Hardly a month goes by without the announcement of another fabulous new walking or cycling route in Scotland. The latest news is of a new long-distance walking route called the Great Trossachs Path, which will link together two existing walking routes, the 96-mile West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way.
The 35-mile Great Trossachs Path, which is set to be completed 2015, will also tie in with a wider network of trails in the Great Trossachs Forest, extending from Inversnaid on Loch Lomond in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to Kilmahog, by Callander in Stirlingshire.
The new Great Trossachs Path will offer even more walking options in Scotland. It will take walkers through the Great Trossachs Forest, a large scale woodland restoration project.
The Rob Roy Way: Starting in Drymen, Stirlingshire, The Rob Roy way heads north-east to finish in Pitlochry in Perthshire. It is 77 or 94 miles long depending whether an additional loop is added.
The West Highland Way: Scotland’s most well known long-distance route, the West Highland Way, is walked from Milngavie, just north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Highlands.
The Great Trossachs Path: A new 35-mile walking route that will link the Rob Roy Way and the West Highland Way together.
Leading Scottish writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish believes the Great Trossachs Path will offer something for all walkers, from the most avid to the more recreational. He said: “Linking the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way is a tantalising idea that might inspire serious walkers to try a new route combining these great trails. But also within The Great Trossachs Forest there is a tremendous variety of walks through native woodland and on to the open hill.”
The Great Trossachs Path has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “Nature lies at the very heart of what makes Scotland special. In the Year of Natural Scotland, we are delighted to support a project that will encourage people of all ages and abilities to visit the Great Trossachs Forest to experience its incredible natural heritage.”
We will be bringing you news of the Great Trossachs Path as it builds to the opening in 2015.