Discover what makes Dunkeld the perfect Perthshire stop on the Heart 200 route
We’ve no doubt all heard of Scotland alternative to Route 66 by now, the North Coast 500. The Scottish road trip resonates picturesque landscapes, breathtaking beaches and fairytale castles, it really is no wonder droves of people flock towards the north of Scotland to immerse themselves in the rugged highlands.
If you’ve tried the highland alternative already, or you’re put off by the rural single track roads and wandering wildlife, we’ve got an uncompromising substitute. The Heart 200 covers approximately 200 miles around Perth, Stirling, the Trossachs and Highland Perthshire, driving you through the very heart of Scotland. The route takes in some of Scotland’s most historic landmarks and takes you from A to B along a major route, the frequent rest and refuelling spots coupled with the well-established road infrastructure is what makes this route an up and coming competitor for the famous NC 500.
Dunkeld is a great point of interest along the Heart 200 route, with a hearty selection of accommodation, places to eat and drink, it is a must stop on the Heart 200 checklist.
The Hermitage lures year-round traffic to view the falls on the original grounds of Dunkeld House. Created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl, John Murray, in the mid to late 18th century to heighten his guests’ experience. The experience is equally as breathtaking today for visitors, the route passes through a glass circular room overlooking the cascading waterfall allowing spectators to experience a panoramic view – whist enjoying a little shelter.
One of the main luxuries of a road trip is enjoying the unforgettable landscapes from the comfort of your own car, with the 4x4 Land Rover Driving Experience, explore some of the off-road preserved routes and blow off some steam and forget the rules of the road for a while. The experience opens up access to over 150 miles of private tracks, inviting you behind the scenes – you might even spot some indigenous wildlife on your travels.
The Corbenic Poetry Path showcases an environmental activity for all the family, if you are overly familiar with the phrase “I’m bored” when you take the kids for a walk. The Corbenic Poetry Path is an interactive alternative to your woodland wander with the wee ones. The path opens up a variety of work from surrounding artists intertwined with the natural landscape. Meander through the terrains, hillside, woodlands and riverbanks and stumble upon a wealth of environmental sculptures exhibited from surrounding local artists. A perfect country side activity for everyone, a magical treasure hunt for the younger explorer.