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Self Guided – The Rob Roy Way

  • Follow the path once used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland’s most notorious outlaw.
  • Experience the breathtaking views of The Rob Roy Way, taking in ancient woodlands, open moorlands and rolling hills.
  • Enjoy the sense of accomplishment each day, hiking from point to point, covering 92 miles along this trail.
  • 8 nights’ accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis in Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Small Hotels and Inns along the route, based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
  • Luggage transfer for the duration of the trip, meaning you will only have to carry a day rucksack
  • Route notes which include a map and full directions to your accommodation
  • The services of the Wilderness Scotland Team prior to & during your trip

Blue Graded Self Guided Holidays 4-6

Our Blue graded walking holidays involve climbing some of Scotland’s best mountains and ridges. The walks are conducted at a good pace and you may be out hiking for 8 or 9 hours a day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from stalker’s paths to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

The daily walks will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions? How often do you do this?

Accommodation

Our self-guided walking and hiking holidays feature a wide range of accommodation – very much depending on the remoteness of the region. This includes small guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to Inns and country hotels. Our accommodation partners are carefully chosen according to a number of factors – charming locations, very good facilities and a reputation for providing Highland hospitality. Many are small, owner-managed establishments where you can be assured of a highly personal service.

Wherever they are available, we will reserve en suite rooms for you. However, these may not be available in the high season, especially if you are booking your holiday at the last minute, so we cannot guarantee that all of your accommodation will be en-suite. We will, however, advise you wherever possible if this is the case.

Single Supplement

Clients requesting a single room will incur a single room supplement of £200, or £275 with upgraded accommodation.

Please note that Drymen and Pitlochry are accessible by train. Glasgow Airport offers the most convenient access to the route, although Edinburgh and Prestwick airports are fine as well.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Tristan Roell 04/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Pre-Trip communication was excellent, very kindly and helpful.
Trip Comments
Our baggage was always at our accomodation as we arrived and the map provided was very good.
Accommodation and Food
This strongly depends on the host at the B&B or hotel, but the majority of the accomodations had a very good service, good rooms and good breakfast. The small size of most of the bathrooms as well as the water pressure was something unusual for us.
Your Guide
We had no guide (self-guided trip).
The Bottom Line
The overall experience was excellent.

by Kathy LaGandeur 15/10/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Rachael and Emily were both very helpful and responded quickly to my few questions. They were cheerfully accommodating to the changes we requested.
Trip Comments
The planning part was excellent, the luggage transfers and taxi pick-ups were perfect and dependable. We didn't have to wonder at all if our bags would be there or if the taxis would show up. This dependability allowed us to relax and really enjoy the beautiful scenery and each other. Thank you.
Accommodation and Food
We spent 5 nights in B&B accommodations. Three of the nights the inns were historic places filled with character and charm. They were fun and romantic to stay in and were what we expected in these little villages. The other two nights the B&Bs were in more new construction homes. The place in Killin was sterile and our room was so small we had to step over our bags. The lady greeted us by telling us to take our shoes off in a very small lobby area with no place to sit down to do so. In Aberfeldy, the lady was extremely nice and helpful but the house lacked any charm. Just in a residential area. With so many old historic buildings and B&Bs in both these towns, it was disappointing to stay in such dull places for those 2 nights. During the day while hiking, we really looked forward to seeing what the B&B would be like and felt that those 2 nights were not at all what we expected.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
We do our very best to secure accommodation that we have worked with in the past to know the standards we expect are delivered. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. We had very little time between this trip being booked and you arriving to get everything organised and as such were not able to secure all accommodations. It sounds as if you had an enjoyable experience and really hope the two nights did not ruin the overall experience for you.
Your Guide
We enjoyed not using any electronics during our hikes. The notes were very complete and easy to follow.
The Bottom Line
The experience was professionally organized and reliable. It was a very fun trip, we just wished that all of the B&Bs would have reflected the local character and charm of the villages. We were not expecting anything fancy, just charming.

by Roy Apps 10/07/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

0Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
The second day the route was poorly marked and the instructions were not clear.
We got lost on this section, as did another group walking the same trail, I would suggest this sector is looked at.
Accommodation and Food
All the hosts were really nice , they knew about the Rob Roy Way and provided excellent advice.
The food was very good.
My only complaint is that the litrature mentioned baths and or showers at the accommadation. The only place with a bath was the last.
This is not a complaint re the standard but my expectations were not met .
Your Guide
I mentioned above over one bit of the route, but in general I liked the book and would not want GPS
The Bottom Line
One of my best holidays.

Trip Details

The Rob Roy Way is a long distance hiking trail through the southern Highlands.

Starting in the village of Drymen, you’ll hike for 92 miles across The Trossachs and through Perthshire to the pretty Highland town of Pitlochry and the end of the trail.

The route takes you through ancient forests, past beautiful lochs, across open moorlands and over rolling hills, following a waymarked trail.

On this self guided trip, we arrange your luggage transfer and your accommodation each night, as well as supplying you with detailed route notes and maps so that you get the most out of this wonderful long distance hiking trail.

Upgraded Accommodation: We can offer you an upgraded accommodation package along the route.

  • Best available rooms along the route: £1020 per person
  • Best available rooms plus a stay at 5 star Fonab Castle on the final night: £1080 per person

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Drymen

You will make your own way to Drymen where you will spend a leisurely night at your first guesthouse

Day 2 – Drymen to Aberfolye

Starting in the centre of Drymen, your 92 mile hike begins with a single step. The hike takes us through the ancient Loch Ard Forest and through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park before arriving at the quaint village of Aberfoyle. (B)

Distance 16km

Day 3 – Aberfoyle to Callander

An ascent out of Aberfoyle leads you to open moorland with views over the Menteith Hills. You then descend to picturesque Loch Venachar before the route arrives in the village of Callander, known as the Gateway to the Highlands. (B)

Distance 16km

Day 4 – Callander to Strathyre

Today’s route is particularly scenic, passing by peaceful lochs and rivers as it winds its way north. It starts with a walk along a disused railway track bed before you follow the shores of Loch Lubnaig, admiring the mountain views all the way to Strathyre. (B)

Distance 15km

Day 5 – Strathyre to Killin

Departing Strathyre you ascend through an enchanting forest before dipping down to pass the famous Kingshouse Hotel with its Rob Roy Bar. The path then starts to climb, offering magnificent views down to Lochearnhead below. Crossing the disused viaduct to Lochan Lairig Cheile, you then follow the trail to Killin to reach the spectacular Falls of Dochart. (B)

Distance 19km

Day 6 – Killin to Ardtalnaig

A long steady ascent provides good views and is balanced by an equally long descent to Ardeonaig. You then walk along quiet backroads for 6km before reaching Ardtalnaig for your transfer back to Killin, where you spend a second night. (B)

Distance 19km

Day 7 – Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy

A short transfer takes you back to Ardtalnaig so that you can continue hiking where you stopped the previous day. An easy start takes you along a minor road before the trail heads uphill at Acharn. Here you will see the fantastic Falls of Acharn before making you way along the path know as the Queen’s Drive. You continue on through forest to the splendid woodland gorge of the Birks (Falls) of Aberfeldy before descending down into the village. A long but rewarding day! (B)

Distance 24km

Day 8 – Aberfeldy to Pitlochry

The day starts with a stroll alongside the River Tay as you make your way to Grandtully. You then head off into the forest for an equally enjoyable walk, which takes you down into the pretty town of Pitlochry, famous for its theatre, dam and fish ladder. Pitlochry is also home to the Blair Athol Distillery, well worth a visit to reward yourself with a wee dram as you complete the route! (B)

Distance 18km

Day 9 – Pitlochry and depart:

After a leisurely breakfast, explore the village before catching a train south to Glasgow or Edinburgh. (B)

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The overall experience was excellent.

Tristan Roell
04/06/2015

5

The experience was professionally organized and reliable. It was a very fun trip, we just wished that all of the B&Bs would have reflected the local character and charm of the villages. We were not expecting anything fancy, just charming.

Kathy LaGandeur
15/10/2014

4

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