Unforgettable journeys - tailor made driving holiday experiences
Begin your hire in Crieff, Perthshire and tour some of the most scenic driving routes in Scotland. On day or weekend rental routes suggested:
Taste of the Trossachs - driving approx 6o miles
Leave Crieff on the main road West, the A85 towards Comrie. As you leave Crieff you will be able to see the craggy hills and mountains. The Largest one in view will be Ben Vorlich on the south side of Loch Earn. At 985m it is classified as a Munro. The road to Comrie is relatively flat as it follows the River Earn to the Loch. Comrie is a quaint village with a great Deli and the Royal Oak Hotel. Carry on the A85 to St Fillans – about halfway there is left/right corner much loved by motorbikes!
As you enter St Fillans you will see the beginning of Loch Earn! Park in the Lochside parking bay and take in the scenery and enjoy a quick photo op!
The Road then meanders along the Loch, passing the sailing club and the house where ‘Simple Minds’ recorded many of their hits! Lochearnhead is at the end of the Loch where you need to turn left onto the A84 signposted for Callander. Not far along the A84 is the 'Mhor 84' a restaurant/cafe/bar open from 8.00am to 9.00pm serving great food an and drinks. You are now entering Srathyre Forest and will pass by Loch Lubnaig, with Ben Ledi towering above.
Callander is in the heart of the Trossachs and well worth a visit en route to Doune. As you enter Doune you need to take a left (A820), taking time to look at the Castle. Just outside Doune you can also visit the Argaty Red Kites You will need to join the A9 Dual carriageway, but come off at the next junction, for Kinbuck (B8033). Pass though the village and over the bridge (Allan Water). Soon after you will see the entrance for The Cromlix Hotel which is owned by Andy Murray. You can enjoy a meal or a drink here. Carry on this road, which is a small minor route until you reach the village of Braco. Just to the North is the Roman Fort called Ardoch –well worth a look! After about half a mile take the road to the right, signposted for Gleneagles. It is a small road and soon gets you to the back entrance of Gleneagles Hotel. Go over the first roundabout and soon after you will reach another roundabout – turn right and the main entrance will be upon you. Turn into it and follow the road round to the Hotel. Stop and have a look or pop in for a round or tea!
When you have finished return to the main entrance and turn left onto the A823. Eventually you will reach a t junction, turn right and head for Muthill and then on back to Crieff!
Perthshire touring loop - approx 100 miles
Depart from Crieff heading towards Perth on the A85, heading past the Crieff Golf Club. There are some nice bends as you leave to get you in the mood! The first place you reach is Gilmerton – turn left onto the A822. You will immediately feel you are on the open road as it gradually climbs along the contour of the hill. Halfway up there is a small lay-by – pull over and take in the view looking West over the mountains! Carry on up and it will level off for a few miles before you round the corner and head down the Sma’ Glen – mountains on each side as you begin to follow the River Almond. At the bottom, before the road turns right over a bridge, there is a small car park to take a rest and enjoy the River!
The A822 then starts to climb again up into the Hills, partly using the old ‘General Wade Military Road’. The road than flattens out as you reach Amulree – cross the bridge over the River Braan and after a few miles you will reach a turning for Aberfeldy. It is a lovely run from here over the moorland and forests and down to Aberfeldy. It is a lovely little town with lots to do and see. Delight Deli is recommended for a drink or bite to eat.
In Aberfeldy head west on the A827 to Kenmore – stop and admire the beauty of the glorious Loch Tay! Nearby is The Crannog centre – ancient settlements built on the water. Follow the main road through Kenmore and cross over the bridge over the River Tay. Take the next right after about 50 metres and drive along this lovely road for about 3 miles until you reach an old green metal bridge. Turn left after you have crossed the bridge onto the B846. After about a mile turn left toward ‘Fortingall’ and take in the lovely pastures amongst the hills. There is a great Hotel if you are thirsty! Soon after Fortingall you need to turn right on the road signposted ‘Glenlyon’. You are now entering one the most picturesque Glens in Scotland! After a few miles you will see the Glenlyon Primary school and soon after the Post Office who serve delicious teas! Take the next left over the bridge heading for Ben Lawers. It is a single track road that slowly climbs up the mountain side and eventually reaches a Loch near the top. On a clear day the views are stunning! On the way down you will pass The Lawers visitor centre – a popular walking destination. Carry on down to Loch Tay and turn right at the bottom. The drive by the water is always amazing, with several ‘Munros’ overlooking the Loch. At the end of the Loch you will reach Killin where the Falls Of Dochart flow through – a great scene at any time of the year. Carry on through Killin and you will reach the A85 – turn left and start climbing up. At the top you will have a great panorama down Glen Ogle. A lovely flowing road leads down to Lochearnhead – turn left onto the A85 and enjoy the views of Loch earn as you make you way beside it.
St Fillans is at the other end where you can stop for a quick photo of the water. Then make your way along the A85 to Comrie, enjoying the spectacular scenery. Once through Comrie it is a lovely drive back to Crieff
Tay Trail driving route - approx 60 miles
Leave Crieff on the A85 heading East towards Perth. As you pass the golf club you can see the East and West Lomond Hills far off in the distance in Fife. You will navigate some little left and right turns and enter the village of Gilmerton. Take the left turn to Aberfeldy (A822) and you will immediately start climbing upwards as the road follows the mountain. There is a layby on the left handside after about half a mile – stop if you see it as it offers panoramic views across to the West, with several ‘Munro’ mountains included. You will soon reach the top and the road flattens out, but the scenery remains!
Pass the ‘Foulford Inn’ and golf course and after about 2 miles the road bends to the left and there is a turning right soon after which you need to go down (B8063 to Glenalmond) . The road narrows as you pass Dallick Lodge – carry on, cross the bridge and go up the hill to Buchanty – there is a small car park and it is worth stopping to look at the ‘Buchanty Spout’ – a small gorge in the Almond River where you can Salmon leaping in the right season. Carry on the B8063 – down the hill to the left , not up ! Follow the road and you will soon be in the open on a lovely tree lined avenue in rolling countryside. On the left is a turning for ‘The Glenalmond Tweed’ company – best check if they are open before going. The next village is Harrietfield – pass through and keep driving and enjoy the road and the scenery. Pass Chapelhill and keep driving for about 6 or 7 miles until you reach a T junction at Redgorton. Turn left and you will shortly reach another junction by the A9 dual carriageway. Turn left, cross the bridge over the A9 and then straight on over the mini roundabout in Luncarty. The road will open out and to your right across the fields is the River Tay, although not visible at this point. The next village is Stanley where you will find some old Mills next to the Tay. Just out of Stanley turn right for Blairgowrie. The road follows the Tay and has some lovely scenery. You will eventually come to a T junction – turn right and you will soon be at traffic lights for the Bridge over the River Tay – this stretch of the River is beautiful and has some of the best Salmon fishing available. Go over the Bridge and turn left onto the A93 for Blairgowrie. Go past the famous Meiklour beech hedge (world’s tallest) and then turn left to Meiklour. This road passes through a few villages along the Tay and is really majestic. Next stop Dunkeld. Park up and enjoy a stroll, visit the Cathedral or have some tea! When you have finished you need to exit over the bridge over the Tay. YOU will be confronted by the busy A9 – you need to turn right and then soon after turn left onto the A822 to Crieff.
Follow the road upwards through Trochry and to Amulree. You will feel yourself high up in moors. Forests and hills. You are now in the Sma’ Glen which is an enchanting drive back down to Crieff.
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