Rob Roy Way
Walk or cycle from Drymen to Pitlochry (4th ed)
"Robust, waterproof, comprehensive and enjoyable: an essential companion" - Undiscovered Scotland
The Rob Roy Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails and is very popular with both walkers and cyclists. It is named after Scotland’s most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) and runs through many of his haunts between Drymen (near Glasgow) and Pitlochry in the eastern Highlands.
The main spine runs for 79 miles (127 km) through some of Scotland’s finest lochs and glens. The wilderness extension through Glen Almond and Glen Quaich adds an extra 17 miles. Most walkers complete the Rob Roy Way in 6-8 days and most cyclists in 3-4 days.
The route goes through Loch Ard forest to Aberfoyle, then beside Lochs Venachar, Lubnaig and Tay. It passes interesting aqueducts, viaducts and a 3600 year-old stone circle. The terrain is a mixture of forest tracks, cycleway, disused railway trackbed and moorland paths. The Way goes through a succession of friendly villages with welcoming pubs and B&Bs.
Our fourth edition has full coverage for cyclists and detailed description of the Glen Quaich alternative. It now has 80 pages, with 111 colour photos, but is 10 grams lighter than the previous edition, in our pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding.
Alert June-Sept 2023: After essential felling was done in May/June in Malling Forest, a 150-metre detour was waymarked to avoid windblown trees blocking the path. The detour is still in force in mid-September, and there may need to be a brief closure in October: for details, view this post.
This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Rob Roy Way:
- details of distance, terrain and food/drink for walkers and cyclists
- eight-page section for the extension via Glen Quaich
- visitor attractions, side-trips and mountains to climb including Ben Ledi
- planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
- concise biography of Rob Roy MacGregor
- background on pre-history, heritage and wildlife
- detailed mapping on 18 pages at 1:50,000
- in full colour, with 111 colour photos
- 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
A Statutory Health Protection Notice led to essential felling work in Malling Forest, north-east of Aberfoyle in summer 2023, with a 150-m detour – described in detail in this post on the official website, illustrated with photos and a map clip.
As of 14 September, we were told that in October (tbc) this section will have to be completely closed briefly and we will post the dates here just as soon as we have them.