The glitzy and ghastly sea city of Batumi

Look it up in a guidebook and the coastal city of Batumi screams neon lights, soviet party central, casinos and strip clubs. Yikes. The sound of it would make me run 10 miles. But our need to apply for visas was greater than our search for picturesque town, and after a week hiking in the…

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…

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…