Published on 03 November 2020
This is our last itinerary (for now at least)! For the last time we are taking you on a picturesque trip via some of Scotland’s most iconic beauty spots. Get ready for cute little villages, green hills and the Harry Potter train. This road trip will take 4 days – but with Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, you will only pay for two. Sweet!
As soon as you pick up your car from Arnold Clark’s Perth branch on St Leonard’s Bank, you can explore the city. On fine days, we recommend you explore the grounds of Scone Palace! Then, you can head up the A9 to Dunkeld (half an hour’s drive), where you can see the beautiful cathedral and enjoy some of the best fish and chips in Scotland (trust us on this one). If you are feeling particularly posh, you can have tea at the Dunkeld Hilton.
In the afternoon, make for nearby Birnam and visit the Birnam oak, which is older than 500 years old. Then potter about the antiques shops – if you’ve had enough of the high street, you can definitely shop the alternative way.
You can make your way to Aberfeldy by hopping on the A9 and then the A827 – the drive should take just over 40 minutes. It will probably be evening by the time you reach this cute little town so you can stay in one of the local inns and and explore it in full the next day.
Aberfeldy is a small market town, located in the ‘Geographical heart of Scotland’ and is so beautiful that even the great Robert Burns mentioned it in The Birks of Aberfeldy. Our advice is to explore the town and definitely watch a movie in the 100-seat Birks Cinema (patronised by none other than actor Alan Cumming himself).
Don’t miss visiting The Scottish Crannog Centre for an epic experience of the Iron Age. There you can explore interesting exhibitions and enjoy a variety of activities, which will help you see what life really was like a few thousand years ago, including paddling in an old dugout canoe! Right next to the Crannog centre, you can visit the beautiful village of Kenmore – it’s just a short walk away – bring your camera to snap some of the heavenly scenery. A scenic drive down Loch Tay, via the A827 will shortly take you to Killin (around half an hour).
In Killin, you can admire the beautiful Falls of Dochart, which are surrounded by the Breadalbane mountain and Loch Tay. In Killin, you can also find a rare Scottish Longhouse called the Moirlanich Longhouse.
After a hearty late lunch, you can head to Glencoe (first on the A85 and then jump on the A82) for the last leg of your trip. The drive should take about an hour, but since you will probably be arriving late at night you’re best booking a room to stay.
Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations, in part because it always feels like the first time you’ve visited, even if you’ve been there before. It’s a famous mountaineering and hillwalking destination, so if you’re an outdoorsy person this is the place for you. There are also other activities such as climbing, fishing, golfing and mountain biking – so there’s something for everyone!
In the late afternoon, continue down the A82 for about half an hour until you reach Fort William. This town is located towards the back of the mountain Ben Nevis and Visit Scotland has dubbed it ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’. It’s right on the shores of Loch Linnhe and next to it, you can find the Nevis Range Ski centre, which is one of the most popular resorts in the UK.
Hotel-wise, you have a wide choice but we like the Ben Nevis Hotel and the Inverlochy Castle Hotel.
To get back to Perth, you should plan for a scenic three-hour drive up to Laggan (via the A86) and then down the A9 to Perth enjoy!
Alternatively, you can drop the car off at our Inverness branch – as long as you let the other branch know in advance.Back to Latest News