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POSTED BY April 8, 2021

Named after Scottish folk hero Rob Roy MacGregor, the Rob Roy Way is one of the best choices for hiking in the Scottish Highlands. Rob Roy MacGregor lived from 1671 to 1734 and is remembered as a kind of Scottish Robin Hood.

A legend that continues to inspire

Several composers, writers and directors would later find inspiration in Rob Roy’s story. Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott immortalized him in a novel released in 1817. The French composer Hector Berlioz dedicated an overture to the famous Scot. In 1995, a film was released in which Liam Neeson played the role of Rob Roy.

A few years later, in 2002, the Rob Roy Way long distance trail was created. It’s aim was to bring hikers into the countryside where Rob Roy roamed and visit places of significance from his life. In this post, we investigate five of the best natural and historical highlights along the route.

Hiking the Rob Roy Way

Rob Roy Way in 5 highlights

The Rob Roy Way is a slightly quieter and less known alternative to the famous West Highland Way. This walking route takes you past various locations where Rob Roy himself would have travelled. However, it also brings you along beautiful nature reserves and special historical places from after Rob Roy’s life. Travel with us in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor and get inspired!

1. Glen Ogle Viaduct

One of the most remarkable stretches of the trail is when the path crosses this eighteenth-century viaduct. The Glen Ogle Viaduct sits on a dramatic mountainside in one of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands. This structure was built in 1749, fifteen years after Rob Roy died.

Glen Ogle Viaduct. Photo: Dr Richard Murray  / CC BY-SA 2.0

2. Loch Venachar

The trail runs the length of Loch Tay, one of the most famous lakes in the Scottish Highlands. However, a visit to the lesser known Loch Venachar is just as memorable. This serene nature reserve contains a wealth of historical heritage. In the north of the lake is a Crannog, a man-made island.

Loch Venachar. Photo: Andy Belshaw / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

3. Falls of Dochart

On the western side of Loch Tay are the Falls of Dochart. This shallow waterfall can be admired from a bridge in the village of Killin. The white waters flow right through this village to Loch Lomond National Park and the Trossachs. Don’t expect a dramatic vertical waterfall, but a picturesque setting of mountains, trees and a fast-flowing river.

Falls of Dochart, Rob Roy Way

4. Clachan An Diridh

In the woods south of Pitlochry, near the end of the route, is a megalithic stone circle called Clachan An Diridh. This is the ideal place to combine a relaxing forest walk with a visit to one of Scotland’s oldest architectural highlights.

Photo: Colin Park / CC BY-SA 2.0

Grave of Rob Roy

The grave of Rob Roy MacGregor is located in the cemetery of Balquhidder’s church. This idyllic resting place is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. It is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Loch Lomond National Park and the Trossachs.

Photo: Alan Jamieson / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

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