The Rob Roy Way is an atmospheric, history steeped walk through one of the prettiest parts of Scotland. As you follow in the footsteps of the notorious outlaw Rob Roy you get a sense of appreciation of his love for the area and his passion for defending his land. As you travel along this glorious 79 mile long distance path you will be treated to many expansive loch views and exposed to the fantastic landscape of this area.
You start in the small village of Drymen, easily accessible from Glasgow and almost immediately after you start walking the trail takes you through the glorious Loch Ard Forest. Passing sites as diverse as ancient standing stones and stone circles, Crannogs – Ancient dwellings built on lochs, Roman forts and Viaducts, a vast range of Scotland’s rich history is on display. All of this surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside and wrapped up in the legend of Rob Roy makes this a completely unforgettable Scottish walk. There is some road walking involved on this walk, however this does not detract from the wonderful scenery you will pass by on the way.
Every holiday we offer features hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality B&B’s, country inns, and guesthouses. Each is unique and offers the highest levels of welcome, atmosphere and outstanding local cuisine. We also include door to door baggage transfers, guidebook with detailed map and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support, should you need it.
Stage 1: Drymen to Aberfoyle - 11 miles, 18 km
Drymen is a very pretty market town which nestles below Conic Hill in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You begin your journey by heading north along a minor road into the countryside. After entering Loch Ard forest you walk through part of the Loch Katrine water Scheme and then head down into the village of Aberfoyle. Keep an eye out for the cast iron coffins at Kirkton Church and the Scottish wool centre.
Stage 2: Aberfoyle to Callander - 9.5 miles, 15 km
An unforgettable day’s walk through beautiful scenery as you head towards Callander, which sits on the edge of the Trossachs and is known as the gateway to the highlands. On the descent towards Loch Venachar the mountain views are breathtaking. Callander is home to a thriving Rob Roy industry as this was the heart of his territory; don’t miss the Rob Roy story at the visitor centre.
Stage 3: Callander to Strathyre - 9.5 miles, 15 km
Treat yourself to a lie in and then immerse yourself in your highland experience on the shortest days walk. You follow National cycle route seven for most of the day and the going is good and mainly flat. As you leave Callander you enter the highlands along the route of a disused railway line and soon pass the Falls of Leny and St. Brides Chapel. Loch Lubnaig keeps you company with reflections of the surrounding hills. For those feeling energetic there are several hills nearby which provide more of a challenge on this laid back day. If you have the energy or inclination Ben Ledi is a great walk and offers breathtaking views on a clear day.
Stage 4: Strathyre to Killin - 14.5, 23 km
As you wander through the highland Glens towards Killin you can imagine the ghost of Rob Roy walking beside you and the trials and tribulations he would have faced. A fantastic days walking with abundant historical interest and wildlife combined with ever changing mountain views. You pass the Falls of Dochart just before entering Killin with its attractive buildings and Breadalbane Folklore Centre. There are also a couple of good detours on todays trip. Rob Roy’s Grave lies in Balquhidder and you may wish to follow the cycle route into the town to visit this pertinent attraction, although this does add roughly 6 kilometres onto the days walk. Lochearnhead also makes a pleasant detour and a convenient lunch stop; you will find full directions in the guidebook.
Stage 5: Killin to Ardtalnaig (overnight in Killin) - 12.5 miles, 20 km
An awesome day as you head cross-country past Loch Breaclaich into the hills above Loch Tay. This is the most challenging section of the way in terms of ascent and route finding so in poor weather conditions you should be willing to follow the south Loch Tay road if unsure of your route finding ability. On a good day it provides the highlight of this fantastic journey. Once you have descended to Ardeonaig you follow a minor road along the shore of Loch Tay to Ardtalnaig.
Stage 6: Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy - 15.5 miles, 25 km
Today is a challenging and interesting day of walking in this beautiful part of the world and there are numerous points of both natural and man made interest to admire during the day. The initial section to Acharn follows a minor road but then you will enjoy a mix of rough paths and even some gorge walking prior to arrival in Aberfeldy. The Scottish Crannog centre is worth a visit if you are interested in the historical aspects of the area; otherwise Dewar’s World of Whisky just north of Aberfeldy provides a more sinful pleasure at the end of a long day.
Stage 7: Aberfeldy to Pitlochry - 10 miles, 16 km
You will love the beautiful scenery of the Tay River Valley as you leave Aberfeldy behind and head for your ultimate destination of Pitlochry. The walking is varied but relatively easy as you cross the open moor land towards Pitlochry. The Suspension Bridge over the River Tummel provides a great finale to your adventure and Pitlochry is a wonderful town to enjoy and celebrate your achievement. The Rob Roy Way is a fantastic achievement and an experience, we are sure you will treasure it forever.
One of the highlights of this walking holiday is the high standard of the accommodation you will enjoy. The hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s we use are hand-picked to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season. You will find descriptions, photos and weblinks to a selection of the accommodation below.
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as all our holidays are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs we incur. If you require single rooms within your party we will of course try to accommodate your request subject to availability.
Breakfast is included each morning while lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival, alternatively your guidebook also includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants and your info pack will of course have recommendations.
Bramblewood - Drymen
Bramblewood is a friendly, family run Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the peaceful village of Drymen.
Green Shadows - Drymen
A stunning B&B which overlooks the Buchanan Castle Golf Course and offers a very high standard of accommodation.
Craigmore Guest House - Aberfoyle
Craigmore Guesthouse is a luxury 10 room B&B offering the best quality service & accommodation. Overlooking the River Forth, this superbly positioned B&B has picturesque surrounds & views of Ben Lomond right outside the front door.
Abbortsford Lodge - Callender
Abbotsford Lodge is a beautiful late 19th Century house set in the outskirts of the picturesque town of Callander, the gateway to the highlands.
Rosebank Guest House - Strathyre
Mal Dingle welcomes guests to this elegant and spacious Victorian guest house situated in the village of bonnie Strathyre, 8 miles north of Callander.
The Old Bank Guesthouse - Killin
A very warm welcome awaits you at Old Bank Guesthouse Guest House all year round. The house is run to a very high standard and cleanliness is a priority.
Balnearn Guest House - Aberfeldy
Situated on the edge of the town within a two minute walk of the “Birks o’ Aberfeldy” (made famous by Robert Burns), Balnearn is a Victorian style property set within approximately three-quarters of an acre of grounds
Wellwood House - Pitlochry
Set in a two and a half acre hillside site with spectacular views, private pond and reed bordered stream, yet only a gentle stroll from Pitlochry town centre.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This holiday is available to solo walkers, although a single supplement is payable. If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate your request, although it is not generally possible to secure more than three single rooms in a party. A single supplement is payable.
Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to Drymen and from Pitlochry
Air Glasgow has two airports which are convenient for the start of the Rob Roy Way in Drymen. Glasgow International Airport, west of the city centre, is only a 30 minute transfer by taxi, whilst Prestwick Airport is 30 miles south of the city and involves a 90 minute transfer by taxi. Pitlochry is approximately 2 hours to Edinburgh Airport and 3 hours to Glasgow International Airport by taxi. Consider getting one way tickets into Glasgow for Drymen and out of Edinburgh for Pitlochry. If this is not cost effective get a return flight to and from Glasgow.
Rail / Bus from Glasgow
Take a bus direct to Drymen from Buchannan Street Bus Station with the journey taking one hour. From Pitlochry a direct train to either Edinburgh or Glasgow takes only 2 hours
Cars can be left in Drymen in a public non secure car park. To retrieve your car at the end of the walk will require a taxis transfer or the use of public transport via Perth and Glasgow which could take as much as 4 hours.
- Hand picked bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack and guidebook with map for the group leader.
- Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Single Room Supplement
- Extra nights before, during or after your holiday.
Planning a trip on the Rob Roy Way can be daunting, especially if this is your first long distance walking holiday. We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.
How fit do I need to be?
We offer a couple of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as The Rob Roy Way is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. Even in the busy times however, we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
When is the best time of year?
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although we believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
Which direction should I walk?
We recommend you walk from South to North as all the guidebooks are written in this direction and this is also our personal preference. If you would prefer to walk from North to South we can of course accommodate you.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can't walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.