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The Rob Roy Way – 7 Nights

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The Rob Roy Way – 7 Nights

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Opened in May 2002, The Rob Roy Way takes you from Drymen, a village which was once a popular stopping place for cattle drovers, to Pitlochry, deemed to be situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in Central Scotland. The Way was recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails in 2012 and is named after Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734), renowned for being Scotland’s most famous outlaw who later became a folk hero.

Quick Facts

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr on call assistance during your walk if necessary
  • 79 miles (126km)
  • 10,633ft (3,241m
  • Road, forestry track, moorland footpaths and disused railway bed

About & Details

If you are an inexperienced long-distance walker, this 7 day, 7 night self-guided trip is a good one to start with. The Way takes you along paths that are marked with the RRW logo. Occasionally, there will be paths just marked as a footpath, so make sure to follow the guidebook as this will give you the details you need. You will enjoy vistas across at least 4 lochs including the 15 mile long, Loch Tay, which starts near the village of Killin with the impressive Falls of Dochart. Forests and glens as well as rivers and moors are your constant companions as you journey along cycleways, forest tracks and moorland trails. With the diversity of scenery comes the variety of wildlife. By walking quietly through the woodland, you may get to see red and roe deer or the protected pine martins. On the moorland stretches, keep your ears open for the screeches of the buzzards or hoots of the barn owls. There is so much to enjoy!

Although this trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. You will need full walking kit including waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with en-suite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guidebook, plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £60 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £60 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £60 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Drymen is located just off the A811 about 23 miles north of Glasgow and about 65 miles west of Edinburgh.

By public transport: There are regular trains to Balloch via Glasgow and then a bus to Drymen. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air: The nearest airport is Glasgow International [GLA], from where you can take one of the regular airport shuttles into the centre of Glasgow (20 minutes). There are also excellent public transport links from Edinburgh Airport (EDI]. Take the AIR coach direct from the airport to Buchanan Street Bus Station in the centre of Glasgow (1 hour)

Getting Away

By road: Pitlochry is situated just off the A9 about 40 minutes north of Perth and 1.5 hours north of Edinburgh.

By public transport: There are regular trains from Pitlochry to Perth (approx. 26 minutes journey time) and Edinburgh (1.75 hours journey time). Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air: The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI) which is accessible by train and airlink.

To return to your car in Drymen: There is a train to Balloch and then a bus to Drymen (3hr 41mins journey time).

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘Book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Pitlochry, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Pitlochry then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Pitlochry at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Drymen

    Arrive at your overnight accommodation in Drymen.

  • Day 2 – Drymen to Aberfoyle

    The trip starts by going north out of Drymen following the West Highland Way, along a minor road. Just as you reach Garadhban Forest, say goodbye to the West Highland Way and continue on heading along the forest tracks. Eventually you past the Corrie Aqueduct and the Loch Katrine water scheme. As Aberfolye comes into view for your overnight’s accommodation, look out for the roofless Kirkton Church.

    18km (11 miles), 210m (690ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Aberfoyle to Callander

    This morning, your walk starts on the main road before venturing back onto forest paths, passing the Little Fawn waterfall. The Menteith Hills will guide you to the 3.7-mile-long Loch Venachar. Start looking for the hidden lochan, with its rich vegetation and waterfowl, as you come towards the end of the Hills. Towering above Loch Venachar is Ben Ledi, the highest peak in The Trossachs. Take a moment to admire the Gartchonzie Bridge, a two arch, rubble bridge over the Eas Gobhain and dated 1777. Continue following the Eas Gobhain into the town of Callander, the eastern gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you will stay for the night.

    16km (10 miles), 220m (720ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – Callander to Strathyre

    Today, you will be following by the side of Loch Lubnaig, snuggled in the valley of Ben Ledi and Ben Vorlich. The walk starts by following Garbh Uisge, a fast-flowing river running beside Bochastle Roman Fort. There is soon an opportunity to take a small detour to the Falls of Leny before continuing on to Loch Lubnaig. Loch Lubnaig is your companion before it becomes the River Balvag, which then guides you into Strathyre, a village hemmed in by steep hills and forest plantations, for your overnight stay.

    15km (9 miles), 220m (720ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Strathyre to Killin

    The walking today takes you up a steep track before levelling out through the Strathyre Forest where you will get some lovely views of the River Balvag coursing its way through the valley below. A steep descent brings you into the town of Kingshouse. A gentle walk follows to Balquhidder, where Rob Roy lies at rest. The walk continues past Lochearnhead, through Glen Ogle and over the Glen Ogle viaduct. As you walk on, look out for the memorial to 2 RAF Tornado pilots killed in 1994. You will drop down into Killin for your overnight stay, by walking along the dismantled Callander and Oban Railway line. Enjoy a visit to the stunning Falls of Dochart as you enter Killin.

    22km (13.5 miles), 350m (1,145ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 - Killin to Ardtalnaig

    Today’s walk starts with an uphill stretch through the forest. You soon meet up with the track that you left yesterday to drop down into Killin. You will pass Lochan Breaclaich with its standard gravity dam, which feeds Lednock power station at Invergeldie. You have reached the summit of the Way at 565m (1850ft). As you start to descend, you will come across one of the water pipes used to transport the water to the power station. Continue the descent into the hamlet of Ardeonaig on the southern shore of Loch Tay. For the rest of the walk into Ardtalnaig, you will enjoy the view of Loch Tay with Ben Lawers to the north.

    19Km (12 miles), 685m (2,240ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 – Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy

    Acharn is your first port of call today, which is reached by walking along the South Loch Tay Road. The path to Acharn Falls with Hermit’s cave leads you along Queen’s Drive, where Queen Victoria loved to witness the spectacular views over Loch Tay and beyond. The going is fairly easy along forest tracks and grassy paths high above the river Tay. As you reach Dunskaig, look out for the route taking you through the Birks of Aberfeldy; ‘The little birdies blythely sing, While o’er their heads the hazels hing, Or lightly flit on wanton wing, In the birks of Aberfeldy.’ Robert Burns 1787. If approached quietly, you may get to see some of the local wildlife: Roe Deer browsing, dippers and wagtails feeding in the pools and at the water’s edge, and finches, warblers and wood pigeons ‘flit on wanton wing’ amongst the trees. You will stay tonight in Aberfeldy before the final leg into Pitlochry tomorrow.

    24km (15 miles), 350m (1150ft) of ascent

  • Day 8 - Aberfeldy to Pitlochry

    Today, you follow the river Tay and wander along a stretch of old dismantled railway line to reach Grantully. A climb up from here leads you back onto forest tracks and the remains of a stone circle on the summit of Carra Beag. Soon the town of Pitlochry comes into sight and with a steady descent, you’ve soon arrived – a quick detour takes you to see the fish ladder, recorded as being used by 250,000 salmon! Hopefully you’ve got time to celebrate your achievement with a well-deserved ‘wee dram’ at one of the distilleries.

    16km (10 miles), 350m (1150ft) of ascent

    Your arrival into Pitlochry is the end of your trip unless you have booked an extra night’s accommodation with us.

    Safe onward travel.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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