Up into the green highland landscape.
The route begins in Perth at the River Tay and runs through 50 kilometres of unspoilt highlands to Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-larg- est city. After you pass the 20-kilometre mark, which is at the river by Blairgowrie, the countryside becomes increasingly desert- ed. From here onward you can get your fill of primordial rivers and the many shades of green found in the mountains. Braemar, a village tucked away in the highland forests, is perched 1,110 metres above sea level. There is little traffic here, which means you can relax and enjoy endless views of lush meadows. A visit to the castle in Braemar should not be missed. Built in 1628, re- placing an earlier building, the castle once served as a hunting lodge for the Earls of Mar. From Braemar, a 30-minute drive takes you to the town of Ballater, which is near Balmoral Castle, the summer residence of the Royal Family. After Aboyne and Bancho- ry, our destination, Aberdeen, comes into view.