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Crerar Hotels invites travellers to embark on the latest must-try road trip in Scotland

By Kirsty Brown

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Crerar Hotels is inviting travellers keen to explore Scotland to embark on a truly unique Scottish adventure to rival the North Coast500 and the Kintyre66 – the Crerar450.

The breath-taking route, which takes in the 450 miles between all seven of Crerar Hotels’ idyllic properties guarantees keen adventurers 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.

And each of the four- and five-star Crerar Hotels properties en-route offers its own unique character, local cuisine and memorable experiences.

The hotel group has also created a Spotify playlist featuring some of Scotland’s finest artists and bands, so travellers have soundtrack to their adventure across the country.

The drive begins at Loch Fyne Hotel And Spa, starting with lunch at the hotel where guests can sample the finest Loch Fyne oysters and langoustines, before setting off to Oban on the coast.

While in Oban travellers 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.

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, guests of the Isle of Mull Hotel And Spa can relax on the Sea Deck terrace overlooking the bay or at the Driftwood Spa.

The next stage of the journey departs from Fishnish, a short drive from the hotel.

Loch Fyne.
Loch Fyne.

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, the Glencoe Inn – which has just received an official five-star rating – offers the ultimate boutique accommodation where guests can fully experience awe-inspiring views of Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe.

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 And Spa, the 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.

The next stop is Thainstone House, 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, the Drawing Room is the perfect setting for afternoon tea or sample the local, seasonal menu served in the AA Rosette Green Lady Restaurant.

The royal leg of the Crerar450 is next, with a drive taking travellers through beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to reach Royal Deeside.

Steeped in history, enthusiasts 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 the Deeside Inn.

The Crerar450 route typically starts and finishes at the Loch Fyne Hotel And 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.

CEO of the Crerar Hotel Group Chris Wayne-Wills said: “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.”

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