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Rob Roy Way
THE ROB ROY WAY is a long-distance walking route in Scotland. It passes through parts of the country that would have been familiar to Robert MacGregor, or 'Rob Roy', during his life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

It is 77 miles long, starts at Drymen and ends in Pitlochry, and passes through the following places: Drymen, Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Lochearnhead, Killin, Ardeonaig, Ardtalnaig, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, and Pitlochry. There are one or two variations to the route. These allow you to either visit places like Callander or Killin, or visit things like the grave (or what is reputed to be the grave) of Rob Roy MacGregor at Balquhidder.

Certainly, it makes sense to take advantage of these small deviations or choices in the route of the Rob Roy Way, for no other reason that to find a bite to eat, an ale to quaff, and a bed in which to rest. When doing long-distance treks I generally like to aim for around 12 to 15 miles a day. If I leave at 9am then this means I can usually arrive in a town with enough time to book into accommodation, dump my pack, and have a look around. For long-distance walking is not just about walking. It is about using your legs to take you to places you have never been, to see new things, experience unfamiliar sensations, and to eat and drink the best of local food and drink.

And that's really where long-distance walking on routes like the Rob Roy Way comes into its own. For after a day of soaking up the sights and smells of vast forests, huge lochs, and hills and mountains, you will find to your eternal joy that you have acquired a drouth that will permit many fine Scottish ales to be thrown back and savoured.

Walking the Rob Roy Way in small sections is permitted. You could, for talking's sake, just walk between Strathyre and the Kingshouse Hotel at Balquhidder, which is a lovely little walk of just a few hours.

If you decide to walk the whole thing all at the same time you should spend some time going over maps and planning what distance you will do each day. Always know what the weather forecast is. Carry waterproofs and food and water and, last but by no means least, always carry paper Ordnance Survey maps for the sections of the route you intend to walk.
Some of you may wish to plan it in some detail, to book all your accommodation in advance, to know what shops and toilets may or may not be open, and know precisely where you will be at any given moment on any given day. You should not just head off on such a long walk of many days without having practised so that you will know what to expect. For the human body takes a number of days to recover from one long day of countryside walking. When you walk for several days at a stretch, there is an accumulative effect where muscles and joints are once again put through their paces before being fully recovered from the day before. And that's when real fatigue can set in for those who are not used to it. But if you are fit, and have experience of doing more than one consecutive day of walking, then you may find that around day five your body starts to change. It adapts to the rigours and mends itself more efficiently. The human frame is truly an amazing beast. And what this means in practise is that by the time you reach Pitlochry you will (hopefully) be as fit as a fiddle and champing at the bit to tackle more of Scotland's truly magnificent long-distance treks.
This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that starts at Drymen. Click HERE to view the Drymen map.


This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that passes through Aberfoyle. Click HERE to view the Aberfoyle map.


This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that passes through Callander. Click HERE to view the Callander map.


This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that passes through Strathyre, showing also Balquhidder where Rob Roy is reputed to be buried. Click HERE to view the Strathyre and Balquhidder map.

This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that passes through Killin. Click HERE to view the Killin map.

This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that passes through Aberfeldy. Click HERE to view the Aberfeldy map.

This page covers the section of the Rob Roy Way that ends at Pitlochry. Click HERE to view the Pitlochry map.
The links below will take you to interactive Ordnance Survey maps of sections of the route that pass through towns listed in The Good Soup Guide. To look at sections in places that are not yet listed in The Good Soup Guide, merely click a link that is nearest the place you are interested in, then use the directional arrows on the map.
The Rob Roy Way near Callander
Strathyre, on the Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way between Strathyre and the Kings House Hotel at Balquhidder
The old kirk at Balquhidder, where my ancestors lie buried, and where Rob Roy may lie
The hills at Balquhidder, near Rob Roy MacGregor's grave
The old bridge at Killin, on the Rob Roy Way
Walking in the Birks of Aberfeldy, on the Rob Roy Way
Path approaching Grandtully, not far from Pitlochry, the end of the Rob Roy Way
Rough map showing where the Rob Roy Way sits in Scotland