Rob Roy Way – Drymen To Strathyre On This Long Distance Footpath
In 2006, our walking group decided to hike the Rob Roy Way in the Scottish Highlands. The walk is from Drymen, near Loch Lomond to Pitlochry in Tayside. The total distance is 79 miles, although we added a detour to Glen Almond which made the total distance 92 miles. The Rob Roy Way was created in 2002.
5 of us travelled up to Drymen, which is approximately 28 miles north of Glasgow. Frank, our Canadian friend, flew from Canada to Glasgow and met us in Drymen. The first night we over indulged in the local beveridges in the Clachan Inn. The inn is the oldest licensed hostelry in Scotland, dating back to 1734. As well as the start of the Rob Roy Way, Drymen is also an overnight stop on the more popular West Highland Way.
Day 1 of our Rob Roy Way journey was an 11 mile stroll to Aberfoyle, which was mainly through forest tracks. We arrived early afternoon and spent a few hours sampling the Guinness at the Forth Inn, our accommodation for the night.
Day 2 was a 10 mile walk to Callendar on the River Teith. This was a lovely hike through the Menteith Hills. The trail continued down to Loch Venachar, across the bridge into Callendar and a further mile walk to our b&b at the far side of the town. We dined in an excellent Chinese restaurant and got to bed reasonably early.
Day 3 was again a 10 miler, this time a mainly flat walk to Strathyre. The walk was along a cycle route, formerly an old railway track and through fields. Our accommodation at the Inn At Strathyre left a lot to be desired but the management has been changed since 2006, as it certainly needed to be. It did however produce a few humourous moments, which to this day we still recall with laughter.
Part 2 – Strathyre to Pitlochry will be posted shortly.