West Highland Adventure Trail (WHAT)
WHAT (the West Highland Adventure Trail) was conceived by third year Adventure Tourism Management degree programme students as a new concept, linking West Highland College UHI’s 10 college centres in Lochaber, Skye & Wester Ross. The journey was connected by a relay involving the efforts of 33 students and staff who between them walked, climbed, scrambled, biked, canoed and sea kayaked more than 300 miles taking in key mountains, islands and lochs in the West Highlands. Beginning with an ascent of Ben Nevis this voyage took in many challenging and beautiful landscapes, including the Mamores, Loch Leven, Garbh Bheinn, Loch Sunart, Eigg and Rhum, the Knoydart peninsula, Loch Duich, the Cuillins of Skye , Raasay, the Torridons, Loch Maree, River Ewe and the Summer Isles and finally Loch Broom and Ullapool.
A specially commissioned baton was created for the expedition and was carried throughout to all 10 college centres and on the way collected a variety of letters, poems, certificates and artwork from local communities and groups voicing their aspirations for the future.