Cairngorms and Perth
For an exciting journey through the Cairngorms National Park, packed with wildlife, sports, mountains and the odd wee dram, try the 157-mile route from Pitlochry to Perth. At double the size of the Lake District, it’s the largest National Park in Britain and teeming with rivers, forest walks, waterfalls and fun, offering everything from hiking to husky sledding.
Starting in Killiecrankie, known as the site of a major Jacobite battle as well as an excellent watersports area, the drive skirts the Park to Dalwhinnie. Fringed by mountains and with long views over Loch Etricht, it’s best known for the Dalwhinnie Distillery – the highest working distillery in Scotland – where you can pick up gifts straight from the barrel.
Hop back into your Swift Go motorhome and head north to Aviemore, a popular holiday destination surrounded by forests, mountains and lochs. To capture all the sights, take the funicular railway up CairnGorm Mountain, home to some of Scotland’s best skiing, or walk around Aviemore’s Rothiemurchus Estate forest, where you can see deer and red squirrels, try your hand at archery and clay shooting, or take a pony trek. If you’re travelling in winter or early spring, you can even get up close with the free-ranging Cairngorm Reindeer Herd!
Continuing north-east through the Cairngorms National Park, the route progresses through Nethy Bridge, an ancient centre for Highland Games at which summer visitors can experience caber tossing, highland dancing and more. Next you’ll reach Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, known for the Glenlivet Estate and Speyside Malt Whisky Trail.
Driving south to Crathie, you’ll be in fine company alongside the Balmoral Estate, the Royal Family’s Scotland retreat. Next is Braemar, famed for its natural life, mysterious stone circles, looming castles and secluded glens.
Leaving the Park, the route passes Glenshee, Scotland’s largest ski resort, before travelling on to the journey’s end at Perth. By now you’ll be ready to stretch your legs, and where better than this vibrant city which fuses contemporary facilities with historical attractions, as well as superb shopping and cultural activities.