Rob Roy Way
From Drymen to Pitlochry (3rd ed)
"Robust, waterproof, comprehensive and enjoyable: an essential companion" - Undiscovered Scotland
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 book was further revised in 2018 with improved directions and fresh photographs.
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.
Update Octpber 2021: we are down to our last few copies of this edition and are working on a 4th edition which will be published in December.
This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Rob Roy Way:
- section descriptions cover distance, terrain and food/drink
- two-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
- rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
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From an online review on Undiscovered Scotland
The new edition … brings route directions bang up to date, and is the first to have been published since the route was waymarked in 2012. To summarise, this book is robust, waterproof, comprehensive and enjoyable: an essential companion for anyone wanting to tackle the Rob Roy Way.
See Undiscovered Scotland for full review
Excerpt from 5-star review at Amazon.com
The Rob Roy Way is located along the trails and areas frequented by Rob Roy during his daring adventures. The trail also includes stops at Rob Roy’s grave and at the Rob Roy Visitor Center. Moreover, various archeological and historical sites from early prehistory through historical sites can also be enjoyed while undertaking this trail. However, the high point of this tour is the breathtaking highland scenery as well as the beautiful flora and abundant fauna.
The Rob Roy Way outlines not only the background story of Rob Roy and the various stops along this walking trail (including waterproof full color maps) but also details various long walking and hiking fundamentals. These details include what types of equipment the participant should bring to complete the walk, how long the various legs of the journey will take, and how weather and seasonally may potentially affect the trail. There are also helpful tips especially for novices about daily mileage, feet, weight, and the right gear.
Read the full review by Tami Brady of Calgary, Canada at Amazon.com
Excerpt from the Clan Gregor Society Newsletter, Winter 2002
A route of dramatic and ever-changing landscapes steeped in history and tradition, it follows paths and tracks well known to our forebears, most notably Rob himself. Since there are numerous access points, this is a walk which can readily be done in stages …
From Newsletter no 54, page 15
Email from a Canadian reader
“The books arrived yesterday. They look great: pertinent, well illustrated, informative and tough. I look forward to buying more in the future!”
Peter Outridge, Quebec, Canada
Excerpt from tgo (The Great Outdoors) review October 2002
… The guidebook is very clear and concise. It looks like a good route for those who prefer a soft bed at night, and the guide tells you everything you’d want to know.
Cameron McNeish, Editor
In July 2021 the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park decided to reroute a 1.4 km section of the Way around Aberfoyle. The new route is slightly longer (1.8 km) and has now been signed clearly on the ground. It is now shown on our route map as the main Way (in purple).
In place of the four paragraphs of instructions (from page 35 last bullet to page 37 first sentence) you now keep ahead (in a right-left dogleg) across the main road. Follow the A821 for 450 m before going right up stone steps as signed into the forest. After 500 m cross the footbridge and turn sharp right. After 900 m the route is rejoined by the former route coming up from Dounans Centre.
We are very sad to report that in June 2021 the Scottish Crannog Centre (featured on page 22) burned down.