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Recommend sights to stop at from stifling to Inverness

Hi all. We will be driving from Stirling to Inverness in late May. Map says about 2+ hours so we are looking for recommendations on any sites to stop at along the way while still arriving in Inverness about 4ish. Planning to leave Stirling around 11:00 am. Thank you.

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I'm not sure where else you are going in Scotland but I would take a little detour for some great scenery.

From Stirling, drive through Glencoe to Fort William. From Fort William drive to Inverness. (You will drive along the shore of Loch Ness. )

The whole drive should be about 4 hours.

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So you can have a wonderful drive from Stirling to Inverness. Which direction you go really does depend on where you going afterwards. Here's a route that will take you through the middle, but not always on the A9. I am sending you to Aberfeldy via Crieff to get you off the big Highway. Aberfeldy is the end of Loch Tay. I don't what the status of the Crannog Center will be by the time you are traveling. They had a horrible fire recently. I am next sending you over the mountain via single track road to Kinloch Rannoch. It's a gorgeous drive. You could detour out to Glen Lyon if you have time. It's a beautiful Glen. Kinloch Rannoch is at the eastern end of Loch Rannoch. This series of Lochs are the famous Road to the Isles. Queen's View is a beautiful view of the Road to the Isles and has a tea shop. As you head up the A9 you will drive past Killiecrankie which is an interesting stop. a bit further on is Blair Castle, but I think it warrants a bit more time than you might want to spend. Kingussie is the home to the Highland Folk Museum. It deserves a bit of time. Just outside of Kingussie is the Ruthven Barracks. It's not a long stop, but really interesting location. You will see immediately why it was a strategic military location. Also, you can head north without going back to the A9 and enjoy another wee road from Scotland. Aviemore is more of destination than a stop over. But if you are a train fanatic, you may want to may want to set your sights on getting there in time for the Strathspey RR. You can spend days getting to Inverness.


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I haven't driven the route, but I'm doing it next year. My stops include The Hermitage (Ossian's Hall) for a hike, Iain Burnett Highlander Chocolates for my wife, Clava Cairns for a small dose of neolithic stuff, and Culloden Battlefield for history (and Outlander buffs). You could start with Wallace Monument (more history) and if it's re-opened, the Crannog Center as already mentioned. Way too much, but pick and choose!

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There are two routes up to Inverness from Stirling, the A84-85-82 route that takes you through the Great Glen, and the A9 route that goes up the middle of Scotland. A lot of the planning resolves on which route you are planning on taking.