I am thinking of walking the West Highland Way in the Spring, 2014, and have a couple questions I'd appreciate help with. This will be my first trip to Scotland from the States and I want to include a long distance walk—I also hope to have time to do other day hikes and exploration. I am an experienced and confident hiker used to solo adventures, but I am also in my mid-60's and caution is making me less inclined to take trails where I am unlikely to see anyone all day long. On the other hand, I don't want to feel like I am part of a wilderness parade either. Seeing people now and again and knowing that if I am stopped because of an injury someone will likely pass by in the next hour or so is kind of the ideal. I know that the WHW is well travelled, but I am wondering just how crowded it is likely to be in April or May. Are there other walks that might give me a better balance of solitude with occasional company?
Assuming I do wind up on the WHW, I might like to do a layover one day and hike one of the Munros. Any suggestions in that regard? I know Ben Nevis is the most famous, but others (Ben Lomond?) might be more appealing and I might prefer a mid walk break as well.
Thanks in advance for all your wisdom.