Clan MacGregor itinerary

The MacGregors have endured a notorious reputation over the centuries and the most famous MacGregor, and the subject of songs, legends and Hollywood blockbusters, is the outlaw (or hero) Rob Roy.

Follow this four-day itinerary across the heart of Scotland and uncover the clan’s history around the Trossachs, an area they called home.

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  • Callander
    Callander
  • Close up of Rob Roy statue in Stirling
    Rob Roy statue in Stirling
  • Steamship Sir Walter Scott leaving Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine
    Steamship Sir Walter Scott leaving Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine

Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, Scotland's largest urban centre and a popular destination for a short break and explore its many attractions which include parks, museums and galleries.

An hour's drive north of Glasgow takes you to Stirling, one of Scotland's most important and historic cities. Look out for the statue of Rob Roy which can be found on Dumbarton Road, before visiting the iconic Stirling Castle, perched high upon an outcrop of rock. If time permits, it is also well worth visiting the Wallace Monument, just outside of town, which is a unique and large-scale tribute to another of Scotland's heroes, William Wallace.

From Stirling, drive the short distance to Callander on the eastern edge of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Stop of at the Callander Visitor Information Centre, run by VisitScotland, where you can get further information to ensure you get the most out of your break in Scotland.

The Rob Roy Way is just one of a number of walking routes in and around Callander. This long-distance trail runs between Drymen on the West Highland Way to Pitlochry in Perthshire. It follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor in the 17th and 18th centuries as he worked, fought and lived the life of Scotland's most notorious outlaw. However, walking a smaller section of the walk can be enjoyed in an afternoon. Visitor Information Centre staff in Callander will be able to advise on a suitable route.

A few short miles northwards lies the tiny village of Balquhidder which is situated at the head of the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Voil and is the burial place of Rob Roy. A simple headstone, in the grounds of Balquhidder Kirk, marks Rob Roy's passing. Back onto the main road, travel to Killin where you'll find a Clan Gregor display at the Breadalbane Folklore Museum.

Head westwards through Glen Lochy to Dalmally and, in the grounds of the picturesque Glenorchy Parish Church, you'll find the carved stones of many members of the MacGregor clan who are buried here.

On the final day, you can enjoy sightseeing at a more leisurely pace with a trip aboard the SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine. Soak up the stunning scenery of the Trossachs as you sail along the loch whose banks were strongholds for the MacGregors, MacNaughtons and the MacLarens.