Tours and Trails


Scotland is made for touring.


We see a trend of the promotion of particular tours to mainstream tourists. The routes have always been there but with more marketing and promotion more people are becoming aware of the variety of touring routes which go beyond just fabulous scenery. Fabulous scenery is more than often enough but specialty tours are very popular. Take a look at some of the most popular touring on the rise including; The Gin Trail, The NC500 Route (Scotlands version of Route 66 in the USA) and Moray Mountains Bike Route. Come stay with at Glenarder and enjoy Speyside as your central base.



Scotland’s Route 66 – The NC500 Route Photo by CNN

NC500 Route.  NC500 route is Scotlands answer to America’s Route 66. The North Coast 500 route travels a loop circle around the coast to the north of Scotland and back again at Inverness. Inverness is only 50 minutes from Glenarder so its a great jump on spot wether you want to do all or part of the route It has been rated one of the best road trips in the UK and CNN asks …Has Scotland created the best road trip ever?   Interactive Map      NC500 youtube




Cycling Tour in Moray. Photo by Press and Journal

Cairngorms and Moray Mountain Tour. Inspired by the success of the North Coast 500 route, VisitScotland wants to showcase the “majestic views” of the Cairngorms. Cockbridge to Tomintoul road is being prepared and invested in as a tourning destination for cyclists.

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Scotland’s Gin Tour


Scotland’s Gin Trail Map Photo by WSTA

Scotland’s Gin Trail. Scotland is famous for making the best whisky in the world thats undisputed. But now we see a real focus on Scotland’s other drink, Gin. Traditionally made in Scotland utilising local herbs and plants Gin making has a strong history in Scotland, making some of the worlds best gins. Now there is an organised tour and route to follow leading you to some very lovely afternoon Gin and Tonics. You may need a designated driver for this tour if you hope to imbibe! Jump on the trail while staying at Glenarder and visit our 3 closest Gin distillers; Caorunn Small Batch Gin, made in Balmenach Distillery, Gordon Castle Gin and Crossbill Gin,  Avimore. All are only 30-45 minutes from Glenarder so a great day out while staying in Speyside.  The Gin Trail BBC     The Gin of Scotland      The Route