Linking Scotland’s Two National Parks

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Linking Scotland’s Two National Parks

The four corner flags of the Heart 200 route are the historic cities of Perth and Stirling, and Scotland’s two national parks.

In developing the Heart 200 route, a key consideration was how we could link the two national parks. The Highland Perthshire route along Loch Tay and then over to Loch Tummel stood out as an attractive means of travelling from the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in the west to the Cairngorms National Park in the east.

Whilst the A827 is the obvious route along Loch Tay, a choice of routes is open to the traveler from Fearnan to Killiecrankie.

The shortest route is to turn left at Fearnan and cut through via Fortingall and Coshieville to the B846, where you turn left again and head over to Tummel Bridge.

Alternatively, you can follow the A827 all the way to the end of Loch Tay at Kenmore, and from there you can cut through to the B846 to get to Coshieville, or go along to Aberfeldy, then cut back to Coshieville, or keep heading east to Grandtully, Logierait and Ballinluig to reach the main A9.

Anyone exploring the Heart 200 route can take several other excursions in that north east corner, for example to visit Kinloch Rannoch and/or Trinafour.

This myriad of roads heading towards the Cairngorms National Park provides the Heart 200 visitor with a wide range of choices. What to see? What to do? Where to go for a walk? Where to stay? Where to eat and drink?

One thing is for sure, if you follow the Heart 200, you will get to visit Scotland’s two national parks and enjoy the Highland Perthshire journey between them.

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