems and art that provided by people who have completed the journey.

Click through to the website for many wonderful stories, personal memories, and find out more about the history of the walk.

West Highland Way 40th Anniversary starting in Milngavie

Milngavie’s local MSP, Gil Paterson, was interviewed on Radio Scotland. He highlighted the commercial importance of the walk to the local economy.

West Highland Way 40th Anniversary. Gil Paterson MSP talking about the West Highland Way to BBC Radio Scotland

Milngavie Business Support

Local businesses in Milngavie would like to extend a 40th Anniversary congratulations to the West Highland Way; and all the people involved in ensuring its long term success.

Graeme Ross is chair of the local Milngavie business improvement district. He commented “as a collective group of businesses in Milngavie, we really appreciate the unique position we are in. As the start of this world famous walk. The projects we’ve delivered, have had the West Highland Way as part of strategic thinking. This is to promote Milngavie as the ‘walking and cycling’ town as part of promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

We are really looking forward to being part of the long-term success of the West Highland Way.”

During the walking season, the atmosphere we witness every early morning in Milngavie is captivating, judging by the streams of excited walkers starting off on their 96 mile journey to Forth William.

The start has the famous Plynth and recently added signage that the BID installed. These provide our visitors with ample opportunities for modern day selfies and group photographs; that are posted on social media almost instantly all over the world.

The Milngavie BID have also commissioned a range of welcoming banners for visitors of all types.

There is a special mention for the West Highland Way to welcome walkers as they pass through the underpass from the train station.

West Highland Way - 40th Anniversary. WHW 40 banners in Milngavie to welcome walkers

WHW40 Jimmy McGregor
Officially launching the 40th Anniversary Virtual Exhibition is Jimmie Macgregor.

Now in his 90th year, Jimmie inspired many people to walk the West Highland Way through his radio and TV programmes, plus spin-off books.

West Highland Way - 40th Anniversary. WHW40 balloons Walkers with Child

This morning (6 Oct), that journey was being started by a young family from Europe, with their young child and their West Highland Way official passport in hand.

Happy Anniversary from all the businesses in Milngavie

WHW40 balloons Cafe Alba
Cafe Alba in Milngavie. For many walkers, the real start of the West Highland Way begins with a hearty Scottish breakfast.
WHW40 balloons Eleanor Elba Artisan Gallery
Eleanor Barron, Elba Artisan Gallery in Mugdock Road, Milngavie

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