DAY 1: Arrival in Drymen
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Drymen.
DAY 2: Drymen to Callander
Distance 33km • Approximate Walking Time 7 - 9 hours • Ascent (↑) 460m
Today’s hike mainly follows quiet country roads and forest tracks. Look out for the ruins of Kirkton Church on the way into Aberfoyle. From Aberfoyle, the trail passes through a forest and up into the Monteith Hills. Along the way, discover a tranquil lake hidden away in the trees – a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch.
DAY 3: Callander to Lochearnhead
26km • 6 - 8 hours • (↑) 370m
After visiting ruins dating back to Roman times in the splendid village of Callander, follow the Number 7 cycle path next to the shores of Loch Lubnaig (The Lake with a bend) all the way to Strathyre. A brisk climb out of Strathyre village opens up stunning views over the River Balvag valley below. After descending to Kingshouse, the trail follows a cycle path to the village of Lochearnhead on the shores of Loch Earn.
DAY 4: Lochearnhead to Ardtalnaig/ Acharn
29km/36km • 8 - 10 hours • (↑) 670m/770m
From the lakeshore, the trail now heads
north-west up the beautiful Glen Ogle valley to an impressive viaduct built in 1870. Forest tracks and mountain tracks guide you to a large reservoir from where you often have views across Loch Tay towards Ben Lawer – a famous local summit. After passing the highest point of the Rob Roy Way, at 560m, you descend across open moorland to the tiny hamlet of Ardeonaig on the shores of Loch Tay. The final section from Ardeonaig is entirely along a very quiet country road that runs above the southern side of Loch Tay. Pick-up from Ardtalnaig/Acharn and overnight in Killin.
DAY 5: Acharn to Pitlochry
32km • 8 - 10 hours • (↑) 800m
Transfer to Acharn in the morning. Today’s hike is perhaps the most beautiful on the entire trail and indeed, on a fine day, one of the best in all of Scotland. After a brief climb in the morning, you follow grassy tracks and paths across open fields with stunning vistas over Loch Tay and the surrounding countryside. From Aberfeldy, a dismantled railway line next to the River Tay takes you as far as the village of Grandtully. From here, you tackle the last climb of your hiking holiday with superb views back towards Ben Lawer. A good opportunity to take out that camera one last time!
DAY 6: Departure from Pitlochry
There are regular bus and train services from Pitlochry to Edinburgh and onwards to Glasgow. Full details provided upon booking.