An early introduction to two classic Long Distance Routes, starting from the picturesque village of Drymen. The West Highland Way is a long distance route that runs from Milngavie, near Glasgow, all the way to Fort William, and it passes close to Drymen. The Rob Roy Way starts in Drymen and ends in Pitlochry.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the village square, follow Stirling Road past the Spar shop. Just before the road meets the Drymen by-pass, start following the West Highland Way marker posts.
(1) A little further on, turn left at the marker post and follow the West Highland Way up through forest to the Old Gartmore Road near a Forestry Commission car park.
(2) Turn left and follow the road downhill back to Drymen (D/A). It is a quiet country road used by people following the Rob Roy Way, but watch out for occasional traffic.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 54m - Drymen
1 : km 1.3 - alt. 72m
2 : km 3.33 - alt. 168m
D/A : km 5.6 - alt. 54m - Drymen
By car : From Glasgow and the south, follow the M8 through Glasgow to Exit 16, then follow the signs for Aberfoyle (A811) – Drymen is just off the A811. From Edinburgh, take the M9 westwards and at Stirling take the junction 10 on the A84, which will continue on to the A811. Follow signposts for Loch Lomond.
By public transport : By train, the closest train station is in the village of Balloch, just 8 miles away. This station is accessible from Glasgow Central Station or Queen Street Low Level. From Balloch bus services run regularly to the two villages. For more details, go to the Traveline Scotland website.
By bike : The National Cycle Network Route 7 (NCN 7) runs through the heart of the National Park, and takes in classic Trossachs scenery en route. This route passes right through Drymen and Gartocharn.
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There are some lovely views across the rolling Stirlingshire countryside on the return downhill.
The West Highland Way is the most established of Scotland’s long distance walking routes. This is the second of a five stage route, staying at prebooked accommodation along the way.
This massive and unique rocky outcrop seems to appear out of nowhere on an otherwise grassy hillside. Situated at an elevation of 300m (984 ft), the 10m high rocks have a narrow passageway through the middle, formed during the Ice Age.
The West Highland Way is the most established of Scotland’s long distance walking routes. This is the first of a five stage route, staying at prebooked accomodation along the way.
The West Highland Way is the most established of Scotland’s long distance walking routes. Officially opened on 6th October 1980, it celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. The WHW stretches 96 miles (154 Km) from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains. This is a five stage route, staying at prebooked accomodation along the way.
The West Highland Way (WHW) is a very popular walking route in Scotland. At over 150 km in length, and with moderate elevations, it crosses the most western (as its name suggests) and the most southern (dare we say) regions of the Highlands.
A superb hike, marked by the diversity of landscapes, the omnipresence of water (lochs, rivers, streams, waterfalls... and the rain), and the wild beauty of the landscape. Last but not least, you are likely to make a few friends along the way!
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