You know you want to tour the Highlands but you aren’t sure where exactly you want to go or what you want to see.  We also understand that planning a trip like this take time.  If that’s the case then let us plan the trip for you.

Whether you want us just to make a few suggestions of places to see and things to do, whether you’d like us to plan and book the entire trip including accommodation, attractions and restaurants or whether you’d like something in the middle we are happy to help.  We love a good RDTRIP but we enjoy the planning just as much so get us to take the stress out of it for you!

What We Need From You

  • Proposed dates
  • Length of tour
  • How you will travel to the Highlands i.e drive to Grantown on Spey, fly to Inverness or Aberdeen or get the train to Aviemore or Inverness
  • Any types of attractions or activities you particularly do or don’t want to visit for example castles, distilleries, wildlife, golf, restaurant, walking
  • Type of accommodation you fancy such as a luxury hotel, guesthouse, B&B or self catering

Please contact us to arrange for your trip to be planned for you.

Sample 3 Day RDTRIP Itinerary

For the first day we have planned the entire day and could make bookings in advance. On day two we have provided a less rigid plan and would not intend to make bookings in advance and day three is set out as some suggestions along the route.

Friday:  Arrive in Aviemore by train where we will collect you and drive you to your choice of accommodation in Grantown-on-Spey where we will complete the handover of your chosen vehicle. See Our Base for our recommendations in and around Grantown-on-Spey.

Saturday:  Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before heading off on the Moray Loop. Hit the road around 9 and head for Logie steading. At logie have a walk around the shops and make sure not to miss the Whisky shop. Logie also has a fantastic walled garden and you can take one of three walks of varying lengths along the side of the river Findhorn. Logie Steading also has an excellent cafe, and after a look round the shop, gardens and a walk to Randolphs Leap then a coffee and a scone is definitely well earned.

After leaving Logie head for the coast and on to Lossiemouth in time for the 12:30 North 58 wildlife watching trip. These two hour trips never disappoint and while the folks at North 58 can never guarantee what wildlife you will see, we can guarantee that the trip will be fantastic. The sea conditions on the Moray Firth can vary wildly and change quite quickly so we recommend holding off until after the trip before having lunch.

From North 58s office at Lossiemouth Harbour take a wander around the harbour to Harbour Lights for some lunch. We regularly take a run to Lossiemouth for lunch and can thoroughly recommend the jambalaya and the sweet potato wedges. If you aren’t quite ready for desert but do fancy something sweet then head from Lossiemouth to Fochabers and stop off at Gordon Castle walled garden where the cakes are to die for.

From Fochabers, you will start heading into the hills again and to Craigellachie and The Macallan Distillery via Keith. Shorlty before reaching Craigellachie, take a right onto the Archiestown road which will take you The Macallan distillery which launched a brand new distillery in 2018 and is said to offer a truly incredible visitor experience. After your visit to Macallan continue on along the Archiestown road back to Grantown-on-Spey this road will take you through Archiestown and then Knockando where you will find Cardhu Distillery and the Knockando woollen mill. Take care once you are past the turning for Advie as the road the road narrows and is without markings although it is still wide enough for two cars to pass.

After all these stops including whisky and gin we understand the urge to get back to the hotel so the driver can have a dram before dinner. If you’ve been drinking we’d recommend booking a taxi and heading to Andersons in Boat of Garten for dinner.

Sunday:  Take the Snow Road to Blairgowrie. Stop off at the High Street Merchant in Grantown High Street and pick up a couple of coffees for the road before heading out of town and towards Tomintoul. The section of road from Grantown-on-Spey to Tomintoul is one of our favourite stretches of road. See our Snow Roads page where we do wax a little lyrical about some sections of this road.

The scenery along this road is truly spectacular, but sometimes the best way to really appreciate it is to take a walk. There are a couple of options just beyond Bridge of Brown and we recommend Walk Highlands for maps and routes. A little further on from the start point of this walk is another, shorter walk. Look for the layby on a sharp right hand bend with an information board.

Tomintoul is the next stop on this route where you will find a number of cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to stop for a coffee. No good Scottish RDTRIP would be complete without some kind of Whisky involvement and that comes in the form of The Whisky Castle in Tomintoul.  From Tomintoul head towards Ballater, a little beyond  Cock Bridge, you will find Corgarff castle which is open to the public and offers tours.

Ballater has a several great options for lunch, from something small and simple to a traditional pub lunch. It is also home to the newly renovated station which is definitely worth a visit.

As you head towards Blairgowrie you will pass Cairnwell, the point of the highest road in Britain and you can get higher with the nearby Chairlift at Glenshee. You will also pass the Delis Elbow which is a great spot to stop and take some picture’s Depending on your time a little further on is the Persie Gin distillery.

Spend Sunday night in Perthshire, booking into one of the many hotels and guesthouses in either Blairgowrie, Dunkeld or Pitlochry.

Monday:  Head north along the A9 and back to Aviemore where we will be waiting to meet you. Depending where you have spent the night, Pitlochry is worth a visit with its selection of shops and its Salmon ladder. Further up the road is The House of Bruar which is a must on any trip up the A9.

Are you ready to plan your RDTRIP?



Ashleigh, Cromdale
PH26 3LW

01479 872159 

Company No. SC597130

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