The most anticipated ascent of the iconic West Highland Way
Despite its ominous name, the Devil’s Staircase in Glencoe is a relatively short and very pleasant hike. The path has been much improved over the years and the views are amazing.
The ascent from the A82 as it passes through Glencoe rises to just over 1,800ft at its highest point. From the top you can see the Blackwater Reservoir and across to the Mamore Mountains towering above the town of Kinlochleven.
It is thought the Devil’s Staircase got its name from General Wades soldiers who had to carry heavy loads up and down it. Legend has it also that workers have been ‘claimed by the Devil’ and never seen again after attempting the ascent following a night’s drinking in Glencoe.
I have been travelling regularly, sometimes on the road constantly since I left home to join the British Army at the tender age of 17 more years ago than I care to mention.
Since then I have been in every continent and lost count of the number of countries I have had the pleasure of visiting. From the Silence of the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand's South Island to the endless noise of the motorbikes, trikes and tuc tucs in several parts of Asia. From the luxury of Dubai to the poverty of Mumbai and everything in between.
Ever since a good friend of mine some time ago encouraged me to step out of the Irish Pubs and off the beaten track into the vibe which fires the hearts and souls of the people amongst whom we travelled, I have never looked back.
Now, I want to share this with you to whet your appetite for what's out there and give what practical pointers I can on how to get there and move around.
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