In the city, driving can be irritating and stressful. But once out in the open countryside, an adventure on two wheels becomes magic. There’s nowhere better to put that theory to the test than the dramatic roads of Scotland, carving through mountains and past vast, glassy lochs.
Now there’s even more reason to ride up north, with the driving trail, the North East 250. Wending 250 miles through peaceful Speyside, the mountain passes of the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen, the East Coast and the Moray Coast, the circular route covers some of the most majestic regions of Scotland.
Developed by local businessman Guy Macpherson-Grant, whose family connections on Speyside go back to the 16th century, the route encourages visitors to explore villages, beaches, distilleries and wildlife hot spots along the way.
It’s suggested drivers spread the journey over a minimum of three days, splitting their time between different recommended stopping points which are listed on the website and divided into themed categories such as Wildlife, Food & Drink, Adventure and Whisky. An interactive map also helps search for services in the various areas.
For a one off fee, it’s possible to become a North East 250 member, unlocking benefits such as a printed route map, car sticker and souvenir passport which can be stamped at various attractions.