The Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way is officially one of Scotland’s Great Trails, and follows in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor, a famous figure amongst Scottish folklore. Considered by many as the Scottish Robin Hood, Rob Roy was primarily a cattle dealer (later to become an illegal cattle ‘rustler’), however, he also spend time as a Jacobite soldier before becoming leader of the MacGregor Clan.
The trail re-traces many of the places central to Rob Roy’s his life and uses many of the paths the man himself utilised during his days as a cattle drover, soldier and clansman. Starting in Drymen, near Loch Lomond, the trail weaves for 77 miles (or 94 miles, depending on the route) through forests and hillside passes, alongside rivers and lochs while meandering through a variety of large and small settlements until reaching the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry. The mountainous Scottish Highlands provide a wonderful backdrop along the entire route, making this one of Scotland’s most beautiful long distance walks.
The route is signposted, however, a map is required for navigation (provided by WAS) through sections where signage is not so obvious. Paths and tracks are clear and well maintained for most of the trail, however, there are some sections which can become boggy and less distinct. Accommodation, services and refreshments are strategically located from start to finish, providing opportunities for a comfortable and relaxing end to a tough days walking.