The Deeside Tourist Route begins in Callander, a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and often described as the gateway to the Highlands. Follow the A84 North through spectacular scenery to Lochearnhead, from there head East on the A85 to the City of Perth. Perth is a city in Perthshire, which sits on the banks of the River Tay. A former capital of Scotland, Perth was made a city again by the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. It is a large provincial area and the main administrative and cosmopolitan centre for the beautiful and primarily rural surrounding 2,000 square miles of Perthshire. Perth is located around 50 miles north of Edinburgh and enjoys a beautiful position on the banks of Scotland's longest river, the Tay, at 119 miles. With a rich and influential history that stretches back over 800 years, Perth has served as its country's capital and has always been one of the most important political, judicial and commercial centres in Scotland. Many of the Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace, while there are many famous historical figures who left their mark on this royal burgh. Today, Perth is a bustling city of around 50,000 inhabitants. It offers a range of entertainment, shops, cafés and restaurants and is recognised as one of Scotland's premier culinary centres.
From Perth the route runs north for 107 miles (171 km) to Aberdeen. You will travel through the area around Blairgowrie, which has long been associated with the growing of soft fruit, before the Highland landscape takes over and the route climbs 2,182 ft (665 m) on the A93, Britain's highest main road.
Enjoy spectacular mountain views in every direction as you pass through Glenshee, which is home to one of Scotland’s five snowsports centres and offers has an excellent array of other outdoor pursuits, before descending to Braemar.
As you drive through Royal Deeside, you will pass Balmoral Castle, a summer residence of the Royal Family since the days of Queen Victoria and the newest addition to Scotland’s only castle trail. Follow the route through the delightful villages of Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory before finally reaching Aberdeen, the Granite City.