A top Scottish hotel group is hoping to rival the North Coast 500 with the launch of a new road trip – and it even comes with its own playlist.

Crerar Hotels is inviting travellers keen to explore Scotland to embark on their truly unique Scottish adventure – the Crerar450.

The exciting route, which takes in the 450 miles between all seven of Crerar Hotels’ idyllic properties, explores famous towns and takes in iconic landmarks including west coast islands, the Great Glen, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, and the Cairngorms.

Part of the charm of the new route is the four and five-star Crerar Hotels properties which will offer their own unique character, local cuisine and memorable experiences.

Glencoe Inn which sits in stunning surrounds
Glencoe Inn which sits in stunning surrounds

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As part of the experience, the hotel group has also created a Spotify playlist (Spotify playlist – Crerar450) featuring some of Scotland’s finest artists and bands, so travellers have a soundtrack to their adventure across the country.

Beginning at Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa , the route starts with lunch at the hotel where guests can sample the finest Loch Fyne oysters and langoustines, before setting off to Oban on the coast.

From there, it’s on to Oban where travellers can visit the incredible McCaig’s Tower which overlooks this vibrant seaside town before toasting their journey at the nearby, Oban Distillery.

After an overnight stay at the Oban Bay Hotel , with views across the bay and a hearty breakfast, the Calmac ferry to Craignure Bay on the Isle of Mull follows.

After a day of adventure, guests of the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa can relax on the Sea Deck terrace overlooking the bay or at the Driftwood Spa.

From there, it’s back to the mainland and a drive to one of the country’s most famous locations – Glencoe.

The Glencoe Inn – which has just received an official five-star rating – offers the ideal luxurious base camp where guests can fully experience the awe-inspiring views of Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe.

The route then navigates through Scotland’s Great Glen en route to Nairn with a drive along the banks of the legendary Loch Ness.

Arriving at Golf View Hotel & Spa , the indulgent spa and leisure club is available to rejuvenate tired drivers, alternatively, for keen golfers, the neighbouring Championship course at Nairn Golf Club is open to visitors.

The next stop is Thainstone House , an 18 th century mansion just outside Aberdeen, providing a chance to explore the Granite City and the many castles in the area. Relaxing after a day of exploration, the Drawing Room is the perfect setting for afternoon tea or sample the local, seasonal menu served in the AA Rosette Green Lady Restaurant.

The royal leg of the Crerar450 is next, with a drive taking travellers through beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to reach Royal Deeside. Steeped in history, enthusiasts can experience the nearby Balmoral estate or follow in the footsteps of the Royal Family with a hike through the Cairngorms National Park before retiring to the Deeside Inn .

The Crerar450 route typically starts and finishes at the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa – where a visit into the historic town of Inveraray and castle grounds is well worth a visit, followed by a spa day overlooking the dramatic scenery of Loch Fyne. A perfect way to round-off a Scottish tour.

Chris Wayne-Wills, CEO, of the Crerar Hotel Group, said: “The Crerar450 is an extensive route, but well worth the journey.

“Not only can it rival the North Coast 500 with its own spectacular scenery, our idyllic hotels and inns also offer authentic Scottish hospitality and unique experiences to take the trip to the next level.

“As someone who regularly makes this journey, I can personally vouch for the beauty road-trippers will take in along the way.

“And with the finest food and drink, and sumptuous accommodations on offer, the route is ideal for those who want to take a road trip but make it more luxurious.”

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