The Crerar450 Road Trip Route – Our answer to the North Coast 500

We’re inviting you on an adventure to explore Scotland, embarking on a truly unique Scottish road trip to rival the North Coast500 (NC500) and Kintyre66 (K66) routes – the Crerar450.

The breath-taking route, which takes in the 450 miles between all seven of our idyllic locations guarantees any adventurous road trippers the chance to explore famous towns and take in iconic landmarks including west coast islands, the Great Glen, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, and the Cairngorms.

What’s more, each of our four- and five-star hotels en-route offers their own unique character, local cuisine and memorable experiences. We have also created a Spotify playlist featuring some of Scotland’s finest artists and bands, so travellers have soundtrack to their adventure across the country (Spotify playlist: Crerar450).

Ultimate Crerar450 Experience Gift Voucher: Give your loved ones the gift of Scotland. This 7-night break across Scotland includes one night at each hotel and dinner each evening with drinks included.

Find out more about the Crerar450 Experience Voucher here.

Crerar450 Special Offer: To celebrate the launch of the new road trip route, we're offering 15% off when booking two or more properties. To book this offer, call us on 08430502020.

The Crerar450 Road Trip Route

Scotland NC500 Road Trip Explorer on the shores of Loch Fyne

The drive begins at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa in Inveraray, starting with lunch at the hotel where you’ll sample the finest Loch Fyne oysters and langoustines, before setting off to Oban on the coast.

Oban, Argyll and Bute

While in Oban you can try the freshest seafood from the towns many restaurants and seafood shacks, before toasting their journey at the nearby Oban Distillery. After an overnight stay at the Oban Bay Hotel, with views across the bay and a hearty breakfast, the CalMac ferry to Mull is the next stop.

Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides

A short hop on the ferry from Oban to Craignure Bay on the Isle of Mull allows for some exploration of the island with its wildlife and stunning nature; plus a chance to see puffins on the neighbouring islands. After a day of adventure, you can relax at our Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa in Craignure on the Sea Deck terrace overlooking the bay or at the Driftwood Spa in Mull.

Glencoe, Highlands

The next stage of the journey departs from Fishnish, a short drive from our hotel. Arriving on the mainland at Lochaline, enjoy a breath-taking drive, arriving in one of the country’s most famous locations – Glencoe. After taking in everything Ballachulish and the surrounding area has to offer, our Glencoe Inn – which has just received an official five-star rating – offers the ultimate boutique accommodation where you can fully experience awe-inspiring views of Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe.

Inverness, Moray Firth

After an immersion into the landscape and history of Glencoe, a drive up Scotland’s Great Glen is next, taking in some of the UK’s highest mountains. Stunning scenery continues en-route to Nairn, with a drive along the banks of the legendary Loch Ness. A stop off in Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, is a must.

Arriving at Golf View Hotel & Spa in Nairn, our indulgent spa and leisure club is available to rejuvenate tired drivers, alternatively for keen golfers, the neighbouring Championship course at Nairn Golf Club is open to visitors.

Aberdeen, East Coast

The next stop is Thainstone House our hotel in Inverurie, an 18th century mansion just outside Aberdeen, providing a chance to explore the Granite City and the many castles in the area. Relaxing after a day of exploration, our Drawing Room is the perfect setting for afternoon tea or sample the local, seasonal menu served in the AA Rosette Green Lady Restaurant.

Royal Deeside, Cairngorms National Park

The royal leg of the Crerar450 is next, with a drive taking you through beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to reach Royal Deeside. Steeped in history, you can experience the nearby Balmoral estate or follow in the footsteps of the Royal Family with a hike through the Cairngorms National Park before retiring to our Balmoral Arms (formerly Deeside Inn) accommodation in Ballater.

About the route

The Crerar450 route typically starts and finishes at our Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa – where a visit into the historic town of Inveraray and castle grounds is well worth a visit, followed by a spa day overlooking the dramatic scenery of Loch Fyne. A perfect way to round-off a Scottish tour.

Chris Wayne-Wills, CEO of Crerar Hotels describes our the Scottish road trip route:

“The Crerar450 is an extensive route, but well worth the journey. Not only can it rival the North Coast 500 with its own spectacular scenery, our idyllic hotels and inns offer authentic Scottish hospitality and unique experiences to take the trip to the next level.”

“As someone who regularly makes this journey, I can personally vouch for the beauty road-trippers will take in along the way. And with the finest food and drink, and sumptuous accommodations on offer, the route is ideal for those who want to take a road trip but make it more luxurious.”

Crerar450 Road Trip Route

Inveraray > Oban > Isle of Mull > Glencoe > Nairn > Inverurie > Ballater > Inveraray

For more Scotland road trip inspiration, read about the incredible A82 road through Glencoe, and Glen Etive one of Scotland's most scenic roads

Crerar450 offer: 15% off when booking two or more properties, to book, call 08430502020.

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