West Highland Way 25th Anniversary celebrated

Jo Swinson showed Lord David Steel the start of the West Highland Way when he visited Milngavie earlier this year


This morning Jo Swinson MP joined local Councillors, the MSP and Scottish Minister for Tourism at the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the West Highland Way.

Local primary schoolchildren walked the first part of the Way with Provost Pat Steel, and a baton will be passed on all the way along the Way this week culminating in celebrations at Fort William, where local MP Charles Kennedy is expected to attend.

Jo Swinson, who herself walked the West Highland Way in 2000, commented, “I can say from experience that it is a beautiful and rewarding walk, which is a huge asset for Milngavie. I met people who had travelled from Australia, Europe and the Americas to undertake the West Highland Way. Here we are lucky to have it on our doorstep. I’m delighted that we can celebrate 25 years of the West Highland Way, and know that it will continue to provide enjoyment and benefit to our area for the next 25 years and beyond.”

Jo made mention of the West Highland Way in her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 26 May 2005, where she said, “My home town, Milngavie, attracts visitors from all over the world keen to embark on a challenging and dramatic long-distance walk. The west highland way begins in Milngavie and finishes 95 miles further on in Fort William, in the constituency of my right hon. Friend the Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Mr. Kennedy). I was delighted to welcome him last month to the start of the west highland way, where we spoke with one of the many active local community groups, the Bearsden and Milngavie ramblers. Next month, the west highland way is celebrating its 25th anniversary-it is almost as old as I am.”

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