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Touring by Car
If you’re struggling to decide on which route to follow, try the North East 250 – the ultimate road trip taking you from our famous granite city, into the depths of Royal Deeside, through the Cairngorms National Park and along of our stunning coastline.
Speaking of coast… there’s a Coastal Trail that will take you along 165 miles of ‘outstanding coastline’ (National Geographic). You’ll visit film-famous castles, historic fishing villages, explore wide sandy expanses and great dunes – there’s even a dolphin cruise to board. Make sure to stop for lunch or dinner as there’s some notable eateries on this route where you can experience seafood dishes straight from ‘boat to bowl’.
If you pride yourself as a history buff, the Castle Trail is the one for you. Known as Scotland’s Castle Country, Aberdeenshire is home to some of the UK’s most famous castles. Discover 19 of the region’s dramatic castles on this trail, including Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family and Dunnottar Castle, found sitting high on a crumbling clifftop above crashing waves.
Whichever route you decide to take, you can be certain of a true Scottish experience at our castles, along our coast, through our mountains and sampling our finest local produce.