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Highlands questions

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Highlands questions

Hello,

We wil be in Scotland near the end of this month. We are have two kids (age 9 and 13). After staying in Edinburgh, we will drive to Invergarry and base there for a few nights and then drive to Dunoon to see the highland games. I would love suggestions for:

1) Which route to take to Invergarry. I had been thinking of going to Stirling to see the castle as a stop, but it is 30 minutes longer to go through Stirling rather than Perth. What are the trade-offs in choosing between the drives? Suggested stops for interests and lunch/tea?

2) Suggestions while in Invergarry. Already planning to do a Nessie tour and go to Drumnadrochit. Any other thoughts?

3)Good stops along the road to Dunoon. We don't want to get there too late, so we would want only short stops.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Highlands questions

You will presumably be visiting Edinburgh Castle.In that case visiting Stirling is not essential.

On the way to Dunoon a coffee or lunch stop at Inveraray would be worth while.

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The AA recommended route would be Perth, up the A9 to Dalwhinnie, then West to Spean Bridge. There's a big section from Bruar to Spean Bridge where there isn't an enormous amount to do. I'm guessing that visits to distilleries are out, with kids in tow?

A few nice lochs and mountains, but these are roads where most people just get from A to B with the minimum of fuss.

Whether you stop in Stirling or not, there are things to do in Doune, Callander, there are walks beyond there (e.g. Braes of Leny) then you could divert to Killin or just head on to Crianlarach and Tyndrum.

The kids might be interested in the Red Kites at Argaty? Feeding time is usually 2 pm. There's a really decent Cafe: Cafe Circa at the Scottish Antiques Centre, just outside Doune. Lots of people like the Green Welly at Tyndrum. Or there's the burger van at the carpark on the edge of Rannoch Moor :-)

Investigate the Clachaig inn, in the heart of Glencoe. Give Fort William a miss - people go there for outdoor pursuits not for tourism. But there are shops.

In other words if you want to break the journey up, the Stirling route has a lot more options.

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3. Re: Highlands questions

Route to Dunoon: this would involve you retracing your stes as far as Crianlarach, then heading down Loch Lomond to Tarbet and Arrochar. The Tarbet Hotel is pretty good - if you want cheaper there is a caff in Arrochar; reasonable food but smelling of 'deep fry'; and there's the 'Village Inn'.

There's the Creggans Inn at Strachur which has/had a good reputation - haven't been near it in a while.

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