Itinerary: Trossachs to Speyside

Trossachs to Speyside

A glorious road trip through the forest-covered slopes of Trossachs country, the glens and hills around Loch Tay to tree-fringed Loch Tummel and Pitlochry, before exploring the tranquil lochs and glens of the dramatic Cairngorms, the beautiful Spey Valley, where the soft, peaty waters of the Spey supply a host of malt whisky distilleries, and the unspoilt Moray coast with its sandstone cliffs and sandy coves.

With our Passports you can pick and choose from the ideas below or just create your own. As a guide to help you decide which Passport to buy, over the summer months room nights in this itinerary start at £100 mid-week and £150 at the weekend (excluding special offers).

The Itinerary

Day 1

From Stirling Castle, west to Lake Mentieth, Aberfoyle and Trossachs (A821); Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to Loch Katrine (cruise). A84 north at Kilmahog (Woollen Mill), via Loch Lubnaig, A827 to Killin (Falls of Dochart & Breadalbane Folklore Centre). Loch Tay to Kenmore (detour to Acharn Falls & Crannog Centre). Follow B846 to Loch Tummel. Stay – Inn at Loch Tummel (from £130).

Day 2

Local walk from the inn or climb Schiehallion for fabulous views. West to Kinloch Rannoch and circuit Loch Rannoch; circuit Loch Tummel stopping at famous Queen’s View. Visit Pitlochry (theatre, summer festival, Faskally Wayside Centre); drive Pass of Killiecrankie to Blair Atholl for Blair Castle. RSPB Reserve at Killiecrankie too. Stay – Inn at Loch Tummel (from £130).

Day 3

Back roads north to A9; north Glen Garry to Dalwhinnie (distillery); into Spey Valley to Kingussie (Ruthven Barracks & Insh Marshes); B970 through Spey Valley to Aviemore; detour to Glenmore Forest Park (Loch Morlich); to Loch Garten (RSPB/Ospreys) and Grantown; B9102 into Strathspey, via Ballindarroch Castle. Stay – Craigellachie Hotel (from £150).

Day 4

Walk Speyside Way, mountain bike into the hills, or book ghillie for fishing on Spey. Visit distillery - short drive to Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glen Grant and Cardhu Distilleries (tours & tastings). OR, explore the Moray coastline from Elgin (cathedral; Pluscarden Abbey) to Banff – spectacular cliffs; secluded coves; tiny hamlets & fishing villages. Stay - Craigellachie Hotel (from £150).

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