The Rob Roy Way
from Drymen to Pitlochry
Update: The Rob Roy Way was recognised as one of Scotland's Great Trails in 2012 and the route was fully waymarked. Our revised third edition celebrates this large stride forward. It also fully documents various 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 77 miles (124 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, written 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 over 75 photographs
- on water-resistant paper throughout.
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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.
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:
- The Rob Roy Way: from Drymen to Pitlochry
- Jacquetta Megarry
- 2 April 2012 (3rd ed)
- UK price £10.99
- 64pp+5pp map flap
- 145x210 mm
- ISBN: 978-1-898481-47-8
“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.”
- Maps of the Rob Roy Way
- Diversion Strathyre to Kingshouse April to September 2013
- News: the FCS diversion has now been removed