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Rucksack Readers => Rob Roy Way, from Drymen to Pitlochry, Scotland => Topic started by: drlogs on May 23, 2012, 01:20:25 pm



Title: Need feedback on Rob Roy Way
Post by: drlogs on May 23, 2012, 01:20:25 pm
Looking at walking the RRW in late September and would like feedback on the usual topics ... good places to stay and places to avoid; any part of the route that is not well marked (understand it is fully waymarked now?); is the new guidebook good enough for route navigation or will OS maps be needed; whom do you recommend for baggage transfer?  We have walked the Coast to Coast, WHW and Offa's Dyke, and are wondering how this walk will compare for scenery, etc


Title: Re: Need feedback on Rob Roy Way
Post by: Jacquetta on May 28, 2012, 09:13:55 am
Late September could be a good time to go, still 12 hours of daylight and the midges should mostly have died down. The waymarking was scheduled for March/April and I believe it has been done but without rewalking the route I can't actually confirm what is on the ground. Would be most grateful if anybody who is out there can tell us?

As author of the guidebook (http://www.rucsacs.com/books/Rob-Roy-Way/), it isn't for me to say how good its directions are :-[, but I can confirm rewalking every inch of the way last autumn (September to November 2011) with proofs in hand, so as to update the route description wherever needed. I also took some fresh photographs, including one of Ben Lui which I discovered to my surprise can be seen from the Way just above Killin, although it's 25 miles (40 km) away. I had never realised that before!

On the subject of maps, I have a confession: my prediction (on page 62) that the forthcoming Footprint map would already have been published in 2012 was optimistic. :( Footprint has committed itself to the project and work has begun, but publication could slip to 2013. I suggest you check with them in July/August (tel 01786 479866) because at under £6 it will be MUCH cheaper than buying four Explorers, as well as more convenient in use. I hesitate to say "you don't need a map anyway" because some walkers won't venture out without largescale mapping, but I can say that over the last 10 years the majority of our readers have found the combination of detailed route description and smallscale map flap in our book sufficient, and that is before there was any waymarking at all. I certainly suggest that you postpone that decision until you find out whether the Footprint map is an option.