The Rob Roy Way

FEATURES:
Distance: 79 Miles / 126 Km Season: March to October
Start: Drymen Min Group Size: 1
Finish: Pitlochry Difficulty Rating: 3

Overview

The Rob Roy Way is officially one of Scotland’s Great Trails, and follows in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, a famous figure amongst Scottish folklore.  Considered by many as the Scottish Robin Hood, Rob Roy was primarily a cattle dealer (later to become an illegal cattle ‘rustler’), however, he also spend time as a Jacobite soldier before becoming leader of the MacGregor Clan.

The trail re-traces many of the places central to Rob Roy’s his life and uses many of the paths the man himself utilised during his days as a cattle drover, soldier and clansman.  Starting in Drymen, near Loch Lomond, the trail weaves for 77 miles (or 94 miles, depending on the route) through forests and hillside passes, alongside rivers and lochs while meandering through a variety of large and small settlements until reaching the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry.  The mountainous Scottish Highlands provide a wonderful backdrop along the entire route, making this one of Scotland’s most beautiful long distance walks.

The route is signposted, however, a map is required for navigation (provided by WAS) through sections where signage is not so obvious.  Paths and tracks are clear and well maintained for most of the trail, however, there are some sections which can become boggy and less distinct.  Accommodation, services and refreshments are strategically located from start to finish, providing opportunities for a comfortable and relaxing end to a tough days walking.

This is another historic walk, based in the area of Scotland travelled by the slightly notorious Rob Roy MacGregor in the 18th Century. As well as the ruins, lochs, waterfalls and mountains that create the unique scenery of the Scottish highlands, the trail passes many interesting Rob Roy and Jacobite related points of interest, including Loch Tay, the Macnab Burial Ground near Killin, Robert Burn’s Seat at the Birks of Aberfeldy and Balquhidder Church, with it’s metal coffins like safes.
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The Route

STAGE 1: DRYMEN TO ABERFOYLE

DISTANCE: 11.4 MILES / 18.40 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 210 METRES

The walk starts at Drymen Square, in the centre of the village.  The route heads west where it meets and follows the West Highland Way for a short distance, before branching off and heading towards Loch Ard Forest and Muir Park Reservoir along a single track country road.  The route then enters the woods and follows a well-established forestry track towards Aberfoyle.  The track leaves the forest and follows a quiet road for the remaining half mile into Aberfoyle.

 

STAGE 4: STRATHYRE TO KILLIN

DISTANCE: 13.40 MILES / 21.60 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 293 METRES

From Strathyre, the trail crosses the A84 road and heads north through Strathyre Forest, requiring a 150 metre climb before descending off the hill at Kingshouse and back across the main road.  At this point, the route follows an old railway line along Glen Ogle, providing fantastic views of Loch Earn and the hills surrounding the glen.  At the head of the glen, the path again crosses the road and descends towards Killin for around 3 miles through some thick forestry woodland.  The spectacular and raging Falls of Dochart mark the arrival into the deceptively large village of Killin.

 

 

STAGE 2: ABERFOYLE TO CALLANDER

DISTANCE: 9.20 MILES / 14.80 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 219 METRES

From the centre of Aberfoyle, the route heads out of town to the east where it leaves the road and turns left towards the Dounans Outdoor Centre and Aberfoyle Golf Course.  The route soon enters the forest and follows the track uphill towards the Menteith Hills.  Now firmly in the countryside, the path passes over open hillside and moorland before re-entering the woods and descending towards the southern banks of Loch Venachar.  The path into Callander climbs through the Coilhallan Woods before descending into town, crossing the River Teith from the south side.

STAGE 5: KILLIN TO ARDTALNAIG

DISTANCE: 12 MILES / 19.24 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 565 METRES

From a point close to the Falls of Dochart, the route leaves Killin on the south side of the River Dochart along the Loch Tay South road before climbing sharply through the forest and into the hills.  The track eventually clears at the top of the hill, giving fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.  The route passes the dam at Loch Breaclaich and continues atop the hillside before beginning its descent towards Loch Tay, views of which can be seen for some time until the path reaches its southern shores.  The section which comes down off the hill does not have an obvious path, however, the two distinctive groups of tree’s allows for good reference points on the way down to the loch.  The route then follows the single track road along the loch to Ardtalnaig, where you will be collected and transferred back to Killin for a second night’s stay.

STAGE 3: CALLANDER TO STRATHYRE

DISTANCE: 9 MILES / 14.50 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 152 METRES

The RRW heads west from Callander on a well maintained cycle path (National Cycle Route 7) all the way to Strathyre.  The route follows the River Teith upstream, passing Kilmahog (converging with the section of the RRW which bypasses Callander) and heads north west along a lovely stretch of path under the trees.  Passing the Falls of Leny, the path continues alongside the river towards Loch Lubnaig, a narrow but very beautiful loch which stretches for 3.5 miles to the small village of Strathyre. 

 

STAGE 6: ARDTALNAIG TO ABERFELDY

DISTANCE: 14.90 MILES / 24 KM

HIGHEST POINT: 340 METRES

After the transfer back to Ardtalnaig from Killin, the first section is a 4 mile walk along the south banks of Loch Tay.  Upon reaching Acharn, the trail returns to the hills, passing the beautiful Falls of Acharn en-route to the open hillside, providing wonderful views across the loch to the Ben Lawers mountain range.  The trail then follows the ‘Queens Drive’ (so named after Queen Victoria visited here for the views across the loch).  After bypassing the village of Kenmore, the path stays on the hillside on its ways to Aberfeldy, where the path heads through a mix of forestry woodland, natural forests and meadows before reaching the Birks of Aberfeldy.  This beautiful ancient woodland area centres on the impressive gorge, through which flows the River Moness and a mighty waterfall.  The trail follows the path alongside the river and gorge into the centre of Aberfeldy.

STAGE 7: ABERFELDY TO PITLOCHRY     

DISTANCE: 9.10 MILES / 14.70 METRES     HIGHEST POINT: 355 METRES

From Aberfeldy town centre, the route follows the main road east, passing the Dewars Distillery, where it then follows a gentle river side path along the banks of the River Tay.  The route then meets an old dismantled railway line which leads into the village of Grandtully.  The trail then crosses the river and heads north towards Pitlochry.  As the trail leaves Grantully, the path crosses Strathtay Golf Course then into the woods.  As the path climbs and becomes clear of the woods, there are excellent views of the distant mountains, including Ben Lawers and Schiehallion.  The route then follows a forest track and descends into the Tummel Valley and onto Pitlochry.  As the trail closes in on Pitlochry, the final few steps crosses the River Tummel by the impressive dam and into Memorial Park in the town centre. 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE OPTION AT ARDTALNAIG

The seven stages on this page represent the route which forms our Rob Roy Way walk, however, the official Rob Roy Way website includes an extra 19 miles at Ardtalnaig, which takes the route away from Loch Tay and into the remote hillsides around Amulree. Please contact us if you would like more information on this section or if you are interested in incorporating this as an alternative stage in your itinerary.  


Prices & Itineraries

Tour Code Walking Days/Nights Ave. Miles Per Day Price Per Person **
RRW1 6 Walking Days / 7 Nights 13.20 £390 - £500
RRW2 7 Walking Days / 8 Nights 11.30 £450 - £580

What is Included?

  • Pre-booked Accommodation
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Door to Door Baggage Transfers
  • Daily Itineraries
  • Maps & Guidebooks
  • Info on transport and local services

What is not included?

  • Evening meals and packed lunches
  • Travel to Drymen
  • Travel from Pitlochry
  • Travel Insurance

Additional Info:

**Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room. 

Please note an additional ‘single room supplement’ or 'single occupancy' charge of £20 per night will be incurred for solo walkers or for individuals who require single room accommodation.

The Rob Roy Way hosts a variety of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts, ranging from lower cost accommodation to more expensive, luxurious alternatives. Individual preferences can be stipulated in the Holiday Booking Form.

This package includes a one night stay in Drymen before the start of the walk and a single night in Pitlochry at the end, however, additional nights can be arranged to explore the highlands at your leisure, including hill or mountain climb. Walkers must organise their own transport both to Drymen and from Pitlochry.   Details of public transport services are available on request.

If you would prefer to walk the Rob Roy Way using an alternative itinerary (including the option of walking the route over more or less days), please let us know using the Enquiry Form and we will do our utmost to tailor the holiday to your needs.

RRW1 ITINERARY (6 DAYS) DISTANCE
Day 1 Drymen to Aberfoyle 11.40 miles / 18.40 km
Day 2 Aberfoyle to Strathyre 18.20 miles / 29.30 km
Day 3 Strathyre to Killin 13.40 miles / 21.60 km
Day 4 Killin to Ardtalnaig 12.00 miles / 19.20 km
Day 5 Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy 14.90 miles / 24.00 km
Day 6 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 9.10 miles / 14.70 km
RRW2 ITINERARY (7 DAYS) DISTANCE
Day 1 Drymen to Aberfoyle 11.40 miles / 18.40 km
Day 2 Aberfoyle to Callander 9.20 miles / 14.80 km
Day 3 Callander to Strathyre 9.0 miles / 14.50 km
Day 4 Strathyre to Killin 13.40 miles / 21.60 km
Day 5 Killin to Ardtalnaig 12.00 miles / 19.20 km
Day 6 Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy 14.90 miles / 24.00 km
Day 7 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 9.10 miles / 14.70 km

Extra Nights & Single Supplements

Many walkers decide to take rest days during the walking holiday, whether to give the feet a well-earned break, to do a little sight-seeing or perhaps a bit of ‘Munro-bagging’. If this option is of interest, please let us know on the booking form.

  • Additional nights can be arranged from £40 per person per night

  • For solo walkers (party of 1), a single supplement of £15 per night will be incurred. This is to cover the costs of hotels providing single occupancy for a double or twin room.

Accommodation

Each Hotel and Bed & Breakfast has been hand-picked to ensure you enjoy the most welcoming, comfortable and value-for-money experience on this RRW route. A warm welcome awaits all walkers and hikers, with hotel owners keen to hear stories of the day’s adventures. Evening meals and packed lunches for the onward journey are available throughout, however, please note that they are NOT included in the holiday package.

Baggage Transfer

Each walker will be allowed one bag, of up to 20 kg in weight (although this may vary between individual providers), which will be transferred by dedicated baggage transfer operators. Your bags will be uplifted and dropped off between each place of accommodation.

Navigation

The route is signposted from start to finish, however, there are some junctions where further directions and navigation may be required. Walkers must be vigilant at all times for paths and junctions which may deviate from the main route. Your package includes a detailed map of the full route, including specific points of reference where further directions may be necessary. WAS highly recommend that at least one member of your party is a competent map and compass reader.

Transport & Travel

Although travel to Drymen, and from Fort William, is not included in the holiday package, we are more than happy to provide details of public transport services.

 - To Glasgow/Edinburgh – There are excellent air, train and bus services, allowing easy access from anywhere in the UK and overseas.

 - To Drymen – A local bus service operates from Glasgow city centre.

 - From Pitlochry – The main routes out of Pitlochry are by bus and train to Edinburgh (and on to Glasgow if required).  There is also the option to travel north to Inverness if looking to extend your holiday.

Traveline Scotland provides an excellent journey planner across all modes of public transport.

Transport links will be detailed in your holiday package information pack.


Travel Insurance

WAS highly recommends that all walkers have suitable travel insurance.

Minimum Group Size

This route is suitable for solo walkers

Dogs

Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed by some places of accommodation, this route is not suitable for dogs.

Enjoying Scotland Responsibly

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code is a set of guidelines issued by The Scottish National Heritage Trust. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising access rights and of those managing land and water. By doing so, the Code provides a practical guide to helping everyone make informed decisions about what best to do in everyday situations.

Each holiday information pack will include a copy of the Outdoor Access Code Summary Leaflet, including details of where the full code and A-Z guide can be downloaded.