Self-Guided Hiking Tours

Scotland | Rob Roy Way

Hike through one of the most pristine regions of Scotland.

Scotland
  • Rob Roy Way
  • "Thanks for setting up such a wonderful trip for us. We loved the route, inns and loved having it all set up ahead of time. David says "it really took the worry out of traveling with a family." We appreciated the detailed hiking directions. We loved Scotland for its beautiful land and friendly people. We will go back and explore the highlands more some day. Our favorite day was getting up in the meadows to access the Queen's Drive. Overall it was a great trip. Thanks so much for your work. David says he would never travel without you!"- Laura Homer
  • "I most enjoyed the days we were on trails or non-vehicle routes and/or trekking over the open moors. We are experienced backpackers, used to camping from a pack, so the luxury of the B&Bs/hotels was great, especially on days we arrived wet. The scenery and variety of habitats was very nice, which impressed me as a birdwatcher and wildlife biologist."- Robert Luce

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike through the Trossachs, Scotland's first national park and one of the most pristine natural environments of Great Britain.
  • Rest your feet in "over-the-top" luxury hotels and B&Bs.
  • Explore the countryside made famous by Rob Roy, Scotland's real-life Robin hood.

Walk in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s most brilliant outdoorsmen, legendary outlaws, and greatest heroes – Rob Roy McGregor. Through green meadows, along the coasts of sapphire lochs and across the feet of snow-capped Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet), you will walk as he did during this nine day hiking tour through a beautiful region of the Scottish Highlands called the Trossachs.

Your trek is surely to be a more relaxing one than McGregor’s. The keystone of a clan known throughout the Trossachs and the rest of the highlands for illicit cattle droving and dealing activities, McGregor was a sort of Scottish Robin Hood. Stealing and conning wealthy farmers and land barons was his specialty, and bestowing his spoils among the empty hands of the less fortunate was his passion. He and his brother, under the banner of the Lennox Watch, offered cattle protection services in exchange for payment. If payment was not made, the cattle would disappear. His racketeering continued successfully for many years, until his main patron, the Duke of Montrose, turned against him. The rest of his life was spent travelling across the Way, ambushing and haranguing Montrose and his servants at every possible opportunity.

Whilst hiking the Rob Roy Way, you will not only be steeped in history, but immersed in one of the most pristine natural environments of Great Britain, travelling through waterside, woodland, and moorland ecosystems. Additionally, at the commensuration of every day of travel, you will be accommodated to a spectacular degree in the pastoral villages that line the Way, eating and sleeping in only the finest B&Bs and hotels.

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Trip Rating

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COMFORT

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Trip Profile

Duration

8 nights/9 days
Hiking Up to 14 miles
Ascents up to 1500 ft.

Availability

March-Oct.
Trails and hotels are open year round for the more intrepid.

Tour Costs

$2,240* per person double
Single (+$525)

Tour Package Includes

Custom route descriptions
Four-color topo maps
Travel instructions
Luggage transfer (see notes below)
Cultural information and more

Accommodations

8 nights charming inns, B&B’s and four star hotels.

Breakfast + Dinner

Breakfast daily
Dinner included 3 nights

Luggage Transfer

Luggage transfer included. One bag limit per person.

Transportation

All transportation incidental to itinerary between Drymen and Pitlochry included.

Gateways

Edinburgh, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland

Rob Roy Way | Scotland

Trip Itinerary

Arrive and transfer to Drymen. The transfer from Glasgow airport is incredibly easy and takes about 2 hours with a combination of rail and local bus or taxi. Spend the night in a refined and adorable hotel, where you will be charmed and pleased by the friendly and accommodating staff. Dine at an outstanding pub across the commons.

Commence your inaugural leg of The Way after a filling breakfast, walking eleven miles past the Campsie Fells, a range of pretty hills recognized as the birthplace of Scottish skiing. Continue through lush forests and along the Loch Katrine aquaduct. Pass the ruins of Kirkton Church, where two surviving mortsafes sit on display. Mortsafes are heavy cast iron coffins orginally built to prevent body snatching! Arrive in the town of Aberfoyle, renowned for its legendary antique market.

Today you’ll walk through the woods and along the Lochan Allt a’Chip Dhuibh. The heavily wooded area is the home to many small waterfalls, and is sure to add at least a spell or two of magic to your day. You’ll also enjoy grand views of the Mentieth Hills and unexpected glimpses of Stuc Odhar (2,093 feet), Ben Ledi (2,884 feet) and Loch Venachar. Continue to the village of Callander, home to the Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre. Overnight in a luxury seventeenth century manor house.

With the singing waters of the Garbh Uisge to your side, depart Callander and walk upstream along the river until you reach the Falls of Leny. Arrive in the small, welcoming, and peaceful tiny town of Strathyre. The shop and the pub at your inn could not be better!

On your walk to Killin, you will traverse a few steady, yet manageable climbs, and pass by Balquhidder, the sight of Rob Roy’s grave. A quick side-trip to the sight to the graveyard is easy, and enjoyable. Once you get to Killin, you will find yourself on the site that was once the stronghold of the MacNab clan. All that is left of them is a burial ground on Inchbuie island, visible from the bridge that crosses into town. Overnight in a lovingly restored blacksmith’s house-turned-luxury B&B.

HIke across a stretch of countryside made famous by a bloody raid back in 1612. Enjoy beautiful views of Loch Tay, and Ben Lawers (3,983 feet), the 10th highest mountain in the British Isles and the highest peak in a group of seven munros. Continue to the small hamlet of Ardeonaig, where you will stay the night in the eponymous hotel. The pleasures of the hotel are countless, with a restaurant that puts its focus on letting local and seasonal produce speak for itself. Not to mention the stunning location, perched upon the Loch!

This hotel does not serve dinner on Monday or Tuesday nights. For those evenings, you’ll stay in a superb B&B with dinner taken in nearby Kenmore.

The patchwork countryside, replete with stone cottages and wooden bridges, beckons you onwards towards Aberfeldy, as you walk across a ridge that spans across two gorges. Stop to admire Acharn falls and visit the Birks o’ Aberfeldy, where Robert Burns, the famed poet, composed a number of his verses. You’ll also enjoy views of Meall Garbh (3,668 feet) and Meall Greigh, (3,284 feet), two summits that form the north eastern edge of the Ben Lawers mountain range. After arriving in town, the iconic and memorable Taymouth Castle stands to greet you. You’ll also see Castle Menzies, built by the Menzie family during the fifteenth century. Overnight in a Victorian B&B set within its own private grounds. For dinner, we recommend a local pub or Indian food.

Begin your day with a journey past Dewar’s World of Whisky, a distillery that has been helping visitors “taste the highland spirit” since 1898. Continue the final leg of your journey through moorland, forest, and prehistoric stone circles. Pause for a glimpse of Grandtully Castle, built during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and proceed to Pitlochry, made famous by Queen Victoria’s visit back in 1884. Enjoy your last night in the Trossachs in a luxury four star hotel.

Awaken to your final Scottish breakfast and depart. Direct trains to Glasglow depart hourly.

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