They’ll pop up in your mind randomly, and will remain in your heart until the end of times: your favourite hiking moments! Sharing one of my personal faves with you today.

Last year Spring, I decided to hike the West Highland Way and I can tell you – I loved every single day of the trip. Of course, there are always these extra special moments. And I’d like to share one in particular.

After spending the first night on a campsite at Milarrochy Bay, I took off after a coffee together with two lads I met on the campsite the night before. From misty morning to bloody hot afternoon, this section of the West Highland Way guided us all along Loch Lomond. It was the most stunning walk (probably my favourite part of the entire trail), though it certainly wasn’t an easy one.

After a day of rocky trail, going up and down along the Loch, we ended up at the Inversnaid Hotel where we enjoyed a pint of beer in the sun… satisfied but absolutely shattered. We asked some hikers where the nearest wild camping pitches were, and – lucky us! – it was only a few hundred meters walking. It was a beautiful spot in the grass in between trees, looking out over Loch Lomond.

The next morning, I woke up feeling excited for the day ahead. I’ll never forget opening the zip of my tent, and just being in awe of that which I was looking at. The mist hanging over Loch Lomond, it was like a scene out of a fairy tale. Guess I couldn’t have picked a better spot for my very first wild camping experience!

Are you considering to undertake this magical journey through the Scottish Highlands this year, but don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered! I’ve been collecting all things planning and preparation in my Wayfaring Guide to the West Highland Way.

In case you have any unanswered question, do not hesitate to pose them in the comment section below. Would love to help you with your preparations for this wonderful journey.