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It’s been a fairly hectic few months at WAS HQ, so we’ve decided to head off to the Highlands for a few days. With the k...
30/06/2021

It’s been a fairly hectic few months at WAS HQ, so we’ve decided to head off to the Highlands for a few days. With the kids breaking up from school for the summer holidays, it’s the perfect time for a wee family break.

It’s been absolutely glorious so far. Let’s hope for more of the same for the next few days.

Our adventures have taken us to Pitlochry, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Roy Bridge, Morar and now Drumnadrochit.

The trip culminates in my taking part in the Great Glen Way Ultramarathon this Saturday. 71 miles non stop across a fair few ups and downs. Is that the perfect way to end a relaxing few days?

P.S. We’re still monitoring emails so work’s not completely abandoned 🤣

03/06/2021

WHW AUGUST AVAILABILITY

Due to a group cancellation, we have availability for a 7 day walking holiday on the West Highland Way, starting from Milngavie on the 21st August.

Walking holidays this August are in high demand, with limited availability at many locations along the trail.

This walking holiday can be book instantly as accommodation and luggage transfers are already organised. The itinerary is as follows;

7 nights accommodation (with the option of adding a night in Milngavie on the 20th Aug).

21st Aug: Milngavie to Drymen
22nd Aug: Drymen to Rowardennan
23rd Aug: Rowardennan to Inverarnan
24th Aug: Inverarnan to Tyndrum
25th Aug: Tyndrum to Kingshouse
26th Aug: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven
27th Aug: Kinlochleven to Fort William

The rooms we have booked are a combination of twin, double and triple rooms, accommodating a maximum of 7 people.

Price = £520 per person (based on 2 people sharing a room.

Secure your booking today with a deposit of £75 per person.

For further info, drop us an email at [email protected]

Note: This doesn’t need to be booked as one large reservation, ie. you can book as a group of two, three, etc. with the remaining rooms still available to other interested parties.

Last weekend saw myself and Gary Sloan head north on a wee hiking adventure on the Affric Kintail Way from Shiel Bridge ...
12/05/2021

Last weekend saw myself and Gary Sloan head north on a wee hiking adventure on the Affric Kintail Way from Shiel Bridge to Drumnadrochit, followed by a short section on the Great Glen Way to Invermoriston.

In short, it was a terrific experience and a true adventure at times. Getting literally blown off our feet at an exposed mountain pass in Kintail was incredible - never experienced winds like this in our lives.

Camping by Loch Affric was peaceful and utterly idyllic, further enhanced by the wonderful and ancient Caledonian Pine Forest which surrounds its waters. Photos will never do it justice.

The views down to Loch Ness from the high route on the GGW were stunning when coupled with the snow capped mountainous skyline.

With 60 miles covered and over 10,000 ft of ascent in little over two days, it was certainly a challenge but worth every aching muscle as we got back to the car, which was safely parked at the Glenmoriston Arms Hotel - Invermoriston. Thanks also to Ailsa at the hotel for your very warm and welcome hospitality.

The mountains are calling.....With the latest round of announcements allowing for the hospitality industry to reopen on ...
17/04/2021

The mountains are calling.....

With the latest round of announcements allowing for the hospitality industry to reopen on the 26th April, we are thrilled to be able to look forward to the 2021 walking season with excitement and renewed optimism.

While a number of restrictions are being lifted at the end of April, we are officially relaunching our walking holidays from the 17th May, the next key date for even more relaxation of COVID rules.

If you are interested in a walking holiday in the early part of May, it might still be possible but with certain restrictions still in place which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the trip (e.g. having to drink your pint outside in the pouring rain instead of in front of a roaring fireplace). As they say, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’.

From a WAS perspective, I’m just delighted that we are still here to welcome our clients onto the wonderful Scottish hills, mountains and countryside after what has been the most tumultuous 12 months or so.

While the good news can only be extended as far as the UK for now, we dearly hope and wish with all our might that visitors from overseas can be allowed to travel to Scotland as soon as possible. We will of course be in touch with our existing customers from outside the UK in the run up to their trip.

This photo is from today’s venture into the Pentland Hills, just a few miles from home. Due to lockdown restrictions, it’s the first time I’ve been able to head out here for months - hence the big smile 😃

Happy hiking folks,
Ross @ WAS & Make Tracks

The mountains are calling.....

With the latest round of announcements allowing for the hospitality industry to reopen on the 26th April, we are thrilled to be able to look forward to the 2021 walking season with excitement and renewed optimism.

While a number of restrictions are being lifted at the end of April, we are officially relaunching our walking holidays from the 17th May, the next key date for even more relaxation of COVID rules.

If you are interested in a walking holiday in the early part of May, it might still be possible but with certain restrictions still in place which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the trip (e.g. having to drink your pint outside in the pouring rain instead of in front of a roaring fireplace). As they say, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’.

From a WAS perspective, I’m just delighted that we are still here to welcome our clients onto the wonderful Scottish hills, mountains and countryside after what has been the most tumultuous 12 months or so.

While the good news can only be extended as far as the UK for now, we dearly hope and wish with all our might that visitors from overseas can be allowed to travel to Scotland as soon as possible. We will of course be in touch with our existing customers from outside the UK in the run up to their trip.

This photo is from today’s venture into the Pentland Hills, just a few miles from home. Due to lockdown restrictions, it’s the first time I’ve been able to head out here for months - hence the big smile 😃

Happy hiking folks,
Ross @ WAS & Make Tracks

Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government is like music to our ears. While we must still be extremely cautious a...
16/03/2021
Timetable for easing restrictions - News | VisitScotland.org

Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government is like music to our ears. While we must still be extremely cautious and take nothing for granted, it looks like we can now look forward to the 2021 walking season.

We’ll update everyone on a more official basis over the next couple of days, but for now here’s to the trails, mountains, rivers, lochs and midges which we will soon be able to enjoy once again. And let’s not forget looking forward to a few drams in a local Inn, reminiscing over another wonderful day in the hills 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🥃 🏔

https://www.visitscotland.org/news/2021/timetable-for-easing-restrictions?fbclid=IwAR2zfE_DAqXco8VSOgMtAIKPT8H7MjIaJKOcFy009ylelws2wbXVy932ol4

The First Minister has set out how and when current coronavirus restrictions will be lifted over the coming weeks and months.

COVID Restrictions update: A message from Ross.Now that both the UK & Scottish Governments have announced their COVID ex...
23/02/2021

COVID Restrictions update: A message from Ross.

Now that both the UK & Scottish Governments have announced their COVID exit strategy and roadmap, it is important that we address the immediate impact this will have on the WAS & Make Tracks customers who have been waiting patiently to find out if their 2021 walking holiday will go ahead as planned.

Ever since the latest lockdown came into force on the 26th December, we have been hoping with all our might that restrictions would be eased sufficiently to allow the hospitality and tourism industry to be up and running again in time for the 2021 walking season. Throughout January and into early February, there was little sign of the current lockdown restrictions being lifted, despite the effective rollout of the vaccination programme, which continues to gather pace. Easter time was a target many of us were gearing towards, however, this ideal was unfortunately ruled out last week. Both Governments have now delivered their strategy for easing COVID restrictions and, while Boris Johnson is keen to provide specific dates to work towards (17th May for indoor hospitality & domestic travel and with remaining restrictions lifted on 21st June), here in Scotland, there is still a question mark over exactly when restrictions will be eased sufficiently to allow our walking holidays to begin this summer.

In Scotland, we will effectively remain in lockdown until the 26th April, just under 9 weeks from today. While the Scottish First Minister has advised there will be more announcements on what we should expect AFTER the 26th April, it is extremely difficult for us to predict (at this time) what this means for our customers. Our understanding is that the initial 'post lockdown' phase will be for the entire country to move into Tier 3 for a period of three weeks, however, the criteria in terms of what this means, has still to be announced, although it is expected to be largely similar to the tier system we were subjected to in the lead up to last Christmas.

It is also worth noting at this stage that there is no more word from either Government on the easing of international arrival quarantine rules, which are currently in place across the UK. We must therefore assume that, unless customers are prepared to hotel isolate for 10 days before entering the wider country (subject to current lockdown restrictions), our international client base could be impacted until well after domestic restrictions are eased. Again, this is under regular review by the relevant Governments.

It is with deep sadness that we will need to postpone all walking holidays which are due to start up to and including the 30th April. It is likely that walking holidays which are due to start in the first half of May will also be impacted as a result of any forthcoming Government announcements in the weeks ahead. We will be contacting all customers whose walking holiday has been or is likely to be affected by these announcements.

If any existing client has any concerns over their walking holiday, please drop me an email and I will be very happy to answer any questions.

We would like to extend our unreserved gratitude to all WAS & Make Tracks clients and service providers (B&Bs, luggage transfers & taxi firms), past and present, who have shown the utmost faith in our services throughout these most difficult and testing times.

As a small business in a huge tourism industry, we are forever grateful to every individual who visits the website, 'likes' the page, submits a booking enquiry and enjoys one of our walking holidays. Without your support, we probably wouldn't be here today.

If we look hard enough, there is a shining light through the mist - and I reckon we can just about distinguish the outline of the beautiful Scottish hills and mountains. With positive thoughts and a little bit of hope, the clouds will soon clear - allowing us to enjoy our wonderful country again - together!

Thank you again,
Ross Mackey
Walk Across Scotland & Make Tracks.

COVID Restrictions update: A message from Ross.

Now that both the UK & Scottish Governments have announced their COVID exit strategy and roadmap, it is important that we address the immediate impact this will have on the WAS & Make Tracks customers who have been waiting patiently to find out if their 2021 walking holiday will go ahead as planned.

Ever since the latest lockdown came into force on the 26th December, we have been hoping with all our might that restrictions would be eased sufficiently to allow the hospitality and tourism industry to be up and running again in time for the 2021 walking season. Throughout January and into early February, there was little sign of the current lockdown restrictions being lifted, despite the effective rollout of the vaccination programme, which continues to gather pace. Easter time was a target many of us were gearing towards, however, this ideal was unfortunately ruled out last week. Both Governments have now delivered their strategy for easing COVID restrictions and, while Boris Johnson is keen to provide specific dates to work towards (17th May for indoor hospitality & domestic travel and with remaining restrictions lifted on 21st June), here in Scotland, there is still a question mark over exactly when restrictions will be eased sufficiently to allow our walking holidays to begin this summer.

In Scotland, we will effectively remain in lockdown until the 26th April, just under 9 weeks from today. While the Scottish First Minister has advised there will be more announcements on what we should expect AFTER the 26th April, it is extremely difficult for us to predict (at this time) what this means for our customers. Our understanding is that the initial 'post lockdown' phase will be for the entire country to move into Tier 3 for a period of three weeks, however, the criteria in terms of what this means, has still to be announced, although it is expected to be largely similar to the tier system we were subjected to in the lead up to last Christmas.

It is also worth noting at this stage that there is no more word from either Government on the easing of international arrival quarantine rules, which are currently in place across the UK. We must therefore assume that, unless customers are prepared to hotel isolate for 10 days before entering the wider country (subject to current lockdown restrictions), our international client base could be impacted until well after domestic restrictions are eased. Again, this is under regular review by the relevant Governments.

It is with deep sadness that we will need to postpone all walking holidays which are due to start up to and including the 30th April. It is likely that walking holidays which are due to start in the first half of May will also be impacted as a result of any forthcoming Government announcements in the weeks ahead. We will be contacting all customers whose walking holiday has been or is likely to be affected by these announcements.

If any existing client has any concerns over their walking holiday, please drop me an email and I will be very happy to answer any questions.

We would like to extend our unreserved gratitude to all WAS & Make Tracks clients and service providers (B&Bs, luggage transfers & taxi firms), past and present, who have shown the utmost faith in our services throughout these most difficult and testing times.

As a small business in a huge tourism industry, we are forever grateful to every individual who visits the website, 'likes' the page, submits a booking enquiry and enjoys one of our walking holidays. Without your support, we probably wouldn't be here today.

If we look hard enough, there is a shining light through the mist - and I reckon we can just about distinguish the outline of the beautiful Scottish hills and mountains. With positive thoughts and a little bit of hope, the clouds will soon clear - allowing us to enjoy our wonderful country again - together!

Thank you again,
Ross Mackey
Walk Across Scotland & Make Tracks.

We are very happy to announce the inclusion of The St Cuthbert's Way walking holiday to our list of tours on the WAS web...
17/12/2020
St Cuthbert's Way — Walk Across Scotland

We are very happy to announce the inclusion of The St Cuthbert's Way walking holiday to our list of tours on the WAS website. Click on this link for more info on this beautiful 66 mile trail from the historic Borders town of Melrose to Holy Island on the Northumberland coastline.

We are also planning to add the Borders Abbeys Way, Speyside Way and a few short breaks over the coming weeks. Keep tabs on our page for further updates.

https://www.walkacrossscotland.co.uk/st-cuthberts-way

Walk St Cuthbert's Way with WAS & Make Tracks, celebrating the life of a 7th century monk, who took the message of Christianity from his Scottish base at Melrose to Holy Island. The route links Scotland to England, helping you to learn about the growth of Christianity in northern Britain, travelling...

Good luck Scotland in tonight’s Euro Qualifier showdown versus Serbia. The Tartan Army is behind you all the way 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿...
12/11/2020

Good luck Scotland in tonight’s Euro Qualifier showdown versus Serbia. The Tartan Army is behind you all the way 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️❤️⚽️⚽️

04/11/2020

Are you desperate to book a walking holiday for 2021 but hesitant due to the uncertainty of how the ongoing COVID crisis will impact your plans?

If you book one of our walking holidays during November and December 2020, there is no need to pay a deposit until 1st March 2021. No fees will be charged if you choose to cancel before 1st March.

https://www.walkacrossscotland.co.uk/blog/category/2021%20Bookings

The famous West Highland Way is officially 40 years old today.  Over the years I've been lucky enough to hike and even r...
06/10/2020

The famous West Highland Way is officially 40 years old today.

Over the years I've been lucky enough to hike and even run all 96 miles of this most wonderful trail on a few occasions - here's a few select pics from each adventure.

Check out this link to the Official WHW website, where you can find out more about how this milestone is being celebrated.

https://www.westhighlandway40.org

For more info on our WHW walking holidays, please visit the website at https://www.walkacrossscotland.co.uk/west-highland-way.

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I was going to begin the post about Day Four of West Highland Way by saying this part of the trail was too difficult for me, . . . but I did it anyway. That is true, but then this happened. Everyone is fine. In fact, Jolene and Ruthie are out on the trail again this morning after getting to our room around midnight. I decided to spend a quiet morning alone and meet them back on the trail at lunchtime. Also my boots had been in the drying room all night and were still wet. We knew this would be the most difficult part of the hike. By yesterday morning we also knew we could go the distance. What we didn't comprehend completely was how technically difficult the trail would be. We had lunch after 6.5 miles and then went a couple more. At about mile 8 we began to have to climb over boulders one after the other after the other right at the edge of Loch Lomond. We must have jumped over a hundred streams, eventually stomping right through them. It had been raining and occasionally sleeting so everything was muddy and slippery. We had to focus intently on where we placed each step through this section. We had a couple of slips and wrenched some muscles but we kept going until my leg muscles were so spent it was hard to take a step up a ladder. We'd made it through and continued on our way. Now Jolene and I have extra red blood cells from living at altitude for a few years. I do not know how Ruthie did it. She was a lesson in determination. And both of us had a hard time keeping up with Jolene. So how did we come to be rescued by 6 quite large and amiable Scotsmen? Briefly, the detailed directions from the tour company at this point weren't detailed and the mileages were off by a few miles. We'd hiked from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and still hadn't come to the lodge that was allegedly right on the trail. It was almost dark and we were entering a long valley between mountains covered with new snow. We appeared to be the only people left on the trail. Should we keep going? Or should we try to get to the town we'd passed on the other side of the lake where we saw hotels, boats, and lights? We were betting there were no helicopters around so decided we would be rescued faster from the lake than a desolate valley. They told us later that was the right move. So we went back to the lake, got out our flashlights, hunkered down, and called 911. Only it wasn't that simple because we were in a bog where with each step you sunk a foot into mud and wrestled your way through wicked shrubbery. We swore a lot but not at each other. The rescue team arrived at about 10:30, on foot, because the water was too shallow even for their rubber boat. It had been 3 1/2 hours since we'd realized we were in trouble. We'd walked 17 miles over the most treacherous terrain we'd ever experienced [and that's a high bar]. It was freezing and windy and we were freezing too. The rescuers led us through the bog to where the boat was idling. Then this big guy standing in the water threw us one by one over his shoulder and carried us out to the boat. We were giddy with relief and grateful to the rescuers, lodge managers, and even the families at the bar where they took us in to sit by the fireplace. There were moments of immoderate hilarity, not least of which was the thought of some Scotsman throwing Jolene or me over his shoulder and carrying us across Loch Lomond.
Today was a spectacularly beautiful day. Originally predicted to be “wintry mix”, we all dressed accordingly only to walk out and find brilliant sunshine. We had probably 5 minutes of breakthrough rain and that was the extent of it. It did get pretty cold and windy at the top of the highest point while crossing Conich Hill but nothing we girls who live in the Andes cannot handle. The walk was only 7.5 miles and we took a very slow pace, enjoying the scenery, Stopping for pictures, a few snacks and a nip or two from a secret bottle carried by LT, (in case we needed to dress a wound.) 😉 After a 2 1/2 miles ascent to the crest of Conich Hill, We had a one mile descent into the village of Balhama arriving at Bay Cottage B n B about 3:00. With just enough time before tea, we dropped our packs and headed to the Oak Tree Tavern for Glengoyle 12 year old scotch, Stilton cheese and a wonderful salad sitting next to the fireplace. We got back to the Bay cottage for tea, scones, clotted cream and macaroons and a lovely conversation with our hostess, Liz Bates. Meanwhile, LT found some wine for us to enjoy in the Hottub outside our room. After an hour in the hottub, we were each “pruned” enough to come into our lovely room. We are in for the night, enjoying wine,nuts, and chocolate. Day two in the books. Could not have been a better day. #WHWDFLEX #WHWJOLTRU