im going to agree with the above poster who said to just do the top half of the whw, i did the whole thing for charity and the bit from fort william to crianlarich is absolutely awesome. but the section at the top of loch lomond is pretty hard and none of the stuff from crianlarich down is actually much fun (apart from conic hill). if youre going through kinlochleven the macdonald hotel is really friendly and very good value, me and my kids stayed in their cabins twice last year. kingshouse is good too, but a bit more expensive. if you do decide to do the whole thing, then id definitely add a +1 on leaving your car in the carpark behind the police station in milngavie (the highland gateway premier inn carpark, they let you park there for a charity donation), get the train to fort william and do it north to south. the train company is great about bikes, but you HAVE to book in advance. Its free to book your bike on, and you dont have to pay for your ticket when you book the bike spot. what else..... oh yeah, alternative routes. torridon. awesome for 2-3 days. get that place in good weather and you will be absolutely blown away. drive up, base yourself in the youth hostel, its the best place ive ever been for just chilling and riding, i came away from there unbelievably relaxed. another one im planning this year is...train to mallaig, wee ferry to inverie, bike over to arnisdale and get the ferry to skye from glenelg, then get the train back. on paper that sounds awesome...has anybody done that and if so, how long did it take to get from inverie to arnisdale, can you do it in a day (no bravado please, i want to enjoy it not set records! if you don`t think it can be done by somebody relatively fit on a bfe then please say!!). wherever you decide to go, i hope you have a great time!