As the weather slowly starts warming up and Spring approaches, walking holidays in Scotland start taking off and becoming more popular again. The Rob Roy Way is an extremely popular and scenic route located in the heart of Perthshire. Spanning 79 miles. The route follows in the footsteps of the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and takes you through immensely pretty countryside. A fantastic walk visited by hundreds of walkers every year, the route is comprised of 8 stages. It can be walked in 5 to 8 days, though 7 is the general recommendation. The walk is not overly challenging, and can be done at a relaxed pace, giving you time to soak in the scenery and immense history of the route. However, there are parts where the route itself isn’t marked or signposted, so you will need to be able to read a map and have a general sense of direction.
Starting in the village of Drymen, you make your way North, walking between 10 and 15 miles per day before stopping off for the night in the villages and towns along the way. The stages are generally divided as follows:
Drymen to Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle to Callander
Callander to Strathyre
Strathyre to Killin
Killin to Ardtalnaig
Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy
Aberfeldy to Pitlochry
During the walk you will encounter a variety of Scottish scenery and landmarks including ancient standing stones, crannogs, viaducts, beautiful Lochs and forests. Wildlife can also be seen, as well as an abundance of birdlife and flora. During Summer months the route is quite busy, so even if you are a lone walker you are bound to encounter a few friendly fellow walkers along the way.
Any one stage can be done on its own, or the entire route over the week, depending on your preference. So, if you are a keen walker, give the Rob Roy Way a try. Book a cottage for a week and start your walking adventure!