Fusion 500 Road Trip
Forget the North Coast 500, it's time for the Fusion 500. 500 miles of picturesque countryside, highland beaches and city culture - there really is something for everyone on this 500-mile road trip around Scotland.
Just a 30-minute train trip away from Glasgow Central and just a short drive away from one of Scotland’s biggest parks complete with outdoor adventure playgrounds, bicycle hire, fitness gym, watersports centre with cafe, conference facilities and watersports activities, including our popular family fun boats.
Heading north towards Stirling, you’ll pass one of Scotland’s most iconic sculptures, the Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures situated next to the Forth and Clyde Canal.
As Stirling comes into sight, you’ll spot two of Scotland’s most historical landmarks: Stirling Castle and the Wallace monument both steeped in history and stories. For dinner, we recommend heading to Mason Belles, next to Old Churches House in Dunblane.
It’s time to head to the Highlands. You’ll pass by Perth before heading north up the A9 passing by some of the most picturesque locations. House of Bruar just north of Pitlochry is a great pit stop with a bit of shopping included. Along your journey, you’ll pass through Spean Bridge and if the weather is on your side, you’ll see some spectacular sights before finishing up at Fort Augustus at the foot of Loch Ness.
After a morning hunting for Nessie, it’s time to travel to the most northern point on the Fusion 500. Travelling the length of Loch Ness, you’ll then come across the highland villages of Beauly, Dingwall and Tain before arriving in Dornoch. If golf is your passion, you can hit the course or head to the beach to blow away the cobwebs.
Day 5 and 6
After enjoying the highland hospitality, it’s time to head to the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest national park. On the way, you’ll pass the Highland capital, Inverness. If you stop off, the Castle offers great views over the city. If you are after a hidden gem that looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie, head to Leakey’s bookshop. Once settled into your lodge, stretch your legs with wander in the woods. With nature on your doorstep, keep an eye out for the local squirrels. If you are after even more nature, head to Muir of Dinnet national reserve. If you are after a longer stretch of the legs, Loch Muick has a wonderful circular 8-mile walk. The local towns of Aboyne and Ballater are just a short drive away.
Day 7 and 8
Heading south, you’ll pass through the royal village of Braemar, home to the royal family’s highland residence. Further down the road, you’ll come across Glenshee ski resort. If there’s no snow and you fancy stretching the legs and heading up the hills, there are 3 Munros reachable from the car park. A short drive from Logierait, you'll pass through the picturesque town of Pitlochry and Dunkeld with lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we’d highly recommend Iain Burrnett’s Highland Chocolatier
The final day of the Fusion 500 takes you to the nation’s capital. On the way, you’ll pass Loch Leven by Kinross. If you fancy a pit stop, Loch Leven Larder offers wonderful views of the loch while enjoying homemade cakes and sandwiches. As you cross the river Forth, you’ll see the 3 iconic bridges. Arriving at McDonald Rd, you’re just a 5-minute stroll from the city centre so why not indulge in a bit of retail therapy on Princes Street and Edinburgh’s newest retail experience, St James Quarter.
If you are looking to step back in time and discover some of the historic architectural creations, head to Edinburgh Castle via the Royal Mile, it’s just 1 mile away. Or if you are looking to stretch your legs and take in the views over the city, head to Calton Hill.