Overview

Selected Highlights

  • Step back in time to explore Scotland's Castle Trail
  • Visit the brooding ruins of Dunnottar Castle and the splendid Balmoral Castle Estate
  • Experience a spectacular journey on the highest public road in Britain as you travel through the incredible landscape of the eastern Cairngorms Mountains
  • Discover an amazing array of marine wildlife in the Moray Firth, such as bottlenose dolphins, grey seals and harbour porpoises
  • Sample your way around the Malt Whisky Trail - home of the world's largest concentration of whisky distilleries
  • Visit Glenfiddich Distillery and the Speyside Cooperage
  • Follow the dramatic North Sea coastline past quaint fishing villages and towering cliffs
  • Try your hand at golf at one of the oldest links courses in the world

The North East 250 might just be Scotland's best-kept secret, encompassing everything Scotland is famous for in one unique road trip. You'll discover the grand castles of Royal Deeside, the dramatic mountain passes of the Cairngorms National Park, the famous malt whisky distilleries of Speyside, the beaches and seaside villages of the Moray Firth, and the rugged coastline of the Aberdeenshire.

This self-drive itinerary showcases some of the best places to spot Scotland’s impressive variety of marine wildlife, as well as the highest concentration of whisky distillereries and castles in the country. The tour offers an unforgettable journey through the diverse and varied landscape of north east Scotland.

The route links charming villages and coastal towns, replete with historical and archaeological interest. There are countless outdoor activities to enjoy, from hillwalking to taking an exhilarating boat trip on the coast.

Keen to find out more about the North East 250? Check out our blog Castles, Coast & Cairngorms: Discovering Scotland's New Road Trip