When journeying back towards Edinburgh, you can drive south across the Cairngorms passing Balmoral Castle, the beautiful summer retreat of the Royal Family. Then you can journey on to Braemar, an attractive village which enjoyed the royal patronage of Queen Victoria. Half a mile to the east is Braemar Castle, a fairytale castle with many period furnished rooms and museum exhibitions which is well worth exploring.
Alternatively, you can drive north west around the top of the Cairngorms National Park to Aviemore to join the A9. Near Aviemore is the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, the highest and fastest mountain railway in the country and a special way to enjoy the spectacular views. Travel south to Newtonmore where you'll find the fascinating Highland Folk Museum where more than 400 years of Highland history are brought to life in exhibitions which track the everyday experiences of clansmen and crofters.
Continuing south you will pass the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, Blair Castle. Set in majestic grounds in the heart of Perthshire, Blair Castle boasts an extensive collection of arms and armour, pictures, furniture, porcelain, embroidery and family memorabilia.