Walking The Rob Roy Way

A walking holiday on the Rob Roy Way takes you into the heart of the Southern Highlands. We visit stunning loch side and hill country scenery, where the legendary outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor roamed with his clansmen during the latter part of the 17th and early 18th Centuries.

Highlights
  • Follow the tracks of Rob Roy McGregor - one of Scotland's most notorious outlaws and folk heroes
  • Glens, mountains, burns, rivers and lochs make up the beautiful highland scenery
  • More secluded and quiet than other more well-known walks in Scotland
  • Visit historic villages in and around the Trossachs National Park, home to Deer, buzzards and other wildlife
  • Rob Roy and Jacobite related points of interest along route, including Loch Tay, the Macnab Burial Ground near Killin, Robert Burn’s Seat at the Birks of Aberfeldy and Balquhidder Church
  • 7 to 8 nights
  • 79 mls (view km)
  • Drymen, Mid Scotland
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £595

Woodland Paths and Cavernous Lochs on the Rob Roy Walk

The Rob Roy Way walk begins at Drymen, near the southern shores of Loch Lomond. The trail leads you through the heart of Rob Roy country - the beautiful Trossachs National Park and finishes in the Highlands of Perthshire at Pitlochry.

You walk woodland paths through the beautiful Loch Ard Forest, which pass the Lochs - Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn and Loch Tay. You follow a favourite route of Queen Victoria to enjoy the views of the majestic slopes of Ben Lawers and Schiehallion, and descend past the breathtaking Falls of Moness to Aberfeldy, home of the 'Birks of Aberfeldy' immortalised by legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Centuries of Scotland's turbulent history - the Jacobean rebellion, local clan feuds, the background of Rob Roy’s stirring adventures - all add to the appeal of this delightful walk.

Your walk takes you to the charming town of Aberfoyle in the heart of the Trossachs, where Sir Walter Scott lived to research his novel 'Rob Roy', published in 1881. The area of Aberfoyle was home to Rob Roy and his wife for many years and you visit Balquidder church where he is buried. Nearby on Loch Ard is Rob Roys' Cave, from where he is devised many of his plots as an outlaw.

Hiking the Rob Roy Way

Sections of this walk take in open glen and high level moorland. Occasionally, mist and low cloud in these area can make visibility poor, and navigation difficult. However, the grand majority of the walk is in bright open air, with only a few parts under cover of forest canopy.

The Rob Roy Way is not an 'official' long distance path, it has come into being through the  best efforts of enthusiasts and landowners. This means that although the path itself is quite straightforward, it is not waymarked - so confidence in navigation is necessary.

The latter stages of the Rob Roy Way move downstream of the River Tay to Strathtay, from where St Columba and St Cuthbert led missions in 6C bringing christianity Scotland, past Clachan an Diridh ancient four poster stone circle, to the journey's end at the bustling Highland town of Pitlochry.

The Rob Roy Way is an easy grade walk passing through some of Scotland's most picturesque scenery. The route skirts around some of the highest and most difficult terrain and primarily follows glens, forest tracks, loch side trails with a few gentle slopes showcasing the more memorable views of the surrounding mountains.

The route followed will involve road walking between various stages. These are secluded roads, calm and scenic, and should not prove too taxing.

Path Walkthrough

Rob Roy Way walking map
Our Rob Roy Way walking route across the highlands from Drymen to Pitlochry

The route follows tracks used by Rob Roy and his gang through park, moorland and glen – dropping Lochside and meeting historic towns and villages on the way to Pitlochry. Although the path is not as well waymarked as a National Trail, you should find the route relatively straightforward and not too taxing either, although there are ascents including forest tracks through Muir Park Reservoir and an easterly road heading high above Loch Tay.

Hill walking and an undulating route curve around Glen Ogle, but the grand majority of terrain on The Rob Roy Way is forest track, field and occasional disused railway line. Where forest tracks do pose a steep climb (such as toward the Menteith hills), you are rewarded with views over loch and idyllic southern Highland scenery. On your way you’ll pass old Victorian viaducts, ruins of old churches scattered across the Highlands and waterfalls pass the community of Acharrn.

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Rob Roy Way Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Drymen to Pitlochry

Length: 79 miles/126km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
RRW18 nights, 7 days£660 (pp)View Itinerary
RRW27 nights, 6 days£595 (pp)View Itinerary

Drymen to Pitlochry

Eight nights, Seven days
Price: £660 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: RRW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Drymen
Day 2:Drymen to Aberfoyle10 miles/16km
Day 3:Aberfoyle to Callander10 miles/16km
Day 4:Callander to Strathyre9 miles/14km
Day 5:Strathyre to Killin12 miles/19km
Day 6:Killin to Ardtalnaig12 miles/19km
Day 7:Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy15 miles/24km
Day 8:Aberfeldy to Pitlochry11 miles/18km
Day 9:Depart Pitlochry

Itinerary Information: Eight nights’ accommodation with seven days walking. Arrive in Drymen on day one, begin walk on day two and leave Pitlochry on the morning of day nine

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Drymen to Pitlochry

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £595 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: RRW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Drymen
Day 2:Drymen to Aberfoyle10 miles/16km
Day 3:Aberfoyle to Strathyre16 miles/25.5km
Day 4:Strathyre to Killin12 miles/19km
Day 5:Killin to Ardtalnaig12 miles/19km
Day 6:Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy15 miles/24km
Day 7:Aberfeldy to Pitlochry11 miles/18km
Day 8:Depart Pitlochry

Itinerary Information: Seven nights’ accommodation with six days walking. Arrive in Drymen on day one, begin walk on day two and leave Pitlochry on the morning of day eight

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • High standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 18kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
  • Price Info.

    Rest Days

    From £45.00 pp per night

    Single supplements

    Solo person bookings: £30.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Holiday arrival/departure dates

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.  We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

  • Getting There

    Bus - Drymen is 20 miles north of Glasgow city centre and can be reached by a frequent bus service (approximately 1 hour journey).

    Aberfoyle is also accessible by bus but is served by a less frequent service.

    www.travelinescotland.com    

    Rail - There is a direct rail service to Pitlochry from Edinburgh (approximately 2 hours) and Glasgow (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes).

    www.nationalrail.co.uk            

  • Best Time to Travel

    The area experiences mild winters and cool summers, typical of the Highland region. We advise bringing suitable clothing for most eventualities, at the very least expect intermittent periods of drizzle along the way.

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Client Reviews of our Rob Roy Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 4.8 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

'We enjoyed the wonderful scenery, historical settings and sheep!'

5 out of 5

June 2016

'Really enjoyed talking with people we met in the accommodation, restaurants, shops etc. Thank you for working with our time criteria as another company told us that they could not book those same dates'.

4.7 out of 5

April 2014

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