Leave the car at Crieff Hydro and discover Perthshire in style with the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer.
This new hop on-hop off bus service will be running every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from the 17th July until the 16th September and takes in some of the key Perthshire attractions – and it’ll even pick you up right outside Crieff Hydro!
A day pass for The Explorer service costs £9 for adults, £4.50 for Under-17s and children under 6 travel for free. You can also buy a two day pass for £15/£7.50. The route starts at Lochearnhead and runs in opposite circles stops at Crieff Hydro regularly throughout each day, giving you the chance to hop on and explore some of the most beautiful scenery and most interesting heritage sites, exhibitions, tours and events going on nearby.
Here’s just a selection of what’s on offer with the Breadalbane Explorer:
Hop off just down the road at Glenturret Distillery and discover the processes and history behind some of the world’s best known, and much-loved whisky, particularly The Famous Grouse. With the Famous Grouse Experience, you’ll get a colourful insight into the making of this popular whisky, and of course, you’ll get a chance to sample some for yourself!
Use the explorer to take right into the heart of it all and climb Scotland’s 10th highest peak, Ben Lawers. Ideal for munro-baggers and budding climbers/hillwalkers, this is a great way to take in the local scenery with spectacular views at its summit and a cosy pub at the bottom if you take in the whole ridge. If you only climb Ben Lawyers, Killin is still easilly accessible on foot where you can get picked up.
Treat the whole family to a wild day out at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park in nearby Comrie. There are over 70 species of wild animal housed in Auchingarrich from Albino Wallabies, Meerkats and Lemurs to native Red Deer and Wild Cats. There is also a hatchery and baby animal centre which offers small animal handling during the summer months and an on-site café to keep refreshed and refuelled throughout the day. The Explorer will drop you right at the door and will swing round regularly in time to take you back to Crieff Hydro.
This award-winning historic reconstruction of a Crannog – a unique type of ancient Loch dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland dating from 5,000 years ago -makes for a fascinating and educational trip. The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA). This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,500 year old site of ‘Oakbank Crannog’, one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay. The STUA continues to explore other underwater sites in Loch Tay and further afield, regularly adding new discoveries to its award-winning centre at Kenmore, Perthshire.
Buy a ticket on the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer and you’ll also be eligible a number of fantastic special offers, including 2 for 1 for all of the above attractions as well as a whole host of discounts on restaurants, cafes and other attractions throughout the route, including a lunch offer at The Hub at Crieff Hydro – where you can get a Toasted Panini and homemade soup for £5pp. You’ll also get 10% off bike hire at Comrie Croft Bikes, a free tea/coffee/cold drink with lunch at Karelia House near Kenmore and 2 for 1 entry to the Highland Safaris Red Deer Centre and Gold Panning Experience near Aberfeldy. Just present your full price Explorer ticket and enjoy one of many great perks of this exciting new service.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore with Crieff Hydro.