Glen Ogle to Acharn

Loch Tay

Loch Tay

This walk completed the Rob Roy Way (RRW) with the section along the south of Loch Tay.  The only reason I’m writing it is because it fills that gap: it isn’t a walk I’d recommend or repeat.

Crash Memorial

Crash Memorial

Could be anywhere

Could be anywhere

We started at the car-park at the head of Glen Ogle in drizzle.  The track heads off into the forestry plantation after passing a poignant memorial to an RAF Tornado crew that crashed near here.  A nice tarmac cycle-path heads off towards Killin leaving us on the Landrover track through the forest: these cyclists really are pampered.  My guide promised views of Loch Tay and Glen Dochart but a combination of tall trees and drizzle put paid to that.  So we were left with a soggy walk through forest for over an hour that could easily have been in Galloway.

Lochan Braeclaich

Lochan Braeclaich

RRW Marker to Loch Tay

RRW Marker to Loch Tay

We eventually leave the trees in time to see some heavier drizzle come in as we pass the Lochan Braeclaich reservoir – at least I think that was it in the murk.  However, as pass the highest point near Meall Odhar things brighten up and the waterproofs can come off.  The path joins a water pipeline and I know to keep at eye for the point the path veers off heading for Ardeonaig – fortunately the RRW is well sign-posted.  Here we get our first view of Loch Tay stretching away looking nice in the afternoon sunshine.

The path heads down and eventually reaches the road at Ardeonaig and roughly the half-way point.  However, this means that we are on tarmac for the rest of the walk all the way to Acharn.  The road is pretty quiet and the views over to the Lawers range and up and down the loch are lovely.  However, it is still a lot of tarmac to bash and the reason we won’t be repeating this section.  But we have finished another Scottish long-distance path: this is starting to become a habit!

Distance:25km
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Duration:6 hours