To do in Scotland

Day trips Scotland

Stirling and Perth. (approx 96 miles)

To Stirling. (A84)

  • Highlights - Rob Roy's Grave and Braes of Balquidder, Ben Ledi (from the Gaelic meaning 'Mountain of God'), and Falls of Leny.
  • In and around Callander - Bracklin Falls, Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitors Centre, and Callander Crags, Scottish Art and Antique Centre, Doune Castle and Blair Drummond Safari Park.
  • In and around Stirling - Argyll's Lodging, Mar's Walk, Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling Castle, Back Walk, Guildhall and Cowanes House, National Wallace Monument, The Tolbooth, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Bannockburn Heritage Centre,
  • The Puggy (or Mercat Cross), Menstrie Castle, Regimental Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

To Perth. (A9, or A91, A823 and A9)

  • Highlights - Either - Dunblane Cathedral and Museum, Gleneagles and Auchterarder, Strathallan Air Museum, Maggie Walls Monument.
  • Menstrie Castle, Alva Glen, Ochil Hills and Woodland Park, Mill Trail Visitors Centre, Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen, Rumbling Bridge Walks, and scenic drive through Glen Devon.
  • In and around Perth - Black Watch Regimental Museum, Huntingtower Castle, Caithness Glass Factory, Art Gallery and Museum, Fergusson Art Gallery, Lower City Mills, Kinnoul Hill (view), Elcho Castle, and Bells Cherrybank Gardens.

To Loch Earn. (A85)

  • Highlights - In and around Crieff. Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff Visitors Centre with Paperweights and Pottery, Stuart Crystal, and Drummond Castle Gardens.
  • By Comrie - Deil's Caldron (Waterfall) and Glen Lednock Circular Walk, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre and the Earthquake House.

 

Perthshire

Crieff, Perth, Dunkeld and return by Aberfeldy or Crieff. (approx mileages 86 and 93 respectively.)

To Crieff. (A85)

  • Highlights - By Comrie - Deil's Caldron (waterfall) and Glen Lednock Circular Walk, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre and the Earthquake House.
  • In and around Crieff. Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff Visitors Centre with Paperweights and Pottery, Stuart Crystal, and Drummond Castle Gardens.
  • In and around Perth - Black Watch Regimental Museum, Huntingtower Castle, Caithness Glass Factory, Perth Art Gallery and Museum, Lower City Mills, Fergusson Art Gallery, Kinnoul Hill (view), Elcho Castle, and Bells Cherrybank Gardens.

To Dunkeld. (A93 and A984)

  • Highlights - Scone Palace and Beech Hedge (600yds long by 85' high)
  • In and around Dunkeld - Dunkeld Cathedral and Palace, NTS Little Houses, Museum of the Scottish Horse Yeomanry, Ossians Hall and the Hermitage Waterfall Forest Trails, Rumbling Bridge, The 'Birnam Oaks', and Loch of the Lowes Nature Reserve and Osprey Hide.

To Loch Earn - through Crieff -(A822 and A85), - through Aberfeldy - (A822, A826, A827, & A85).

  • Highlights - via Crieff - Sma' Glen.
  • Highlights - via Aberfeldy.
  • In or near Aberfeldy - Black Watch Monument, Wades Bridge, Castle Menzies, the Birks of Aberfeldy, Watermill and Visitor Centre, Aberfeldy Distillery.
  • Ben Lawers Nature Trail and Visitors Centre, and Falls of Dochart.

 

The Trossachs

Aberfoyle, Loch Lomond and Callander. (approx 101 miles.)

To Aberfoyle. (A84 and A821).

  • Highlights - Rob Roy's Grave and Braes of Balquidder, Ben Ledi (from the Gaelic meaning 'Mountain of God'), Falls of Leny,
  • Pleasure Steamer SS Sir Walter Scott and Loch Katrine Visitors Centre, and Achray Forest Drives.
  • In and around Aberfoyle - Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre, Scottish Wool Centre and Highland Edge Walk.

To Loch Lomond. (B829).

  • Scenic Drive including Stronachlachar on Loch Katrine, and Inversnaid on Loch Lomond and Rob Roy's Cave.

To Callander. (B823 and A81).

  • Inchmahome Priory on the Lake of Mentieth.
  • In and around Callander - Bracklin Falls, Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitors Centre, and Callander Craggs.

 

Breadalbane and Atholl

Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Kinloch Rannoch and Glen Lyon. (approx 140 miles).

To Pitlochry. (A85, A827, and A9).

  • Highlights - Falls of Dochart, and Breadalbane Visitors Centre, Loch Tay (either south road or north) and the Crannog by Kenmore.
  • In or around Aberfeldy - Black Watch Monument, Wades Bridge, Castle Menzies, the Birks of Aberfeldy, Watermill and Visitor Centre, Aberfeldy Distillery.
  • In or around Pitlochry - Black Spout Waterfall, Edradour Distillery (Scotland's smallest), Festival Theatre, Salmon Ladder, Linn of Tummel.

To Blair Atholl.

  • In and around Blair Atholl. Atholl Country Collection, Corn Mill. The Castle itself is a must. A large and varied private collection that is well displayed. NOTE - it is very popular and can get very crowded. Parkland Walks by Castle.

To Kinloch Rannoch. (B8079, B8019, B846).

  • Highlights - Pass of Killiecrankie and Visitors Centre, Soldiers Leap, excellent views from Garry Bridge, and Queens View overlooking Loch Tummel.
  • On getting to Rannoch (or from Tummel Bridge) head south on unmarked road from Rannoch. This joins Wades Road (B846) from Tummel Bridge and takes you past Glengoulandie Deer Park towards Aberfeldy. At Keltney Burn head west to Fortingall - Church and 3,000 year old Yew. Next right turn down Glen Lyon, to Bridge of Balgie, turn left over towards Loch Tay. If time allows it is worth driving to the top of Glen Lyon. Visit the Ben Lawers Visitors Centre (and climb the Ben) in the passing.
  • NOTE the roads from Keltney Burn to Loch Tay are all single track, in some cases with limited passing places.

 

West Coast Trip

Fort William and Oban. (approx 176 miles.)

To Fort William (A85 and A82)

  • Highlights - Rannoch Moor, Meall a Bhuiridh and White Corries, Glen Etive, Devils Staircase, Glencoe and the Visitors Centre, and the Glencoe and North Lorn Museum.
  • In or around Fort William - Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Aonach Mhor Gondola Chairlift and Neptunes Staircase on the Caledonian Canal. Road to the Isles, very scenic route to Mallaig. (Also possible by Steam Train.)

To Oban. (A82, A828 and A85)

  • Excellent coastal views across Loch Linnhe to Ardgour, Kingairloch and the island of Lismore.
  • Highlights - Castle Stalker, Lynn of Lorn, Oban Sea Life Centre, and Dunstaffnage Castle.
  • In or around Oban - McCraigs Folly, Glen Crutten House, Cathedral of Trees, and Highland Discovery Centre. Ferries for the Western Isles, Distillery and Glassworks, good views from Pulpit Hill.

To Loch Earn. (A85)

  • Highlights. Falls of Lora, Airds Bay on Loch Etive, Loch Etive Cruises, Bonawe Furnace, Ardanaseig Gardens on Loch Awe, (a fairly long diversion) Cruachan Power Station Visitors Centre, and Kilchurn Castle. (A worthwhile alternative is to drive up Glen Orchy.)

 

Loch Fyne and The West Coast

Loch Lomond, Inverary, Lochgilphead and Oban. (approx 170 miles)

To Inverary. (A85, A82 and A83.)

  • Highlights - Top of Loch Lomond, Glen Croe, the Rest-and-be-thankful, Strone Gardens, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar (Superb).
  • In and around Inverary - Inverary Castle and Gardens. Courthouse and Jail.

To Lochgilphead. (A83)

  • Highlights - Argyll Wildflife Park, Auchindrain Folk Museum, Crarae Woodland Gardens.

To Oban. (A816)

  • Highlights - Divert Westwards (B841) along Crinan Canal to Crinan itself. Knapdale Forest Walks to the South, and attractive drive down Loch Sween. Back on A816 - Nether Largie Cairns and the Kilmartin Stones (Good Pub in Kilmartin). IF you want to return to Loch Earn without going to Oban take the B840 just after Kilmartin along Loch Awe.
  • Otherwise Highlights continued - Carnassarie Castle, Arduaine Gardens, and Island of Seil with the Clachan Bridge (only bridge over the Atlantic.), An Cala Gardens.
  • In or around near Oban - McCraigs Folly, Glen Crutten House and Cathedral of Trees and Highland Discovery Centre. Ferry Port for the Western Isles, Distillery and Glassworks, good views from Pulpit Hill.

To Loch Earn. (A85)

  • Highlights - Falls of Lora, Airds Bay on Loch Etive, Loch Etive Cruises, Bonawe Furnace, Ardanaseig Gardens on Loch Awe, (a fairly long diversion) Pass of Brander, Cruachan Power Station Visitors Centre, and Kilchurn Castle. (A worthwhile alternative is to drive up Glen Orchy.)

 

Chauffeur Driven

Gordon Ross of Great Scot Tours offers one or multiple day tours from The Four Seasons Hotel. Various places can be visited, for instance Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs to include Rob Roy Country, Stirling and Doune Castle. Perhaps travel east to Crieff and Perth to see Scone Palace, Glamis Castle and Dundee. Gordon holds a University of Glasgow Certificate in Scottish Studies, has a wide knowledge of the traditions, culture and history including the Gaelic language. Please note that these have to be prebooked.