April 2016

Mark McDougall- After Walking the Way

Date: 20th April 2016

Hello! It is now 4 days after I completed my challenge, and my legs are still recovering. They will settle soon, but what I don’t want to settle is the buzz, confidence and belief that my achievement has sparked in me. Over recent years I have had mental health problems, impacting on all aspects of […]


Support for those Voting in Upcoming Elections

Date: 19th April 2016

Enable are offering a number of different workshops and interactive sessions for people with learning disabilities who will be voting in the upcoming elections.  They are running a campaign called ‘Enable the vote’ which seeks to inform and encourage people with learning disabilities to make an informed chose when it comes to voting. To download […]


Mark McDougall- Day 7

Date: 18th April 2016

Greetings from, home! 7 days, 192 miles and around 400,000 steps after leaving Milngavie, I was back at just after 4pm today – I had completed my challenge! It was a beautiful morning as I left Rowardennan at 7.30am, with plenty of blue sky to be seen and the sun spreading some early morning warmth. […]


Mark McDougall- Day 6

Date: 17th April 2016

Greetings from Rowardennan, again! My hostel was midweek quiet last night, so I had the dorm room to myself and slept the better for that. After seeing the electronic sign at the side of the A82 saying “Snow Forecast” the previous evening, I was relieved to see a fine dry day outside as I got […]


Mark McDougall- Day 5

Date: 15th April 2016

Hello from Tyndrum, again! I was away from the very pleasant B&B I had been staying in by the back of 7am, with a kind donation to my challenge from the owner. I hadn’t been looking forward to this part of the day at all – about 2 miles up a largely “1st gear in […]


Mark McDougall- Day 4

Date: 15th April 2016

  Greetings from Kinlochleven, again! I was on my way about 7.30am, after a hearty cooked breakfast to set me up for the day. A sweat-inducing climb out of Kinlochleven saw me in Lairigmor, the Great Pass. Dramatic scenery, with the high hills on both sides and the track running on as far as the […]


Mark McDougall- Day 3

Date: 13th April 2016

Greetings from Kinlochleven! Arrived here at 4pm having left Tyndrum just before 7am. Today was all about the views. To me it is by far the most scenic stretch of The Way with majestic and foreboding snow-topped mountains, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and expansive moors and valleys. It was also really hard going at times, […]


Mark McDougall- Day 2

Date: 12th April 2016

Hello from Tyndrum! Reached here 8hrs 40min after leaving Rowardennan, after a slog of a day. Twas a comfy (bunk) bed in the hostel last night, but it seemed like the room door was being opened every 5min so sleep was patchy. Skies were a bit greyer by time I was leaving and the wind […]


Mark McDougall- Day 1!

Date: 11th April 2016

Hello from Rowardennan! Reached here 8.25 hours after leaving Milngavie, and my legs and feet were glad it wasn’t a minute more! Having spent the last few days very consciously trying to avoid the possibility of any challenge-stopping  injury, I was very glad to get on my way this morning. The weather was kind, and […]


Mark McDougall- 2 Days to go!

Date: 8th April 2016

As I near the start of my challenge, I am filled with a mixture of apprehension, enthusiasm, and a genuine curiosity about how I will cope with and react to what I have taken to do over the coming week.   My preparations are almost complete. Recently I walked up Ben Lomond (in 1.5 hours) […]