Driving to the Highlands from Edinburgh is a lovely route with
stop offs at Stirling Castle, Pitlochry Salmon River before heading
into the Cairngorms. Located in the national park is Balmoral
Castle, a must see with one of our private driver-guides. Once a
private getaway for Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert,
Balmoral Castle is still a yearly retreat for the Royal Family.
Why not enjoy a sheepdog training lesson or head to one of the
most beautiful and romantic castles in Scotland, which is still
loved as a family home. Tour their private distillery and if you
are lucky enjoy a wee dram or two with the owner of the house!
Speyside whisky is a must visit for whisky connoisseurs, with
the greatest concentration of malt distilleries in the whole
country. We would recommend visiting during The Spirt of Speyside
festival, normally hosted in April. Our local driver-guides can
take you on a day tour (or more!) to view the distilleries and
taste the different golden liquors.
History lovers will enjoy visiting Culloden battlefield, located
near Inverness, the evocative scene of the last major battle fought
on mainland Britain. The final Jacobite uprising ended here on 16th
April, 1746, when the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was
crushed by the Government forces, led by the Duke of Cumberland. As
well as Fort Georg, which is considered to be one of the most
outstanding fortifications in Europe.
Loch Ness is probably best known for its supposed resident
monster that people have been seeing since the 1930's. Its
existence remains a mystery with the non-believers claiming that it
is simply a mirage when the waters are still and warm. The visitor
centre in Drumnadrochit is dedicated to the Loch Ness monster so
visitors can decide for themselves what to believe. The loch itself
reaches astonishing depths of 230m at some points due to its
location on the Great Glen Fault Line and the area around the loch
is filled with historic attractions and natural beauty. Other myths
that have emerged from the loch are that its peaty-brown water
never freezes, it never gives up its dead and it can even generate
its own weather!
Heading further north Castle of Mey, was the Queen Mother's home
in Caithness. (Fans of Netflix series The Crown will love the story
of how she found the castle and purchased it) John O'Groats is a
tiny hamlet in the most northerly point of the UK. Surrounded by
coastal stacks and dramatic landscapes, it is well worth a visit on
the Route 500.