GLENARDER AS YOUR SPEYSIDE BASE CAMP FOR ICONIC DRIVING TOURS IN SCOTLAND.
Glenarder is perfectly located on several different driving route which makes us a great starting off point for your adventure. Scotland presently sees 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 North East 250 Route, The Malt Whisky Trail, 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.
North East 250 Route. Glenarder is located on the North East 250 trail so therefore a great base to start your adventures. Experience a journey of stunning scenic contrasts and explore the rich heritage and culture of the Heartland of Scotland – All in one amazing route.
The North East 250 explores everything for which Scotland is famous in a unique road trip taking you through the whisky distilleries of Speyside, the spectacular mountain passes of Cairngorms National Park, the famous castles of Royal Deeside, the Granite City of Aberdeen, the rugged North Sea coastline to the east, and the picturesque seaside villages of the Moray Firth . www.northeast250.com
The Malt Whisky Trail. Glenarder is located directly on The Malt Whisky Trail and within minutes from our closet neighbours at Cardhu, Tamdhu and Macallans. The Malt Whisky Trail runs along the Moray Speyside region, which is home to the world’s largest concentration of malt whisky distilleries. Malt Whisky Country spans some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. It is home to historic and famous distilleries, coopers, bottlers, and retailers. This is the home of many of the world’s most famous brands of single malt Scotch whisky, which is sold and enjoyed in countries across the world. (Info and photo from maltwhiskytrail.com Visit The Malt Whisky Trail
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
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. See More
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
Snow Roads. Cairngorm National Park. The Snow Roads Scenic Route is a 90 mile journey from Blairgowrie to Grantown-on-Spey traversing the highest public road in Britain and travelling through the outstanding landscapes of the eastern Cairngorms. The road links the communities of Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul with a range of natural and cultural attractions. Three stunning Scenic Route Installations provide new opportunities to stop and explore this wild and beautiful highland countryside. A Cairngorms photo-post is also located at each installation to allow you to capture changes in the landscape. Visit Cairngorm Snow Route
Highland Tourist Route. Aberdeen to Inverness via Glenarder. Pop on this route from Glenarder by heading to either Granton-on-Spey or Glenlivet. If you are in Aberdeen or Inverness why not take your car out for a spin along the Highland tourist route to Inverness? Travel through the lovely valley of Upper Donside and on up the heather-clad slopes of the Lecht to Tomintoul in the fringes of the Cairngorms. Here you will find yourself at the heart of whisky country and through Grantown-on-Spey, a popular salmon-fishing centre and then on to the city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. (Information from VisitScotland.com)