With over 50 munros (what we call mountains that are at least 3000ft high) in the Cairngorms National Park, the scenery is breathtaking and wild. The NE250 takes drivers up on the high ground for the most spectacular views of the wildest environment Scotland has to offer.
Even though driving through The Cairngorms makes for an incredible experience, the best way to see them is on foot or cycle. There are numerous routes that one can opt for whether on foot or bicycle, or a special day trip itinerary might be your cup of tea, with everything planned from breakfast in Aviemore to afternoon tea at the The Potting Shed at the famous Inshriach Nursery.
For those that enjoy a challenge, a hike up Ben Macdui might suit. With most of the trek above the treeline, clamber up exposed rock to the summit for a panoramic view of the National Park and The Cairngorms’ other giants: Lairig Ghru, Cairn Toul and Braeriach. It’s not for the faint-hearted, though, and there are plenty of other memorable vistas everywhere you go!
Along with the stretch of the route that goes through Deeside, there are lots of castles to visit along the way. Braemar Castle is a compact 17th-century fortification that survived three Jacobite uprisings. The castle is now managed and maintained by the community, and preserved to appear as though still occupied by the Chief of a clan. There are plenty more castles and other historic sites; too many to list here!