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Overview

Walking Holidays
7 - 8 Nights
79 miles / 126 km
  • Prices from: £625 per person
  • Start: Drymen, Stirling
  • Finish: Pitlochry, Perthshire
  • Availability: Any start date from March to October
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Way-marked: No, but easy to follow

Rob Roy Way Highlights

Follow in historic footsteps
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Follow in the footsteps of the Jacobite Uprisings and of legendary outlaw Rob Roy Macgregor through the heart of the Southern Highlands.

Beautiful scenery
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Experience beautiful scenery as you hike through forests and alongside some of Scotland’s finest lochs, rivers and waterfalls.

Quaint villages
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Delight in highland hospitality at its finest with the traditional small villages you will encounter along the way.

Whisky distilleries
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Enjoy a well-deserved dram of single malt whisky at Glengoyne Distillery, located a stone’s throw from the path, and visit Edradour Distillery at the end of your walk.

Charming Pitlochry
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Celebrate your achievement in the Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry, nestled at the foot of Ben Vrackie.

Fellow walkers
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Relish the wonderful international camaraderie of your fellow walkers as you put one foot in front of the other, come rain or shine!

A Historic Walking Trail in the Southern Highlands

The Rob Roy Way is a wonderful long-distance walking route through the spectacular Southern Highlands, linking the Trossachs with the beauty of Highland Perthshire. This popular 79-mile walk passes through some fine Highland scenery, meandering through glens and following tracks alongside rivers and shimmering lochs. It climbs over several high passes which provide magnificent views of the surrounding mountains such as Ben Ledi, Ben Lawers and Ben Chonzie.

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The Rob Roy Way begins in the picturesque village of Drymen on the outskirts of Glasgow, close to the shores of Loch Lomond. It passes by the lovely waters of Loch Venachar, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn and Loch Tay, making its way to the pretty Victorian Spa town of Pitlochry, situated at the foot of Ben Vrackie.

Along the route, there are many places of interest including impressive waterfalls, historic monuments, whisky distilleries and attractive Highland villages and towns with their friendly pubs.

As the name suggests, it follows in the footsteps of legendary Rob Roy MacGregor, the fearless Highland clansman and cattle thief, known as the “Scottish Robin Hood”. The unofficial name for the Trossachs is Rob Roy Country.

Rob Roy Way Route

Recommended Itinerary

Our most popular itinerary is RRW2 which covers the route in 7 days / 8 nights.

Travel to Drymen for your first night’s accommodation
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Arrive in the picturesque village of Drymen located close to the shores of Loch Lomond and spend the evening at your first night’s accommodation.

Day 1: Drymen to Aberfoyle (10 miles / 16 km)
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Leaving Drymen, the Rob Roy Way follows minor roads and forest tracks to the small town of Aberfoyle – the most southerly of the Trossachs villages. This is relatively easy walking on forest tracks and the peak of Ben Lomond can be seen far ahead.

Day 2: Aberfoyle to Callander (10 miles / 16 km)
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From Aberfoyle the route continues on easy forest tracks through the Menteith Hills and descends to Loch Venachar before continuing on to picturesque Callander. This is the second largest town on the Rob Roy Way and is full of lovely tearooms, craft shops and pubs.

Day 3: Callander to Strathyre (9 miles / 14 km)
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The Way continues its journey by the banks of the River Teith and gently climbs through the Pass of Leny to Loch Lubnaig and into the Highlands. The track follows the western shore of Loch Lubnaig to the small Highland village of Strathyre. This is an easy section shared with a cycle route following an old railway line.

Day 4: Strathyre to Killin (12 miles / 19 km)
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A gradual climb from Strathyre provides excellent views across the valley to Ben Sheann, before a steeper descent into the village of Kingshouse. From here it is a 2 mile side trip to Balquhidder – a must for anybody who wishes to see where Rob Roy lived and is buried.

The route continues along the old railway line, climbing above the attractive village of Lochearnhead before entering Glen Ogle and descending into Killin – home of the wonderful Falls of Dochart.

Day 5: Killin to Ardtalnaig (12 miles / 19 km)
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This is a splendid cross-country section which begins by climbing up into the mountains to the south of Loch Tay, a steady ascent to 575m and you should be rewarded with some fine views of the surrounding hills. Descend into the tiny village of Ardeonaig and follow a minor road for 3 miles along the south-side of Loch Tay.

As there is no accommodation in Ardtalnaig you will be collected and transferred back to Killin for a second night and returned to Ardtalnaig to continue your walk the next day.

Day 6: Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy (15 miles / 24 km)
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From Ardtalnaig the Way continues along the southern shores of Loch Tay past the hamlet of Acharn, continuing along forest tracks before descending past the Falls of Moness and the Birks of Aberfeldy to the attractive little town of Aberfeldy. This is a more strenuous day but you should be rewarded with great views of Ben Lawers and Schiehallion.

Day 7: Aberfeldy to Pitlochry (11 miles / 18 km)
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On the final leg The Rob Roy Way crosses Wade’s Bridge and heads downstream to the village of Strathtay. It is then an easy walk over hills and open moorland before you descend to Pitlochry – an attractive, bustling tourist town situated in a beautiful location on the River Tummel, surrounded by mountains.

Onward travel
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After breakfast, you will start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the Rob Roy Way.

What's Included?

Your Rob Roy Way walking holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected accommodation along the route and trail transfers when applicable
  • En-suite or private bathroom facilities whenever possible
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack, kit list, guidebook and map (one set per room)
  • Personalised itinerary with details of your accommodation, route and recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Traditional Scottish breakfast
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your walking holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the start and end of the walk
  • Lunches and evening meals

Itineraries & Prices

We offer 2 suggested itineraries for walking the Rob Roy Way.

Our most popular itinerary is RRW2 which covers the route in 7 days.

Tour code
Itinerary
Average miles infoAverage miles per day
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty
Price per person
RRW1
6 Days / 7 Nights
13 miles per day
Moderate
From £625
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 13 miles per day
Tour code: RRW1
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

6 Days / 7 Nights (RRW1)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £50 per night
  • Standard: £40 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Drymen for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Drymen to Aberfoyle 10 miles / 16km
2
Day 2 Aberfoyle to Strathyre 19 miles / 30 km
3
Day 3 Strathyre to Killin 12 miles / 19 km
4
Day 4 Killin to Ardtalnaig 12 miles / 19 km
5
Day 5 Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy 15 miles / 24 km
6
Day 6 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 11 miles / 18 km
Depart Onward travel from Pitlochry

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£700 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or private bathroom guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£625 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

RRW2
7 Days / 8 Nights
11 miles per day
Moderate
From £710
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 11 miles per day
Tour code: RRW2
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

7 Days / 8 Nights (RRW2)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £50 per night
  • Standard: £40 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Drymen for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Drymen to Aberfoyle 10 miles / 16 km
2
Day 2 Aberfoyle to Callander 10 miles / 16 km
3
Day 3 Callander to Strathyre 9 miles / 14 km
4
Day 4 Strathyre to Killin 12 miles / 19 km
5
Day 5 Killin to Ardtalnaig 12 miles / 19 km
6
Day 6 Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy 15 miles / 24 km
7
Day 7 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 11 miles / 18 km
Depart Onward travel from Pitlochry

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£800 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or private bathroom guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£710 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

Rob Roy Way Accommodation

All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.

We will always prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.

Travel Information

As an environmentally conscious tour operator, we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.

Getting to Drymen
By Air

Nearest International Airports: Glasgow International Airport and Edinburgh Airport.

An airport shuttle bus operates between Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow city centre (journey time 25 min). There is also a regular airport bus shuttle service between Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow (journey time 55 min).

From here you can travel to Drymen by bus (journey time 1 hour).

By Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station: Balloch.

Drymen is located 20 miles north of Glasgow city centre and 22 miles from Glasgow International Airport.

The taxi fare from Glasgow Airport to Drymen is approximately £55 (journey time 40 min), and from the city centre to Drymen is approximately £45 (journey time 45 min). 

A train service operates from Glasgow Queen Street Station and Glasgow Central Station to Balloch (journey time 50 min). Frequent bus services operate from Balloch to Drymen (journey time 20 min).

The journey from London Euston to Glasgow Central Station takes approximately 5 hours.

By Car

If you plan to travel by car, you may wish to park in Glasgow for the duration of your walk, so you can travel by public transport to Drymen and back from Pitlochry. We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Departing Pitlochry
By Air

Nearest Airports: Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow International Airport.

There are regular train services from Pitlochry to Glasgow and Edinburgh (journey time approximately 2 hours). 

An airport shuttle bus and tram runs from the city centre of Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport (journey time 30 min). From Glasgow city centre to Glasgow Airport the shuttle bus takes 25 min.

By Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station: Pitlochry.

There are regular train services from Pitlochry to Glasgow (journey time 1 hour 45 min), Edinburgh (journey time 2 hours) and Inverness (journey time 1 hour 30 min). On an average weekday, there are trains departing from Pitlochry to Glasgow and Edinburgh every 1.5 hours.

From Pitlochry, there are also regular Citylink bus services to Inverness (journey time 2 hours), Glasgow (journey time 1 hour 50 min) or Edinburgh (journey time 2 hours 10 min).

As the train and bus services can be very busy, we recommend booking your tickets in advance.

By Car

If you plan to travel by car, it may be possible to park in Glasgow or Pitlochry for the duration of your holiday. We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Additional Days

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation for you along the Rob Roy Way.

You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.

Aberfoyle
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  • Visit the Scottish Wool Centre, which has something for everyone – clothing, whisky, wine, cashmere, and daily dog and duck shows as well as sheep, goats and miniature ponies
  • Visit the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and learn about Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and go on an exhilarating high wire tree top adventure for the adrenaline junkies at Go Ape
Strathyre
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  • Pay a visit to Rob Roy’s Grave at Balquhidder located at the foot of Loch Voil
  • Fish for salmon, brown trout and sea trout in the calm waters of River Balvag
  • Go walking in the wild woodlands around Strathyre village, teaming with wildlife, in particular deer, red squirrels and forest birds
Kenmore
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  • Visit the Scottish Crannog Centre on the shores of Loch Tay and explore the history of ancient loch-dwellings
  • Hire boats, canoes or go water-skiing on Loch Tay
  • Admire the breathtaking views of Kenmore from the summit of Drummond Hill and Black Rock
  • Enjoy a dram of whisky in one of Scotland’s oldest inns visited by poet Robert Burns
Pitlochry
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  • Climb the ‘Speckled Mountain’ also known as Ben Vrackie and spot red grouse, red deer and occasionally mountain hares
  • Visit Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest and most beautiful Distillery
  • Attend a performance at the internationally renowned Festival Theatre
  • Visit the impressive Salmon Ladder and Dam, designed to allow thousands of salmon to reach Loch Faskally

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Rob Roy Way

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