Dundee to Inverness
The Old Military Road A93 through the Cairngorms
This route is all about the scenery of the breathtakingly beautiful Cairngorms National Park.
The route leaves Dundee, passing through rich arable farmland and follows the River Tay towards Pitlochry. Just before Pitlochry is the Logierait Bridge, there is a size and weight limit of 2.6 m wide x 3.35 m high and 10 tonne on this bridge. It is the only community-owned ex-railway bridge in the country and has a wooden deck and is worth ticking off the list if you are a bridge collector like me. The wooden deck is slippery when wet, take care.
Pitlochry is largely a Victorian town, which developed into a tourist resort because of Queen Victoria visiting the area in 1842 and the arrival of the railway in 1863. It remains a popular tourist resort today. The town has retained many stone Victorian buildings, and the high street has an unusual period cast iron canopy over one side and it is nice place to stretch your legs and have a coffee. The Edradour distillery is just outside of Pitlochry as you leave. Established in 1825, the distillery was traditionally run by three men, but now there are just two. Only eighteen casks are produced each week.

You take the A924 from Pitlochry across vast open moorland with 360° views, through the village of Kirkmichael and onto the Old Military Road A93 that takes you through the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
The Glenshee Ski Center is a great place to stop for coffee, lunch or even a ride to the top of The Cairnwell (933m) in a chair lift for even more spectacular views.
Leaving the slopes behind, the route travels through Braemar and follows the River Dee to Balmoral Castle. You can visit the castle that is privately owned by HM The Queen who likes to spend her summer there.
Tomintoul is next for a coffee stop and is the home to The Whisky Castle, this has been a whisky shop for over a hundred years, serving local people and travelers taking the A939 through the central Highlands of Scotland. The collection of Scotland’s malt whiskys on offer here is quite outstanding, with every working distillery represented by multiple expressions wherever possible, and at RPs 20 and 21, you can visit two of the distilleries, Tomintoul and Glenlivet.

The route leaves the Cairngorms using the very scenic B9007 as you head towards the Moray Firth where you could visit Fort George, a large 18th century fortress, before checking into your hotel just 15 mins down the road at Inverness.

I have awarded 4 stars**** for this route. The roads are good, the scenery is excellent and the attractions are very good.
RP 7 Logierait Bridge
RP 17. B976
Useful links:
Premier Inn Hotel, Dundee
Travelodge Hotel Inverness
Glenshee Ski Centre
Glenlivet Whiskey
Tomintoul Whisky

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About this route collection
Starting from and returning to Harwich ferry port, this tour follows the east coast of England up to the Highlands of Scotland and returns via the Lake District. It visits 6 of the UK's national parks and explores 2 islands and visits 2 James Bond 007 film locations.

Daily highlights.
Day 1, Harwich to Wells Next the Sea:
Southwold lighthouse, Cromer Crab lunch and sleeping on a Dutch barge.

Day 2, Wells Next the Sea to Middlesbrough:
Royal Sandringham Estate, Humber Bridge, a lap of Oliver's Mount, North York Moors National Park, Whitby Abbey the inspiration for Dracula.

Day 3, Middlesbrough to Dundee:
Tees Transporter Bridge, Angel of the North, Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Day 4, Dundee to Inverness:
Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle, Whisky Distilleries.

Day 5, Inverness to Ullapool:
Exceptional Landscapes, Falls of Shin, Loch Drumbeg Viewpoint, Kylesku Bridge.

Day 6, Ullapool to Dornie:
Kinlochewe viewpoint, Applecross Pass, Isle of Skye.

Day 7, Dornie to Keswick:
Eilean Donan Castle (007), Glencoe Pass, Glen Etive (007), Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Day 8, Keswick to Kendal:
A tour of the Lake District National Park visiting 6 of the best passes including Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass and 7 of the great lakes including Ullswater and Windermere.

Day 9, Kendal to Matlock:
Yorkshire Dales National Park, Ribblehead Viaduct, Peak District National Park, Snake Pass, Matlock Bath (motorcycle Mecca).

Day 10, Matlock to Harwich:
Heckington Windmill, Moulton Windmill, Dutch Quarter in Colchester.

By starting from Harwich, this tour avoids the traffic congestion of the south east and London making it perfect for European visitors wanting to see some of the best landscapes and sights that the north of the UK has to offer.
The cost of the ferry from Hoek Van Holland to Harwich return for motorcycle and rider costs £139.00 (163.51 Euro) (in 2019) which includes a cabin on the outward leg.
Where possible, motorways have been avoided and scenic routes are used every day.