Scotland's Great Trails



Since this section continues to grow we have now introduced an index of topics to facilitate quick access to the item you want to read.
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Forest Holidays Discount Offer

Forest Holidays have extended their offering of a 10% discount off cabin accommodation at both of their Scottish locations, these being at Strathyre (directly on the line of the Rob Roy Way) and Ardgartan in Argyll.
The discount is on any of the cabin types and can be taken at any time of the year including school holidays and Bank holidays. This discount only applies to the cabin price and not for any extras, nor can it be taken in conjunction with any other offer. The offer cannot be applied retrospectively and you need to quote the code ROBROYWAY17.
The offer is open for holidays booked by 31 January 2018 which have to be taken at latest by 1 January 2019.
For more information on Forest holidays in Scotland click on this link.

Callander Hostel

November 2014 sees the opening of a new hostel suitable for walkers on the Rob Roy Way. It is located in the centre of Callander and adjacent to the River Teith on Bridgend.
This is a new independent FIVE STAR rated hostel and takes over the building of the prior Bridend Hotel. It offers a range of accommodation from dorm rooms to en-suite twins and there is both a self catering kitchen and the opportunity to eat in the Bridgend Cafe. You will find out more information from their website
We are always delighted to hear of new accommodation options that will support the range of walkers on the Rob Roy Way.

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Dewar’s World of Whisky - Aberfeldy

After a days walk from Ardtalnaig or Amulree into Aberfeldy we suspect many walkers may stop and relax by visiting the Dewar's Distillery at Aberfeldy.
This note is to update walkers of a current closure of the visitor centre till some time in April 14 and to let you know what is happening.

"Dewar’s World of Whisky at the Aberfeldy Distillery, has unveiled exciting plans for a major redevelopment of the Visitor Centre at DEWAR’S® authentic home. The plans include the total refurbishment of the cafe and shop - providing a warm welcome to the 32,000 visitors to the Aberfeldy Distillery each year.

"Work on the redevelopment commenced last week (25 January) and is scheduled for completion in April this year.

"The designs show the creation of a stylish yet comfortable environment with a traditional feel, in keeping with Dewar’s rich heritage and sympathetic to the architectural features of the historical building which is home to Dewar’s World of Whisky.

"The design also features unique Dewar's artefacts and vintage memorabilia going on display to the public for the first time, along with a stunning 'stave tunnel' installation.

"Dewar’s World of Whisky is now closed to the public (from 25 January 2014) and will remain closed until April while the redevelopment takes place."

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Strathyre to Kingshouse - New cycle route

We have been advised that in June 2014 there will be a new off road cycle route between Strathyre and Kingshouse.
Although the Rob Roy Way will remain unaltered making use of the forest tracks to the east, this new off road track may be of interest especially when forestry work demands a temporary diversion.
The press release on this new cycle way is as follows.

"Plans for a new 3.5km cycle track from the villages of Strathyre to Kingshouse in the Trossachs have been unveiled.
" Transport Minister Keith Brown said £750,000 would be spent by the Scottish government for the new route in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
" The project signals the successful conclusion of a campaign by locals for such a route.
" The track is part of a national plan by ministers to ensure 10% of all journeys by the year 2020 are made by bike."

Mr Brown said: "I am pleased to announce funding for this new cycle path which will provide a traffic free route between the communities of Strathyre and Kingshouse. It will allow residents the opportunity to walk and cycle as part of their everyday journeys and provide access to existing routes in the surrounding areas."

Funding for the project will be allocated to Sustrans Scotland who will work with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Forestry Commission Scotland to construct the route.Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park said they would also provide match funding for the track between the two villages.

Fiona Logan, from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: "This important community and tourism route is something the local community have long campaigned for". She added that the new link could also pave the way for further economic investment in the area, with potential for new campsites and local businesses providing recreation facilities.

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Walking for SANDS

Shireen & Rafa Jayyusi have approach us as the webmaster for the Rob Roy Way to ask for advise and help with a fund raising walk on behalf of SANDS. Rafa is undertaking the walk in January in memory of their son Lucas who died at 3 days old from Sepsis. The time of year for this fund raising walk is relevant as this would have been Lucas's first birthday.

SANDS (Still Birth & Neonatal Death Charity) do amazing work at a grass roots level supporting bereaved parents dealing with a loss that often comes close to breaking them. They also actively work with midwives and doctors to improve the bereavement care they provide, as well promoting much needed research to improve neonatal and stillbirth rates which in the UK are one of the highest amongst developed nations, and which, contrary to common misconceptions, are often avoidable.

Amongst the many services SANDS provides, it offers bereaved parents regular counseling support from trained ‘befrienders’ and all over the country there are also local monthly support meetings, attended by a combination of befrienders and other bereaved parents who live in the same area.

If you are touched by this news item or you are also effeccted by Still Birth & Neonatal Death the you might want to support Rafa's walk on the Rob Roy Way or make contact with SANDS. The following links exist.
Shireen & Rafa have set up a donation page here, which we hope, no matter where you are in the world you will be able to use
and if you want to find out more about SANDS the link to their website is

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If you are looking to find out information relating to the Trossachs there is a comprehensive source of information on the website
This site has information under the headings of Places to Visit, The Great Outdoors, Places to Eat, What's On, Maps & Trails, and a Places to Stay directory.

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Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail

Gore-Tex Scottish National Trail Logo

The National Trail was launched at the end of 2012 at the Water of Leith visitor centre in Edinburgh by the First Minister.
The route is a 470 mile trail starting from the SE of Scotland at Kirk Yetholm and ending at the NW corner at Cape Wrath.
Within this 470 mile walk the route picks up on several of Scotland's Great Trails, one being the Rob Roy Way (RRW) on two occcasions. The first point is at Drymen where it follows the Rob Roy Way until it enters Callander. The second time it picks up the Rob Roy Way is on the extended RRW route at Dunan on the Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy route via Amulree. The Gore-Tex Trail arrives at Dunan from Glen Lednock then follows the RRW route east along Glen Almond and via Auchnafree into Glen Freuchie and on via the Urlar Burn to Aberfeldy. It continues on the Rob Roy Way from Aberfeldy all the way into Pitlochry.
For more information and a book titled "Scotland End to End" on this Cameron McNeish trail visit

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Pilot study - Multi use provision

The Rob Roy Way has been taking part in a pilot study supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to look into the possibilites of opening up access on long distance walking routes to other than just walkers.
The pilot study looked at the possible use and barriers to access for horse riders and the study has been subject to meetings and further studies / work. This is involving SNH, the Rob Roy Way Route Originators, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Stirling CC, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and the Scottish Branch of the BHS (British Horse Society).
As this pilot is further developed we hope to be able to provide useful information on access opportunites from this website.

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Website - Route section revision

From the very start of the Way's existance there have been route options at varying points and walkers have broken the trail into different sections dependent on their walking strenght and preferences. The website as first established also split the route into sections that have proved over time not to have always been in line with the natural break points as now regularly walked.

This in no way effected the nature or content of the information but it did not follow the defined sections as shown on guide books such as Rucksack Readers or the New Harveys map.

The website has now been revised so that the key route description pages in line with other publications and are:-

  • Drymen to Aberfoyle
  • Aberfoyle to Callander
  • Callander to Strathyre
  • Strathyre to Killin
  • Killin to Ardtalnaig
  • Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy
  • Aberfeldy to Pitlochry
The website still retains the extended route sections of:-
  • Ardtalnaig to Amulree
  • Amulree to Aberfeldy
Also within the revised website are all the other more minor route options that can be utilised when planning and walking this Way.

In all other respect the official website remains the same with all the additional background information, planning suggestions and directories.

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Route revision at Callander

As of the 1st September 2011 it has been agreed by the route founders that the official route into Callander and the Callander bypass should be amended. The aim of these changes is to enhance the walking experience by both reducing the level of road walking and to provide enhanced views.
This is not the first revision to the Way but is part of an ongoing programme of route enhancements.
For details on the Callander changes click on this link.

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New Look Website

You are now viewing the Rob Roy Way details on a "New Look" website that was loaded to the server in January 2011. This replaces the original website that was set up in late 2001.
The website contains all the same detail on the Rob Roy Way but is packaged in a new and more modern form. The navigation around the site is we believe more straightforward and on every page we offer the top menu bar and a bottom hyperlinked listing, so wherever you are on a page it is not difficult to get quickly to the next required page of detail.

The transfer of detail from the old to the new has also been a time for some rationalisation. In the process we think that all the relevant links have been re-established, however it is almost inevitable that one or two may have been incorrectly made or forgotten. If you come across such an error please let us know, and we can then correct any such error. Simply click on this e-mail link and let us know the detail of the ommission or incorrect link.

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Scotland's Great Trails (SGT)

Scotland's Great Trails is a new designation that has been given to some of the long distance walking routes in Scotland. This is under the control of Scottish Natural Heritage, and the first routes that qualified were designated in 2011.

The Rob Roy Way did not qualify for this status due to its incomplete waymarking of the route, but during the second half of 2011 and teh first quarter of 2012 work has been underway in planning and installing waymarking along with other ongoing improvements to the route. This work on the route has resulted in the way being awarded SGT status in spring 2012.

For detailed on the complete SGT network click on teh following SNH website.

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Route Management Group

As part of the drive to improve the Way and to establish the route waymarking a Route Management Group was formed consisting of the route founders and access managers from the public authorities through which the trail runs. Having successfully gained teh SGT status the work of the management group now needs to move on to other matters
The hope is that the group will start to include some of the local businesses that deliver the service provision to walkers on the route.
If you or your business is engaged with Rob Roy Way walker then we would be interested in hearing from you and determining how to further develop the route and walking numbers.

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Accommodation in Ardtalnaig

A well now established B&B providers is directly on the route in this small community of Ardtalnaig.

This has partially removed a problem for some walkers from the time when the Way was first opened, however accommodation is limited to this one B&B and alternativesare only available with a very long walk into Acharn or the requirement for transport back-up.

To quickly access the details simply click here and you will get to the B&B details.
Do however remember if you are looking for a date that is already booked that there are also other options in terms of two night in the same location with pick up and drop off services or providers that will offer collection and drop off from Kenmore and Acharn.

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Harvey Maps have produced a single sheet route map

Now on sale (December 2012) Harvey Maps have produced on Tough Polyethylene a single sheet map of the Rob Roy Way.
This is a very helpful addition to the maps and guides that are available to the walker. One of the positives of this map is that all of it is on maps with national grid reference lines shown. This making it useful if the walker is also using a GPS system or is walking with the Walking Support Grid Reference directional instructions.
To access or purchase this map go to Harvey Maps' website

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Route Waymarking

The complete route is now waymarked, making this route more accessible to walkers. Do however remember that waymarking is not a safe way to navigate on its own, it is more a re-assurance that you are on the correct path. Remember to also walk with an appropriate guide book, map or other form of navigational support.
The waymarking has been made possible with the support of a number of parties. In 2011 a funding boost was received from the "Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and the Martin Currrie Rob Roy Challange provided a further grant. This was then substantially increased with additional funding coming from Scottish Natural Heritage. With the support of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Perth and Kinross and Stirling Councils the funding was in place and work to erect the waymarking progressed in 2011/12.

Even with the fully waymarked, through Walking Support, there is available for downloading at a nominal charge detailed instruction on directions based on O/S Grid References. This will remove any concerns on what junctions to take especially in some of the forest sections or if the walker was to miss one of the new waymarks.
To obtain an electronically sent copy of the instructions click on the "BUY NOW" button below and make a secure electonic payment of a nominal £3.99. Walking Support / SCSupport Ltd. will then return within 2 working days an attached word document with all the directional instruction to your e-mail address.

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Walking Route Calendars

Calendar 2004

Through PHOTOmemories there are now 2013 calendars available which feature a range of views from the Rob Roy Way. This could be an ideal present for a friend who has walked the route or for hanging in your office or home.

Featured is a calendar with the view of Loch Tay taken from the route at Ardeonaig. The calendar can also be supplied with many other Rob Roy Way images and these can be seen and ordered on line from the PHOTOmemories website.
The cost is £5.75 + postage.

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Footprint single sheet route map

Now on sale (June 2013) Footprint have produced on waterproof paper a single sheet map of the Rob Roy Way.
This is a further addition to the maps and guides that are available to the walker. One of the positives of this map is that all of it is on maps with national grid reference lines shown. This making it useful if the walker is also using a GPS system or is walking with the Walking Support Grid Reference directional instructions.
To find our more about this map go to Footprints website

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Rob Roy Way Greetings Cards

PHOTOmemories also specialises in photographic cards, and framed prints has producing a range specifically related to the Rob Roy Way. This is a cheap and attractive way of sending your friends a greeting from the walk or to encourage them to also come and walk the route.

Cards can be purchased on-line directly from PHOTOmemories each with its envelope and sealed in a cellophane outer. The cost is £2.25 subject to P+P and discounts dependent on quantities. This can also be supplied with an internal "Seasons Greeting". The framed photographs, and ideal gift, as sold for £7.50 + postage.
Alternatively you can e-mail PHOTOmemories and they will be able to forward you fuller details.

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Jennyruth Workshops

We are delighted to report that Jonathan Evason has completed his sponsored walk for the Jennyruth Workshops.
The Jennyruth Workshops, located in Yorkshire, offers adults with learning disabilities a safe environment where they gain confidence, independence, life skills, work experience and happiness. It's a vibrant and challenging workplace where the adults are trained on a wide variety of skills.

Jonathan Evason on the Rob Roy Way

Jonathan Evason is one of the adults who has had a long association with the workshop and who has in his leisure time spend days walking to help raise funds for this charity. The 2009 project was to walk the Rob Roy Way and while successfully completing this and enjoying the route he has raised at least £2000 for the charity. On the Jennyruth website you can get more detail of this venture.
In previous years Jonathan has walked the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way and having completed the Rob Roy Way his next challenge is going to be the Cateran Trail.
Jonathan has walked with his Father on all these sponsored walks, Barrie having been the founder of this charity. Barrie is now semi-retired but still organises the fundraising activites that are essential to augment the income that comes from the sale of workshop products.

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International Recognition of the Way

Bill & Nedra Orme

We know that Bill & Nedra Orme of Sydney Australia are not the first international walkers on the Rob Roy Way but we suspect they may be the first from the southern hemisphere. We also think that they will be the most internationally accomplished walkers to have identified a desire to walk two sections of the Way on their journey through Britain.

(Bill & Nedra above Glen Quaich with Schiehallion in the background)

The contact started earlier in the year when e-mail contact was made between Bill and John Henderson of I-Net Support. Bill had seen this website and felt that Amulree to Pitlochry via Aberfeldy would be an appropriate route as they headed for John O'Groats.

Late in April the Ormes and John Henderson and his family meet as Bill & Nedra passed into Scotland using a part of the St Cuthbert's Way and then walking a section of the new Sir Walter Scott Way.

Group at the Urlar Burn

(Striding down the Urlar Burn towards Aberfeldy)

Bill & Nedra Orme

It was arrranged that we would walk together again on the Rob Roy Way and this took place on the 11th May. The walk was along Glen Quaich, then down the Urlar Burn and into the Birk of Aberfeldy.

Bill & Nedra succeeded over the next few weeks to reach John O'Groats, and we congratulate them on this further walking achievement.

(Bill & Nedra at the Fall of Moness)

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CHAS Charity Walk

The Children's Hospice Association Scotland, Walking Support, and Morrison Bowmore (Rob Roy Whisky) worked together to run a charity fundraiser for the CHAS hospice project at Balloch. Starting from Pitlochry and walking west to Drymen it concluded on Saturday 26th April 2003.

The core group of 10 walkers was augmented to over 20 walkers on the last day, this support coming from employees of Jenners at the new Loch Lomond Shores complex.

The sum raised was £2600 with a further sum raise by the Jenner's one day walkers. The goodwill and support for this project was great and if you want to view more details just click here.

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The Hebridean Samaritans

A group of ten from the Hebridean Walking Club successfully undertook the Rob Roy Way early in April and seem to have had a great time. They were also successful in raising over £1000 for the local Samaritains.
The feedback received on the walk was: "Really enjoyable walk, splendid views across the highlands, lovely villages and very hospitable B&B's and an excellent bag carrying service"

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Rob Roy Way Video

A.J.McKay Visual Production has worked with Walking Support in the development of a video for the walk. This is full of audio and visual images of the route and its alternative.

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This video can be ordered on-line using the form below or by contacting A J McKay Visual Production by post, telephone or e-mail.
19 Halliden Road, Kelso, Scotland. TD5 7LU
+44 (0)1573 223256

The boxed video costs £13.50 for 100 minutes of beautiful route scenery and commentary. Postage and packaging will be additional.

Although orders can be received on-line the product payment will be by cheque made payable to A J McKay Visual Production and posted to the business address above.

On-Line Ordering

Please provide the following information:-

Business name if different from above

Mailing address

Telephone number

e-mail address if different to the one presently being used

Number of videos being ordered

There is no necessity to answer the following questions but your response may help up to understand the level of interest in the Rob Roy Way and to look to ways of constantly improving the route.

How best can your interest in the video be defined

How did you learn about the video

The following electronic response is best used with almost all versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape.
Unfortunately some ISP's such as AOL and Compuserve do not support this type of form. If this is the case please type your request on a standard e-mail addressed to

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Completion Certificates.

The Completion Certificate scheme has been operational since the Spring of 2003, initially under the sponsorship of Rob Roy Whisky. From September 2006 onwards the sponsorship has transferred to Walking Support, a planning booking and guiding business for long distant walkers. Walkers who complete the Rob Roy Way and have had their log sheet signed can obtain a handsome named Completion Certificate and Walking Support is offering a 10% fee reduction on future planning and booking services on a range of long distant walking routes. This is available to those doing the walk from end to end, either the 79 or 92 mile route, in either direction, provided they have got their walking log correctly signed.

This is a Certificate that anyone would be proud to frame and hang on the wall. (21x29.5cm approx.)


To qualify all that is needed is for the walker to visit a few locations on the route to get the log sheet signed. At the end of the walk complete the log on the front sheet and post it to I-Net Support, 2 Wembley Terrace, Melrose. TD6 9QR for us to process.
There is a charge per certificate of £5 and this covers the cost of preparing the named and dated certificate, its printing on quality photopaper and postage to any UK address. The cost to international location may be slightly higher.
As soon as we receive the log sheet along with your e-mail address we will send you a simple secure payment link and on receipt of this payment we will produce the certificate and post. (allow up to 2 weeks for receipt)

The locations where the log can be signed are as follows:

  • Drymen - Drymen Pottery, The Square
  • Aberfoyle - Trossachs Discovery Centre, Main Street
    Callander - Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre, Ancaster Square
  • Balquhidder - Rob Roy Bar, Kings House Hotel
    Killin - Breadalbane Folklore Centre, Falls of Dochart
  • Aberfeldy - Visitor Information Centre, The Square
  • Pitlochry - Visitor Information Centre, 22 Atholl Road

Blank logs are available to download by clicking here. This is a PDF file so if you do not have a PDF reader click on the icon below to obtain a free Adobe Reader.
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If walkers have any other questions on the certificate scheme e-mailing and detail the nature of your enquiry.

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Inaugural Walk - 18th to 24th May 2002.

This has now been undertaken and we welcomed walkers on parts of the route from Canada, Somerset to more local Scottish participants.

For fuller details about the event click here .

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The Official Guide and Map

The Official Guide third edition was launched in April 2012. This edition has been enhanced from the first two editions and developed to meet the large demand for the guide. It has additionally addressed all of the edition 1 & 2 reader's comments as it related to maps and content and it includes the latest route improvements at Callander and Aberfeldy.
Edition 3 still contains all the features of previous editions, being printed on waterproof paper and includes step-by-step description of the route supported by a detailed dropdown map.
It also provides background on history, heritage and wildlife and includes existing and new colour photographs.

Order it from the website or buy from shops or Tourist Information Centres along the Way.
The book was first published in 2002 by Rucksack Readers.

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Links to other long distance walks.

We have now set this up as a separate page. Click here to access.

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Wind Farm - Calliachar

The Calliachar wind farm development has been featured on this website over a number of years. This development impacts on the Amulree loop of the Rob Roy Way and would have a visual effect on the final section of the day from Ardtalnaig to Amulree and for much more extensive times on the Amulree to Aberfeldy walk.

In 2004 the application was for 46 turbines and at that time, based on the views received from walkers to a Walking Support Wind Turbine Survey, we made representations against parts of the application. In particular we objected to the turbines that were to be located close to the Urlar Burn.

March 2005 saw the developer revising the application and reducing the area over which the turbines would be built and the number reduced from 46 to 27. The turbines that had previously been close to the Rob Roy Way were removed and the visual impact from the walk significantly diminished. Based on the findings from the Walking Support Windfarm Survey we had to conclude that although walkers might well prefer there to be no windfarm turbines anywhere to be seen from a walking route the distance of the Calliachar turbines would not stop walkers from coming to the route or result in them advising other walkers not to use this part of the Way. Our original objection was therefore no longer valid and withdrawn.

the application process has now entered its Public Local Inquiry phase. We as the webmasters and key originators of the Rob Roy Way are still being approached by some of the local action groups that are challenging the application and its impact on the local economy and environment. A principal group is the Amulree & Strathbraan Windfarm Action Group. They are concerned not only with the Calliachar development but two others in the close proximity. We can understand and privately support a lot of their objections but feel we cannot as guardians of the Rob Roy Way object on such a wide set of reasons. We would not however discourage individuals from taking part in the process and suggest that you link to the website for more details on this windfarm application. We would also still like to encourage walkers to access Walking Support’s windfarm survey, as the proliferation of these windfarm sites is certainly going to continue and even if this one does not in your eyes present a problem, the next one might.

In conclusion we as webmasters for the Rob Roy Way still have an active objection to the revised planned proposal so long as the boundary of the Development Area is allowed to remain to the west of the pylon line. We also have an ongoing concern over the piece meal manner in which the applications arise and the uncertainly about the Scottish Policy on windfarms and their visual impact in areas of tourism. This wider interest has implications on several other routes, an example being the Sir Walter Scott Way where the turbines being planned are directly on the path. In this example we have made representation to the Planning Authorities on behalf of the walkers. To few this planned scheme link to our website SWSW comments.

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Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge

The Rob Roy Way management group are pleased to continue to promote the The Rob Roy Challenge. This takes place each June and is made possible with the support of Martin Currie (Investment Managers).
This is a combined walking and cycling challenge along part of the Rob Roy Way and each year it raises funds for deserving charities.
Visit the website dedicated to this charity event by clicking Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge.

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This section of the website will be developed with contributions from site visitors, walkers, and advertisers. We are interested in knowing about additional history or interest along the route. In addition we are keen to hear of groups walking on the Way, particularly charity walks. Let us have your comments so that we can share them with others.

If you have any news that you would like to have on this website them please submit this to the webmaster using the e-mail facility, and please put "Rob Roy Way News" in the subject line.

As material arrives we will place this at the start of the page.

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