Surviving a 4 day walk from Mestia to Ushguli

I’m the kind of person who likes to talk a lot about doing things, rather than actually doing them. I preach about hiking and how wholesome it is, yet every time I’m on a walk, I ask myself why I’m torturing myself. The mountainous region of Svaneti is a hikers paradise, with plenty of trails…

Testing my limits in the Svaneti mountains

I had read that Georgia’s key highlight included the region of Mestia, however I had skimmed over it thinking it was hard to get to, and not exactly on route. Not too sure how I then found myself on a 7 hour ride in a Mashuktra (small, old local buses that cost about £0.30) towards…

Sighnaghi, Georgia’s (in)famous wine region

After a solid week in Tbilisi, mostly spent nursing a cold and trying not to go stir-crazy in the hostel, we finally made it out of the city, and headed east. It only took us about 4 hours to get onto the road (I blame this on too many coffee breaks, and also, er, taking…

Stage 2 – Drymen to Rowardennan

Climbing that goddamn mountain When it comes to math, arithmetic has always been my thing. When it comes to distances, kilometres and miles, I’m a hopeless case. Tell me something is 1 km away and I’ll just think you said something in Russian. Anywho, so when I glanced at Day 2, which said it was…

Stage 1 – Milngavie to Drymen

Welcome to The Shire Day 1 of the West Highland Way is all about warming up the muscles. It’s really just a stroll through the countryside, nothing strenuous about it. It gives you that feeling of ‘I can do this, it’s easy!’ The excitement had me up since 5am, but I tried to keep still…