The Rob Roy Way runs for 79 miles from Drymen to Pitlochry in the eastern Highlands. It visits many places linked with Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734), Scotland’s most famous outlaw. The main route goes through Loch Ard forest to Aberfoyle, goes beside Lochs Venachar, Lubnaig and Tay and passes through superb scenery, with interesting aqueducts, viaducts and, on the approach to Pitlochry, a 3600-year-old stone circle.
The terrain is a mixture of forest tracks, cycleway, disused railway trackbed and moorland footpaths. The Way passes through a succession of friendly villages with welcoming pubs and B&Bs. There’s an optional wilderness extension linking Ardtalnaig with Aberfeldy via Glen Almond and Glen Quaich.
The route was created originally for walkers, who generally take 6-8 days depending on options. Nearly all of it is also potentially suitable for cyclists who mostly complete it within 3-4 days. Cyclists should start by following this link.