The Highlands, Aberdeenshire and Speyside are renowned for their stunning landscapes of mountains, lochs, glens and rugged coastlines, as well as their rich historic past.
This makes the Scottish Highlands and north east of Scotland perfect for touring holidays and exploring the great outdoors. You can also sample lots of delicious food and drink including seafood, whisky and artisan gins. Simply ask your B&B hosts about places to visit which are off the beaten track. They can also advise you where to spot wildlife in their local areas including puffins, seals, dolphins, whales, deer and golden eagles.
Ballindalloch Castle - photo by North East 250 / Damian Shields
Deeside Tourist Route - the drive from Perth to Aberdeen (108 miles) takes you from Perthshire's farmlands to picture postcard views in Royal Deeside and on to the Granite City.
Highland Tourist Route - cutting across country from Aberdeen to Inverness (116 miles), this route includes the historic sites of Cawdor Castle and Culloden Battlefield as well as museums such as Fort George, the Gordon Highlanders Museum and the Grampian Transport Museum.
Moray Firth Route - from Inverness north to the Loch Fleet (80 miles), you can enjoy the sights of the Beauly Firth, Cromarty Firth and Dornoch Firth.
Scotland's Castle Trail - With over 260 castles, towers and stately homes, 'Scotland's Castle Country' can be found in Aberdeenshire. This route takes you to some of the most visited attractions in the north east.
The Malt Whisky Trail - discover the distilleries and a cooperage in Speyside which are famous the world over for producing unique malts and blends.
Highland cow at Glenlivet distillery - photo by North East 250 / Damian Shields