North East 250

Just before Easter I set off to do the North East 250, Scotland’s newest tourist route, in my campervan Stella. I started at Glenshee Ski Centre, driving downhill to Braemar in upper Deeside. Travelling in a clockwise direction, I then drove north over the Cockbridge to Tomintoul road into Speyside and down to the Moray Coast. The journey east took me past fishing villages, sandy beaches and increasingly high cliffs. At Kinnaird Head Lighthouse I rounded the north-east corner and wended my way towards Aberdeen before cutting south-west to Banchory on Deeside and back west to Braemar.

Along the way, I tried to take in as many of the sights as practical in a week. I wandered around castles, harbours, lighthouses, sea stacks and bird reserves. I played with my dog on beaches and took her walking in lovely woods. For the first few days the sun shone out of a blue sky then, as happens in Scotland, I woke the next day to driving rain. By the time I returned to Braemar it was snowing.

I am busy writing about this trip and also took plenty of photos (I already have quite a few places on the route in my stock library). In addition I took some video clips, which I’m putting together to give a dog’s eye view of the journey and places we visited.