There’s nothing more relaxing than getting the chance to take some time off, get away from it all, and immerse yourself in a great walking holiday, is there?
The Rob Roy Way was officially recognized only in 2012, but it offers an incredible route that people have been enjoying for centuries.
If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, explore dozens of quaint little towns and villages, and make memories along the way, read on.
Table of Contents
- 1 The Scenery on the Glens is Something You Won’t Believe Unless You See it in Person
- 2 128 Kilometres of Trail Walking that Really Comes to Life in the Spring
- 3 The Trossachs Forests Allows You to Take a Break from the Usual Terrain
- 4 Loch Tay is the Ideal Place for a Relaxing Picnic
- 5 Walking Down from the Moors into Pitlochry is an Experience You’ll Never Forget
- 6 The 3 Best Guidebooks You Need to Know About
- 7 Other Long Distance Routes in Scotland and the UK
The Scenery on the Glens is Something You Won’t Believe Unless You See it in Person
Scotland is known for many things, and the Glens would have to be at the top of any list of places you need to walk and explore, there are lots of great hiking routes in Scotland. They seem to roll on over the hills forever, and in some ways they do. The beauty of this little corner of the world is that it’s been largely untouched by the modern world. There is the occasional road that crosses your path, but for the most part, you’ll be well free of the constant drone of traffic that most of us have become accustomed to.
This sense of calm and quiet makes the Rob Roy Way a great destination if you want to get away from it all, and give yourself the time to reflect on life. Just what you need when you want to take some time to rest and relax.
128 Kilometres of Trail Walking that Really Comes to Life in the Spring
The trail runs a little under 100 miles, and that makes it great for everyone from beginner and novice, right up to and including experienced hill walkers. If you want to be able to set yourself a realistic goal or pick a distance that will test you if you try and do it in your best time, the Rob Roy Way is just what you’ve been looking for. Set off in the early spring so that you can make the most of the calm weather, and enjoy a gentle cooling breeze before the sun really starts to beat down in the summer. If you love hiking in Scotland and you are worried about the weather we write an article about the best time to hike the West Highland Way.
The Trossachs Forests Allows You to Take a Break from the Usual Terrain
Forest walking is an experience unlike any other, and it’s a great way to break up your holiday by experiencing something a little different. The terrain is rather hilly, so expect plenty of short and sharp climbs, but they’re nothing you won’t be able to handle. It’s also well worth breaking in your walking boots as your feet will be working harder than on flat ground.
Build your confidence by walking in the forests a little closer to home, and you’ll be able to master tricky root sections. They can easily become very slippery when wet, so gaining some experience before you set off will be really important. As with everything, a little practice will take you a long way.
Loch Tay is the Ideal Place for a Relaxing Picnic
Don’t come away from this article thinking that you’re going to be spending the bulk of your time tackling steep forest sections because you’re not. Loch Tay is a beautiful part of the world and one that’s ideal if you want to put your feet up for an hour or two and treat yourself to a well-deserved picnic.
The shoreline is calm, there’s never more than the faintest breeze coming off the Loch, and it’ll be a long way from the tourist hotspot of Loch Ness. All this adds up to make it a beautiful area that could well be the highlight of your trip. Take plenty of photos as you look out across the water, and you’ll be able to look back on them for years to come. Just the motivation you need to get off the couch and book yourself your next walking holiday!
Walking Down from the Moors into Pitlochry is an Experience You’ll Never Forget
The moors are one of the final things you’re going to tackle along the Way, and they offer miles of uninterrupted landscape that provide plenty of time for rest and reflection. The beauty of them is that they’re virtually unspoiled, and allow you to immerse yourself in the scale of one of the more beautiful parts of the highlands.
If you love the solace and quiet of the moors, you’re also going to really love the feeling of walking down from the hills and entering the quaint little town of Pitlochry. It lies on the banks of the river and dates back to the days of the warring clans that Scotland was known for across the western world.
With a vibrant culinary scene and plenty of locals ready to give you a great Scottish welcome, you’ll be able to celebrate the end of your great trek in style. It’s the perfect way to crown a great week where you got away from the hustle and bustle, and back in touch with the beauty of the natural world.
The 3 Best Guidebooks You Need to Know About
The Rob Roy Way map book by Footprint is a great little introduction to everything you would want to see and do along the Way. In an era when apps and sat nav seem to be everywhere you look, there’s a lot to be said for a compact guide you can take with you in your map file.
Jacquetta Megarry’s The Rob Roy Way: From Drymen to Pitlochry is also highly recommended if you want to get the most out of your week away. It offers keen insights into the local history and gives you plenty of ideas about where you might think about stopping off along the Way.
Finally, take a look at the Rob Roy Way: XT40 by Harvey Map Services. It offers highly detailed maps that cover every step you’ll take, and it’s a great companion to take with you. Perfect if you want to get back to the basics and leave your phone in your rucksack all day long.
Other Long Distance Routes in Scotland and the UK
I love hiking in the UK, especially Scotland, it is so small it is fairly quick and easy to get to almost all routes. If you like the look of the Rob Roy Way here are some other routes that are just as good.
- West Highland Way
- Speyside Way
- St Cuthberts Way
- Fife Coastal Path
- The Annandale Way
- Arran Coastal Way
- The Ayrshire Coastal Path
- Great Glen Way
- Southern Upland Way
- Hadrian’s Wall Path – north of England
If you are planning on a hiking trip in the UK I am sure one of these will turn you on.
I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.