Rob Roy Way

from Drymen to Pitlochry

Printed book £11.99

Jacquetta Megarry

Scotland's Great TrailsThe revised 2018 printing of our third edition of this guidebook was released in early April.

The Rob Roy Way was recognised as one of Scotland's Great Trails in 2012 when the route was fully waymarked. Our third edition fully documents some important route improvements, notably the offroad section from Aberfeldy to Grandtully (2008) and both the approach to, and bypass of, Callander (2011).

The Rob Roy Way is a long-distance walk from Drymen to Pitlochry, co-developed by Rucksack Readers in 2002. It runs for 79 miles (127 km) along some of Scotland's finest lochs and glens, using historic footpaths, a cycle route, forest tracks and some minor road. Many places are linked with Scotland's most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734). The Rob Roy Way offers superb scenery, and gets you away from the crowds following the West Highland Way.

This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on the Rob Roy Way:

  • section descriptions cover distance, terrain and food/drink
  • new 2-page section with map for the route extension via Amulree
  • visitor attractions, side-trips and hills to climb
  • planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
  • section on Rob Roy MacGregor, edited by Rennie McOwan
  • background on pre-history, heritage and wildlife
  • drop-down map showing the Rob Roy Way in five panels (1:110,000)
  • in full colour, with 95 colour photographs
  • on rainproof paper throughout.

For more information, click to Look inside "The Rob Roy Way", view a Gallery or read Reviews. Visit our forum before you go, and follow our Rob Roy Way links in the panel opposite.

Click for details of Rob Roy Way walking holiday providers. For more general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

You may wonder how many days to allow for the Rob Roy Way, one of the newest of Scotland's Great Trails. The book suggests how you can break it into 5, 6 or 7 daily sections, and explains why, if you take on the Glen Quaich extension, you may need 8 days. There's plenty of flexibility. Maybe you aren't sure how fit you need to be? The book has an altitude profile showing how gradients vary along the Rob Roy Way. You'll find insider advice about accommodation and baggage handling, including where to camp and what to pack.

Rob Roy MacGregor was a controversial outlaw, but unlike Robin Hood his life is well documented, and there's a 5-page section covering the history of Rob Roy. There's lots of background on the Loch Katrine water scheme, the railway heritage including Glen Ogle, and pre-history from many centuries before Rob Roy's time. Other background includes how to climb mountains (Munros, Corbetts and Grahams) along the Rob Roy Way, and what wildlife you can expect to see while walking it. In 2013, broadcaster CNN highlighted Scotland's Great Trails and cited the Rob Roy Way in its accolade to 2013 as Year of Natural Scotland. In December 2017, Guardian Travel ran a feature on the Rob Roy Way.

Rob Roy Way: from Drymen to Pitlochry cover

Book data

  • Rob Roy Way: from Drymen to Pitlochry
  • Jacquetta Megarry
  • 10 April 2018 (3rd ed reprint)
  • UK price £11.99
  • 64pp+5pp map flap
  • 145x210 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-47-8

Companion maps

Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:

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“The new edition ... brings the route directions bang up to date, and is the first to have been published since the route was waymarked in 2012.”

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