Rob Roy Way

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Rob Roy Way
Landschaft am Rob Roy Way bei Killin.jpg
The Rob Roy Way near Killin
Length127 kilometres (79 mi) or 154 kilometres (96 mi)[1]
LocationStirling and Perth and Kinross, Scotland
DesignationScotland's Great Trails
56°03′57″N 4°27′09″W / 56.0658°N 4.4524°W / 56.0658; -4.4524 (Rob Roy Way (Drymen trailhead))
56°42′08″N 3°43′57″W / 56.7022°N 3.7326°W / 56.7022; -3.7326 (Rob Roy Way (Pitlochry trailhead))
Elevation gain/loss2,325 metres (7,628 ft) gain[1]
Hiking details
Signage on the Rob Roy Way south of Loch Tay.

The Rob Roy Way is a Scottish long distance footpath that runs from Drymen in Stirling to Pitlochry in Perth and Kinross. The path was created in 2002,[citation needed] and takes its name from Rob Roy MacGregor, a Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century. It traverses countryside that he knew and travelled frequently.[2] The route crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, a geological fault where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. Views from the trail overlook Loch Lubnaig, Loch Earn, Loch Venachar and Loch Tay.[2] The way is 127 kilometres (79 mi) in length if the direct route along the southern shore of Loch Tay and the River Tay is followed between Ardtalnaig and Aberfeldy. A optional loop also link these places via Amulree: choosing this option increases the length by a further 27 kilometres (17 mi) to 154 kilometres (96 mi).[1][3]

The Rob Roy Way was designated as one of Scotland's Great Trails by Scottish Natural Heritage in spring 2012,[4] and also links to two further Great Trails, meeting the Great Trossachs Path near Callander, and the West Highland Way just north of Drymen.[1][5] The Rob Roy Way also shares sections of route with Route 7 of the National Cycle Network, which also links Drymen and Pitlochry.[6] Shared sections include the minor road on the south side of Loch Tay and the section following the route of the former Callander and Oban Railway, including Glen Ogle viaduct.[5]

Besides Drymen and Pitlochry, the way passes through Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Killin, Amulree and Aberfeldy.[7]

About 3,000 people use the path every year, of whom about 450 complete the entire route.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rob Roy Way". Scotland's Great Trails. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Rob Roy Way". Walking Scotland. VisitScotland. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ "The Walking Route". SCSupport Ltd. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Walking News - Scotland's Great Trails". SCSupport Ltd. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50000. Sheet 57 (Stirling & The Trossachs).
  6. ^ "Lochs and Glens North". Sustrans. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ "The Rob Roy Way Long Distance Walking Route". I-Net Support. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Scotland's networks of paths and trails: key research findings" (PDF). Scottish Natural Heritage. August 2018. p. 6. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 56°27′38″N 4°17′45″W / 56.4605°N 4.2957°W / 56.4605; -4.2957 (Rob Roy Way)