Driving the NE250 in an Electric Vehicle in 2 days
Driving the NE250 in 2 days in an Electric Vehicle
Taking on the NC500 can be quite a daunting task, so if you’re not quite ready to jump right in then a short 2 day trip around the NE250 may be for you. The NE250 is the perfect starter journey, to dip your toes into roadtrips in electric vehicles. The NE250, regardless, is a stunning route that will take you from adorable fishing villages along the coast to the heart of The Cairngorms Mountain range.
If you start out in Aberdeen with a full charge then you’ll only need one more to complete the route (so long as you don’t take too many detours!). This means you can rest at ease knowing that you only need to find one more charging point when on your travels, taking a little extra stress out of the journey! The NE250 is a lot less remote than the NC500 which means you’ll have a better signal on your phone, with more civilisation around. There will be lots of places to stop, shop and sleep when you need to.
There is also more charging points on the NE250 than the NC500, so they will be easier to find. Aberdeen is the ideal starting point for this journey, there are lots of charging points for you to make use of. Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s major cities, and has the highest population density in all of the North of Scotland. Meaning that there is plenty for you to see and do here.
For peace of mind throughout the journey we would also recommend that you charge before you drop below 100 miles of range left, that way you will have peace of mind throughout the whole journey. Knowing you can make it back to where you started without any stress.
Before you set off on your journey make sure you are prepared, keep enough food and water in the car for at least one night in case you plan on being out late. Remember some warm clothes as well as any driving accessories you may need for the journey.
Day 1 Aberdeen - Through the Cairngorms / Speyside
We recommend starting your trip in Aberdeen, this means you can start on a full charge. From Aberdeen driving towards The Cairngorms which will take you through incredible scenic routes through one of the countries best, most iconic national parks. There will be plenty to do and see for the outdoors & nature lovers as well as those interested in historic, scenic walks and views.
DoubleTree by Hilton (Charging point at the hotel)
Maryculter House Aberdeen (Charging point at the hotel)
Station House (Near the corner From The Aberlour)
Tomintoul car park (Near the corner from The Smugglers Hostel)
The Crown Estate (Near the Glenlivet Estate)
Balnellan Road Car Park (Near The Fife Arms)
Things to do & see:
Glenshee Ski Centre & munros The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda
Glenlivet Estate & Glenlivet Distillery
Bike Trails; The Craigellachie Bridge and Aberlour Bridge
Munros; Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm and Cairn Toul to name a few!
DoubleTree by Hilton
Maryculter House Aberdeen
Deeside Holiday Park
The Smugglers Hostel
The Fife Arms
Day 2 From the Cairngorms - Coastal roads back to Aberdeen
After a refreshing evening in the wilderness, on the second day you’ll take the lovely coastal route back to the Northern and Eastern Quarters of the route. This means you will bypass some of Scotland’s finest fishery towns, with plenty of places to stop, eat, recharge and explore!
Buckie: 13 Clunie Square
Banff: Macduff Industrial Estate, The Platform Life, Home and Gift
Fraserburgh: At the Asda
Peterhead: Community Hospital / Lido car park
Ellon: Station Road Library / Ellon Park and Ride
Things to do & see
Cullen Sea School
Scottish Marine Safari
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Duff House Royal Golf Club
Moray Firth Coast; Crovie, Macduff, Banff, Buckie & Portsoy
Cransdale Vantage Point
Kilmarnock Arms Hotel
The Cullen Bay Holiday Park
You can take a busy and refreshing trip around the NE250 in 2 days, going either the way we have set out here, or in the opposite direction. You;ll have hills to climb, distilleries to visit and lots of towns to stop at. There is ample charging points around the NE250 which means you won’t need to worry too much about finding somewhere to stop.
The NE250 is a rewarding Scottish route, fit for adventurers, relaxers and travellers. With so many options, you’ll maybe want to do it a few times so you don’t miss anything!
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/