The Rob Roy Way is on the list of National Scottish Trails. The 7 day walk starts in Drymen and ends in Pitlochry. You will come to the stunningly picturesque and naturally beautiful villages of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead surrounded by mountains, lochs and forests. You will be made to feel very welcome in any of these villages; a lovely location with a wide choice of accommodation from campsites to luxury boutique hotels. Consider staying over night or to stop for refreshments on the way.
For detailed route information visit Rob Roy Way the official website. Alternatively follow this advice for a short route around Strathyre. Leave the Strathyre Forrestry Commission car park by its entrance, turn left and follow the A84 road north through Strathyre. Pass by the village shop and a bus stop and then turn left on a minor road opposite the Munro Hotel.
Leave the Strathyre Forrestry Commission car park by its entrance, turn left and follow the A84 road north through Strathyre. Pass by the village shop and a bus stop and then turn left on a minor road opposite the Munro Hotel.
This crosses the River Balvag by an old stone bridge. Carry on to a T-junction ahead. Turn left here and, a few yards on, there’s a signed forest walk path on the right. Follow the blue marker posts as the way rises quite steeply up the hillside, passing through dense coniferous Strathyre Forest.
The path emerges on to a forest track. Turn right and a short way on there’s another waymarker on the other side. Leave the forest road here and follow the path back into the trees and up the hill. Not far on, you reach another track. Again following the blue marker, turn left here and continue up, remaining with the main path and ignoring smaller paths branching off on each side.
Stay with the blue waymarkers and the route finally leaves the woods and rises on to open hillside. When the path forks, take the path on the right which climbs over the southern flank of Beinn an t-Sidhein to reach the top. Continue north along the path over a couple of humps to Buachaille Breige, a craggy outcrop at the end of the broad ridge.
Descend north, bearing right towards the edge of the forest until you reach an easy to see break in the trees. Within the trees, pick up a forest track and continue your descent until you join the public road just south of Stroneslaney, a small cluster of houses sitting up from the banks of the River Balvag. Turn right and follow the road south. It’s single carriageway and fairly quiet, but keep your eyes open for traffic.
The road cuts through tall woodlands of pine and there are some lovely tranquil strips where it is hemmed in my moss-covered stone walls. In due course, it arrives at the T-junction. Retrace steps through Strathyre to the car park.