Leaving Peebles drive north by Edinburgh and cross the Firth of Forth by the Queensferry Crossing. Continue north to Perth, where you might like to visit Scone Palace, ancient site of the coronation of Scottish kings in days long gone. Perth Museum and Art Gallery has frequent changing exhibitions as well as a permanent collection relating to local history and is also worth a look. From Perth head north, perhaps stopping for a walk in the forest at The Hermitage, to Pitlochry. There are two distilleries in town, Edradour and Blair Atholl, or take a wander along by the River Tummel to see the impressive dam and the salmon ladder.
Overnight in the Pitlochry area
North again from Pitlochry Blair Castle is well worth a visit. Ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl, the castle has an impressive collection of furniture, arms, lace and china. A bit further up the road, if you are in the mood for some retail therapy, stop at the House of Bruar which features all sorts of Scottish produce – everything from tweeds and woollens to shortbread and smoked salmon. Continue north over the Drumochter Pass into the Cairngorms National Park towards Inverness. Just outside town is the Culloden Battlefield site where you can learn more about the last pitched battle fought on British soil which took place here in 1746. Close to the battlefield is Clava Cairns, a fascinating Bronze Age site with standing stones and burial mounds. From Clava Cairns it is a short drive to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
Overnight in the Inverness area
“Know Before You Go!”
Covid-19: Scotland’s regions are currently divided into different tiers depending on the prevalence of Covid-19.
By law, with limited exceptions, it is forbidden to travel to/from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus. Please comply with the rules set out by the Scottish Government. To check what tier a region is in and to see the current rules regarding travel in Scotland, please see here.
Opening hours: There are lots of suggestions for places to visit on the following pages and, while we absolutely want you to make the most of your trip, it is important to note that many visitor attractions and places of interest now require you to book in advance, or may have restricted opening hours, or may be closed temporarily due to Covid-19. In addition, many places of interest in Scotland have seasonal opening hours and close in the winter months. Please be sure to follow the links to the places of interest mentioned in the suggested routes to check in advance of your visit and avoid disappointment on the day!