Get off the beaten track and follow the Deeside Tourist Route from the 'Fair City' of Perth all the way north to Aberdeen.
The area around Blairgowrie has long been associated with soft-fruit-growing, and Blairgowrie itself is a popular touring base. Thereafter, the Highland landscape takes over as the driving route climbs 2182 ft (665 m) on the A93, Britain's highest main road. Enjoy spectacular mountain views in every direction as you pass through Glen Shee before descending to Braemar. As you drive through Royal Deeside, you will pass Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family since the days of Queen Victoria. Drive through the delightful villages of Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory before finally reaching Aberdeen, the Granite City. Distance: 107 miles (171 km).