Road Tripping in the Scottish Highlands
MGB Classic Car Self Drive
Day One: Loch Ness
Drive through the Victorian village of Grantown on Spey on the A939 over the Dava moor towards Nairn passing by Dulsie Bridge a super place to stop should you have a picnic or just a gentle walk to see the old bridge and the fast flowing Findhorn river watch out for a family of eagles.
Take the B9101 through via Cawdor Castle and Cawdor village onto Culloden Battlefield the location of the 1745 bloodiest and shortest battle ever recorded on British soil, head towards Inverness following the A82 to Loch Ness taking in the iconic Urquhart Castle, well worth a short visit take in the view down towards the South of the loch.
Continue to Fort Augustus the perfect place to while away an hour or two by the canal at one of the pubs or restaurants for lunch watch the boats journey through the locks. Leaving Fort Augustus North after a few miles take a left onto the B852 drive by the South side of Loch Ness stop off at The falls at Foyers well worth the short walk down to the gushing waters of Foyers. Drive through quaint villages of White bridge along scenic single track roads built by General Wade, to Dores, well worth a stop is the Dores Inn where you can take in superb views of Loch Ness.
Return via the city of Inverness join the A9 South. At Tomatin should you wish to take in a whisky distillery, head of into the village to the Distillery a super 30 minute tour is available Re joining the A9 south take the junction signposted Carrbridge / Grantown on Spey A938 to Bydand B&B in Dulnain Bridge Worth a stop in Carrbridge to view the Pack Horse bridge in the village centre. A superb scenic drive with may jaw dropping landscapes, which takes taking in the full length of the iconic Loch Ness. An-exhilarating day in an open top classic MGB.
Approx. 142 miles
Day Two: Whisky Country & The East Coast
After yet another of Bylands’ leisurely breakfasts your car will be refreshed and ready to go this time the suggested route is a stunning jaw dropping scenic drives where you can meander along by the Spey river passing by famous named whisky distilleries (or pop in to one or two!)
The likes of Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Glenlivet to name but a few. From Bydand once again drive through the Victorian town of Grantown on Spey, as you leave the village take a right turn onto the B9102 signposted Knockando, worth a visit here is the Knockando 200 year old working mill a great stop for morning coffee. As you head east from Knockando, on the road signposted Forres you will drive through village of Dallas and Rafford before arriving in Forres a town with connections of the real Macbeth .
Join the A96 briefly at the roundabout take the junction signposted Findhorn onto the B9011 follow this road until traffic lights where you will take a left turn B9089 you will soon arrive at the beautiful Findhorn Bay a great place to relax stretch your legs on the beautiful beach or linger oat the Kimberley Bar overlooking the bay where you will be served the freshest seafood platters. Saying farewell to Findhorn return to the B9089 and take the road signposted Rose Isle , Coveseea onto Lossiemouth a beautiful scenic drive of the East Coast of Scotland.
From Lossiemouth follow the signpost for the A941 to Elgin, points of interest here is Moray Distillery and Elgin Cathedral, nearby should you wish some retail therapy or afternoon coffee a must stop will be Johnsons of Elgin, probably the most famous cashmere retailer in the world! From Elgin take the A941 to Rothes, (Glen Grant Distillery) stay on A941 until you drive over the River Spey on your left you will see the famous Craigellachie iron bridge built by Thomas Telford , passing by the Craigellachie Hotel on your left take the next left B941 will then continue to Dufftown passing the Speyside Cooperage on your right then onwards to the village of Dufftown, here you will pass by famous names of The Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries.
In Dufftown take a right signposted Tomintoul B9009 pop into the whisky Castle Shop in the village center to be greeted by the lovely Sam & Scott Tutored whisky tastings are available for the passenger of course! Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland and The Whisky Castle definitely the highest licensed retailer in the UK. From Tomintoul head back on the B939 military road taking a left where signposted Nethybridge back to Bydand Bed & Breakfast.
Approx. 120 miles