Driving the Heart200 in and Electric Vehicle
The Heart 200 is a new driving and touring route around central Scotland bypassing Perth, Stirling, The Trossachs and Highland Perthshire lasting 200 miles. This relaxed and hearty journey is perfect for munro-loving couples looking for a few nights away to unwind, small families looking for a more relaxed adventure and tourists who want to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Scotland (and maybe drink some whisky!).
There is lots to see, do and explore on the Heart 200 and it is very possible to do in an electric car, with many charging points around the route. Depending on how much time you have and how much you want to see, you could do the Heart 200 in a couple of days. There’s bound to be something to suit everyone on the Heart 200; hills, walks, distilleries, national parks, lochs, market towns and ample history to soak up. You’ll also find lots of places to stay and lochside camping spots if you’re making a mini-break out of it.
The Wooded Western Edge
This is an excellent part of Scotland to visit and you might even catch a film crew there. Doune Castle was one of the filming locations for Netflix’s Outlander as well as being used as a location for Monty Python and Game Of Thrones.
You’ll not be short of beautiful spots to stop in this part of Scotland, especially when you reach Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. You’ll be able to take some time to go on a walk, cycle or unleash your inner adventurer with some outdoor activities!
Things to Do & See:
Doune & Doune Castle
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Bike Trails in Callander; Loch Venacher and Bracklinn Falls Bridge to name a few- you can also hire bikes!
Aberfoyle - Forest Hills Water Sports Centre & GoApe! For those looking for a spot of action
Walking trails around Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre
The Highland North
Perthshire’s Highlands boast some of the most wonderful roads to drive, a real tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of life. You’ll not be stuck for activities in this part of Scotland either, being the home for many who take to the great outdoors to push their limits. If you’re looking for something more relaxed you’ll find historical trails, bridges, castles and waterfalls, to name a few.
Things To Do & See:
Lochearnhead & Loch Earn - A peaceful spot to stop and camp for the night and take a refreshing break.
Killin & Loch Tay - You could even stop to climb Ben Lawers on your way past!
The Killin Railway Viaduct
Aberfeldy - Take a beautiful walk around The Birks of Aberfeldy and then stop by Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery for a nip after…
The Queens View at Loch Tummel, whilst your passing you could also bag Munro Schiehallion on your way, a difficult but extremely rewarding trip up a hill!
A walk around The Falls of Bruar
Blair Atholl & Killiecrankie
Insider Tip: Stop by Calvine on your way towards Bruar, you will be able to find a remote walkway by the river under the bridge, an ideal spot for quiet and stunning walk.
The Riverside East
This part of the Heart 200 will have you on many riverside walks as you bypass The Tummel, Braan, Ericht and Tay. You’ll have wildlife in abundance from birds of prey to beavers. You’ll be at one with nature on the Riverside East with woodland walks and memories in abundance.
Things To Do & See on Riverside East;
Pitlochry - Take a walk around Faskally Forest or stop in for the evening and visit Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Walks around Dunkeld & Birnam including the beautiful Birnam Hill, Tay Forest Park as well as the Perthshire favourite The Hermitage Woodland Walk.
Visit boutique independent retailers and shops in Blairgowrie - another ideal spot to stop for food.
Scone - Visit Scone Palace or head for a walk up by Murrayshall House Hotel to reach the Scone Pinnacle.
Top Tip: If you have time take a slight detour at Kinclaven after Blairgowrie and visit the stunning Kingclaven Bluebell Woods - there’s even a tree swing. A must on the woodland walks’ bucket list.
Perth City Centre
The fair city of Perth, which is rightly renowned as one of the most picturesque cities in the country. Perth has a huge amount to offer from art, culture, activities, shopping to live music - you’ll definitely not be stuck for choice! You’ll also not be stuck for charging points in Perth so you’ll be able to take a well deserved break and recharge. There are charging points in and around the city centre and at all major supermarkets.
Things To See & Do in Perth:
There are plenty of walks in and around Perth including Kinnoull Hill, Moncrieffe Hill, Norrie-Miller Walk, The North & South Inch.
Elcho Castle & Huntingtower Castle
Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Outdoor activities at Willowgate Activity Centre or with Outdoor Explore including Kayaking on the Tay and Paddleboarding.
Independent shops, retailers and cafes
There's a bustling live music scene in the City Centre. Visit The Venue, The Green Room or The Twa Tams to get a taste of what Perth’s talent has to offer.
The Southern Boundary
Once you've recharged the car and yourself you'll be ready for the last two legs of the journey, next up is The Southern Boundary. Here you will venture into Kinross and Loch Leven, Gleneagles and the beautiful and busy town of Crieff. On this part of the journey you'll have choices of distilleries, independent shops and quaint places to park up.
Things to do & see in The Southern Boundary:
Loch Leven Castle, Loch Leven Nature Reserve & the newly renovated Loch Leven Distillery
A spot of golf or a good night sleep at The Gleneagles Hotel
Auchterarder Castle & Tullibardine Chapel
Muthill Parish Church & Muthill Village Museum
The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff then take a walk around Drummond Castle Gardens
Glen Lednock Circular Walk in Comrie
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
Braco, Dunblane & Bridge Of Allan
Top Tip: If you are a fan of Christmas stop by the all-year-round Christmas store in Crieff, even in July you’ll be able to pick up a souvenir for the Christmas Tree!
The last stretch of the journey will take you to the gateway of the Highlands, the heart of Scotland, Stirling. A beautifully historic city filled with character, and lots to see and do. Stirling is also a university city, so you’ll not be stuck of vibrant eateries, bars and restaurants as well.
Things to see & do in Stirling:
Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument, you can’t miss them!
The Battle of Bannockburn Art Gallery & Museum
The Old Town Jail
Catch a show at The Tollbooth
The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Visit The University of Stirling for a walk around their beautiful campus and head to Macroberts Arts Centre for a coffee and a film
Eat & Drink; Nicky Tams, No.2 Baker Street & Molly Malones are all in the city centre and have quizzes and live music all year round.
The Heart 200 is full of activities from energetic and active outdoor sports, woodland walks, rivers, Munros to small peaceful towns. On this route you’ll get a little taste of all the great things Scotland has to offer. The Heart 200 is ideal for active couples on a mission to take a break, families looking for a fast-paced sightseeing holiday, and tourists who really want to soak up everything central Scotland has to offer.
The Heart 200 is easily accessible by Electric vehicle, with stops all round the route. The Tesla is the perfect companion on this adventure, allowing you to travel a gorgeous central route in Scotland whilst being mindful of your beautiful environment. What’s not to love?
Here’s a handy video guide on driving in Scotland and things to be mindful of; https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLRKW1zVpm9Dg9QJ_rAh0dZ-Q_AfnX2xOp&time_continue=17&v=ABFnk3rJBXE
A link to ZapMaps, a live electric charging point map; https://www.zap-map.com/live/