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 runs through many places linked with Scotland’s most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734). The route starts at Drymen (near Glasgow) and ends at Pitlochry in the eastern Highlands, so it takes you away from the crowds following the West Highland Way to some of Scotland’s finest lochs and glens. Its main spine runs for 79 miles (127 km) and is waymarked. There is an optional extra 17 miles if you take the wilderness extension through Glen Almond and Glen Quaich. Most walkers complete it in 6-8 days and most cyclists in 3-4 days.
The route goes through Loch Ard forest to Aberfoyle; heads east and north beside Lochs Venachar, Lubnaig and Tay; and passes through superb scenery, with interesting aqueducts, viaducts and a 3600 year-old stone circle. The terrain is a mixture of forest tracks, cycleway, disused railway trackbed and moorland footpaths. The Way passes through a succession of friendly villages with welcoming pubs and B&Bs.
Our fourth edition has more content, with full coverage for cyclists and detailed description of the Glen Quaich alternative. It is now longer, 80 pages in place of 64, with 111 colour photos, many of them fresh. However it is 10 grams lighter than the previous edition. This book is in our lighter, more pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding instead of concealed wiro-binding.
Alert 20 January 2023: FLS has advised that felling work has begun on infected trees in Braeval forest just north of Aberfoyle. At first this won’t affect the route, but once they have to close the forest road to fell trees adjacent to the route, walkers and cyclists should follow Cycle Route 7 which is clearly marked the whole way to Callander: see Cycling_Achray_Forest_route-card.pdf (lochlomond-trossachs.org) We hope to be able to report the work’s completion in February but meantime please follow any diversion signs.
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
The minor route change near Aberfoyle (July 2021) is described on page 36 of this edition and has been shown on our route map ever since it was waymarked.
We were sad that in June 2021 the crannog at the Scottish Crannog Centre burned down. The centre remains open and the fire has brought forward their plans for an enlarged centre on the other side of Loch Tay: this is explained on page 21 and both sites shown on map page 60.