Driving the NE250 in an Electric Vehicle
Scotland is not short of stunning journeys to drive. Hills, Munros, Walks, Lochs, Distilleries, Fishing Villages & Coastlines. Not only can you drive one of Scotland’s most beloved routes the NC500 in an electric vehicle, you can also do the rocky hideaways, mountains and long, windy roads and small village driving of the NE250.
Unlike the NC500, the NE250 can be done fairly easily in one weekend. Perfect for a quick getaway when work is getting too much or to squeeze in during a busy trip around Scotland. The NE250 is a circular route around the North East of Scotland rotating around Speyside, Cairngorms, Aberdeen and Moray to name a few.
We’ve compiled a list of our ideal locations to stop for a breather and recharge of batteries when doing the NE250 in an electric car.
The Cairngorms are renowned in Scotland for boasting some of the best views, outdoor recreational activities, hill walks and stunning roads in Scotland. Entering The Cairngorms is like taking a whole new breath of Scottish air. The Cairngorms is perfect for the outdoors and nature lovers, looking to take a good few hours for themselves. You’ll find numerous Munros to add to your list in The Cairngorms including; Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm and Cairn Toul. You’ll find charging points at Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul.
Speyside is home to some of the best Distilleries around Scotland, and over half of them at that! Perfect if you’ve parked the car up for the night and are looking for a taste of Scottish history. Why not stop by Ballindalloch Distillery, The Glenlivet or The Macallan Distillery.
Speyside is also home to ample golf courses, mountain bike trails bypassing spots such The Craigellachie Bridge and Aberlour Bridge.
Moray Firth Coast
If you’re looking for a small Scottish towns to rustle through then Moray Firth Coast may be for you.Along the Moray Firth Coast you will be met with quaint fishing villages including; Crovie, Macduff, Banff, Buckie & Portsoy among others. Moray Firth Coastline is also home to sea caves, fishing spots, dolphin spotting and ruins.
The traditional fishing villages will allow you to stop for a beat and enjoy shopping in craft shops, visiting old galleries, live scottish music and a good bag of Scottish fish & chips.
You’ll also be able to stop and charge your electric car along several points on the Moray Firth Coast.
East Coast of Scotland
Stop by Newburgh on your drive for a taste of the best Sticky Toffee Pudding in Scotland. You’ll also be able to stop by sand dunes, and nature reserves along the East Coast of Scotland. Grab a photo from Cransdale Vantage Point as well as visit old castles along the coast including Tolquhon Castle; one of the most stunning in Scotland.
You’ll also find lots more traditional fishing villages on your travels, this part of the journey will be filled with lots to see, do, eat, drink and enjoy.
The Granite City is one of Scotland’s most wonderful concrete jungles, situated amongst countryside, beaches and hills. A perfect stop on your NE250 drive, and definitely home to many electric vehicle charging points.
There is lots to see and do in Aberdeen City and the areas surrounding. Places to visit such as St Machar’s Cathedral, Duthie Park and Aberdeen University - one of the oldest in the country. You’ll not be stuck for bars, restaurants and parks to have lunch in either.
If you manage to stay in Aberdeen for a night you’ll be able to enjoy live music, galleries and art. Take a tour of Aberdeens Urban Art Festival Nuart (https://2019.nuartaberdeen.co.uk/tours/) with installations all around Aberdeen City.
This active and refreshing trip around the NE250 is not quite over yet with one more area to drive around, Royal Deeside. Here you will have an endless choice of activities, walks, castles and mountains.
Head down to the River Dee for a walk or spot of salmon fishing, passing by 17th Century Braemar Castle. Also next to the River Dee sits Balmoral Castle, where you can stop to sleep and drink whisky.
For the walkers you can visit Braemar, where you will find 24 Munros with miles of high walks and cycling paths.
Back to the Cairngorms National Park where you will have acres of land to explore. You’ll be able to visit Mar Lodge Estate, which homes 15 Munro, 4 of 5 of which are the highest mountains in the UK.
Again, you’ll have a few stops in The Cairngorms to stop and recharge the car.
Doing the NE250 in an electric vehicle will make the exploration of this busy and beautiful part of Scotland a trip to remember. Not only will you have several days filled with activities, castles and things to see you’ll be able to do it in style. Tesla Car Hire Aberdeen is the perfect option for the NE250, starting your travels in the Granite City itself. You’ll not want to leave this gorgeous part of Scotland and all it has to offer. A perfect trip for active couples, nature-loving families and the eco-friendly explorers.
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 Zap Maps, a live electric charging point map; https://www.zap-map.com/live/