When it comes to heading up to the Scottish Highlands, I’m the kind of person who just gets in the car and sees where the road takes them. The Boy on the other hand is consistently fantastic at scouting out the best road trips ahead of time.
This is how we ended up on the B846 leaving Aberfeldy. If you’re up for a day trip from Edinburgh and enjoy scenic drives, here’s a few pictures of scenery and a map at the bottom to get you into the mood.
Aberfeldy is a good place to start this trip. Stop at the Habitat Cafe for really decent coffee and tea before heading out on the windy roads.
Then head for Keltneyburn and then Fortingall following the River Lyon. This is Glen Lyon, with gentle rolling hills and many blissfully isolated holiday cottages along the river valley.
I might do a post next with some Airbnb real estate porn from the area.
After crossing the old bridge at Bridge of Balgie, you’ll follow the Allt Bail’ a’ mhuilinn burn for many miles. The scenery changes to take on a more highland-ish appearance, heathery hillsides (in bloom if you’re lucky like we were), hairpin bends, passing places and sheep crossing the single track at their leisure.
Don’t expect to go at speed. Besides staying safe on the narrow road, you’ll want plenty of time to look around and take in the landscape.
The views at times strongly reminded me of Isle of Skye, all the way to the Ben Lawers dam. The dam wall is a beast of the 70s, formidable and sinister. Spotted grey concrete in the stark green highland skills, holding back dark waters. The valley empty and dry beyond.
From here it is an easy ten minutes through to Killin, worth stopping by for a quick look at the falls, the old bridge and the Clan Macnab burial grounds on the river (all very popular with tourists).
We set our GPS for home at this point, but you could just drive on… all of the Trossachs, Loch Lomond or even Glen Coe is on the doorstep from here.
Itinerary: Aberfeldy to Killin, via Ben Lawers
Leave me a shout if you went!