Rob Roy Way

  • Glenogle Viaduct
  • Ben Lawers from Ardeonaig
  • Loch Lubnaig reflections
  • Loch Lubnaig from Strathyre
  • Loch Earn from above Lochearnhead
  • Loch Tay reflections
  • End of the Way at Pitlochry
  • North from Loch Ard forest
Distance (km) Ascent (metres) Number of days
124 (or 151) 2325 6 - 8
Start: Drymen Finish: Pitlochry
Linked to other Scotland’s Great Trail(s):
Great Trossachs Path West Highland Way
Online map

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Guidebook and maps

Below we list printed maps and/or guidebooks in ascending order of cover price: click image or title for more info. To add or alter any items in this list, please Contact us.

Rob Roy Way

Footprint Maps | Footprint Maps - 2013

£9.50
Rob Roy Way (3 ed)

J Megarry | Rucksack Readers - 2012

£10.99
Rob Roy Way XT40

Harvey Map | Harvey Map Services - 2016

£13.95

Route type and direction

Linear. Preferred direction is heading north-east from Drymen to Pitlochry, to put the prevailing wind at your back. Also, the gradients and terrain are less challenging in the south-west sections.

Overview

The route starts close to Loch Lomond, jointly with the West Highland Way, soon diverging through the Trossachs via Aberfoyle and Callander. It passes three beautiful lochs – Venachar, Lubnaig and Earn – and several lovely lochans on its way through stunning scenery to reach Killin. From there, it runs the entire length of Loch Tay to Aberfeldy, before the finale past a stone circle to end in Pitlochry. A popular extension (adding 17 miles/27 km to the overall distance) is to leave Loch Tay at Ardtalnaig and detour via Glen Almond.

The route begins in the Trossachs where Rob Roy MacGregor spent most of his time, but throughout its length, there are many connections with events in his colourful life.

Highlights

  • visible legacy of the Loch Katrine water scheme
  • Falls of Leny, near Callander
  • railway heritage and the Glen Ogle viaduct
  • Falls of Dochart, Killin
  • Birks o’ Aberfeldy (celebrated by Robert Burns)
  • stone circle in Fonab forest

Be aware

  • long section of road-walking between Ardeonaig and Acharn (7.5 miles/12 km)
  • limited accommodation in Strathyre and Ardtalnaig

The challenge

The sections vary in length, gradient and also the going underfoot. Long sections are shared with Cycle Route 7 so the walking is mainly on tarmac. There are hilly sections between Strathyre and Ardeonaig (Loch Tay), between Ardtalnaig and Aberfeldy, and also on the optional section between Ardtalnaig and Aberfeldy via Glen Almond. Beyond Killin, the terrain is more varied and on open hillside the path is not always clearly defined, although it is waymarked.

Accommodation

Plentiful in all locations except for Strathyre and Ardtalnaig; currently Ardtalnaig has only one glamping provider.

Wild camping is legally allowed in Scotland if practised responsibly under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Support services

In addition to the companies listed below, Kingshouse Travel provides baggage transfer:

Public transport

Bus services between Glasgow and Drymen. Pitlochry is well served by both bus and train. Kingshouse Travel operates the C60 bus route between Callander and Killin via Strathyre and Lochearnhead.

For details, visit Traveline Scotland, or, for the entire UK, Traveline. For travel from anywhere to anywhere, try Rome2Rio.

 

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