Stirling lies within sight of the A9, known as the 'Highland road', and your journey continues northwards via Perth for Newtonmore and Aviemore. There are bus and rail services, with a journey time of just over two hours. En route, Perthshire’s woods gradually give way to the open moorland and heathery hill-slopes of the central Highlands, with the Pass of Drumochter, the highest point reached by rail in the UK, leading down to the valley of the River Spey, with superb views of the Cairngorm mountains to the south east.
Break your journey at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore, where domestic life of the early Highland people is brought to life. Visitors to this living history museum can learn how their Scottish Highland ancestors lived, built their homes, tilled the soil and dressed.
Continue on your journey to Aviemore to stay overnight.