Rob Roy Way 2 – Strathyre To Pitlochry On This Long Distance Footpath
Day 4 started with rain and the first section took us through forest. The trail was then on the cycle track that was formerly the old railway. We didn’t bother to make the 4 mile return trip on this section of Rob Roy Way 2 to see Rob Roy’s grave at Balquidder.
Instead to get some respite from the rain, we stopped at Lochearnhead for a bite to eat and a few jars. The Lochearnhead hotel made us very welcome despite our wet and muddy condition. After an hour and a half we donned our wet gear and climbed back up to the old railway track. This took us high above Glen Ogle. Looking down to the valley below were probably the best views we had on the Rob Roy Way 2 trail.
We passed a memorial to 2 RAF airmen. The pilot and his navigator were killed when their Tornado aircraft crashed at almost 500 mph. The planes wing tip touching the ground near the top of the glen before crashing.
It was then downhill to Killin and photographs at the Falls Of Dochart. This is a location featured in the 1959 version of the 39 steps by John Buchan, starring Kenneth More. The day’s walk was 12 miles. We spent the evening in The Falls Of Dochart Inn, next door to our excellent accommodation at Fairview House.
Day 5 provided another 12 mile walk from Killin to Ardtalnaig. This started on a minor road, followed by a rough track and finally a 4 mile minor road walk. The monotony of the road walking was broken by a lunchtime stop at the excellent Ardeonaig Hotel. We were again made extremely welcome by the hosts.
Day 6 on the Rob Roy Way 2 trail was our detour day. Instead of road walking the 5 miles from Ardtalnaig to Acharn, we decided to take the alternative route from Ardtalnaig up Glen Almond to Amulree.
The walk was mainly wilderness, on drovers and stalkers paths. It was 17 miles and finished with refreshments at the Amulree Hotel. We were collected and driven to Aberfeldy for the evening.
Day 7, our final day on Rob Roy Way 2 was from Tombuie to Pitlochry via Aberfeldy, a distance of 18 miles. It started on rough paths and farm tracks, then a section through forests before reaching Aberfeldy. From Aberfeldy the Rob Roy Way 2 virtually follows the River Tay for 4 miles before heading off north east to Pitlochry. This involved a little climbing over moorland and forest tracks before the finish at Pitlochry.
The walk was 19 miles and we celebrated the finish with a beer or three at the Claymore Hotel, our accommodation for the night.
Rob Roy Way Part 1