The Rob Roy Way & Circuit

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7 or 8 Nights in the Footsteps of Rob Roy McGregor

Overview

The Rob Roy Circuit starts and finishes at Callander, easily reached from Glasgow and Edinburgh. You will see pretty lochside villages, magnificent mountain scenery, cross victorian railway viaducts, and tramp over remote highland glens with ruined settlements, now visited only by deer, buzzards and other wildlife. As with all our walks, we supply maps and detailed written guides, and transfer all of your luggage door to door between each overnight stop.

The suggested stops below allow for quite gentle stages. These can easily be adapted to suit if you would like to do the walk in longer stages. The area is also perfectly suited for a short walking break or combined walking / cycling break. See Rob Roy's Ramble and Trossachs Trundle

The Rob Roy Circuit

Getting There

The start and finish points for the Rob Roy Circuit and Ramble is Callander. The nearest big town is Stirling, on the main rail network, and only 30 minutes by train or bus from Glasgow or Edinburgh. At Stirling, the bus stance is right next to the railway station. From here, Firstbus service no. 59 takes about 45 minutes to reach Callander (see timetable). There are additional buses, some of which run on Sundays, and quite late daily (see the Travelline Scotland web site and use the journey planner).

Rob Roy Circuit - Suggested Itinerary (7 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Callander Only about 90 minutes on public transport from Glasgow or Edinburgh
Day 2 Callander to Strathyre
(9m, 15k)
By the side of the fast flowing River Teith and Loch Lubnaig, overlooked by Ben Ledi, the "mountain of the fairies."
Day 3 Strathyre to Lochearnhead
(6.5m, 10k)
Fine views to the Braes o' Balquhidder and Loch Earn
Day 4 Lochearnhead to Killin
(7.5m, 12k)
Over Glen Ogle to the tumbling Falls of Dochart and Loch Tay
Day 5 Killin to Balquhidder
(13m, 20k)
Over the Kirkton Glen to the home and resting place of Rob Roy.
Day 6 Balquhidder to Brig O'Turk
(11m, 18k)
A mountain pass, with some abandoned highland settlements
Day 7 Brig O'Turk to Callander
(7.5m, 12k)
Level walking by Loch Venachar, overlooked by Ben Ledi
Day 8 Depart Callander

Price for the 7 night itinerary from
£500 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)


The Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way is now a popular walking holiday with walkers who want to add it to the list of completed long distance walks. You can walk the Rob Roy Way with Make Tracks - but we also have an alternative; replacing some fairly long stretches of road on the second half of the Rob Roy Way with some fine walking on paths through the mountains around Rob Roy's home and final resting place at Balquhidder. The walk is special in that it passes next to 5 of the finest natural freshwater lochs in the Southern Highlands; Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Loch Tay, Loch Voil and Loch Venachar.

The Rob Roy Way is just as easy to reach, starting at Drymen, a short bus ride from Glasgow. The first part of the walk is mostly in farmland, but at Aberfoyle, the landscape changes dramatically as you reach and then cross the highland boundary fault, and step into typically dramatic highland scenery. There are some sections of road, mainly between Killin and Kenmore, and then between Aberfeldy and Pitlochry, and one short section where you must make your way over open ground; but the remainder of the walk is mostly on good paths and tracks through some wonderful scenery.

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This is another historic walk, based in the area of Scotland travelled by the slightly notorious Rob Roy MacGregor in the 18th Century. As well as the ruins, lochs, waterfalls and mountains that create the unique scenery of the Scottish highlands, the trail passes many interesting Rob Roy and Jacobite related points of interest, including Loch Tay, the Macnab Burial Ground near Killin, Robert Burn’s Seat at the Birks of Aberfeldy and Balquhidder Church, with it’s metal coffins like safes.
— world reviewer.com

Rob Roy Way - Suggested Itinerary (8 Nights)

Day 1 Arrive Drymen Only about 90 minutes on public transport from Glasgow or Edinburgh
Day 2 Drymen to Aberfoyle
(10m, 16k)
Mostly on farmland, as you approach the highland mountains
Day 3 Aberfoyle to Callander
(10m, 16k)
Into the highlands, on a fine high level path
Day 4 Callander to Balquhidder
(10m, 16k)
Gentle walking by the River Teith and Loch Lubnaig
Day 5 Balquhidder to Killin
(12m, 18k)
Over Glen Ogle to the tumbling Falls of Dochart and Loch Tay
Day 6 Killin to Kenmore
(18m, 30k)
Remote glens, and fine views over Loch Tay
Day 7 Kenmore to Aberfeldy
(9m, 14k)
Mostly in woodland above the River Tay
Day 8 Aberfeldy to Pitlochry
(11m, 18k)
Woodland, and then over the hills by an old stone circle
Day 9 Depart Pitlochry Good bus and train services to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the south

Price for the 8 night itinerary from
£570 per person
(2 people sharing & subject to availability)


Overview

After walking along the banks of the River Teith and Loch Lubnaig, you pass through the village of "Bonny Strathyre," then on to Balquhidder, just off the route, but a must for anybody who wants to see where Rob Roy lived and is buried. From here, you go through woodland onto the remains of an old railway line. This takes you past the lochside village of Lochearnhead, over a great Victorian viaduct and then through forest with magnificent views of Ben Lawers, before arriving at the village of Killin.

From Killin, you head back into the hills, and then along the banks of Loch Tay. This section is on tarmac, but there are compensations in the great views to the north before reaching Kenmore. More walking in forested hills to Aberfeldy, then another stretch of quiet tarmac before a fine walk over the hills between two great salmon rivers, the Tay and the Tummel.

The finish of the walk is at Pitochry, which has direct rail connnections to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and the south.

Getting There

This starts at Drymen.

Firstbus run an infrequent direct service from Glasgow city centre to Drymen (see timetable). The same service is more frequent from Milngavie, and there is a frequent train service from the centre of Glasgow to Milngavie (see timetable).

The end of the walk is at Pitlochry. This is on the Highland Line railway from Inverness to StirlingEdinburgh and Glasgow (see timetable), and is also served by Citylink buses to EdinburghGlasgow and the south.

 

What's Included

  • Accommodation each night in selected B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels (including Drymen & Pitlochry)

  • Breakfast each morning

  • Door to door luggage transfer each day

  • Map & Guidebook

  • Information pack detailing everything you will need for your walk

What's not Included

  • Evening meals and packed lunches (all readily available at each stop)

  • Transport to Drymen and from Pitlochry

  • Holiday and cancellation insurance (we strongly recommended that you arrange your own cover)