Non-drivers, lament not: the beauty of Breadalbane, the high ground of Scotland, has been made more accessible for everyone thanks to the Explorer bus service. Running in summer months, between early June and mid-October, the service allows visitors to the area to hop on and off as it pleases them for just £10 a day.
Dogs (good behaviour allowing) are permitted, and there’s a cycle trailer on the back for those hoping to augment their trip with a few two wheel excursions. In the heart of the highlands, the food and drink is fresh, ubiquitous, and unrivalled for quality, making its local cuisine the ideal framework for a sedate but comprehensive day’s jaunt on the Breadalbane Explorer bus service, perfect for foodies, those partial to a wee dram and newcomers to the area.
So here’s our low down on how to make a day of it:
8:30am Fire up your appetite in quaint Comrie, where you can (over) indulge in cream-drizzled strawberry tarts and a mug of steaming hot joe in Hansen’s Kitchen to start your day in truly decadent fashion.
9:22am Hop onto the Highland Explorer at the Comrie White Church stop. The glorious scenery en route to Kenmore will do wonders for your digestion.
10:33am Disembark at the stop opposite the Kenmore Club. Devour a round of golf at the Mains of Taymouth Golf Course to work up an appetite for lunch. Then browse the mouth-watering produce on display in the Taymouth Courtyard Shop. After stocking up on preserves, kitchenware, books or gifts, hand select your own picnic hamper of treats to enjoy on the banks of Loch Tay for lunch.
13:49 Catch the Explorer on the same route (clockwise from Crieff, RO1) to be taken to Dewar’s World of Whisky in Aberfeldy in just over 30 minutes. Test your senses on a tour, learn about this 160 year old distillery and don’t neglect to quaff the complimentary angel’s share offered at the end.
14:45 A brisk saunter into Aberfeldy will clear your head of any residual fumes, and allow just enough time to buy a ticket for the 3pm flick in the recently renovated 100 seat Birks Cinema. Still peckish? Partake of some gourmet popcorn, ice-cream or a cheeky beer.
17:30 From the Birks, it’s only a five minute walk to the family-run Café D’Amour, an exquisite but reasonably priced bistro in the heart of Aberfeldy. Don’t forget to order some wine with dinner, after all, the car’s at home!
20:23 Use your well-leafed Explorer Pass a final time to arrive in Crieff High Street at 21:22 for your onward journey home.