Hiking Scotland: an AMC talk

A few years ago, local resident Rob McWilliams ditched his corporate job to fulfill a longstanding ambition  to hike Scotland end to end. The adventure, the plan went, would kick off a period of healthy midlife change. “Watch the sun going down more often, that sort of thing,” says McWilliams.

There was never any doubt about McWilliams’ destination  “I was born in Scotland,” he says, “but left when I was very small. I spent a lot of time later learning about the place I’d missed out on. This hike was going to be the culmination of all that reacquainting.”

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Bethel, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) will host A Walk Across Scotland (full details below). In his presentation, McWilliams will describe his 420-mile solo trek “from the far northwest at Cape Wrath to the English border on the Solway Firth”, according to the AMC announcement.

The announcement continues, “Our journey will take in the lonely northwest Highlands; the renowned West Highland Way; the River Clyde from Glasgow to source; and the often neglected Southern Uplands. Come prepared for trackless terrain, storms, midges, spectacular scenery, solitude, and history.”

“Scotland is so much more than kilts and bagpipes,” adds McWilliams. “I will weave some of that history and culture into the talk.”

McWilliams' newspaper column, Taking a Hike, is published by the HAN Network. He blogs at McWilliams Takes a Hike.

Doors Open at 6:15 pm.  Drinks and appetizers 6:30 pm; presentation 7:30pm to 8:30pm. $6 members, $8 non-members. St Thomas Church, 95 Greenwood Ave. Bethel. No reservations. Pay at door. ct-amc.org