A project to celebrate a milestone anniversary of the famous West Highland Way is keen to hear about your trail tales.

The popular long-distance walking, running and cycling route, which starts in Milngavie, celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Currently, organisers of the anniversary project are looking for stories, photographs and special moments from the public about their time spent on the trail.

The content will form the basis of an online exhibition to celebrate the milestone anniversary on October 6.

The West Highland Way opened in 1980 and was Scotland’s first officially designated Long Distance Route. It is now one of a growing number of Scotland’s Great Trails, as named by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Jane McGeary, Business Development Manager for the West Highland Way, said: “Many people feel great affection for the trail and various activities had been planned for this special anniversary year.

“COVID-19 has, of course, affected this but we can’t let this moment pass without celebrating the incredible success of Scotland’s first long distance route.

“At the start of the year we released a special West Highland Way passport, with walkers receiving stamps along the route. We are keen to keep the public engaged in the celebrations, which is why we also decided to stage a virtual exhibition in October.

“Key to this will be the incredible stories and moments experienced along the 96 miles by the many thousands of people who have enjoyed their time on the West Highland Way.”

The public has until September 6 to submit memories and any accompanying photographs, video, drawings, audio or other material.

Trail tales might include charity challenges, overnight stops, fun moments along the route, the highs, the lows, celebrations or the people that you shared the experience with.

They are also want to hear from the people who work along the trail, such as accommodation providers, shop and café owners, van drivers, path maintenance and volunteers.

See the West Highland Way website for more information. You can email your stories and photos to: whw40@lochlomond-trossachs.org.

The West Highland Way is managed by the Highland, Stirling, Argyll & Bute and East Dunbartonshire Councils plus Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, which is the group’s lead body.

The project is funded by the LEADER programme. LEADER is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Scottish Government.

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