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The North East 250 is a Driving Trip of Scotland

The new North East 250 is certainly worth considering if you’re planning a campervan or motorhome journey to Scotland, especially as an alternative to the busier North Coast 500. The NE250, which is based on the NC500, provides a scenic road journey that is ideal for a campervan or motorhome tour of Scotland.

The 250-mile North East 250 follows a circular route in the Scottish Highlands’ north-east quadrant, passing through the Cairngorms, Speyside, Moray, Aberdeenshire, and Royal Deeside.

The metropolis of Aberdeen or, from Glasgow, the little village of Spittal of Glenshee in the southern Cairngorms are two obvious starting points for a driving trip of Scotland.

Castles, churches, museums, heritage centres, whisky distilleries, golf courses, ski resorts, mountain bike and walking routes, nature reserves, and numerous beaches are among the attractions along the route.

There are numerous caravan parks along the NE250, so the trip can be broken up into several days.

The course begins in Spittal of Glenshee

(If coming from Glasgow, take the Perth exit and follow the signs to Blairgowrie.) Spittal of Glenshee is reached via the A93.)

At its southernmost point, the NE250 route passes through Spittal of Glenshee. Leaving the little hamlet behind and heading north, the Cairngorms beauty swiftly envelops visitors, providing expansive views of rounded mountains and broad glens.

Before descending to the famed ancient village of Braemar, the route climbs to the first high point at Glenshee Mountain (excellent for skiing in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer).

From Braemar, there are numerous sights to visit, and you could easily spend a day or two here. Many visitors will want to view Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, as well as Crathie Kirk, which is well renowned for being the Royal Family’s place of worship when they are at Balmoral.

The road then climbs again on a narrow road to The Lecht, another ski peak, as well as Tomintoul, the Highlands’ highest hamlet.

A fast-flowing river is never far away, and the heather-covered moorlands will provide a vibrant backdrop as the seasons change, with browns, yellows, oranges, greens, and purple-pinks.

A long descent leads you into Speyside’s rolling scenery, known for its lush farmland and whisky distilleries.

The day’s final stop is Aberlour, where you can visit a wonderful whisky distillery (provided you reach before 5pm) or go for a peaceful riverbank walk to witness a waterfall. Ruthie’s Linn takes a walk.

Before reaching Spey Bay on the Moray Firth, the terrain transforms from rolling countryside to flatter coastal plains as you travel north from Aberlour.

This part of the shore is known for its wildlife, particularly dolphins.

Findochty, Portknockie, and Cullen are just a few of the fishing villages and towns that are worth visiting for a stroll, a morning coffee, or lunch. Park your car and go for a walk to view ancient harbours and beautiful beaches.

A coastal walking path connects the communities and provides many views of the coastline’s rocks, cliffs, and geological phenomena, such as sea stacks and arches.

Look for Whale’s Mouth, a slanted arched rock near Cullen, and Bow Fiddle Rock, a sea arch near Portknockie.

Returning east on the route, you could stop at Findlater Castle. After a short walk from a car park, it is discovered on a stunning cliff-top setting.

If you’ve seen the 1980s film Local Hero, you should go to Pennan, which is located along the coast from Banff. The movie made the tiny shore-side community renowned as the fictional village of Ferness, and many people will recall the red phone box from the film, which now appears in many visitors’ photographs.

It’s a steep and twisting road down – and back again – but the scenery is well worth it. Note that this road is not suitable for caravans.

A coastal walkway leads out from the harbour and along the rugged coast to Aberdour Bay if you fancy a walk.

The eastern coast of Aberdeenshire offers more sights to see as you drive east and then south through the huge fishing town of Fraserburgh. Bullers o’ Buchan is a marine cave that has collapsed next to a perilously perched village.

Slains Castle is the next stop, an amazing cliff-top ruin accessible only by a short sandy road. The castle is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, which was published in 1897.

The path heads west across Royal Deeside’s rolling landscape. There are numerous sights worth visiting, including the spectacular Crathes Castle and its lovely gardens.

You may take a steam train ride on the Royal Deeside Railway or have lunch in Braemar. You could go to one of the attractions you missed on your way through Braemar at the start of your Scottish tour.

The journey returns to the Cairngorms, although this time you descend instead of climbing the long road back to Spittal of Glenshee.