Rob Roy Way Pitlochry Accommodation for the first/ last leg of the walk
Rob Roy way is an 80 mile walk through the fabulous glens, villages and towns that lie between Drymen, on the south-eastern approach to Loch Lomond and beautiful Pitlochry in Perthshire.
Accommodation in Pitlochry is available at Rosemount Hotel www.scottishhotels.co.ukBook Now
Rob Roy was a notorious Scottish outlaw, made famous by Sir Walter Scott. He and his clan were a frequent, worrying presence in the area along the walk, as they drove cattle northwards.
Brief details of the walk
The walk has been divided into stages based on the locations of towns and villages that can provide shelter and refreshment enroute, allowing walkers well-appointed respite overnight. The stages are as follows:-
Drymen to Aberfoyle 11 miles – 4.5 to 5 hrs
The route begins along minor roads and through the forest paths of the Trossachs. Drymen is a fair sized town with plenty of bed and breakfast accommodation and good bus links to Glasgow. Traveline Scotland.
The route goes through Loch Ard forest with views of the pointed peak of Ben Lomond. The woodland is varied and quite old, giving visual interest from frequent clearings. Much of the route follows the line of a Victorian aquaduct which brings water from Loch Katrine to Glasgow. Aberfoyle is a picturesque, bustling village. It has a small animal farm, woollen visitor centre and working sheepdog exhibitions. Bed and Breakfast and hotel accommodation is easily obtained here. This first stage is marked with blue markers and yellow arrows. Much of it follows the Lochs and Glens section of the National Cycle route 7.
Aberfoyle to Callander 9 miles – 4.5 to 5 hrs
This section of the walk takes you along the line of the Highland Fault, with low lands to the south and highlands to the north. The climb is gentle, along the forest trails of the Mentieth Hills, before a descent with fabulous views over with spectacular views of Loch Venacher and Ben Ledi. Callander, which lies just beyond, is another bustling town, well served with accommodation and travel links. Rob Roy’s legend is very much in evidence here.
Callander to Strathyre 9 miles 4 – 5 hours
This beautiful stretch of the Rob Roy Way walk is reasonably easy, being mostly cycle route following an old railway line. It takes you along the banks of the River Teith gently climbing through the Pass of Leny past the falls of Leny and along Loch Lubnaig
Strathyre to Killin 13 miles 5 to 6 hours
A gradual climb form Strathyre brings you to fine views acroos the valley to Ben Sheann. Then comes a steeper descent into the village of Kingshouse and on to Balquidder, where Rob Roy is buried. The route continues along the old railway line, above Lochearnhead before passing through Glen Ogle. At the top of Glen Ogle you will have magnificent views of Ben lawers and descending to Killin don’t miss the Falls of Dochart – rapids which pass dramatically through the heart of the village.
Killin to Ardtalnaig 12 miles 4 to 4.5 hours
Some walk operators by pass this section with a transfer direct from Killin to Kenmore, along the banks of Loch Tay, because there is no convenient source of accommodation for walkers enroute. There is one early bus currently running from Killin to Kenmore, but do check this out. Rural bus services are being constantly reviewed. The direct walk from Killin to Kenmore is 12 miles along the roadside. This detracts from the Rob Roy route, in that it omits the mountain climb from Killin, but saves one day. The southern shore road is quieter. Rejoin the Rob Roy Way at Acharn, on the south shore road of LochTay
If undertaken, the walked section takes you on a steady climb up the mountains on the southern shores of Loch Tay , descending back down to the tiny village of Ardeonaig and along the road to Ardtalnaig. Some elect to camp at Ardtalnaig. There is no public transport here.
Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy 15 miles
Continue along the south shore road of Loch Tay past the Falls of Acharn, along forest tracks before descending past the falls of Moness and the Birks of Aberfeldy. A more strenuous walk, but with thereward of magnificent views of Ben Lawers and Schiehallion.
Aberfeldy to Pitlochry 11miles
The final leg of the Rob Roy Way. Cross Wade’s Bridge and follow the road downstream to Strathtay, beyond which is an easy walk over hills and moors before descending into Pitlochry.
Rosemount Hotel is waiting with warm, cosy accommodation and friendly service.
Full details, maps and photography are available at www.walkhighlands.co.uk
A brilliant resource for planning your walk http://www.robroyway.com/walkhelp.html