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walking the rob roy way walking holiday in scotland

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Rob Roy Way

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Scotland
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Drymen
Day 2: Aberfoyle
Day 3: Strathyre
Day 4: Killin
Day 5: Ardtalnaig
Day 6: Aberfeldy
Day 7: Pitlochry
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way crosses the southern Highlands of Scotland taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. The trail retraces many of the places central to the life the famous outlaw Rob Roy, known as the Scottish Robin Hood.

Starting in Drymen on the West Highland Way near Loch Lomond, the trail weaves for 77 miles 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.

Our standard Rob Roy Way itinerary takes 8 days (7 nights) to complete the whole trail with an average of 12.5 miles (21 km) of walking per day. On request, we can design a custom shorter version of the itinerary, either more demanding or more leisurely. Extra nights are also possible to book in most places along the route.

The route is generally well signposted, with maintained paths and tracks. 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.

Itinerary for Rob Roy Way

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Day 1: Arrive Drymen

Today you arrive in the market town of Drymen, located on the West Highland Way and nestled below Conic Hill in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It is easily reachable from Glasgow by bus. We strongly recommend that you book an extra night in Drymen before the holiday to have time to explore its surroundings.

Day 2: Drymen to Aberfoyle

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.

Walking for the day: 11.5 miles (18.5 km), approx. 4-5 hours, highest point: 210 m

Day 3: Aberfoyle to Strathyre

This is the longest walk in this itinerary. From the centre of Aberfoyle, the route heads out of town to the east where it leaves the road. The route soon enters the forest and follows the track uphill towards the Menteith Hills.  Then the path passes over open hillside and moorland before re-entering the woods and descending towards the southern banks of Loch Venachar. The route passes Calander 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.

Walking for the day: 18 miles (29 km), approx. 6-8 hours, highest point: 220 m

Day 4: Strathyre to Killin

From Strathyre, the trail 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 village of Killin.

Walking for the day: 13.5 miles (21.5 km), approx. 5-6 hours, highest point: 295 m

Day 5: Killin to Ardtalnaig

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. 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 (no accommodation options in Ardtalnaig).

Walking for the day: 12 miles (19 km), approx. 5-6 hours, highest point: 565 m

Day 6: Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy

After a 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’.  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.  The trail follows the path alongside the river and gorge into the centre of Aberfeldy.

Walking for the day: 15 miles (24 km), approx. 6 hours, highest point: 340 m

Day 7: Aberfeldy to Pitlochry

From Aberfeldy town centre, the route follows the main road east, passing the Dewars Distillery, where it then follows a gentle riverside 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 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.

Walking for the day: 9 miles (15 km), approx. 4 hours, highest point: 355 m

Day 8: Departure

Departure by bus to Glasgow or Edinburgh. Additional nights at the end of the walk can be arranged to explore the highlands at your leisure.

Hotels for Rob Roy Way

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Nice hotels and B&Bs, all offering comfortable en-suite double or twin rooms. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels:

Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel from the ones pictured above is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Each hotel and B&B has been hand-picked to ensure you enjoy the most welcoming, comfortable and value-for-money experience on this 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. Breakfasts are included each day.

Travel for Rob Roy Way

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  • To Glasgow – There are excellent air, train and bus services, allowing easy access from anywhere in the UK and overseas.
  • To Drymen – There is a bus line from Glasgow to Drymen.
  • 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.


Another great website useful specifically for public transport planning within Scotland is Traveline Scotland.

Private Transfers

Connecting transfers by public transport (train or bus) are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper compared to private car transfers.

Luggage Transfers

Each walker will be allowed one bag, of up to 20 kg in weight, which will be transferred between accommodations.

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Trip Info for Rob Roy Way

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

Although daily elevation gains are not very big, but you should be prepared to walk on average 12 miles (19-21 km) or 5-6 hours per day. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The route is generally well signposted throughout, however, walkers must be vigilant at all times as there are paths and junctions along the way which deviate from the main route and sometimes the trail is obscure. As well as the Guidebook, your package includes detailed map of the full route. We highly recommend that at least one member of your party is a competent map and compass reader. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available to commence every day from 01 April till 30 September.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Rob Roy Way

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  • Pre-booked accommodation as per the itinerary on 7 nights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Transfers on walking days as detailed in the itinerary
  • Door-to-door luggage transfers on all walking days
  • Daily Itineraries, Maps & Guidebooks (one set per booking)
  • Info on transport and local services
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Options and Extras

  • Single-room supplement (this applies to members of a group who require single-room accommodation)
  • Solo traveller supplement (includes single room accommodation)
  • Extra nights along the route or in Glasgow

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers to Drymen / from Pitlochry
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Entry fees (payable on site)
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme above as “Included”

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